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Constitution update 2017

  1. The name of the society shall be the “Ythan Fiddlers” and the society shall be registered in its own right as a Scottish Charity whose objectives shall be to advance the arts of traditional Scottish music by:

    1. Promoting the study, practice and performance of such music.

    2. To encourage and simulate the interest of players and the public in such music.

    3. To make donations to any recognised charitable body or bodies as members may decide.

  2. Membership shall be open to all, as playing or non playing members. All fully paid up members and nominated life members shall have equal voting rights at the Annual General Meeting.

  3. The administration and legal affairs of the society shall be managed by a core committee (Trustees)  consisting of President, Musical Director, Secretary and Treasurer.

Trustees and committee members shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office until the next AGM.

The committee shall have the power to co-opt committee members, appoint sub committee’s as required, and award life membership as they see fit.

At committee meetings 4 members are required to form a quorum. At general meetings 8 members are required.

  1. The property, effects and funds of the Society shall be vested in the Trustees to hold in trust for current members.

  2. All monies raised shall be applied to further the objects of the society. All operating costs and expenses will be subject to the Office of Scottish Charity Regulatory (OSCR) control.

  3. If, upon the winding up of the society, there remain any assets, these shall not be paid or distributed to the membership, but shall be donated or transferred to a recognised OSCR registered charity having objectives similar to the society.

  4. The financial year and membership season shall end on the 28th of February and an annual general meeting will be held as close as practical to allow financial performance to be audited and submitted to OSCR.

  5. The foregoing shall form the constitution of the society, and neither these articles nor the following rules shall be changed except with the sanction of the two-thirds majority of those present at the Extraordinary or Annual General Meeting


  1. Players intending to represent the society in public performance shall be approved by the Musical Director.

  2. The Secretary shall convene all meetings, the president will preside at each meeting or a delegated appointee.  Minutes from meetings shall be available to members to view.

  3. The Treasurer shall keep OSCR approved accounts for all society finance activities. An independent registered accountant will be utilised to audit the accounts prior to the Annual General Meeting where the membership will vote to sign off the accounts as a true reflection of the year’s activities, prior to formal OSCR submission.

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