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Club Rules

A set of official Club Rules were adopted in April 1961. They were updated accordingly in the mid nineties (by means of an emergency General Meeting on 14.3.96). A further amendment was tabled on 22.3.10 regarding new club members.


1. The Name of the Club shall be 'West Bretton Village Cricket Club'.

2. The Objects of the Club shall be:

(a) To provide for the members a cricket ground and pavillion.

(b) To supply to members and others, refreshments and all things incidental to the playing of cricket.

(c) To maintain the Bretton Cricket Ground for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of West Bretton.

(d) To take any such action as the Management Committee may think fit to raise funds for the benefit of the Club.

3. Membership shall be open to all persons interested in the game of cricket. All present members shall be members without formal application or acceptance.

4. Every Candidate for membership shall become automatically a member - with no vote needed as such. Any opposition to the granting of membership shall be at the discretion of the Management Committee.

5. Resignation. A member desiring to withdraw from the Club must give notice in writing to the Secretary on or before the twenty eighth day of February in any year. Otherwise the subscription for the ensuing year shall be payable.

6. Expulsion. The Management Committee shall have power to request any member to resign - or to determine any membership without explanation - but for the purpose of this rule the vote of not less than two thirds of the whole of the Committee shall be neccessary.

7. Subscriptions shall be such as the Management Committee shall, from time to time, decide. The Management Committee shall have full power to fix different subscriptions for different classes of membership.

8. Officers. The Club shall have a President, Vice Presidents, Chairman, Trustees, Secretary and Treasurer as officers. The President and Vice Presidents shall be honorary members.

9. Appointment of Officers. The officers other than Trustees shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for one year.

10. Trustees. There shall be Trustees of the Club and the real and leasehold property of the Club shall be vested in them to be dealt with by them as the Management Committee shall, from time to time, direct by resolution (of which an entry in the Club's Minute's shall be conclusive evidence). The Trustees shall be indemnified against risk and expense out of the Club property. The Trustees shall hold office until death or resignation or until removed from office. If by reason of any such death, resignation or removal it shall appear neccessary that a new Trustee or Trustees shall be appointed or if the Management Committee shall deem it expedient to appoint an additional Trustee or additional Trustees, the Management Committee shall by resolution nominate the person or persons to be appointed the new Trustee or Trustees. For the purpose of giving effect to such nomination the Secretary is hereby nominated as the person to appoint new Trustees of the Club within the meaning of Section 36 of the 'Trustee Act 1925'. He shall by deed duly appoint the person or persons so nominated by the Management Committee as the new Trustee or Trustees of the Club and the provisions of the 'Trustee Act 1925' shall apply to any such appointment. Any statement of fact in any such deed of appointment shall in favour of a person dealing bona fide and for value with the Club or the Committee be conclusive evidence of the fact so stated.

11. The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held during the month of November in each year upon a date and at a time to be fixed by the Management Committee. Notice of the Annual General Meeting shall be sufficiently given to all members of the Club - stating date, time and whereabouts - at least fourteen days prior to the date of such meeting. The Annual General Meeting shall be held for the following purposes:

(a) To appoint a President

(b) To appoint Vice Presidents

(c) To appoint a Chairman

(d) To appoint a Secretary and a Treasurer

(e) To appoint Captains and Vice Captains

(f) To appoint Auditors

(g) To appoint such other officers as the Annual General Meeting may, from time to time, decide in accordance with item (k) hereof.

(h) To receive from the Management Committee a report (if any) , balance sheet and statement of accounts for the preceding financial year.

(i) To elect the Management Committee

(j) To appoint a Selection Committee

(k) To decide on any resolution which may be duly submitted to the meeting as hereinafter provided.

12. Management Committee. The entire management of the club (except as otherwise provided by these Rules) shall be deputed to a Committee to be called the 'Management Committee'. This should consist of the President, the Chairman, the Secretary, the Treasurer and at least seven other members. The Chairman of the Club shall also be Chairman of the Management Committee.

13. The Selection Committee shall consist of the Captain(s), Vice Captains (optional) plus the Chairman of Selectors.

14. Meetings of the Management and Selection Committees shall be held when so called by the Secretary and also within seven days of the receipt by the Secretary of a requisition for a Special Meeting of the Committee in writing signed by three members thereof.

