Memorandum of Association

(As amended 17th January, 1964)

    1. The name of the Company is "THE NATIONAL SMALL-BORE RIFLE ASSOCIATION".*
    2. The Registered Office of the Society will be situate in England.
    3. The objects for which the Society is established are:-
      1. † To fit Her Majesty's subjects for the defence of Her Realm by the advancement of skill in rifle and other shooting by provision of skilled instruction and opportunity to practise and for the furtherance of such objects to exercise lawfully all or any of the following powers but so far only as the same are wholly and exclusively charitable:-
        1. To promote the establishment and maintenance of rifle and pistol clubs;
        2. To furnish such clubs, on such terms as may be mutually agreed, with ammunition, rifles, pistols and apparatus suitable for the purposes thereof;
        3. To obtain for, or grant to such clubs any special rights and privileges;
        4. To offer, provide and contribute to prizes for skill in shooting;
        5. To afford facilities for the acquisition of rifles, pistols, ammunition, accessories to rifles and pistols and rifle and pistol ranges and other shooting equipment;
        6. To promote the establishment and maintenance in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and elsewhere of county, district, and other associations or bodies, calculated to advance the objects for which the Association is established, and to contribute to the funds of or otherwise support and advance the activities of any such associations or bodies.
      2. To convene and encourage the convention of conferences or meetings, with a view to the establishment, working, encouragement and development of rifle and pistol clubs calculated to promote the objects of the Association.
      3. To publish or promote the publication or circulation of any books, pamphlets, periodicals and other printed matter calculated to promote the objects of the Association.
      4. To purchase or otherwise acquire any property, real or personal, and any rights, the acquisition of which may seem conducive to any of the Society's objects. †
      5. To borrow or raise money on such terms and on such securities as may seem expedient.
      6. To obtain money by subscription, contribution, donation, bequest or otherwise, and to accumulate funds so far as may seem expedient.
      7. To sell, exchange, lease, deal with or otherwise dispose of any of the property and rights for the time being of the Society.
      8. To do all such other lawful things as are conducive to any of the above objects. †


    Provided that in case the Society shall take or hold any property subject to the jurisdiction of the Charity Com-missioners for England and Wales, the Society shall not sell, mortgage, charge or lease the same without such consent as may be required by law, and as regards any such property the Managers or Trustees of the Society shall be chargeable for such property as may come into their hands, and shall be answerable and accountable for their own acts, receipts, neglects and defaults, and for the due administration of such property in such manner and to the same extent as they would as such Managers or Trustees have been if no incorporation had been effected, and the incorporation of the Association shall not diminish or impair any control or authority exercisable by the Chancery Division or the Charity Commissioners over such Managers or Trustees, but they shall as regards any such property be subject jointly and separately to such control and authority as if the Society were not incorporated. In case the Society shall take or hold any property which may be subject to any trusts, the Association shall only deal with the same in such manner as allowed by law, having regard to such trusts, calculated to promote the objects of the Association.
  1. The income and property of the Society, whensoever derived, shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Society as set forth in this Memorandum of Association, and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly, by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever, by way of profit to the Members of the Society. Provided that subject to the provisions contained in paragraph 6 hereof, nothing herein contained shall prevent the payment in good faith of remuneration to any officers or servants of the Society, or to any Member thereof, or other person, in return for any services actually rendered to the Society.
  2. The fourth paragraph of this Memorandum is a condition on which a licence is granted by the Board of Trade to the Society, in pursuance of section 23 of the Companies Act, 1867.
  3. If any Member of the Society pays or receives any dividend bonus or other profit in contravention of the fourth paragraph of this Memorandum, his liability shall be unlimited. Provided further that no member of the Council of Management or Governing Body of the Society shall be appointed to any salaried office or any office paid by fees, and that no remuneration shall be given to any Member of such Council or Governing Body except repayment of out-of-pocket expenses and interest on money lent. If any payment shall be made to any Member in contravention of the provisions of this section, the liability shall be unlimited of any Member who shall receive or make such payment after he has been advised in writing that it is unauthorized. Provided further that this provision shall not apply to any payment to any railway, gas, electric lighting, water, cable or telephone company of which a Member of the Council of Management or Governing Body may be a Member, or any other company in which such Member shall not hold more than one hundredth part of the capital, and such Member shall not be bound to account for any share of profits he may receive in respect of such payment.
  4. Every Member of the Society undertakes to contribute to the assets of the Society in the event of the same being wound up during the time that he is a Member, or within one year afterwards, for payment of the debts and liabilities of the Society contracted before the time at which he ceases to be a Member, and of the costs, charges and expenses of winding up the Society, and for the adjustment of the rights of the contributories, amongst themselves, such amount as may be required, not exceeding 5s., or in case of his liability becoming unlimited, such other amount as may be required in pursuance of the last preceding paragraph of this Memorandum.
  5. If upon the winding up or dissolution of the Society there remains, after the satisfaction, of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the Members of the Society, but if and so far as effect can be given to the next provision, shall be given or transferred to some other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Society and which shall prohibit the distribution of its or their income and property among its or their members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the Society under or by virtue of Clause 4 hereof such institution or institutions to be determined by the members of the Society at or before the time of dissolution and if and so far as effect cannot be given to such provision, then to some charitable objects. †
  6. True accounts shall be kept of the sums of money received and expended by the Society, and the matter in respect of which such receipt and expenditure takes place, and of the property, credits and liabilities of the Society, and subject to any reasonable restrictions as to the time and manner of inspecting the same that may be imposed in accordance with the regulations of the Society for the time being, shall be open to the inspection of the Members. Once at least in every year the accounts of the Society shall be examined and the correctness of the balance-sheet ascertained by one or more properly qualified Auditor or Auditors.

WE, the several persons whose names and addresses are subscribed, are desirous of being formed into a Society in pursuance of this Memorandum of Association.


FRED LANCE, Lieutenant-General in the Army. The Laurels, Roehampton, S.W.

DOUGLAS EYRE, Barrister-at-Law, 5, New Square, Lincoln’s Inn.

W. BISCOE, Lt.-Genl., U.S. Club, Pall Mall.

CHARLES COLVILLE, Major, Reserve of Officers, Manaton, East Sheen, S.W.

GEORGE H. RANKING, Gentleman, Oxford House, Bethnal Green.

F.S. HAY, Duns Castle, Duns, N.B., Gentleman.

C.E. LUARD, Ightham Knoll, Sevenoaks, Kent, Major-General.

DATED this 18th day of December, 1902.

WITNESS to the Signature of Lieut.-General F. Lance,

FRED F. LANCE, Lieut. 19th Bengal Lancers, The Laurels, Roehampton, S.W.

WITNESS to the remaining Signatures,

H. MARKS, Secretary, 17, Victoria Street, S.W.


* Name changed by Special Resolution passed 15th May, 1903, confirmed 10th June 1903, from The Society of Working Men’s Rifle Clubs to The Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs (with which was amalgamated The Society of Working Men’s Rifle Clubs and The British Rifle League) and by Special Resolution, passed 8th March, 1947, from that name to The National Small-bore Rifle Association.

† As amended by Special Resolution passed 17th January, 1964.

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