Who are the Toddington Old Boys?
In 1943, William Hyde MA CBE JP formed the Toddington Old Boys Association or TOBA, a luncheon club of like minded gentlemen who met every half year to reminisce about their younger days in the village of Toddington, Bedfordshire.
Over half a century later the Association is still going strong. The Toddington Old Boys Association still meets twice yearly for a luncheon and still supports the village and it’s organisations to develop and grow.
Our membership is made up of gentlemen over the age of forty who were born in Toddington, or studied at one of the village schools. Currently our number stands at over a hundred and fifty such gentlemen and covers a wide spectrum of our society from managers, labourers, directors and retirees, to the disabled and unemployed, all of whom get together for a meal, a pint and a chat twice a year at the Toddington Sports & Social Club.
From the early days of the Toddington Old Boys Association, we have offered our strong community contributions to the village. We have offered our financial support to our schools, our youth groups and to other organisations that serve our community. Alongside the Toddington Old Scholars, a similar organisation for the women of the village, Toddington Old Boys Association has been an active force for community cohesion. The Toddington Old Boys and the Toddington Old Scholars meet every year for an annual event night.
If you were born in our village or attended one of our many schools, please contact our Secretary to find out more about our organisation. To help us live up to our motto:
1.1 The organisation shall be called the Toddington Old Boys’ Association.
2 AIMS & OBJECTIVES
2.1 To foster and promote good fellowship for members within the Association.
2.2 To support Parkfields Middle School, and St George’s Lower School, in Toddington, with the ‘Hyde Awards’.
2.3 To support Charities, and good causes within the village of Toddington.
2.4 Support member’s widows with a Christmas gift each year.
3.1 Membership of the Association will be open to any male person over the age of 40 who
was either born in the Village of Toddington, or in early life attended one of the schools located in the village.
3.2 New members may join at the Annual General Meeting, or at the October Luncheon subject to vacancies. The new member must be proposed by an existing member of the Association, at least 7 days prior to the meeting, and seconded by another member at the Annual General Meeting, or the October Luncheon. That proposed new member must be in attendance at the Annual General Meeting, or October Luncheon.
4.1 The Officers of the Association shall be as follows:
New Members Secretary
(These five posts are the Executive Officers’ of the Association)
5 ELECTION OF OFFICERS
5.1 All Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Association, from, and
by, the members of the Association.
5.2 All Officers are elected for a period of one year, but may be re-elected to the same office or another office the following year.
6 GENERAL COMMITTEE
6.1 A General Committee comprising of the Executive Officers of the Association, and seven other elected members, elected from, and by, the members of the Association for a period of one year, shall control the affairs of the Association. The seven other elected members may be re-elected the following year. The General Committee shall meet at agreed intervals and not less than four times per year.
6.2 The duties of the General Committee shall be:
6.2.1 To control the affairs of the Association on behalf of the members.
6.2.2 To keep accurate accounts of the finances of the Association through the Treasurer. These should be available for reasonable inspection by members and should be audited before every Annual General Meeting. The Association shall maintain a bank current account, and two from the five Executive Officers shall be authorised to sign Association cheques.
6.2.3 To co-opt additional members onto the Committee as the Committee feels this is necessary. Co-opted members shall not be entitled to a vote on the Committee.
6.2.4 To make decisions on the basis of a simple majority vote. In the case of equal votes, the Chairman shall be entitled to an additional casting vote.
7 GENERAL MEETINGS
7.1 The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held not later than the end of April each year. Members must advise the Secretary in writing of any other business to be moved at the Annual General Meeting, at least 15 days before a meeting. This will allow the Secretary to give 14 days written notice to members of the Annual General Meeting and to circulate a copy of the agenda, along with a financial balance sheet to every member.
7.2 The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to:
7.2.1 Confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and any General meetings held since the last Annual General Meeting.
7.2.2 Receive the audited accounts for the year from the Treasurer.
7.2.3 Receive the annual report of the Committee from the Chairman.
7.2.4 Elect the Officers of the Association, and the other General Committee members.
7.2.5 Elect two auditors.
7.2.6 Transact such other business received in writing by the Secretary from member’s 15 days prior to the meeting and included on the agenda.
7.3 Special meetings may be convened by the General Committee or on receipt by the Secretary of a request in writing from not less than 6 members of the Association. At least 21 days notice of the meeting shall be given.
7.4 Nomination of candidates for election of Officers’ or general committee members shall be made in writing to the Secretary at least 15 days in advance of the Annual General meeting date. Nominations can only be made by members, and must be seconded by another member.
7.5 At all Annual General Meetings, the chair will be taken by the Chairman or, in his absence, the Vice-Chairman, or in his absence also, by an Executive Officer appointed by members attending the meeting.
7.6 Decisions made at the Annual General Meetings shall be a simple majority of votes from those members attending the meeting. In the event of equal votes, the Chairman, or appointed Deputy, shall be entitled to an additional casting vote.
7.7 A quorum for an Annual General Meeting shall be 20 members, and 3 Executive Officers of the Association.
7.8 Each member of the Association at the Annual General Meeting shall be entitled to one vote.
7.9 Dress code for members at an Annual General Meeting, or an official Association Luncheon will be smart casual, with a jacket and Association tie. At an Annual General Meeting, the Chairman will wear his chain of office.
8 ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION
8.1 Any proposed alterations to the Associations Constitution may only be considered at an Annual or Special General Meeting, convened with the required written notice of the proposal. Any alteration or amendment must be proposed by a member of the Association, and seconded by another member. Such alterations shall be passed by not less than two-thirds of those members present at the meeting, assuming that a quorum, (as per 7.7 above), has been achieved.
9.1 If at any General Meeting of the Association, a resolution were passed calling for the dissolution of the Association, the Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting of the Association to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.
9.2 If at that Special General Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least two-thirds of the membership, achieved by a postal ballot, the Executive Officers’ shall thereupon, or at such a date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the Association and discharge all debts and liabilities of the Association.
9.3 After discharging all debts and liabilities of the Association, the remaining assets shall not be paid or distributed amongst members of the Association. The first £1200 of the funds will be placed in a bond for the continuance of the Hyde awards, and any remaining funds shall be given to some voluntary organisation having objects or aims similar to those of the Association.