The joint development group was formed in 2009 with a remit from both sailing club and gig club to explore options for a joint shore base. Both clubs were represented on this group in equal proportions, under the independent chairmanship of Peter Key.
A working constitution was agreed.
Draft plans were developed and agreed with the committees of the two clubs, and the committees kept regularly informed.
In November 2010 a not for profit company limited by guarantee was formed. This is called Weir Quay Community Watersports Hub Club Limited. The Board has agreed this should be known as Weir Quay Community Watersports.
The Hub Club is controlled by the Sailing Club and the Gig Club through the nomination of Directors and ‘Members’ (see more below).
It enables the Sailing Club and the Gig Club to work together in doing those things which are best done in partnership. In particular these are to:
- Secure and manage shared shore-based facilities
- Promote watersports within our local communities
- Raise funds
We applied to the Charities Commission to register as a charity. This was granted in June 2011. Our Charity Registration number is 1142195. This changes some of the detail, for example directors of the company become trustees of the charity.
The initial ‘Subscribers’ to the company became its legal ‘Members’ on incorporation. They control the company through their votes at Annual and Emergency General Meetings (AGMs and EGMs), at which Directors / Trustees are appointed and changes may be made to the Memorandum and Articles, which control how the company operates. These ‘Members’ of the company are the formal representatives of the gig and sailing clubs and control the company and composition of the board on the clubs’ behalf. (Note, this concept of a legal ‘Member’ of a legal body has nothing to do with ordinary membership of a club, and is more akin to being a shareholder).
The first Members of the Company were:
- Simon Howes – T&TGC
- Hilary Jane Bussell – T&TGC
- Robin Riddett – WQSC
- Stephen Kirby – WQSC
Simon has since resigned as a member to take up an appointment as a trustee, to replace Rod Atkins, who retired on health grounds. The Gig Club is in the process of nominating or electing a new member.
The first Trustees were:
- Peter Key – Independent Chairman
- Rod Atkins – T&TGC
- Mike Street – WQSC – Co Secretary
- Caroline Dawe – T&TGC
- Pete Silcock – WQSC – sites and plans
- Mike Poole – WQSC – funding
- Bob Turner – T&TGC – Treasurer
Councillors Robin Musgrave (WDBC) and the Chair and Commodore of the Gig and Sailing clubs are invited to attend the Board. They are not Directors and do not vote.
From the first development group meeting Friends of Weir Quay participated in our meetings, and were invited to the early Board meeting. They did not vote.
The Board meets as required.
The first AGM was held in May, within 18 months of incorporation. See the News section
Read the current Weir Quay Community Watersports Articles of Association.