BRAILLE CHESS ASSOCIATION
REGISTERED CHARITY NO: 263049
adopted by the General Meeting of the Association 9 October 1982 and
amended by the Annual General Meetings held:-
March 1985, 22 March 1986, 14 March 1992, 15 March 1997, 13 March 1999, 17
March 2001, 2 March 2002, 20 March 2004, 3 March 2007, 7 March 2009, 5
March 2011, 3 March 2012 and 8 March 2014).
name of the Association shall be: "Braille Chess Association"
(hereinafter referred to as "the Association").
registered address of the Association shall be the address of its
Association shall be affiliated to:-
English Chess Federation.
British Federation for Correspondence Chess.
International Braille Chess Association.
Association may affiliate to any other body whose Objects are compatible
with those of the Association, such an affiliation to be determined by a
simple majority of those present and voting at a properly convened General
Meeting of the Association.
Association shall be guided in all its activities by the principles of
equality and non-discrimination on racial, religious or political grounds.
Association's financial year shall run from 1st October to 30th September.
Objects of the Association shall be the furtherance of education amongst
the blind in relation to the game of chess by:-
The promotion of chess tournaments and chess competitions amongst the blind
by over-the-board play, correspondence and cassette;
The publication and distribution of magazines, books, reports and other
chess literature for its members;
The provision of a tape service by the distribution on magnetic tape of any
material which is or might be published and distributed under Paragraph (B)
of this Clause;
The encouragement of the participation of blind chess players in
tournaments and events not limited to the blind;
The maintenance and development of a library of Braille books and magnetic
tapes for the distribution of chess material;
The carrying on of any other activity connected with the promotion of chess
among the blind.
of the Association shall be open to any blind or partially sighted person
on application to the Secretary and, subject to Clauses 5, 5B and 6 below,
on payment of the first annual subscription, or appropriate proportion
thereof, to the Treasurer.
Committee is empowered to refuse an application for any class of
membership, including the classes referred to in Clauses 4 and 5 below.
Committee shall have the power to terminate or suspend the membership of
any class of member or to exclude any member from any event whom it considers
guilty of a breach of this Constitution or of misconduct or offensive
behaviour to any other member, visitor or employee, whether at a B.C.A.
event or wherever it involves B.C.A. matters.
member has the right of appeal. This must be made in writing to the
Secretary giving the grounds for the appeal within 14 days of the exclusion
or suspension. It will be considered by the Committee within 14 days
of receipt, and the decision made after due consideration of the written
details presented. The Committee may at any time restore membership
to or discontinue the exclusion of any such member.
person who is not blind or partially sighted may apply, or be nominated, to
be an associate member of the Association.
to the provisions of this Constitution, and to any resolution passed by a
General Meeting of the Association, an associate member shall enjoy all the
rights and be subject to all the obligations of an ordinary member of the
5. LIFE MEMBERSHIP:-
member or associate member shall, on payment to the Treasurer of the life
membership subscription, become a life member of the Association.
life membership subscription shall be an amount equivalent to ten times the
annual subscription for the year of application, or such other amount as
may be determined by resolution of a General Meeting of the Association.
event of a life member resigning from the Association no part of the life
membership subscription shall be repayable.
BCA" will be a Section within the overall structure of the
of "Junior BCA" will be open to any blind or partially sighted
U.K. resident under the age of 25, and to associate U.K. juniors under 18,
subject to Clause 3 above. Members of "Junior BCA" will be
entitled to all the benefits and subject to all the obligations of other
members of the Association.
"Junior BCA" reaches ten or more members it will be entitled to
elect one of its members to serve on the Committee of the Association.
5C. AFFILIATED CLUBS:-
Club, whose main aim is for the benefit of UK blind and partially sighted
chess players, may seek affiliation to the Association.
to Clause 9 of this Constitution, the annual subscriptn shall be set, from
time to time, by the Association's Annual General Meeting.
of Affiliated Clubs shall be entitled to attend BCA General Meetings and
Affiliated Clubs shall be entitled to cast one vote for their UK blind or
partially sighted members. The person casting the vote for the
Affiliated Club must be a member of the Affiliated Club; they must also
provide written accreditation and be identified to the Chairman at the
commencement of the Meeting.
Clubs and their members shall receive such benefits as, from time to time,
are approved by the BCA Committee.
6. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP:-
General Meeting may elect one or more honorary members of the Association.
honorary member shall not be obliged to pay a subscription, but in all
other respects shall be entitled to the same rights and subject to the same
obligations as an ordinary member or, if he or she is not visually
impaired, an associate member.
Officers of the Association shall Be:-
Correspondence Chess Director;
"Junior BCA" Representative;
shall be elected by the Annual General Meeting, and shall hold office until
the following Annual General Meeting.
retiring Officer shall be entitled to seek re-election, and any two
offices, other than those of Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer, may be held
by one person.
