Bairnstrust Committee Meeting
17th November 2003
Elliots, Graeme Road, Falkirk
Stephen Bird called the meeting to order and welcomed members
who had come to observe.
1.Apologies for Absence
Apologies were noted from Kirstie Adam, Wayne Toft, Steven Adam,
2. Minutes of Last Meeting
Last months minutes were formally accepted as an accurate record.
BairnTrust leaflets have now been sent out. Some initial response
has been received. It was agreed that another 1000 leaflets
would be produced for distribution on the buses to the St Johnstone
game and at the turnstiles.
Bill Anderson queried whether corporate membership was allowed.
Michael White will check the constitution and report back. Bill
will canvas opinion of business community.
Fergus gave an update of the Trust’s accounts to the end
of the first financial year (30 September 2003). These showed
that the Trust secured £25,250 worth of shares in Falkirk
Football Club. This represents roughly 3% of the overall shareholding
in the club. This represents 41,393 shares. A share certificate
for the 25,000 shares bought by the Trust has now been received.
Additionally the £10,000 worth of shares promised by the
club in recognition of supporters contributions to the club in
the past have been secured, but the share certificate has still
to be received by the Trust.
It was felt that this represented good progress over the year,
given that we started with nothing.
The next stage is to arrange for the accounts to audited and
the FSA returns to be submitted. Fergus is progressing this and
will update at the next meeting.
A tax return has been issued by the Inland Revenue and Fergus
is currently looking into completion of the form. No allowance
has been made for corporation tax in the accounts to date, but
it is not expected that the bill will be too large and should
be manageable with existing liquid assets.
Some members of the share save scheme have now contributed more
than the minimum amount necessary to purchase shares from the
club. It was agreed that these members will be approached to
see if they would like shares now or allow their savings to
grow further before purchasing the shares. Fergus will progress
this with the members concerned.
Support in the running of the administration of the scheme was
volunteered by a member. It was felt however, that as Fergus
had to reconcile the amounts due each month from the accounts,
that it was simpler to keep the administration with the record
of amounts paid by each scheme member.
6. Fund Raising (Video’s and Number Plates)
Video - Brian has been liaising with
the TV authorities to sort out ownership rights to the video
footage which potentially could have made the venture prohibitively
expensive. This issue has now been resolved with £600-£800 having to be paid
to STV as a digital transfer fee. AMA have agreed to meet this
cost. Brian is trying to secure sponsorship deals on the video
and hopes to raise £2000. If this is the case then AMA’s
digital transfer costs will be met from the amount raised in
Production now looks like starting the first week of December.
If this is the case it will be tight to get the video out there
in time for Christmas. Disappointment was expressed as Christmas
was seen as the main marketing opportunity. Brian says he is
currently looking at 20 December for completion. Plan is to distribute
through the club shop.
Number Plates - Concerns have been expressed about whether the
number plates would be regarded as legal in all parts of the
UK. Michael White has agreed to discuss this issue further with
the police to get a definitive answer and report back.
7. AGM Arrangements
The time and date for the next AGM were discussed. Notices to
members should be issued 21 days before the meeting. It is hoped
to hold the meeting at the new stadium in February, as it would
give the fans a first look inside the stadium and could hopefully
generate interest. Health and Safety issues will have to be considered.
Latest AGM could be is March and we would prefer to defer the
AGM to the latest possible date if that meant we could hold it
at the new ground.
At the AGM we will need to nominate an additional fans rep for
the Board from our membership. Stephen Bird, Michael White and
George Craig are to discuss what they feel the role of the fans
rep should be. Michael White will also discuss with George Craig
whether he is intending to stand down as a fans rep on the Board.
No BairnsTrust Board member needs to stand down this year, but
half will stand down at the following years AGM.
8. 200 Club
A number present expressed dis-satisfaction at the way the 200
club was being run. The lack of draws this year has been commented
on. Of those in the scheme at the meeting many were considering
stopping their participation. Comments were made that they would
prefer to invest the money in the share save scheme instead.
It was agreed that Kirstie would write to the club expressing
concern over the lack of draws being made.
9. Covered Terracing
A cover on the terracing at Stenhousemuir had been promised
for the Brechin game. To date there is no sign of the erection
of the cover and fans are becoming concerned about the lack of
progress. It has only been through luck that the weather has
dry for all the games. It is felt the lack of cover will affect
crowd levels as we run into the winter.
It was understood that objections from some of the residents
had been received and this may be holding things up.
Comments were also made about the lack of suitable toilet facilities
for those on the terracing.
It was agreed that Kirstie should write to the club expressing
the fans concern over the lack of progress on putting a cover
over the terracing. A letter has already gone to Stenhousemuir
but no reply has as yet been received.
10. Meeting with Other Trusts
Michael White and Stephen Bird met
with members of the Honest Men Trust at the recent home game
against Ayr United. The club now has a new owner and he has
already invited the trust to put a member on the board. The
club is experiencing the same types of problems that Falkirk
did with their ground in that they can’t
develop the site they are on and are having difficulties with
the local council regarding moving to a greenfield site. They
have no chance of meeting the SPL criteria at their current venue.
Kilmarnock and Queen of the South Trusts have also expressed
an interest in talking to us. We are getting a reputation within
the Trust arena as someone worth discussing issues with.
11.Notice of Motion from Stuart Adam
This has now been overtaken by policies put in place at the
club. These were proposals to deal with racism, bigotry and other
forms of discrimination.
12.Structure of the Falkirk Football Club
Michael White gave those attending the meeting an outline of
the proposals he was putting to the board on 19 November regarding
how the club should be restructured to improve its operation
into the future.
Once the presentation has been made Michael will circulate these
to the Board of the Trust.
It was felt that a meeting between the Trust Board and the Board
of Falkirk Football Club would be useful before the AGM. Kirstie
is to arrange this.
14.Fundraising for the new stadium.
It should be possible for supporters
to buy a brick in the new ground. A scheme currently being
put together will be ready for early December. It is expected
each brick would cost around £40.
The next meeting will be held in Elliot’s
on 15 December at 7.30p.m.
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