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Extract from Cottingley Town Hall Trust Deed

TRUST

…….that the said parties hereto of the fourth part and the survivors of them and the heirs of such survivors and their and his assigns shall let such portions of the sittings in the said Edifice as they or a majority of them in meeting assembled shall direct and shall apply the money to arise therefrom towards payment of all expenses that may be incurred in continuing the said edifice to the extent to which it shall have been so appropriated for a Sabbath School and Religious Meetings and preachings either in repairs or otherwise and towards paying the interest of any money that may be borrowed of the said premises pursuant to the powers herein contained

Provided always and it is hereby declared that if any trustee of the said trust premises shall cease to be of the Protestant Religion or to reside within the West Riding of the County of York he shall thereupon cease also to be such trustee as aforesaid and his estate and interest in the said trust premises shall also cease in the same manner as if he were dead.

Provided also and it is hereby declared that when and so after as the trustee herein named or to be appointed as herein after mentioned shall by death or ceasing to be of the Protestant Religion or residence out of the said West Riding or by refusing or becoming incapable to act as such trustees be reduced to seven in number so many persons as shall be appointed to be new trustees as will make up the original number of 13 Trustees and such appointment shall take place as follows

The owner or owners for the time being in possession or in receipt of the rents of the Saint Ives estate in the said Parish of Bingley shall be at liberty from time to time to appoint one trustee in the place now filled by the said WF (William Ferrand) the elder and if such estate shall be vested in a sole male owner he shall be at liberty to appoint himself or any other eligible person

The owner or owners for the time being in possession of the rents of the Hollings estate as Cottingley aforesaid shall be at liberty from time to time to appoint one Trustee in the place now filled by the said John Hollings and if such estate shall be vested in a sole male owner he shall be at liberty to appoint himself or any eligible person.

The Committee of the Sunday School shall furnish to the surviving or continuing Trustees a list in writing containing the names of double the number of persons required to supply the vacancies to be occasioned by the ceasing to be of the said Thomas Raines, James Fyfe, George Bishop, William Ferrand and Adam Pollard or their successors in office.

The Committee of the Day School shall furnish to the said surviving or continuing Trustees a list containing the names of double the number of persons required to supply the vacancies to be occasioned by the ceasing to be Trustees of the said Isaac Skirrow Smith, James Moore and Mark Dickinson or their successors in office.

And the Committee of the Mechanics Institution shall furnish to the said surviving or continuing Trustees a list containing the names of double the number of persons required to supply the vacancies to be occasioned by the ceasing to be Trustees of the said Kaberry Baines, Joshua Laycock and Joseph Wilson Thornton or their successors in office

And all the persons to be appointed to be Trustees respectively shall consist of Members of the Church of England and of the churches or congregations of independent Baptists or Wesleyans and so that the Trust when full may always include some members of all the said religious bodies and if any dispute at anytime hereafter shall arise as to the relative number to be chosen out of any of the said bodies

In particular the same shall be determined by the Committee of the Sunday School whose peculiar duty it shall at all times be to see that each of the before named religious bodies be represented whenever a new appointment of Trustees is necessary or is considered expedient.

And the surviving or continuing Trustees shall at a meeting duly convened and holden for the purpose from the said lists to be furnished as aforesaid choose and appoint the requisite and proportional number of persons to be Trustees of the Trust property and when such choice and appointment shall have taken place the same shall be made to appear by some Deed under the hand and seal of the Chairman for the time being at which such choice and appointment shall be made executed in the presence of such meeting and attended by two or more credible witnesses which Deed may be in the form of or to the like effect of the schedule annexed to the Act of Parliament passed in the fourteenth year of the reign of Her present Majesty Queen Victoria “to render more simple and effectual the titles by which congregations or societies for purposes of religious worship or education in England and Ireland hold property for such purposes” or as near thereto as circumstances will allow or in any other form which may be applicable to or convenient for the purpose.

And it is hereby declared that each Committee shall be convened for the purpose of selecting persons to be submitted as proper to be new Trustees of the said trust premises by a notice from the respective secretary of such committee printed or written or partly printed and partly written which notice such secretary is hereby authorised to give upon request by any member of such committee.

And the majority of the committee present pursuant to such notice shall nominate the persons to be submitted by such committee to the surviving or continuing Trustees for the choice and appointment among them of persons to be appointed new Trustees of the said Trust premises.

And also that the committee of each institution shall manage the special business of that institution but that the management of the buildings and premises as to the particular purposes of their appropriation. The parties permitted to use them shall be vested in an Executive Committee to be selected from the committees of the respective institutions in the following proportions namely:-

3 from the Sunday School Committee
2 from the Day School Committee
and 2 from the Mechanics Institution Committee

and one of the members of each committee shall retire annually, by rotation

And those who retire at the end of the first and other years until the whole of the committee but one shall have retired in their turns shall be determined by lot and afterwards the member who has since his election or re-election (as the case may be) been longest in office and all retiring members shall be capable of being re-elected.

And also that the Executive Committee shall pay, control, and proportion the several expenses of repair of lights, fire interests, attendance and other incidental matters and things relative to the trust premises and affairs in such manner as they shall think most equitable and that they shall be.

And they are hereby empowered to charge such sum as they shall think fit for special purposes not in connection with any of the said three institutions the clear money realised therefrom being applied in aid of the funds of the said Sunday School.

And it is hereby declared that all powers of the Trustees for the time being under these presents (except as otherwise herein provided) may be exercised by any five or more of the Trustees present at any meeting of Trustees but no business shall be transacted at any meeting of Trustees unless 5 Trustees be present.

And also that all notices of any meeting of the said Trustees shall be in writing or print, or partly in writing and partly in print and shall be by the Chairman or Secretary of the said Trustees delivered or sent by the post or otherwise to the usual place of abode or place of business if any of each of any of the said Trustees 7 days at least previous to such meeting and such notices shall be issued upon