Officer may have an Assistant appointed for the purpose by the Committee.
as is permitted by the Charities Act 2006 or any re-enactment thereof,
Officers and their Assistants shall not be entitled to any remuneration,
but shall be reimbursed out of Association funds for their out-of-pocket
Officers together shall constitute the Committee, which shall meet from
time to time for the purpose of discussing the affairs of the Association,
and carrying out its policy in accordance with the Objects set out in Clause
2 above, and any resolution passed by a General Meeting.
Committee shall have the power to co-opt, and to appoint Sub-committees for
the purpose of discharging any of its functions.
may, for any specific purpose, request any member of the Association to
attend any of its Meetings.
Committee shall take decisions by a simple majority of those members
present and voting at a Meeting, and in the event of there being an
equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.
interval between Meetings of the Committee, the Secretary may, where a
decision is urgently required on any matter, seek the views of all members
of the Committee, and may act in accordance with the views expressed by the
majority. The action of the Secretary in any such case shall be endorsed
by, and be recorded in the Minutes of, the next Meeting of the Committee.
those attending a Meeting of the Committee shall be reimbursed in respect
of expenses reasonably incurred by them in travelling to and returning from
the place at which the Meeting is held.
quorum of the Committee shall be four.
annual subscription shall be fixed by a simple majority of those present
and voting at an Annual General Meeting. The subscription rates so fixed
shall become payable on
1st October in each year.
member or an associate member, other than a life member, life associate
member, junior member, or an honorary member, has not paid the appropriate
annual subscription within a period of two months after the date on which
it became due the Committee may terminate his/her membership after giving
that member 28 days' notice in writing of its intention to do so.
person applying for membership or associate membership after 31st March in
any year shall pay half of the current annual subscription to cover his/her
30th September in that year.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:-
with the year 1st October, 1983, to 30th September, 1984, there shall be an
Annual General Meeting of the Association.
Annual General Meeting shall be held at such place, and on such date not
being later than 30th April in any year, as the Committee may determine,
and it shall be the duty of the Secretary to notify all members, associate
members, junior members and honorary members of the Association of the
date, time and place of such Meeting.
in the Association's Gazette shall constitute notice for the purpose of
Annual General Meeting shall, in addition to electing the Officers in
Clause 7 above, lay down the general policy of the Association and the
manner in which it is to be carried out. It shall have power to over-rule
any decision of the Committee.
recognises that members may hold strong views on issues of policy and
welcomes free and vigorous debate on such matters.
is a clear difference between disagreeing with an individual's view on
policy matters and launching a personal attack on that individual. No
member will use the AGM to insult any member.
attending the AGM who do not observe these standards of behaviour shall be
asked to leave the room.
the AGM will be open to members only. Committee members and non-committee members
may invite guests and must give the Chair or Secretary as much notice of
their intention to do so as is reasonably practical. The decision on
whether a guest may attend will be made by the Chair who must satisfy him-
or herself that the guest's attendance at the AGM will not be detrimental
to the association and that the guest will not disturb the smooth running
of the meeting.
EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING:-
receipt of a request by twelve or more members, other than associate
members, the Secretary shall convene an Extraordinary General Meeting to
take place not more than eight weeks after the receipt of the request; The
Secretary shall inform all members of the date and venue of such a Meeting
not less than 21 days before such a Meeting is to take place.
12. PROPERTY OF THE ASSOCIATION:-
to Clause 14 below, the ownership of all the Association's property shall
be vested in the Officers for the time being, who shall hold it as trustees
for the Association.
Secretary shall be responsible for the general running of the affairs of
Treasurer shall hold all the Association's monies.
shall keep them in an account or accounts at a bank or banks to be
nominated by the Committee, and in any other securities or investments as
the Committee may from time to time determine.
such bank account or accounts shall be opened in the name of the
Association, and shall be separate from the Treasurer's personal bank
shall only be withdrawn from the Association's account or accounts on the
signature of the Treasurer and another Officer nominated by the Committee.
the financial year commencing 1st October, 1997, and all subsequent
financial years, the Association's accounts shall be independently examined
in compliance with the requirements set by the Charity Commissioners or
prepared in such manner as may from time to time be required by statute.
Association's accounts shall be published as soon as they have been
approved by an Annual General Meeting.
AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION:-
Constitution may be amended by a resolution passed by a vote of those
members, other than associate members, present at a General Meeting.
vote must be at least two-thirds of those present and voting in favour of
the resolution before it can be presented to the Charity Commissioners for
Association may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a majority of at
least three-quarters of members, other than associate members, of the
Association present and voting at a General Meeting.
dissolution, the assets of the Association shall be distributed to any
other charity for the blind or charities for the blind which may be
approved by the Charity Commissioners.