1: NAME  The organisation shall be known as Redspearlands Footpath Group, hereafter referred to as 'The Group'.

2: MISSION STATEMENT  The Group is established to promote the usage, upkeep and preservation of all published public rights of way situated within the Civil Boundary of the Parish of Dalston.

3: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES  The object of The Group is to monitor the condition of public rights of way within the parish boundary and to bring to the attention of the Parish Council by way of a written report rights of way that are:-
a)  in need of major upkeep or maintenance work
b)  obstructed or in breach of a regulation under such Countryside and Wildlife Act as is in force at the time of the discovery

4: POWERS  In furtherance of the objects but not otherwise the Executive Committee may exercise the following powers:-
a)  power to open and operate a bank or building society account in The Group's name and to raise funds and invite and receive contributions, provided that in raising funds the Executive Committee shall not undertake any substantial trading activities and shall conform to any relevant requirements of the law.
b) power to buy, lease or exchange any property necessary for the achievement of the objects and to maintain and equip it for use
c) power to co-operate with charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in the furtherance of the objects or of a similar purpose and to exchange information and advice with them
d) power to promote and encourage public access to the said rights of way on foot, horseback or off-road cycle
e) power to waymark rights of way and to report problems to Dalston Parish Council
f) power to organise escorted walks for children, young people and adults and, in co-operation with the local authority, disadvantaged people and/or ethnic minorities
g) power to support a programme of health walks for the elderly, the unfit or those undergoing coronary or stroke rehabilitation
h) power to do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of the objects       

5: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES  The Group’s membership shall be open to all persons aged 16 years and above irrespective of sex, race, sexual orientation, class, religion, caste or culture.

6: COUNTRYSIDE CODE  The Group’s members will observe the Countryside Code, maintain good practice as recommended by rambling, riding or off-road cycling organisations, and respect at all times the rights of those whose livelihood resides in the countryside.

a) FULL members paying an annual membership fee of £5 who are thereby entitled to vote at General and Extraordinary Meetings of The Group
b) ASSOCIATE (non-voting) members paying an annual membership fee of £3.

8: DONATIONS AND FUNDRAISING  The Group is a not-for-profit organisation collecting donations and raising funds to cover its administration and activities costs. Annual accounts shall be published within nine months of the end of each membership year running from January to December.

10: LEGAL STATUS  Until and unless The Group applies for and is awarded charitable status, it will be recognised as an “unincorporated association” under English law.

11: OFFICE HOLDERS  The Group may appoint office holders annually or otherwise delegate named members to act on its behalf. Office holders shall act as Trustees of the association and be its Executive Committee. The Group shall have the following office holders:-
a)  Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, but may appoint other office holders as it sees fit
b)  The Treasurer will ensure that accounts are kept and presented annually
c)  Information updates will be prepared by the Secretary and sent to all members who have disclosed an e-mail address, or posted to those who have not
d)  Edited updates and reports will also be published in the parish papers of All Saint’s, Raughton Head and Saint Michael’s, Dalston. Full reports, updates and occasional articles will also be placed on The Group's page of the Dalston village website.

12: MEETINGS  Meetings of The Group may be of the following sort:-
a)  Active meeting having a planned walks programme published in advance
b)  General meetings for the purpose of holding an Annual General Meeting, also to provide lectures, talks, slideshows, etc., for the benefit of members and their guests, or for administrative or social purposes    
c)  Extraordinary meetings called by a simple majority of officers or by at least one-third of the full members acting together. Such extraordinary meetings must be notified to all members giving notice of such resolutions as are to be voted upon by postal ballot or at the meeting force at the time of the discovery

13: CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU (CRB) POLICY  Unless already in possession of CRB clearance, The Group requires any member offering to assist with escorted walks or health.

14: ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION  Subject to the provisions of this Clause, The Group’s constitution may only be altered by a resolution passed by not less than two-thirds of the members present and voted at a general meeting. The notice of the general meeting must include a notice of the resolution, setting out the terms of the alteration proposed.

15: DISSOLUTION  If the Executive Committee decide that it is necessary or advisable to dissolve The Group, it shall call a meeting of all members of which not less than 21 days notice (stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed) will be given. If the proposal is confirmed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting, the Officers have power to realise any assets held. Any financial assets remaining after the satisfaction of all proper debts and liabilities shall be distributed amongst the membership by way of a rebate of membership fees paid.