Harrogate Feminists

Another meeting

We met today and got lots of things decided.

 Our International Women’s Day event is taking shape – if only in our heads at present! – and we’re now starting to invite exhibitors.

Oh and we have all looked at our report on the “feeling safe in public spaces” (or “street harassment”) survey so we’ve now put the whole report on this website (divided into chunks for convenience, so you can go straight to the bits you’re more interested in)

See new links on the site map on the left-hand side of this page!


Constitutional Affairs
December 21, 2010, 1:35 am
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We realised at a recent meeting that without a constitution, it’s a bit difficult to do anything involving money – and it appears that most of the interesting things we want to do (including the event we want to organise for International Women’s Day in spring 2011) do require at least a small amount of money.

So! Laura did some impressive research and produced a “fill the blanks” draft constitution – so I’ve filled some blanks in and would like to get opinions!

Anyone had a constitution for their group? Does the following pretty much cover all the basics? Please feed back as comments, or to our email address, whichever you like.


 The name of the organisation shall be Harrogate Feminists.


 The aim of the Group shall be to promote equality between women and men.


 To further these aims the committee shall have power to:

 (a)          Obtain, collect and receive money or funds by way of contributions, donations, grants and any other lawful method towards the aims of the Group.

(b)          Associate local authorities, voluntary organisations and the residents of the Harrogate and surrounding area in a common effort to carry out the aims of the Group.

(c)          Do all such lawful things as will further the aims of the Group.


 (a)  Voting membership shall be open to full members. Individuals are eligible to join if they are over the age of 16 and have an affiliation with Harrogate or the surrounding area.  

(b)  The Management Committee shall have the power to approve or reject applications for membership or to terminate the membership of any member provided that the member shall have the right to be heard by the committee before a final decision is made.

(c)  The Management Committee shall have the power to set subscriptions at a suitable annual rate. Subscriptions will be waived in cases of financial hardship (subject to approval by the Management Committee).

(d)  Full  members are welcome to attend all meetings. However, men may be required to sit out of sessions if a women-only space is deemed appropriate by those organising the meeting.


(a)  A Management Committee elected annually at the Annual General Meeting shall manage the Group.

(b)  The committee shall consist of a chair, secretary, treasurer and other voting members who may be elected at the Annual General Meeting depending on the needs of the group.

(c)  The committee may co-opt up to a further 5 voting members who shall resign at the next Annual General Meeting.

(d)  The committee shall meet at least 6 times each year.

(e)  One third of the committee being present, or two committee members (whichever is the greater) shall enable the business of the group to be carried out.

(f)   A proper record of all transactions and meetings shall be kept.


(a)  An Annual General Meeting shall be held within 15 months of the date of the adoption of this constitution and each year thereafter.

(b)  Notices of the AGM shall be published three weeks beforehand and a report on the Group’s financial position for the previous year will be made available at the same time.

(c)  A Special General Meeting may be called at any time at the request of the committee, or not less than one quarter of the membership. A notice explaining the place, date, time and reason shall be sent to all members three weeks beforehand.  

(d)  One third of membership or three members being present, whichever is the greater, shall enable a General Meeting to take place.

(e)  Proposals to change the constitution must be given in writing to the secretary at least 28 days before a general meeting and approved by a two thirds majority of those present and voting.


(a)       The funds of the group including all donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the management committee.  All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by at least two members of the Management Committee.

(b)       The funds belonging to the group shall be applied only to further the objects.

(c)        A current record of all income, funding and expenditure will be kept.


(a)  The Group may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a simple two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting.

(b)  If confirmed, the committee shall distribute any assets remaining after the payment of all bills to other charitable group(s) or organisation(s) having aims similar to the Group or some other charitable purpose(s) as the Group may decide.

(c)  Signed……………………         Chair   ……………………. Date

Signed…………………….             Secretary   ……………….. Date

Signed…………………….             Treasurer   ……………….. Date

Date of next meeting
December 21, 2010, 1:25 am
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Our next meeting is going to be on the evening of Monday, 10th Jan.

But not in the usual place! because we will be looking at the data from our street harrassment survey and want to make sure that all responses are completely anonymous.

If you would like to come, drop us an email and we’ll let you know whereabouts we are meeting.

Quick notes from Monday’s meeting

We had a really good meeting on Monday with lively discussion and lots of planning!

SEV legislation

Harrogate Borough Council Licensing Committee is going to hold a public meeting at the council offices at 5.30pm on 11th November, to discuss whether they will adopt the proposed SEV legislation locally. Incidentally, while writing this post tonight I saw that in their report they did note our suggested improvements to their draft policy, although they haven’t summarised the detailed arguments we’d produced in support of our suggestions. One of the lap-dancing clubs submitted their own response via their lawyers. All other responses the Licensing Committee received during the consultation period were in favour of adopting the new legislation, which is great news. Let’s hope they do decide to adopt it!

16 Days of Activism

We are supporting the following events during this year’s 16 Days of Activism:

  • Harrogate Soroptimists’ End Violence Against Women stall on Sat 27th November in Victoria Shopping centre (first floor, opposite Mothercare).
  • Leeds Reclaim the Night march on Saturday 4th December.
  • DoH communications campaign on Violence against Women and Children – aimed both at members of the public and at those working in healthcare.

International Women’s Day 2011

In 2011, we would like to hold our own event, A Celebration of Women, to mark International Women’s Day (8th March) in its centenary year – to take place in Harrogate, probably either on the Saturday before or the Saturday after. We’re working on the details! For interest, see here for events organised by other UK groups in previous years…

Also, we reckon we need to have a constitution and a bank account, as currently we have No Funds Whatsoever, which is a bit inconvenient when planning an event… so we are going to get this sorted soon.

Next meeting – 22nd November – see “Meetings” for more details.

Date of next meeting
September 21, 2010, 5:48 pm
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We’ve settled on a date of Monday, 18th October for our next meeting – as before, at The Place bar in the Crown Hotel.

Next Meeting
August 29, 2010, 3:42 pm
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Our next meeting is going to be on Thursday, 16th September at 7.30pm in central Harrogate

Venue TBC

Photos from the UK Feminista Summer School
August 16, 2010, 11:56 pm
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 With many thanks to Rachel for kindly letting us use her photos!