Burntisland Bowling Club
Constitution and Rules (Revised February 2017)
The name of the Club shall be the Burntisland Bowing Club and shall consist of
Full members, Associate members and Honorary members
2. Club Purpose
The purpose of the Club is to participate in and promote the sport of lawn bowls.
a. Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport
on application, regardless of sex, disability, ethnicity, sexual
orientation, religion or other beliefs. However, limitation of
membership according to available facilities is allowed on a nondiscriminatory
b. The Club may have different classes of membership and subscriptions
on a non-discriminatory basis.
c. The Club may refuse membership, or cancel membership, only for good
cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into
disrepute. Appeal against refusal or cancelation of membership may be
submitted to the Management Committee in writing along with
supporting information or evidence.
d. Membership shall consist of: -
i. Full Members
ii. Associate members
iii. Honorary Members.
4. Full members
Full members shall be all members who are afforded all facilities of the Club and
who will be eligible to serve on the Committee and have full voting rights. The
Club has to have at least 25 members to be properly constituted.
5. Associate Members
Associate may be admitted as non-playing members at a reduced rate. They will
be eligible to enjoy the social amenities of the Club but will have no voting rights.
Associate membership must not exceed 40% of ordinary members.
6. Honorary Presidents
Presidency of the Club may be conferred upon such person or persons as have
rendered special services to the Club or to the game of bowls. Such appointments
to be made at the Annual General Meeting and no more than three Presidents may
hold office at any one time.
7. Honorary Membership
Honorary membership may be given to a person or persons, if they are no longer
able to play due to illness, infirmity, or only very occasionally. Honorary
memberships can only be given at an Annual General Meeting. Honorary
members will have NO voting rights.
8. Membership Fees
Membership shall be by Annual Subscription at a figure to be determined by the
members at the Annual General Meeting. Membership fees will fall due on 1st
March each year, and will required to be paid by the second Saturday after the
opening of the green. New members shall pay the appropriate subscription before
being admitted to the privileges of the Club.
9. Management Committee
Management Committee shall be the Officials and Committee as elected at the
Annual General Meeting. It shall have full powers to transact all business and
affairs of the Club, to call General Meetings and may fill by co-option any vacancy
in their number. Any member so co-opted, would serve only to the following
Annual General Meeting. At all committee meetings, quorum to be six members. A
quorum for the Annual General Meeting shall be 25% of all members. The Chair
shall have a deliberative vote, and an additional casting vote
10. Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting will be held in March each year. At this time, there will be
appointed to office, a Club President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Match
Secretary and an additional eight committee members. The Secretary shall give
intimation of the Annual General Meeting to members by circular at least eight
days before the proposed date of meeting. A notice of motion for Annual General
will be written out and given to the Secretary six days before the meeting for
inclusion on the agenda.
The Committee shall meet as necessary on requisition of the President or any two
members of the Committee, and shall meet at least once a month during the
12. Special General Meetings
The President will be bound to call such a meeting of the Club when required to
do so by requisition, signed by at least ten members. Said meeting to be held
within eight days of the receipt of such requisition.
13. Conduct of Meetings
Any Notice of Motion coming before the Annual General Meeting must be moved
by the Proposer and seconded by another members. Voting will be by a show of
hands unless agreed by two-thirds of members present that a ballot be held.
Again, as in committee, the Chairman will have an additional casting vote. The
Chair’s decision on all matters will be final.
14. Treasurer’s Accounts
Correct accounts and Books shall be kept, which will be properly audited before
submission to the Annual General Meeting, together with the Treasurer’s Report
and Balance Sheet. The Treasurer may use his discretion on expenditure to a
figure of £500 then report action to the Committee. Expenditure above £500 must
first be proposed to Committee and approval granted before any action is taken.
At the Annual General Meeting 2002, the membership agreed to the following:
An overdraft of up £2000 shall be agreed with the Bank, for emergency purpose
with the full approval of the Committee.
The Club is a non-profit making organization. All profits and surpluses will be
used to improve the Club’s facilities No profit or surplus will be distributed other
than to another non-profit making body or to members on winding up or
dissolution of the Club.
