Film Society Constitution


The Society will be known as Brentwood Arts Cinema Club, referred to here as the Society.


The object of the Society is to advance the education of the public in the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the arts, particularly in the art of film and allied visual techniques.

The Society shall, each year, present a programme of films, chosen by members and agreed by a meeting of the Committee.

The Society shall promote study, appreciate and enjoyment of Film by means of discussion, lecture and partnership with other organisations.


a) Membership is open to everyone over the age of 18 on payment of the current membership fee or at the discretion of the Committee. The membership fee shall be set on an annual basis by the Committee.

b) Membership shall entitle the holder to attend at all films and other meetings.

c) Only members and their guests may be admitted to film screenings. Only members may buy guest tickets and they can only do so, immediately before a screening, subject to the discretion of the Committee and availability of seats. Guest tickets may not be bought or reserved in advance and entry for the guest is not guaranteed. The age of the guest(s) must meet the requirements of the Film Certificate issued by he British Board of Film Censors or as confirmed by the Committee.


a) The Society shall be run by a Committee of at least five members. The Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and hold office until the next AGM.

b) The Society shall hold a General Meeting at least once a year. A Special General Meeting may be called at any time by the Committee signed by at least ten of the members.

The quorum for general meetings shall be a minimum of fifteen members and for Committee meetings a minimum of five committee members.

c) The Society shall be non-political and not espouse the cause of any political party.

d) The Society shall not run for the private profit of a Member or Members. Any balance at the end of the year shall be carried over and devoted to the objects of the Society.

e) Members subscription will be agreed annually at a Committee Meeting.

f) No members or Committee Members shall receive payment directly or indirectly for their services other than legitimate expenses incurred in the work of the Society.

g) Signatories to the Society Account will be agreed at Committee meeting and a minimum of two cheque signatories are required for any financial transaction.

h) The Society shall not be wound up except by resolution of a majority of those present at a Special General Meeting called for that purpose. In the event of winding up, the remaining funds of the society shall not be distributed among members but shall be passed to a charitable organisation or organisations with objects similar to those of the Society or Charity agreed by a two-thirds majority of the Committee.


No alteration of rules shall be made except by a resolution approved by the majority of members present at a General Meeting. No amendments shall be made to the Objects of the Society (Clause 2), the dissolution Clause (Clause 4 h) or Clause 5.


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