Here are the answers to some of the questions we are often asked.
What are the aims of Chirnside Common Good?
Our aims are:
- to promote and encourage public interest in, and care for, the beauty, history and character of Chirnside and its surroundings
- to encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity, historic interest or otherwise beneficial to the community,
- and to encourage measures for the relief of poverty and advancement of education in the community.
We do this by means of:
- publicity, and
- the promotion of schemes of a charitable nature.
Who can be members?
- Anyone 16 years or older who is resident in the parish of Chirnside.
What assets and property do you have and how are they looked after?
- Capital Funds and Property acquired by the “Common Good” are vested in two Trustees who are elected by the General Meeting of the Association.
- In addition to our bank accounts we hold the title deeds to:
- Common Good Park
- The Quarry
- Crosshill Car Park
What happens to the assets and funds if the Common Good is dissolved or wound up?
Should the Common Good be dissolved it must be by a resolution passed with two-thirds majority of the Executive Committee. Any assets remaining after all debts and liabilities have been settled will be given or transferred to a recognised charity with similar aims.
How are events such as the Civic Week and the Jim Clark Exhibition organised?
- Sub – committees are appointed by the Executive Committee to undertake any special piece of work proposed by the Common Good. Funds raised by Sub-Committee are handed to the Treasurer with a financial statement signed by the Convenor and two members of their subcommittee for submission to the monthly meetings.
- Current sub- committees are:
- Civic Week
- David Hume Group
- Jim Clark Exhibition
How are you managed and regulated?
- The “Common Good” is administered by an Executive Committee consisting of a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer and ten Members to be elected by a ballot at the Annual General Meeting. The Trustees are ex-offico members of the Executive Committee
- In the event of a vacancy occurring in the Trusteeship, the remaining Trustee would nominate a successor, whose appointment must be ratified by the Executive Committee.
- The committee meets monthly currently the 3rd Wednesday of the month except July and August when there is no meeting.
- Our accounts are audited by an Auditor appointed at the Annual General Meeting.
- We are a registered charity (SC011711) and regulated by OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
Who are the officers and committee?
- Chair: Kevin Prior,
- Secretary: Linda Gray
- Treasurer: Bill Dunn
- Vice Chair: Simon Wright
- Susan Swan
- Martha Andrews
- Anne Robertson
- Douglas Robertson
- Muriel Kinghorn
- Mark Kinghorn
- Penny Wright
- Sara Doggett
- Parish Church Minister currently vacant
- Primary School Headteacher currently vacant (Sally Leighton)
What does the regulator ask you to do?
- We have to make an annual return which includes our annual report and accounts
- We have a duty to promote the charity’s registration.
It is our view that applies only to external documents and communications, including those issued by a third party. The documents include all:
- external business letters or emails
- printed advertisements, public notices or official published documents
- documents which request the donation of money or property to be used for the benefit of a charity
- promissory notes, endorsements and orders for money or goods
- bills issued
- invoices, receipts and letters of credit
- statements of account prepared in accordance with Regulations 8, 9 or 14 of the Charities Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 2006
- documents which are intended to educate the public about the charity and any promotional material aimed at raising the charity’s profile or a topical issue
- legal conveyance documents concerned with land rights i.e. buying, selling or transferring
- documents which set out the terms of an agreement or a contract
- bills of exchange (not including cheques)
- the home page on a website operated by or on behalf of the charity.
We do this by including
- the charity’s name, as entered in the Register
- the charity’s Scottish Charity Number (SC0[zero]11711).
- Or this logo
If you would like any further information please contact any of the officers or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org