Fen Edge Community Association Bye-laws

1        Introduction

This document contains Bye-laws approved by the Fen Edge Community Association (FECA) trustees.

The Bye-laws represent an agreement between the trustees as to certain aspects of how FECA will operate. Trustees and subcommittee members shall comply with these bye-laws.

Section 2 comprises the Bye-laws.  The status of section 3 is for information only.

1.1    Approval of changes to the Bye-laws

Updates to the Bye-laws require a trustee motion, to be recorded in the minutes of a trustee meeting.

1.2    Revision History



Summary of changes



Approved by FECA trustees


2        Bye-laws

2.1    The Purpose of FECA

The objects in the constitution are written that way for practical and historic reasons, but are not very readable.  The trustees approve the following to be used as a public explanation of the purpose of FECA.

2.1.1   FECA – working for the Fen Edge community

The Fen Edge Community Association is a registered charity (293020), formed over thirty years ago. The Association is an umbrella body firmly based in the local community to bring together voluntary and other organisations, residents, businesses and statutory authorities in a common effort to make social, education and leisure facilities more easily available to all who live and work in Cottenham, Landbeach, Rampton, Waterbeach and Willingham.

2.1.2   What do we do?

The primary function of the Fen Edge Community Association is to improve the quality of life for the Fen Edge community. We do this by

  • Raising funds to enable us to give grants to support local clubs, groups and societies;
  • Publishing the Fen Edge News to keep the community informed;
  • Organising and managing community projects, events and other activities; and
  • Promoting and encouraging participation in community events, activities and local groups

The Fen Edge Community Association comprises representatives from local clubs, groups, societies, individuals elected each year to form the Trustees and members of the Management Committee appointed by the Trustees. A copy of FECA’s constitution is available on our website.

2.2    AGM Agenda

The agenda of the annual general meeting shall include:

  1. receiving the annual report of the officers
  2. receiving the statement of accounts that have been examined by an independent examiner
  3. appointing the trustees
  4. appointing the officers: Chair, Secretary and Treasurer,
  5. appointing an independent examiner

2.3    Trustee Subcommittees

Formation of and appointments to trustee subcommittees are made by the trustees.

The subcommittees shall be (re-)appointed after each AGM.

Before approving the formation of a Trustee Subcommittee, the Trustees shall ensure that this document adequately describes the responsibilities, composition and any required policy documents of that Subcommittee.

2.3.1   The Management Committee (MC)   Responsibility

The MC is responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of FECA, including:

  • Meeting regularly
  • Managing the finances
  • Managing communications to members
    • Fen Edge News
    • Website
    • Social media
  • Making grants to members   Composition

The MC is formed as follows:

  • The trustee Chair, Secretary and Treasurer shall be members of the MC and perform their respective role in the MC
  • According to the constitution, other trustees may attend and participate at will
  • Up to 2 representatives from each of the other trustee subcommittees (if any)
  • Members of the Cottenham Village College Senior Management Team, including the Adult Education Coordinator
  • A newsletter representative   Delegated powers

The trustees delegate to the Management Committee the following powers:

  • To execute the FECA Finance Policy
  • To execute the FECA Grant Policy
  • To consider and approve membership applications. Any application not approved by the Management Committee shall be referred to the trustees for a final decision.

2.4    Policies

A FECA policy shall be approved by the Management Committee, and approval noted in the minutes. FECA policies shall be posted on the FECA website and made available to the public.

These policies shall cover the following topics:

  • Finance
  • Grants
  • GDPR (General data protection regulations)
  • Equality
  • Health and Safety
  • Trustee code of Conduct
  • Insurance for Trustees, Volunteers and the Public

Additional policies, or extensions to these existing policies, may be required of subcommittees related to the work they do and events they organise.


3        Under Development

This section contains work-in-progress.  This section will be removed before any approved version is made public.

3.1    Trustee Subcommittees

3.1.1   Fun Run

Before the organisation of the Fun Run starts, the Trustees will update the Bye-laws to specify the responsibility, composition, delegated powers (if any) and required policies for the committee that organises the Fun Run.

3.1.2   Fen Edge Festival (FEF) Subcommittee   Responsibility

The FEF Subcommittee is responsible for running the Fen Edge Festival, including the following:

  • Arranging sponsorship
  • Hire of facilities, including Marquees
  • Management of volunteer marshals
    • Parking, traffic management and road closures
    • Health and Safety
  • Management of external marshals
    • First Aid
    • Security
  • Producing and publishing the Control Document
  • Ensuring liabilities do not exceed the figure specified by the trustees
  • Meeting regularly to progress these responsibilities   Composition

The FEF Subcommittee consists of:

  • A Chair appointed by the trustees
  • The trustee Treasurer and one other trustee appointed by trustees. The trustee Treasurer will act as Treasurer of the FEFC.
  • According to the constitution, other trustees may attend and participate at will
  • Other members appointed by the FEF Subcommittee Chair   Delegated Powers

The FEF Subcommittee has the following powers delegated by the trustees:

  • To arrange and publicise the Fen Edge Festival as a FECA event
  • To spend money within a specified budget
  • To ensure that, at all times, the liability is limited to a specified amount   Required Policies

The trustees will supply a list of policies that shall be prepared by the FEF Subcommittee before the event starts.  This list will be written into this section prior to approval of updated Bye-laws.