The Society had long considered formally registering as a charity; not least as it has always pursued charitable objectives since its foundation in 1951. When the Society was originally formed it established a Constitution, an associated set of Rules, an Executive Committee, and regular meetings (including an Annual General Meeting). The whole amounted to two sheets of paper; all that was necessary for the smooth running of the Society.
Modern requirements are rather different. At the 2015 AGM the membership approved the VEHS becoming a registered charity. An updated constitution, based on a model constitution published by the Charity Commission, was also formally approved at that AGM. The required paperwork was duly compiled, completed and submitted to the Charity Commission. The VEHS became a registered charity (number 1164317) on 9 November 2015.
The membership approved a series of small constitutional changes at the 2017 AGM; including restoring some of the features of the original Society constitution (for example the size of the Committee). These amendments were accepted by the Charity Commission in June 2017.