Ordinances

The Ordinances set forth in the Schedule hereto shall be the Ordinances of the Company until the same shall be repealed or altered in manner therein provided, but no new Ordinances or any revocation or alteration of or addition to the existing Ordinances shall come into operation until the same shall have been approved by the Court of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London.The Schedule above referred to

I: FREEDOM OF THE COMPANY

  1. The Freedom of the Company shall be limited to persons who in the opinion of the Court are or have been closely connected with the trade of builders merchants and shall be by Patrimony, Redemption or Servitude as hereinafter provided. The Court shall have power to elect suitable individuals to honorary membership of the Company in such circumstances and on such terms as the Court may think fit.
  2. Subject as hereinafter mentioned, the Court shall have power to elect and admit Freemen of the Company. Every candidate for the Freedom of the Company must be proposed and seconded in manner prescribed by the Court from time to time. The Clerk shall give notice of the result of the election to the candidate and if he is elected a Freeman the Clerk shall give notice of the fact to all members of the Company. Any such Freemen shall be liable to pay such dues as the Court shall from time to time decide.
  3. When it shall happen that the child of a Freeman of the Company and of the City of London born after such Freeman shall have obtained his Freedom of the City shall have arrived at the age of not less than 21 years and is suitably associated in the opinion of the Court with the trade of Builders Merchants and is desirous of taking up his or her Freedom of the Company and of the City of London, the Court shall admit him or her to the Freedom of the Company and present him or her to the Chamber of London to be made a Freeman by Patrimony, and such Freedom so obtained shall be and be deemed to be Freedom by Patrimony according to the Custom of London. Any such Freeman shall be liable to pay such dues as the Court shall from time to time decide.
  4. When it shall happen that a child of a Freeman of the Company and of the City of London who is a Freeman of not less than 3 years standing shall have arrived at the age of not less than 21 years and is suitably associated in the opinion of the Court with the trade of Builders Merchants and is desirous of taking up his or her Freedom of the Company and of the City of London, the Court shall admit him or her to the Freedom of the Company and present him or her to the Freedom of the Company and present him or her to the Chamber of London to be made a Freeman by Redemption and such Freedom so obtained shall be and be deemed to be Freedom by Redemption according to the Custom of London. Any such Freeman shall be liable to pay such dues as the Court shall from time to time decide.
  5. When it shall happen that a person is apprenticed to a Member of the Company being a Freeman of the Company and of the City of London, the Company shall cause a record of the Indentures of such apprentice to be entered in the books of the Company and the Master of such apprentice shall cause the Indenture to be entered in the Books of the Chamber of London to the intent that such apprentice, having served the term of his apprenticeship, shall on proof of faithful service be admitted to the Freedom of the Company and be presented to the Chamber of London to be made a Freeman of the City of London and any such Freedom so obtained shall be and be deemed to be Freedom by Apprenticeship according to the Custom of London. Any such Freeman shall be liable to pay such dues as the Court shall from time to time decide.
  6. If the conduct or circumstances of a Freeman shall in the opinion of the Court or of any twenty Freemen of the Company (who shall certify the same in writing) be injurious to the character and interest of the Company, the Court shall have power without assigning any reason to exclude him or her from active participation in the affairs, benefits and amenities of the Company either generally or for any specified period. The powers given to the Court by this Clause shall only be exercised at a meeting of the Court in respect of which not less than fourteen days’ notice was given to every member of the Court of the intention to bring under consideration at that meeting the conduct of the person concerned. Before exercising any such power the person concerned shall be given the opportunity of being heard either by the Court itself or by a Committee thereof.

2: ADMISSION OF FREEMAN TO LIVERY

The Court shall and may subject to the Order of the Court of Mayor and Aldermen dated the 19th day of July 1977, and to such other Orders of the said Court of Mayor and Aldermen as may hereafter be made call, nominate, choose, elect, and admit into the Livery of the Company such and so many persons being Freemen of the Company and of the City of London as it shall think meet and able to be of the same Livery.

3: FINES, FEES AND QUARTERAGE

The Fines, Fees and Quarterage shall be such sums as the Court shall from time to time determine subject however to the Livery Fine to the Order of the Court of Mayor and Aldermen dated the 19th day of July 1977. Any change in the amount of the said Fines, Fees and Quarterage shall be notified by the Clerk in writing to the Chamberlain of London.

4: DECLARATIONS

The Master, Wardens, Assistants, Liverymen and Freemen shall upon admission make and sign such Declarations as shall from time to time be prescribed.