15. A Special General Meeting may be convened at any time by the Management Committee and shall be convened within twenty one days from the receipt of a requisition in writing , signed by not less than five members, specifying the object of the meeting. Notice in writing convening a Special General Meeting shall be sent to members not less than seven days before the meeting and it shall specify the matters to be dealt with.

16. Insurance. The Auditors shall submit to the Annual General Meeting a report on all Insurances held by the Club.

17. The Financial Year of the Club shall end on the 30th day of September in each year to which day the accounts of the Club shall be balanced. As soon as practicable after the end of the financial year the accounts shall be audited by the Auditors appointed at the previous Annual General Meeting and they shall submit their report thereon to the Annual General Meeting next following.

18. An Inventory of all Club Property shall be maintained by the Secretary and a report thereon by the Auditors shall be submitted to the Annual General Meeting. The report by the Auditors shall certify that a physical inspection has been made of all items included in the inventory.

19. Opening Times. The Club's premises are available to members throughout the year at times deemed appropriate by the Management Committee in furtherance of the objects of the Club. They will not be open for the sale of liquor on Christmas Day. The permitted hours when liquor may be sold comply with normal licensing hours on those occasions which are defined within the Club's licence.

20. Commission. No one may at any time receive, at the expense of the Club, any commission percentage or similar payment on or with reference to purchases of intoxicating liquor by the Club. No one may directly or indirectly derive any pecuniary benefit from the supply of intoxicating liquor by or on behalf of the Club to members or guests apart from any benefit accruing to the Club as a whole. And apart also from any benefit which a person derives indirectly by reason of the supplying giving rise to contributing to a general gain from the carrying on of the Club.

21. Application of Profit. No money or property of the Club or any gain arising from the carrying on of the Club may be applied otherwise than for the benefit of the Club as a whole or for some charitable or benevolent purposes chosen by resolution of a General Meeting.

22. Intoxicating Liquor. Intoxicating liquor may be provided only to members of the Club and their bona fide guests. Each member may introduce up to two guests on any one occasion. Members of visiting cricket teams and visiting cricket officials and guests of those teams and officials may be supplied with liquor. On the occasion of the Club staging a league match or tournament on behalf of a league, but not including a team from the West Bretton Village Cricket Club, intoxicating liquor may be sold to the participating teams, the officials and supporters of the visiting cricket teams. Such occasions shall not exceed six in number during any one calendar year.

23. Alteration of Rules. No Rule of the Club shall be repealed or altered and no new Rule shall be made save by a two thirds majority of members present at a General Meeting; and one calendar month's notice of the intention to propose any new Rule or alteration of existing Rules, shall be given to the Secretary, who shall send notice in writing of the same to every member at least fourteen days before the General Meeting.

24. Chair and Voting. At all General Meetings of the Club the Chairman and in his absence a member selected by the Meeting, shall take the chair. Every member present entitled to vote shall have one vote upon every motion and in the case of equality of votes the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

25. Quorum. The quorum at all General Meetings and meetings of the Management Committee shall be five members.

26. Dissolution. If at any General Meeting a Resolution for the Dissolution of the Club shall be passed by a majority of the members present and such resolution shall, at a Special General Meeting, held not less than one month thereafter, at which not less than one half the members shall be present, be confirmed by resolution passed by a majority of two thirds of the members present, the Committee shall thereupon or at such future date as shall be specified in such resolution, proceed to realise the property of the Club and after the discharge of all liabilities shall use the proceeds for the furtherance of recreational facilities in the Parish of West Bretton.

27. The Bretton Cricket Ground. Whether or not the Club shall be dissolved or cease to exist, Bretton Cricket Ground shall not be sold or otherwise disposed of, and the Trustees shall hold it upon trust to provide for the members of the Club a cricket ground, and if the Club shall be dissolved or otherwise cease to exist the Trustees shall hold Bretton Cricket Ground upon trust for use as a recreation ground only for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of West Bretton and this Rule shall not be capable of repeal or alteration notwithstanding Clause 23 hereof.