Club Rule Book



Health and Safety

Members and Membership of the Club

Termination of Membership

Committee and Officers

Opening hours of Company Premises

Supply of Intoxicating Liquor

Gift Membership

1 – In these Rules, where applicable, the masculine gender shall include the feminine.

2 – Every Friend on joining the Company impliedly undertakes to comply with these Rules.

3 – Neither the Company nor any Officer or member thereof shall be liable to any other Friend or guest of a Friend for any loss of or any damage to any property occurring from whatever cause in or about the Company premises; nor for any injury sustained by any Friend or guest whilst on or entering or leaving the Company premises. A notice to this effect shall at all times be displayed in a prominent position on the Company premises.

4 – A Friend (an Annual Friend, a Life Friend or an Honorary Life Friend) shall be an associate member of the Company and has the right to attend and speak at a general meeting. A Friend shall have no right to vote at general meeting except in respect of a resolution to approve the annual accounts. A Friend is not a qualifying person for the purposes of calculating the quorum for any meeting.

5 – The Company shall be managed by the Board in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company a copy of which may be obtained from the Club office.

6 – A Friend may seek election to be a Member through the Secretary’s office by being proposed and seconded by an existing Member or Director of the Company and his nomination approved by the Board. The number of Members is limited to 15.

7 – Directors are appointed to the Board by a resolution of the Board. The number of Directors is limited to 15.

8 – Members of the Company are only entitled to vote at General Meetings of the Company unless the resolution put to the vote at the meeting is a resolution to approve the annual accounts when that Friend’s vote can be taken into account at the same time as the votes of all the other persons attending the meeting.

Health and Safety

A copy of the Club and Foundation’s Health & Safety Policy (including Risk Assessments) is available from the Secretary

Members and Membership of the Club

9 – A Friend shall consist of a Life Friend, an Annual Friend or an Honorary Life Friend. The status of Friend shall be open to any lady, gentleman or minor whose application has been accepted by the Committee of the Company. Such acceptance will normally be delegated to the Company Secretary.

10 – A Friend may be elected to become a Member of the Company and a Director of the Board of the Company in accordance with Rule 6.

11 – No person shall be admitted as a Friend or be entitled to any of the privileges of a Friend without an interval of at least two clear days between his application to become a Friend and his admission.

12 – Every Friend shall receive a designated card which must be shown to any Officer, Official or servant of the Company who may reasonably require at any time to see it and who may require any Friend to sign his name or provide any other means of proving his identity. Any Friend who refuses to show his card or prove his identity when so requested may be asked to leave the Company premises.

13 – Each Friend shall communicate his address and e-mail address from time to time to the Secretary and all notices sent to such address shall be considered as duly delivered.

14 – Friends, other than Junior Friends, shall have the privilege of introducing guests (for whose conduct whilst in the Company premises they shall be held responsible), provided that such guests have not been rejected by the Company as candidates to become a Friend, or that, having been a Friend, they have not been called upon to resign or been dismissed. A Friend who has resigned voluntarily may be introduced as a guest. The guest must enter his name in the appropriate book kept for that purpose and the entry must be countersigned by the Friend introducing him. Under no circumstances shall a guest be permitted to enjoy the facilities of the Company until this is done. A Friend shall not introduce any one guest more than three times during a year and shall not bring more than three guests at any one time.

15 – There shall be no limit on the number of Honorary Friends.

16 – The dress code for the Pavilion is “smart casual with shoes.” Friends or guests with bare torsos or wearing vests or swimwear can be asked to leave the ground.

17 – Life Friends shall pay an amount as shall be fixed by the Board from time to time, normally up to ten times the cost of a single annual subscription. The annual subscription for a Friend shall be fixed by the Board from time to time and notified to Friends and shall be payable on the 1st day of January in each year. The status of Junior Friend shall be available to minors between the ages of 5 and 18 years inclusive. On reaching the age of 19 years, a junior Friend will be elected to become a Friend without further application. A joint subscription shall normally be one and one-half times the single subscription and a junior subscription approximately one-third of the single subscription.

18 – Notice in writing shall be sent to every Friend whose subscription shall be unpaid on the 1st March; should the subscription not have been paid on or before the 1st May next following, he shall cease to be a Friend. The Board, however, shall have power to re-admit a Friend who provides a satisfactory explanation for the non-payment of his subscription, subject to such conditions as the Board may from time to time decide.

Termination of membership

19 – A Friend desiring to resign as a Friend may give notice to that effect in writing to the Secretary of the Company at any time in any calendar year, and if he does so shall cease to be a Friend at the end of that year.

20 – The Board may, by resolution, expel a Friend if, in the opinion of the Board, his conduct, or any action of his whether in or out of the Company premises, is injurious to or inconsistent with the character or interests of the Company, or has been such as to render him unfit to be a Friend.

a – A proposal to expel a Friend from the Company under this Rule shall be considered at a meeting of the Board especially summoned to consider the matter.

Before the Board resolves to expel a Friend, the Friend concerned shall be given a fair and sufficient notice of the proposal and of the general nature of the grounds on which it is made. He shall also be afforded an opportunity of explaining the circumstances and defending his conduct or action either by writing or by appearing before the Board in person, accompanied by a representative, if he so wishes, or by sending a representative.

b – A Friend who is expelled shall, thereupon, forfeit all rights in respect of all claims upon the Company or its property and shall cease to be a Friend.

Committee and Officers

21 – The Officers of the Company shall normally consist of a President, any Vice-Presidents, a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, a Treasurer, a Director of Cricket and a Secretary, all of whom may hold any other office in the Company. Any Officer not in the paid employment of the Company must be a Friend. The Board may create further Officers if considered desirable in the interests of the Company.

22 – The Board shall appoint the President (who shall normally be the Duke of Norfolk), who shall be an ex-officio member of the Board, and so on from year to year, announcing the appointment at the Annual General Meeting in each year. The President, in conjunction with the Board, may appoint a Vice-President and vice versa. Such Vice Presidents shall be ex-officio members of the Board and their appointment shall be reviewed at the Annual General Meeting.

23 – The Board shall be established in accordance with the Articles and its powers and responsibilities shall be in accordance with the Articles.

24 – The Board shall be empowered to elect as an Honorary Life Friend any individual whose conduct, whether for services to cricket or for any other reason, the Board considers to be especially desirable in the interests of the company. Members of Staff who have served for a minimum period of 4 continuous years will normally be afforded this honour.

Opening Hours of Company Premises

25 – The Company premises shall be open during weekdays, weekends and holiday periods at such times as shall be decided in advance by the Board and such times of opening will be promulgated by notices on the General Notice Board of the Company.

Supply of Intoxicating Liquor

26 – The hours for the supply of intoxicating liquor in the Company premises shall be those hours currently permitted by the Licensing Act 1964 as amended by the Licensing Act 1988 or such other Act of Parliament which may be introduced for the amendment of licensing hours. Within the permitted hours, the specific Opening Times on any day shall be at the absolute discretion of the Board.

No intoxicating liquor shall be supplied to Friends or to any other person on the Company premises otherwise than by or on behalf of the Company.

27 – No person under the age of eighteen years may be supplied with or consume any intoxicating liquor upon the Company premises.

28 – Any member or official of a Company or team visiting the Company for the purpose of games, sports and matches and any member or official of any recognised organisation visiting the Company premises on any occasion or for any function organised or approved by the Board shall be considered an honorary Friend of the Company for the duration of his visit.

29 – The purchase for the Company and the supply by the Company of intoxicating liquor shall be approved by the Board.

Revised and Amended — April 2013