5: GOVERNING BODY

  1. The affairs of the Company shall be managed by a Court which shall consist of a Master, a Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and not less than ten nor more than twenty-four Assistants, all such members of the Court being Liverymen of the Company. Any past Master of the Company shall if he shall so wish remain a member of the Court on an ex-officio basis.
  2. Upon the death, resignation or removal of any member of the Court or whensoever the Court shall decide to increase the number of Assistants within or up to the limit prescribed, the Court shall elect a fit and proper person or persons who shall be of the Livery of the Company and willing to serve the office of the Assistant in the room and stead of the person or persons so dying, resigning, or being removed, or to increase the number of Assistants as aforesaid.
  3. Every member of the Court shall on election pay the Fine and satisfy the Court that he is prepared to serve the office of Warden and Master in due course unless prevented therefrom by just and reasonable cause made known to the Court.
  4. The Court shall meet at least quarterly.
  5. The Master or in his absence the Senior Warden shall preside at Meetings of the Court. In the absence of both the Master and the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden shall preside.
  6. Seven Members of the Court shall constitute a quorum but no Meeting shall be held unless the Master or a Warden be present.
  7. The decision of the Chairman shall be conclusive on all points of order.
  8. At any meeting of the Court at which a resolution to elect an Assistant is proposed, any two Members of the Court may demand a ballot on such resolution.

6: ELECTION OF MASTER AND WARDENS

The Master, the Senior Warden, and the Junior Warden shall be elected out of the Members of the Court at a meeting of the Liverymen and the Freemen of the Company (to be known as ‘the Election Court General’) held in April or May every year and shall be admitted to office at a Meeting of such Liverymen and Freemen (to be known as’ a Court General’) to be held in the month of September or the month of October.

7: ELECTION OF CLERK, BURSAR AND BEADLE

The Court shall, at the Election Court General, elect one fit person to be its Clerk, and if it shall think meet one fit person or persons to be its Bursar, Assistant Clerk or Clerks and may elect one fit person or persons to be its Beadle or Beadles. The Clerk and the Bursar shall be guaranteed with reputable insurers under a Fidelity Guarantee Bond for such sum as the Court may require, the Company paying the premium.

8: MEETINGS

At any meeting of the Court or of the Company if there shall be an equality of voting the Chairman shall exercise a casting vote.

9: TRUSTEES

The Court shall from time to time appoint not less than four nor more than six Trustees being Members of the Court, who shall have the custody of all Documents of Title and Securities of the Company. Upon any Trustee ceasing to be a member of the Court, he shall forthwith vacate the office of Trustee.

10: CASUAL VACANCIES

In the event of the death, retirement, or removal of a Master, Warden, Clerk or other Officer, the Court shall have power to make a temporary appointment for the remainder of the term of office of the person so dying, retiring or being removed.

11: ACTIVITIES;

  1. The Court may appoint such committees for general or special purposes as it shall deem expedient providing such committees shall not disburse any moneys belonging to the Company except by express sanctions of the Court.
  2. The Court may also appoint such technical advisers to attend it as it may deem expedient.
  3. The Court may, at its discretion, arrange an annual Divine Service, an Annual Conference, an Annual Banquet and such other meetings of the Liverymen or Freemen of the Company as it may deem expedient.

12: AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS

The Court shall annually appoint one or more qualified Auditors, not being Members or Officers of the Company to examine and report upon the Accounts.

13: CUSTODY OF BOOKS, ETC

The Books, Records, and other property excluding Documents of Title and Securities of the Company shall be in such custody as the Court shall from time to time determine.

14: AMENDMENT OF ORDINANCES

Notice of Motion to repeal or amend or add to these Ordinances shall be sent to the Clerk in writing twenty-one days before a meeting of the Court General and must be included in the Summons convening that Court. Any motion to repeal, amend or add to these Ordinances shall not be declared carried except by the votes of two-thirds of the members present and voting and, if declared carried, shall not come into force until the same shall have been approved by the Court of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London as hereinbefore provided.Declaration by FreemenEvery Freeman of the Company shall upon admission to the Freedom of the Company make or subscribe before the Master or one of the Wardens and at least one other Member of the Court the declaration here set forth as follows:

‘I solemnly and sincerely declare that I will be true and faithful to God and to our Sovereign Lady the Queen’s Majesty and to her heirs and successors and in all matters lawful and honest be obedient to the Master and Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants for the time being in these Offices. I will observe and keep the Ordinances and conscientiously do my utmost at all times to promote and further the efficiency of the craft of a Builders Merchant generally, and uphold the integrity, status, dignity and prestige of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants in particular. I will at all times reasonably assist and counsel a Liveryman or Freeman of the Company to the best of my ability should he require it. I will not, without the permission of the Court, disclose anything that may transpire at any meeting of the Court or of the Company at which I may be present to any person not a Liveryman or Freeman of the Company. I make this solemn declaration conscientiously intending and being resolved faithfully and truly to abide by, perform and fulfil the same.’

Declaration by Liverymen

Every Freeman upon admission to the Livery shall confirm the customary Declaration made by him upon admission to the Freedom.

Declaration by AssistantsEvery Member of the Court of Assistants on election shall renew the customary Declaration, and make a further declaration here set forth as follows:

‘And I further declare that if I am duly and lawfully called upon to do so, I will serve the Company as Warden or Master and faithfully fulfil the duties of such office unless prevented therefrom by just and reasonable cause made known to the Court.’