1920s OBA Rules

The OBA rules allowed anyone with one year’s attendance as a pupil to become a member – as long as they were prepared to part with a shilling a year.


Of the Burton-on-Trent Grammar School Old Boys’ Association.

1. The Objects of the Association are to promote good fellowship among the past Members of the Burton-on-Trent Grammar School, and to maintain their connection with, and interest in, the School and its Institutions.

2. Any Old Boy wishing to become a Member of the Association shall send his name and address to the Hon. Secretary, who shall submit such name at the next meeting of the Committee, in which the power of election or rejection shall be vested.

3. The qualification for membership shall be one year’s attendance as a pupil at the Burton-on-Trent Grammar School.

4. The subscription for each Member shall be three shillings per annum, payable on election and subsequently on the ist of March each year. Any Member desiring to pay his Subscription for seven years in advance may do so on payment of twenty shillings. The Committee shall have power to make any Member a Life Member of the Association upon such conditions as to payment or otherwise as they may think fit.

5. Any Member who fails to pay his subscription for three consecutive years shall ipso facto cease to be a Member of the Association and his name shall be removed from the Chronicle of Members.

6. All past and present Masters of the Burton-on-Trent Grammar School shall be elected Honorary Members of the Association, without payment of subscription.

7. The Officers of the Association shall consist of a President, a Vice-President, Hon. Secretary, and Hon. Treasurer, who shall be ex-officer members of the Committee, and shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. The President and Vice-President shall not hold the same office for two consecutive years.

8. The committee shall consist of nine Ordinary Members who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. At least three Ordinary Members shall be Members who have not left the School more than three years prior to the date of election, one of whom shall retire annually as hereinafter provided. The Committee for each year shall continue in office until the date of the Annual General Meeting in the following year. One-third of the Ordinary Members of the Committee (to consist of those who have been longest in office) shall retire at each Annual General Meeting, and shall not be eligible for re-election for one year after their term of office has expired. The Committee shall arrange the order of retirement for the first two years.

9. Four Members of the Committee shall form a Quorum.

10.  The Committee shall also have the following powers (1) To fill any vacancy. Any Member appointed to fill a vacancy shall, for the purpose of retirement under Rule 8, stand in the same position as the Member in whose place he was appointed ; (2) To form Sub-Committees for special purposes; and (3) To transact any business of the Association.

11.  The Annual General Meeting shall be held either in January or February in each year. Not less than fourteen days’ notice shall be given to each Member.

12. If twenty Members or more shall address a written requisition to the Hon. Secretary requiring him to call a Special General Meeting of the Association, the Committee shall do so forthwith. Not less than seven days’ notice shall be given to each Member.

13. A Dinner, open to all Members of the Association, and following the Annual General Meeting, shall be held every third year.

14. A Chronicle of Members (or in the discretion of the Committee, a Supplement thereto) shall be published from time to time as the Committee may deem expedient, and a copy shall be posted to each Member.

15. These Rules can be altered in pursuance only of a Resolution or Resolutions passed at the Annual General Meeting of the Association. Notice of any proposed alteration must be given in writing to the Hon. Sec. before the 1st of December in any year, and shall be included in the Notice convening the Meeting.


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