The Association runs a 300 Club to raise money for the Belfry Repairs Fund. The Club is run as a 'Small Society Lottery' registered under the Gambling Act 2005 and is open to anyone: Association Members, their families, friends, work colleagues, etc. The Club operates on an annual basis, with 12 draws being held throughout the year at Association events; membership costs £6 per entry per annum. Prizes are awarded on a 50/50 basis, hence 50% of the income goes to the BRF and 50% is given out in prizes. As the number of members increases, more money is raised for the BRF and the prize pot increases.
Membership normally runs from January to January although you can join at any time by contacting the Organiser. Each January the tower secretary receives an invitation for existing members in the tower to renew their membership of the club.
300 Club Organiser
Mr Stuart D Piper 21 Portland Drive, STOURBRIDGE DY9 0SB 01562 883565
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The winners for the year are published in the annual report. You can track the latest draw results as they happen here on the website by using any page menu News / 300 Club Draw or by clicking on the link below.
The Trustees of the Worcestershire & Districts Change Ringing Association Belfry Repairs Fund (the Fund) determined on the 12th February 2013 that the following articles of management/administration shall forthwith apply to the 300 Fund Raising Club (the 300 Club). The 300 Club organiser (the organiser) is required to comply with the same at all times. No alteration or deviation from these articles is permitted or authorised except by prior direction of the Trustees.
That the 300 Club be run as a "Small Society Lottery" within the meaning of the Gambling Act 2005 and that the organiser registers the Association with the appropriate authority under the act as and when the registration comes up for renewal.
That the 300 Club shall operate on an annual basis only, and that the Trustees' prior authority is required for its continuance into a following year.
That twelve draws shall be held annually. The cost per chance as set out in the Appendix to this Constitution shall be reviewed annually by the Trustees. No payment for draw chances shall be refunded, except where it may be decided by the Trustees to wind up the 300 Club before a series of draws shall have been concluded. Members wishing to join the 300 Club for each year shall be invited by notice near the end of the preceding year.
That each person subscribing to the 300 Club shall be allotted one unique number for each series of twelve chances purchased, which shall not be altered during a draw series, and that unique number shall be entered in each draw of the series.
That each draw shall be held at any meeting or event of the Association or any of the branches of the Association.
That three numbers shall be drawn at random during each draw, each number drawn being allotted first, second or third prize etc. in the order that they are drawn.
That the draw prizes shall be dependent upon the number of purchased chances comprising the 300 Club as set out in the Appendix to this Constitution.
That the organiser shall distribute to the Clerk to the Trustees, the Treasurer of the Fund and the three Association Branch Secretaries, the results of each draw held, including the number of chances, the names of the winners and the amounts won, within fourteen days of the draw being held. The results may be distributed by any appropriate means.
That the incoming fees for chances in the 300 club shall be paid directly into the Fund bank account.
That the total expenses claimed by the organiser shall not exceed the limits defined by the licensing authority.
That all expenses and prize money shall be issued by cheque from the Fund bank account, normally within 14 days.
That financial transactions relating to the 300 club shall be recorded by the organiser and the same shall be recorded in the Trustees' books of accounts and shall be subject to financial scrutiny.
That the organiser shall annually, following the final draw of each year, produce a report for the Trustees, extracts from which, including a list of the winners and prize money for each draw, shall, upon the approval of the Trustees, be published in the Association Annual Report.
Stewart Holbeche Clerk to the Trustees
Constitution of the 300 Fund Raising Club - Appendix
The Trustees of the Worcestershire & Districts Change Ringing Association Belfry Repairs Fund
(the Fund) determined on the 12th February 2013 that the cost for entry into the draw and the prize
structure as detailed below shall forthwith apply to the 300 Fund Raising Club (the 300 Club). No
alteration or deviation from this prize structure is permitted or authorised except by prior
direction of the Trustees.
The cost of each series of draws shall be £6.00, which amounts to £0.50 per chance per draw.
The draw prizes shall be dependent upon the number of purchased chances comprising the 300
Club as set out in the following table: