Apologies: Paul I.
1. Minutes of previous meeting and matters arising
The Race Night held on 1 October was a success, with a profit of £548.82 raised to date and some monies still owed. The Trust would like to thank the players and supporters who attended.
2. Treasurer’s Report
The current balance stands at £19,175, with £384 held for future coach trips. Net funds available to the Trust are currently £18,745.
At present the Trust has broken even on the former players’ reunion, with all outgoings met and funds raised from now on will be profit. The Prince of Wales has agreed to reduce the numbers expected to 200.
£1,335 has been brought in through memberships since the start of July.
The pledge scheme continues to be a regular source of income for the Trust, with Steve Wignall thanked for his recent contribution of £ 100 for every goal scored by Simon Grand.
210 is the current membership.
4. Players reunion
A large turnout is expected from the clubs former Football League players. The Trust will look to find a way of thanking Geoff Wilde for his considerable efforts in helping arrange the event. Trust board members will be available to help on the night.
An event will be considered to tie in with the launch of the floodlights when the likely timeframe becomes clearer. It was suggested the Trust could look to put together a publication to mark the clubs 130th anniversary. Enquiries will be made about costings and sponsorship.
6. Floodlights project
The Trust is keen to make progress with this project and has been in contact with Charlie Clapham to ensure things are moving forward. Mr Clapham has said the club is currently putting the finishing touches to the application for the grant that will be considered by the Football Foundation. He says the bid will be considered at the Foundations next meeting, which the Trust believes will take place later this month. According to the Football Foundation website it takes about 12 weeks for the Foundation to consider a club’s application.
7. Coach travel
Take-up on the special offer to Mansfield has been good, with one coach now full. A provisional list is being made for a possible second coach, although a minimum of 30 bookings will be required for this to run. The Trust will look to run the coach to Kettering Town on 5 November at £16 for members on the basis of 40 people will travel. Coach travel has made a loss of £104 so far this season.
8. Weekend trip to Braintree
The Trust will be looking to arrange a weekend trip to the match at Braintree Town on 11 February. Martyn O hopes to publish the details within the next week so supporters can start to make bookings. It is hoped that a package to include travel, bed and breakfast can be arranged for around £90. Martyn is currently in the process of getting quotes from a number of hotels in Southend and Clacton-on-Sea. It was suggested that a sponsored walk could be arranged for the last 10k of the trip. The first instalment of payments will be a non-refundable deposit of £20 to be made at the Tamworth match on 22 October.
9. Any other business
The Trust has been asked by the club to support the upcoming Sportsman’s Dinner. While the Trust will not be taking up a table, it will help publicise the event to members.
Liam Watson has completed 250 league matches as Southport manager which is something the Trust will look to recognise. It will also be a way of thanking Liam for his support of Trust events, such as the cricket match, Race Night and quiz night in recent months.
10. Next meeting
Board (to be confirmed),Members ( 1 December).