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VOTING OPENS FOR MARCH PLAYER OF THE MONTH

What a fantastic month March has been for Paul Carden and his players. There have been several outstanding performers throughout the side but who has been your standout?

To vote Tweet us @trustinyellow, e-mail fans@trustinyellow.com or text 07861 416859 with your choice.

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MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING - WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH

1. Apologies for absence

Katrina, Alan S

2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

All were covered elsewhere on the agenda.

3. Finances Report

Thanks to Colin's tireless efforts the banking situation is much improved from the last meeting. Money has been paid into the bank allowing Arthur and the sign writers to be paid, both of whom have been extremely understanding and patient. The FCA have been contacted and made aware of the situation.

4. Membership

Bill reported that Trust membership is still at 220 including one new member from Australia.

5. Trust Events

a) Recent events

The Shave it or Save it scheme was a huge success with in excess of £1000 being raised. Luke George will be offered life membership as a thanks for his co-operation with the Trust. Unfortunately the weekend trip to Bristol had to be postponed due to a lack of sufficient bookings. Those who had paid are in the process of being refunded.

b) Future Events

Unfortunately the Players Reunion has been pushed back due to player availability and will now take place hopefully at the end of August. The Presentation Evening will definitely go ahead after the Grimsby game on 18th April and Eric Redrobe will be asked to present the Fan Of The Season Award. Various possible dates were discussed for the proposed Race Night but because of the difficulty in finding a convenient one for all concerned this season, it was decided to put it in the programme of events for early next season. It was agreed that the Trust will aim to put on an event after the first home game of each month next season whether it be a race night or a smaller event such as a quiz.

6. Structure and membership of the board

Communication between board members has been much improved over the last month. More board members are still needed and even somebody who just wanted to help in one area eg. coach travel would be a huge asset. The AGM will take place in August.

7. Remembering Phil

Phil's family will be invited to the presentation evening on the 18th April. Churchtown Cricket Club will be contacted to arrange a match in Phil’s memory during the summer. The celebration wall in memory of Phil will be launched in the next 6 months, possibly to coincide with the start of next season.

8. Representing supporters views to the Club board

More effort will be made to liaise with all members of the club board over the summer months.

9. Any other Business

A discussion will take place at a future date about the effectiveness of the next match signs. Unfortunately there has been very little take up for the Vanarama Big Day Out offer.

10. Dates of next meetings

Tuesday 7th April – Members

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PROPOSED WEEKEND TRIP TO BRISTOL

The board of Trust In Yellow have very regrettably been forced to cancel the proposed trip to Bristol on the weekend of the 11th April for our match at Bristol Rovers.

Unfortunately bookings did not match those for similar weekends in previous years and faced with a potential loss of up to £1000 it was felt that to be fair to all members of the Trust there was no alternative than to cancel the trip.

We are extremely sorry and apologise to those people who have booked and were looking forward to the weekend.

Any deposits made can be collected from the Trust Office at the next home matches. If this is inconvenient then please contact the Trust Treasurer, Colin Aindow at caindow@googlemail.com

For those still going independently the hotel we were going to was Bristol Central Travelodge. They obviously now have vacancies but unfortunately not at the reduced rates we had negotiated.

Any member wishing to discuss the trip can contact Martin Robinson, Vice Chairman at dmjrobinson@btinternet.com or ring him on 01484 719449.

Again our sincere apologies to those people disappointed by this cancellation

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SHAVE IT OR SAVE IT - THANKS TO STEVE WIGNALL

The Trust would like to thank Steve Wignall for his very generous donation to the Shave It Or Save It campaign. Steve, a great supporter of the club and the Trust, has also persuaded his good friend the Mad Barber of Bretherton, pictured above, to perform the shave.

You can donate to Shave It Or Save It in any of the following ways:

- Call in at the club shop or Trust office at the matches against Halifax Town on 3 March or Nuneaton Town on 6 March and put your money in the yellow tin to shave it or black tin to save it.

- Through the Trust's PayPal above - Click donate and type ‘shave’ or ‘save’ in the comments box.

- Via Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/LukeGeorge/. Again, type ‘shave’ or ‘save’ in the comments box.

The deadline for donations is 8th March.

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MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING - WEDNESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

1. Apologies for absence

Katrina

2. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

All were covered elsewhere on the agenda.

3. Issues arising from Phil´s death

The major issue is gaining access to the bank with money being able to be paid in but not accessed by the Trust. Obviously this affects the day to day operations of the Trust and steps are being taken to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Colin has agreed to step into Phil’s role as Treasurer on a provisional basis. Donations totalling a superb £708 were received in memory of Phil and this money will go towards purchasing something in his memory. The proposed Celebration Wall was discussed and Martin will do more research on it with Rob Urwin and report back. The Goal of the Season Trophy and the plaque in memory of Phil have been purchased.

4. Membership

Bill reported that Trust membership is now at 220 with 47 new members having joined between the period of 1st February to the 31st January. The Trust now has 1310 followers on Twitter.

5. Membership of board, recruiting new members & improving communication etc

All Board members agreed that communication must be improved and an acknowledgement of an e-mail received should be made within 24 hours. Phil#180;s death has highlighted the need for new Board members with fresh ideas and skill sets. There are a few interested parties and they will be spoken to shortly. New roles such as a Projects Co-ordinator were discussed although it was agreed that it would be unfair to burden current Board members with either too many roles or roles that they aren´t keen on taking on. This heightens the need for a larger committee.

6. Shave it or Save it

We are now into the final fortnight for donations so this will be pushed as much as possible in the media. Steve Wignall, who will be shaving the beard, has made a very generous donation and his company´s details will be added to the Trust website´s Partners Page as a thank you.

7. Race Night

As a result of the very difficult last 6 weeks it was agreed to put the Race Night back to Easter Monday after the Telford game. This will allow more time for arrangements to me made and sponsorships to be sold and will hopefully generate more interest with what is usually a larger crowd for a Bank Holiday game. Tony Adams will host as usual and it is hoped the players and management will attend.

8. Players Reunion

The 04/05 Reunion looks likely to take place on Sunday 26th April although this is yet to be confirmed. After the match there will be a buffet, quiz and Q&A session in the Grandstand Bar. Preliminary pricing is £25 for a place on the supporters team and £5 admission for spectators including access to the buffet afterwards. Once these details have been confirmed the event will be publicised.

9. Cooperation with the club

There was a discussion about how more pressure could be put on the club in the future to avoid another floodlights situation. It was agreed that there would be a deadline put on any future purchases whereby funding would be withdrawn if the project wasn´t completed by an agreed date. A balance needs to be sought between being too reticent and too militant which may alienate the club.

10. Coach Travel

With Alan S being away Nicola Hudson has very kindly agreed to run the Wrexham coach. Thanks must also go to Arthur for being extremely patient while the banking issues are sorted. There are around 26 names down for the Bristol weekend with 40 being needed for confirmation at the end of March.

11. Any other Business

It was agreed that the Vanarama Big Day out offer should be publicised more to southern exiles who are more likely to travel to Wembley than those living in the Southport area. Voting for the February Player of the Month has now opened.

12. Dates of next meetings

Wednesday 18th March – Members (TBC)

Wednesday 8th April - Board

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