The idea of the Group was first mooted in the late 1990’s as a consequence of the cuts made in the Armed Forces. The proposal was the idea of Major General N St G Gribbon who was concerned at the possible disappearance of the links between the City of Lancaster and the Kings Own Royal Regiment.
The official title of the organisation shall be ‘Lancaster Military Heritage Group’.
a. To maintain and develop the historical links between the armed forces, their supporting civilian services and the local community in the City and District of Lancaster
This aim will be achieved through a programme of lectures, presentations, social functions, visits, newsletters, publications etc.
b. To assist in whatever way may be appropriate the functioning of the Armed Forces Community Covenant signed by the Lancaster City Council.
The affairs of the Group shall be administered by a Committee to be elected annually at a General Meeting.
Committee meetings will be held on a regular basis as and when required.
The Committee should consist of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Historian, Public Relations Officer, Naval Representative, Army Representative, RAF Representative, OCA Representative, City of Lancaster Representative and three ordinary committee members.
In addition a President and Vice-President will be appointed by the committee.
The Committee shall have the power to co-opt to its membership up to three other members if it considers this necessary. The member may be co-opted for a given period not beyond the next Annual General Committee Meeting.
A quorum for all meetings shall be six.
Membership shall be open to all who wish to become members of the Group for a subscription as decided at the AGM. Renewals become due on 1st April.
The Committee shall have the power to expel from the Group any member guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the Group.
The Committee has the power to make by-laws and to settle all disputes not provided for in these rules, subject to ratification at a General Meeting.
The accounts will be conducted in accordance with the rules set by the Charities Commission, and as approved by the Committee.
Cheques drawn on the banking account opened in the name of the Group shall be signed by two of four officers who have been nominated to act as signatories. The accounts of the Group shall be scrutinised annually, by an Assessor appointed at the AGM. The Financial Year will run from 1st April to 31st March.
In the event of dissolution, all assets remaining after payment of proper debts and liabilities shall be transferred to an appropriate (military or similar) organisation at the discretion of the Committee.
Alteration of Rules
No alteration or addition to the Constitution shall be made except at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special Meeting convened for that purpose, at least 14 days notice having been given.
Acquisition of Property
It is not the intent of the Group to acquire, whether by gift or purchase or otherwise, to acquire objects, photographs, documents etc relating to the Military Heritage of Lancaster. It is recognised that more suitable organisations exist to cover this requirement of preservation.
To maintain the link between the military family and the local community in the District of Lancaster and to support the Armed Forces Covenant.