Rules and Regulations

1. General

The Society shall be known as Wells Operatic Society and is hereinafter referred to as “WOS”.

  1. The objects of WOS are:
    To encourage and promote the performance of plays, musicals, pantomimes,
    reviews, and dramatic works.
  2. To maintain the building and its facilities for the use of members, their guests and other classes of persons who may use them.

2. Version Control

The WOS rules and regulations were first adopted prior to January 2005.
It has been reviewed and updated since then. In the future it will be revised annually, or where there is a change in legislation or guidance or an incident that warrants immediate changes.





January 2005

July 2010


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July 2021

July 2023


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July 2023

July 2024


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3. The Committee

  1. WOS shall be managed by a General Committee consisting of:
    1. Chair
    2. Vice-Chair
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. Publicity Officer
    6. Stage Representative
    7. Theatre Administrator
    8. No more than seven addition general members
    9. The President of WOS shall be the current mayor of Wells City, but shall not be entitled to vote

All the above must be current paid-up members or life members. There must be at least five of the above members at each meeting to form a quorum. Any committee member missing three consecutive meetings without good reason shall be deemed to have resigned.

  1. The Committee shall have the power to administer the funds and property of WOS, and generally control the management of the Society.
  2. Committee members will be elected at the Annual General Meeting (see rule 4)
  3. The Committee shall have power to appoint a member to fill any casual vacancy on the Committee until the next Annual General Meeting. Any member appointed shall retire at the next Annual General Meeting but shall be eligible for election as a member of the Committee at such meeting.
  4. All members of The Committee are also Trustees of WOS. The Trustees shall be indemnified against all risk and expense out of WOS property.

4. Annual General Meeting

a.      The Annual General Meeting shall be held in March of each year with a date decided
upon by the Committee. Members are informed by email and a notice will be posted
on the website giving at least fourteen days’ notice of the meeting. A quorum at all
General Meeting shall be twenty members.

b.     The business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting consists of:

1.     To receive and, if approved, adopt the accounts for the previous year.

2.     Elect members of the Committee (see rule 3 for positions)

3.     To elect an accountant to carry out an independent financial review of the
accounts for the coming year.

4.     Any other business.

c.      An Extraordinary General Meeting of the members of the Society may be called at
any time at the discretion of the Committee or at the written request of twelve or
more members. Fourteen days’ notice shall be given to every member and the
subject matter must be stated.

5. Membership


a.      There shall be the following classes of membership:

1.     Full Ordinary Members - entitled to all the social facilities and privileges of
WOS and will be those directly engaged in theatrical activities. Such members
shall be at least eighteen years of age.

2.     Associate Members - entitled to the same privileges as Full Members but are
under the age of eighteen. Cannot purchase or be supplied with alcohol on
WOS premises. Associate Members have no voting right.

3.     Social Members - entitled to help backstage but unlike Full Members not on
stage. They can however, purchase drinks at the bar on social events and sign
in up to two guests. Social Members have no voting right.

4.     Life Members - see point f below.

5.     Patrons – entitled to purchase drinks at the bar on social events and sign in
up to two guests. In addition, they receive two complimentary tickets for our
Spring Show Civic Night. Patrons have no voting rights.

b.     Every candidate for election to membership shall complete an application form and
must have a proposer and seconder. The proposer and seconder must have been Full
Members of WOS for at least twelve months. Admission of members shall be by
election of the Committee. A candidate for election who receives the votes of a
majority of the Committee shall be declared elected.

c.      Upon the election of a candidate, they will be notified and given a copy of WOS rules
and will be asked to pay the relevant subscription. Subscriptions shall run from the
day a member is accepted by WOS and will be renewable every 12 months from this
date. The renewal of membership does not apply to anyone who has been asked to
leave WOS following any breach of Society rules. (See Disciplinary Procedures)

d.     The unsuitability of any new member shall be decided by the Committee who will
have the power to decide if the membership is valid and is deemed to be in the
interests of the Society. The committee’s decision will be final.

e.      No member shall, except for professional services rendered at the request of the
Committee, receive any payment.

f.      The committee may choose to award the special privileges of Life Membership to a
member of WOS. The presentation of this award shall be at a suitable membership
event, i.e., the AGM or other special social gathering. The individual shall thereafter
be entitled to all the privileges of membership without paying the annual
subscription or any special fee, the details of which will be made known to them at
the presentation of the award. A two-thirds majority of those present at the
committee meeting shall be necessary to ensure election.

6. Accounts

a.      The financial year of WOS shall end on the 31st of December each year.

b.     The Committee shall meet at least 10 times a year to examine the accounts and
arrange the affairs of WOS. Five members of the Committee shall form a quorum.
Minutes shall be taken of all the proceedings of the Committee and shall be open to
the inspection of any member of The Company applying to the secretary therefor.

c.      The accounts shall be prepared by an independent accountant.

7. Auditions


a.      All members that are cast in a production must become fully paid-up members.

b.     All person’s auditioning must perform the audition pieces as laid down by the
creative team for each show.

c.      There will be a Casting Committee for each production, and it will consist of
members of the production team and at least one independent member of WOS.

d.     If additional auditions are held the same Casting Committee must attend.

e.      No person shall be cast in any of the Society’s productions without an audition.

f.      Any persons missing three consecutive rehearsals after casting without good reason
can be replaced in the production at the committees or productions team discretion.

8. Rehearsals

No visitors shall be permitted to attend any rehearsals without the previous consent of the
official or officials in charge of such rehearsals.

9. Production and ticket money

All monies due from members or received by them on behalf of the Society in connection
with the performance and production of any work, shall be accounted for and paid to the
Treasurer within 7 days of the conclusion of the final performance. Any money outstanding
shall be recoverable at Law in the name of the Treasurer.

10. Selection of works

a.      Shows to be performed can be recommended by anyone who is a member or wishes
to become a member of WOS.

b.     The Committee shall select the works to be performed after a subgroup has studied
each recommendation and agreed that it is suitable for performance by WOS.

11. Sale of alcohol


a.      The permitted hours for the supply of alcohol shall be the general licensing hours
adopted by the Licensing District of Wells between the following hours:

·       One hour before the commencement of a play, film, or other public

·       Up to 23:00 hours Monday to Saturdays (22:30 hours on Sundays) on the
same day.

b.     The Committee may also delegate and authorise the secretary to apply for Special
Orders of Exemption in respect of the premises in such circumstances as permitted
by law.

c.      Alcohol may only be sold to the public at times when a public performance is taking
place. Otherwise, it may only be sold to members of the Society and their guests.

12. Dissolution of WOS

WOS shall only be dissolved by resolution passed by a majority of at least five-sixths of the
Members present and voting at a Special General Meeting called for the purpose of
considering such dissolution. In the event of dissolution any balance of cash remaining in
hand after the realisation of assets and payment of debts shall not be distributed among the
Members of the Society but shall be applied for such charitable purposes like those of the
Society or be paid, distributed, or transferred to such charitable institutions having objects
like the objects of the Society as the Committee with the consent of the meeting shall

13. Alterations to the rules

a.      The Committee may alter these rules at any time it if it was agreed that it would be
expedient to do so for the wellbeing of WOS.

b.     No alteration may be made to Rules 1, 12 and 13 without the approval of the Charity
Commissioners for England and Wales or other authority having charitable
jurisdiction from time to time.