We ran a Community Share Offer in 2015/ 2016. It was a great success: we generated over £27,000. It closed in July 2016 but you can still become a shareholding member.
More about the Organisation
Sandford Talking Shop Ltd. is a Community Benefit Society. This means it is a membership organisation, owned and run by its members. Anyone (individual 16 years+, group or business) that agrees with Talking Shop's aims can apply to become a member. You don't have to be based in the area we cover.
The Society is organised and promoted by a board drawn from the membership. Board members will be elected annually at the AGM.
The importance of membership
Communities and volunteers who support each other, build friendships and break down barriers can transform lives. Now that we have our own space we can do so much more of this. The more people who are involved and who have a say as members, the better we will be able to understand and meet our communities’ challenges.
Annual membership Shareholder £10 (renewable yearly)
The more local voices we have in our membership the better the Talking Shop project will be.
Better understanding of local issues, better ideas, better solutions, better and stronger community....
Just £10 makes you a voting, shareholding member for a year.
Get a quarterly newsletter
Come to Talking Shop socials
Vote in the Board
Vote on key decisions
Most importantly ‘Have Your Say’
on the shape of the project
The Annual Membership fee includes £1 share in Society and £9 first year’s annual subscription (gives membership to end November the following year). Any addition is considered a one off donation.
Active volunteers are exempt from the annual subscription. They can become members for just the cost of the share (£1).
Only one share is issued per member regardless of amount paid over £1. The minimum shareholding of £1 will not be refunded where a member withdraws (the cost of administering the refund would exceed the £1 value of the share).
Annual membership bought now gives membership to 30th November 2018. It is renewable annually on 1st December unless a minimum share holding of share issues through the investment offer (closed in July 2016) are held.
Sandford Talking Shop Ltd: The Legal Details
Sandford Talking Shop Ltd. is a Community Benefit Society registered in England & Wales, register number 32389R. The registered office is 50 Church Road, Sandford on Thames, OX4 4XZ.
Objects of the Society
The Society’s aims are for public benefit including but not limited to Sandford-on-Thames, Rose Hill, Littlemore, Greater Leys and the surrounding areas by either all or any of the following means:
a) The advancement of education, training or retraining; b)The creation of workspace, buildings, and/or land for use on favourable terms; c) The maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities; d) The provision of recreational facilities for the public at large or those who by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty or social circumstances, have need of such facilities; e) The protection or conservation of the environment.
The Society is owned by and accountable to its members. All members have an equal say based on the principle of one member one vote. Membership is open to all persons and organisations that support the objects of the Society. Individuals must be at least 16 years of age to be a member. The Board may refuse any application for membership at its absolute discretion.
Members participate in decision-making at general meetings elect the Board of Directors to oversee the work of staff, vounteers and / or contractors. Members will be kept informed of the work of the Society (as a minimum) via the Annual General Meeting and via the annual report. All members will received a full copy of the Society’s rules.