15. Licensing Acts
The following rules shall be observed to comply with the Licensing (Scotland) Act
a. That no members of the committee or governing body, and no
manager or servant employed in the Club shall have any personal
interest in the sale of excisable liquor therein or in the profit arising
from such sales.
b. That all members of the Club shall be elected by the whole body of
members, or by the committee or governing body, with or without
specially added members.
c. That the names and addresses of persons proposed as ordinary
members of the Club shall be displayed in a conspicuous place in
the Club premises for at least a week before their election and that
an interval of not less than two weeks shall elapse between
nomination and election of ordinary members.
d. That no person under 18 shall be admitted a member of the Club
unless the Club is one devoted to some athletic purpose, and in the
latter case that no excisable liquor shall be sold or supplied to any
person under 18 years of age.
e. That no person shall be allowed to become Honorary or Temporary
members of the Club, or be relieved of the regular entrance fee or
subscription, except those possessing certain qualifications defined
in the rules, and subject to conditions and regulations prescribed
f. That no excisable liquor shall be sold in the Club premises for
consumption off the premises, except to a member of the Club in
person for consumption by him, or to a person holding a certificate
or a wholesalers’ excise licence for the sale of such liquor.
g. Other than when an occasional licence has effect, no person is to be
supplied with alcohol on the Club premises unless that person is:
i. A member of the Club;
ii. A person who is on the premises at the invitation of a
member of the Club and is accompanied by that member; or
iii. A member of another club which meets requirements of
Section 125(1) of Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.
The work of Burntisland Bowling Club shall not be for the benefit of Landfill site
operators who may contribute to Burntisland Bowling Club and claim credit
under the Landfill Communities Fund. Nor shall it be for the benefit of
contributing third parties, as defined in the Landfill Tax regulations.
In the event of the organization disbanding, any remaining Landfill Communities
Fund money shall be transferred to any enrolled environmental body and not to
an organization of similar objects and status.
Members shall be allowed the privilege of bringing friends to the Club
occasionally. A visitor book shall be kept and names and addresses of visitors
entered. A member may ‘sign in’ no more than four visitors at any one time and
will be responsible for their conduct while they are on Club premises.
17. Temporary Members
The Committee shall have power to grant Temporary Membership. Persons
eligible for such membership shall be:
a. Members of any Bowling Club or persons who may be invited by
the Committee to any Club match or competition to be held at the
b. Visitors on holiday in Burntisland who may have purchased
Monthly, Fortnightly, Weekly or Daily tickets.
18. Temporary Members
Temporary Members are exempted from payment of entrance fees and shall
enjoy all the privileges of the Club, subject to the rules and bye-laws but shall
have no right or interest in the property of the Club nor voice nor vote in the
management of its affairs, nor shall Temporary Members be admitted for a period
of less than a week have the right of introduction of a visitor to the clubhouse.
19. Alteration of Rules
None the preceding Rules shall be altered, unless by General Meeting of Members
and intimation of proposed alteration(s) shall be furnished to members eight
days before the meeting. Notice of motion to be in the hands of the Secretary
fourteen days before the meeting.
The Committee shall have powers to make bye-laws, not at variance with the
foregoing rules, from time to time, as they see fit.
Any member in contravention of the rules and on doing so after being warned by
Committee, or any member who shall be guilty of conduct prejudicial to the
interests of the Club, if which the Committee shall be sole judges, shall be liable to
suspension or expulsion by vote of the Committee.
No one will be allowed on the Green unless wearing bowling shoes or specially
made plastic overshoes.
The laws of the game as laid down by Bowls Scotland, shall be observed in all
matters to which said laws relate, and a copy shall be exhibited in the clubhouse
at all times.
24) Delivery of bowls
Delivery must be made in such a way as to obviate the risk of damage to the turf
in any way, and bowls, jacks etc., must never be dropped on the Green.
No complaint shall be considered by the Committee unless submitted in writing.
26) Competitions and Matches
The Match Committee shall determine when Club competitions and inter-club
matches are to be played, and shall appoint skips and make other arrangements
subject to the approval of the Management Committee should this be necessary.
All disputes that may arise between competitors shall be referred to the Match
Committee whose decision is final.
28) Green/Rink Closure
When Green or Rinks are closed, due to weather or wear and tear, a minimum of
three persons from the Management Committee to decide if the Green or rinks
can be opened.
Only persons whose membership fees have been paid by the time prescribed in
the foregoing rules of this constitution shall be eligible to play in competitions
and ‘Ties’, or in arranged matches.
30) Postponed Matches
A match once started shall be played to a finish unless postponement is mutually
agreed to by the players. When, however, due to weather conditions, or the
condition of the Green, the Green Ranger, or any member of the Committee
present, may order a postponement. Any match postponement shall be resumed
at the point at which it was stopped, except an end not completed shall not be
31) Green Rulings
All persons entering or leaving the Green must use the steps provided only.
Sitting on artificial banking is not allowed; protective mats must be used when
requested by the Green Ranger or Committee.
The use of mobile phones and similar devices is not permitted on the green and
If the above is not adhered to, Disciplinary action will be taken.