Welcome to Alderley Edge in Bloom, Growing Pride in our Village!
Working together to create a greener, cleaner more beautiful village.
The group enters the annual Royal Horticultural Society ‘Britain In Bloom’ competition to showcase our environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement. In 2018 and 2019 we were awarded prestigious Gold Awards.
Why not join in ? Help us to create greener and cleaner spaces , help bring our community together, inspire young and old to grow! Whether its sprucing up the village streets , litter picking, gardening and growing flowers and vegetables at our Chorley Hall Lane Community allotment, working in partnership to smarten up the railway station with our friends at The Alderley Edge Station Volunteer group or taking action for wildlife, you are very welcome.
Every contribution is valued even it's just for an hour from time to time. Working together we can achieve so much!
Please contact our Chairman , Leslie Cox, email :- firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07774 488458 or Christine Munro at email@example.com
To volunteer to specifically help improve Alderley Edge village station, please contact Kelvin Briggs from the Alderley Edge Station Volunteer Group. email:- Kelvinbriggs@btconnect.com or call 07825 213205
Our ethos is :-
to improve the Parish of Alderley Edge for the benefit of all
to enhance community participation and cohesion
to enthuse young people of the village with a love of gardening
Awarded a GOLD Award in 2018 and 2019- Growing Pride in our Village!
The group enters the annual Royal Horticultural Society ‘Britain In Bloom’ competition to showcase our environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural achievement. In 2018 and 2019 we were awarded prestigious Gold Awards at the North West In Bloom Awards Ceremony held in Southport.
Although there is evidence of occupation from prehistoric times Alderley Edge is a relative newcomer in historic terms as towns and villages go.
Previously known as Chorley the name Alderley Edge was a creation of the railway companies in 1842 when elegant villas were built on the Edge for the cotton barons of Manchester. Most of the Alderley Edge of today dates from this time.
Alderley Edge In Bloom- Constitution
Alderley Edge in Bloom Constitution
The name of the group shall be the Alderley Edge in Bloom Committee
The objectives of the Group shall be:
- to increase the number of volunteers
- to look for sponsorship and financial support
- to enhance planting throughout Alderley Edge
- to encourage the goodwill and involvement of the wider community
- to foster community spirit and encourage civic pride with enhanced planting, weeding and cleaning.
In furtherance of the objects, but not otherwise, the Committee may exercise the power to:
(i) to work together as residents irrespective of age, sex, ethnicity, ability, religion or political view.
(ii) Invite and receive contributions and raise funds where appropriate, to finance the work of the Group, and to open a bank account to manage such funds.
(iii) Publicise and promote the work of the Group and organise meetings and events.
(iv) Work with groups of a similar nature and exchange information, advice and knowledge with them, including cooperation with other voluntary bodies, charities, statutory and non-statutory organisations.
(v) Receive help and support from staff and volunteers (who shall not be members of the Management Committee) as are necessary to conduct activities to meet the objects.
(vi) Take any form of action that is lawful, which is necessary to achieve the objects of the Group
(i) Membership shall be open to anyone who has an interest in assisting the Group to achieve its aim and is willing to adhere to the rules of the Group.
(ii) Where it is considered membership would be detrimental to the aims and activities of the Group, the Committee shall have the power to refuse membership, or may
terminate or suspend the membership of any member by resolution passed at a meeting. Members shall have the right to appeal via an independent adjudicator determined by mutual agreement with the committee.
(iii) Any member of the association may resign his/her membership by providing the Secretary with written notice.
5) THE GROUP COMMITTEE
(i) The Group shall be administered by a committee of no less than three (3)
people and no more than fifteen (15), who must be at least 18 years of age. Members will be elected for a period of up to one year, but may be re-elected at the Group’s AGM. At least one member of the committee will be a member of the Parish Council
(i) The Group shall have a committee consisting of:
and any additional officers the Group deems necessary at the meeting required to carry out the required activities.
(i) The committee shall meet at least three times a year. Meetings shall enable the Group to discuss actions and monitor progress to date, and to consider future developments.
(ii) All members shall be given at least fourteen (14) days’ notice of when a meeting is due to take place, unless it is deemed as an emergency.
(iii) At least 6 committee members must be present in order for a meeting to take place.
(iv) It shall be the responsibility of the Chairperson or a designated deputy in their absence to chair all meetings. All meetings must be minuted and accessible to interested parties.
(v) The AGM shall take place no later than three months after the end of the financial year. At least fourteen (14) days’ notice must be given before the meeting takes place.
(vi) All members are entitled to vote at the AGM. Voting shall be made by a show of hands on a majority basis. In the case of a tied vote, the Chairperson or an appointed deputy shall make the final decision.
(i) Any money acquired by the Group, including donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the Committee in the name of the Group. All funds must be applied to the objects of the Group and for no other purpose.
(ii) Bank accounts shall be opened in the name of the Group. Any deeds, cheques etc relating to the Group’s bank account shall be signed by at least two (2) of the following committee members: Chairperson; Treasurer; Secretary.
(iii) Any income/expenditure shall be the responsibility of the Treasurer who will be accountable to ensure funds are utilised effectively and that the Group stays within budget. Official accounts shall be maintained, and will be examined annually by an independent accountant who is not a member of the Group. An annual financial report shall be presented at the AGM. The Group’s accounting year shall run from 01 April to 31 March.
9) ALTERATION OF THE CONSTITUTION
(i) Any changes to this constitution must be agreed by a majority vote at a special general meeting.
(ii) Amendments to this constitution or dissolution of the Group must be conveyed to the Secretary formally in writing. The Secretary and other officers shall then decide on the date of a special general meeting to discuss such proposals, giving members at least four weeks (28 days) notice.
(i) The Group may be dissolved if deemed necessary by the members in a majority vote at a special meeting. Any assets or remaining funds after debts have been paid shall be returned to their providers or transferred to local charities or similar groups at the discretion of the Committee.
This constitution was adopted at an AGM held at The Trafford Arms, Alderley Edge on .2nd November 2017 and signed by:
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Since our last judges’ visit we have progressed with the group’s organisation and structure and have put in place what we see as long-term and sustainable structures to take the group forward successfully for years to come.
We now have a committee comprising of all volunteers with voting rights. All decisions made by the group are taken at our monthly committee meetings. We have agreed on a constitution and have voted in three officers of the committee, a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.
They are voted in by the committee for one year. At present the posts are held by Leslie Cox, Don Henderson and Christine Munro respectively. We have our own bank account through which the Treasurer handles all our income and expenditure.
In May we have an AGM where a full statement of accounts is presented to the committee and where officers are elected. We think sound democratic structures and transparency will ensure our future as a voluntary group.
Why not join in? Help us to create greener and cleaner spaces, help bring our community together, inspire young and old to grow! Whether its sprucing up the village streets and our park, helping on our Chorley Hall Lane Community allotment, litter picking or taking action for wildlife, you are very welcome. Every contribution is valued even its its just an hour from time to time. Working together we can achieve so much.