Apologies: Paul I, Julia U
Minutes of previous meeting and matters arising
The brochure in memory of Sally Devine is set to be released at the first league match against Lincoln City. All of Sally’s photos have now been obtained, with a print run of 500 costing £1,290. The brochure will be sold at £6 per copy, with all profits raised going to the McMillan Nurses, who have also agreed to sell the brochure in their shops.
The Trust’s total balance stands at £15,897, which includes £100 commission recently received through a winner of the club’s Goalden Lottery.
Membership currently stands at 196. A large number of renewals are due before the start of the new season. Reminders will be sent out and efforts will be made to bring back lapsed memberships, with flyers to be prepared and handed out at the Lincoln match.
Floodlights project and forum with club
The Trust’s priority is to get the club to confirm its plans for the floodlights project. As the Trust’s plans and fundraising activities for the coming year will be shaped around this scheme, it is important that details are finalised so they can be released to members as soon as possible. The Trust’s board has asked for a meeting with Charlie Clapham to confirm the arrangements.
The Trust is still keen to hold an open forum for members with representatives from the club, including Charlie Clapham and Liam Watson. The preferred list of topics, which was agreed by members at the last open meeting, has been submitted to Mr Clapham and the Trust is now waiting for a response to confirm his availability.
Now the fixtures have been published, Phil C will obtain quotes from local companies for the cost of coach travel for the season. After the overwhelming success of the weekend trip to Eastbourne last season, the Trust would like to arrange a similar trip again, with the match at Braintree on February 11 and an overnight stay in Southend the preferred option. A day trip to York on March 24 will be explored, as will an early-season special offer, once prices have been confirmed.
The Trust almost has a full team for the cricket match against Liam Watson and his players on July 31 at the Rookery. The match will be 20 overs a side, with Phil C arranging the kit and catering, while entry on the day will be free.
Geoff Wilde has made contact with all former Football League players ahead of the reunion on October 9. Tickets will be printed by Watkinson & Bond and letters are now ready to be sent to the former players.
Provided the date is convenient with Liam Watson and the players, it is planned that the ‘Race Night’ will be held after the Cambridge United match on October 1, with the first race at 6.30pm.
Phil C and Martin R will attend the Supporters’ Direct Annual Conference in Chester later this month. Meanwhile, the Trust will look into producing some memorabilia to mark the club’s 130th anniversary this year. Accounts on Facebook and Twitter will be set up in an attempt to encourage more people to interact with the Trust and raise awareness of upcoming activities.
Dates of next meeting
10 August (AGM)