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Archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicestershire

Special General Meeting

September 5, 2019

A Special General Meeting of the Leicestershire Fieldworkers will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 19th September at Lecture Theatre 2, The George Davis Building, University of Leicester immediately prior to the lecture scheduled for that date.

The purpose of the meeting is as follows:

In order to comply with the current legal requirements of the Charities Commission as to statements of objectives, we are requested by the commission to amend the statement of objectives in our constitution as set out below and to approve a new constitution incorporating this statement.

The Charities Commission has commented that:

“Before the charity can be registered, we need to ensure that its objects:

  • declare a clear charitable purpose, or purposes, that are currently recognised by law as charitable;
  • are worded in a legally clear and certain format that meets the current requirements of charity law for registration; and
  • are accurately reflective of the charity’s work.

The Charity Commission has a duty to increase public trust and confidence in charities and maintaining an accurate register of charities is integral to this.

The purposes set out in the governing document are not wholly clear, but we can see that the organisation’s purpose is in educating the public in history and archaeology.”

As recommended by the Charities Commission, we therefore propose that Part 1 Clause 3 of the constitution be deleted and replaced by the following wording and that a new constitution dated 19 September 2019 be approved, this being the only alteration to the existing constitution:

“The charity’s objectives (“the objectives”) are to advance the education of the public in the history and archaeology of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland by:

  • providing and assisting with the provision of learning about and understanding of the historic environment both above and below ground by practical and academic training and education
  • providing training in techniques of archaeological exploration and recording
  • providing public lectures and exhibitions
  • organising a festival of archaeology of up to one month duration
  • encouraging the general public to participate in a broad range of archaeological activities
  • working closely with other bodies to further interest and participation in archaeological discovery”