Minutes of the Bairns Trust
Monday 18th July 2005
at the Falkirk Stadium
S Jackson, W. Anderson, W Sommerville, P Jack, S Adam, K Adam,
M Fraser, M Cattanach, S Williamson, J Williamson, S Wilson, E
McIntyre, J Gardiner, M McIntyre, B Guthrie, J Jamieson, R Smith
& S Bird
D Robertson, F Caldwell, J Toft and W Toft .
Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Steven Jackson welcomed everyone to the meeting. The sudden death
of Craig Gowans had shocked and saddened all connected with the
club. BairnsTrust had sent a wreath and three Trust representatives
had attended the funeral, travelling with players and club staff
in the bus organised by the club.
The death of Ian Rae, one of the 1957 cup winning team, had also
been announced recently.
As a mark of respect to both a minute’s silence was observed.
Jimmy Black, of Drew Norloch and MAAD, came along to talk about
the Bar Bistro project (now to be opened in October). A lively
and informative question and answer session followed and further
talks will be held to see whether the venue will be suitable for
holding Trust meetings and certain fundraising functions there.
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Had been published on the website and were adopted by Stewart
Wilson seconded by Sandy Williamson.
The allegation that some fans were being allowed to spread the
cost of buying season tickets was investigated. It appears that
one couple were having problems with their bank account and as
a gesture of good faith by a club employee were allowed to pay
part of the cost to reserve their tickets and gain time to sort
out their problems with the bank. The Trust were assured that
this was one isolated special case.
Other matters arising from previous minutes were dealt with in
report from meeting with the club and can be found in full on
Board Members Report
The next board meeting is on Thursday.
Information from previous meetings can be found elsewhere on the
These will begin again with the ICT match. A report of a midweek
meeting with the club is on the Trust
website (as shown in Matters Arising).
There had been delays in getting information on the Trust website
as the two people who could do this both had family members ill
at the same time. It is proposed to increase the number of operators
to prevent future problems.
Also any suggestions for improvements to the existing website
would be welcomed.
Falkirk FC Website
The new Falkirk website is up and running and BairnsTrust would
like to extend congratulations to those involved who have improved
this facility beyond recognition. Also we’d like to offer
thanks for the prominent link to the BairnsTrust site.
The new membership form has space for suggestions on how to improve
the Trust. The Chairman asked those present to consider what they
feel should be the Trust’s priorities for the coming season
and email their suggestions to himself or the secretary or bring
them to the next meeting to aid us in taking the Trust forward.
An explanation of new membership arrangements was now on the Trust
website and season ticket holders would be receiving forms with
their season tickets. Clipboards would be purchased before Saturday
and volunteers were requested to help sign up as many members
as possible at the Cardiff, Morton and ICT games.
Along with the incentives of the £100 FFC shop voucher prize
draw and chance to be a guest in the boardroom on matchdays the
possibility of a free BairnsTrust polo shirt for members is being
considered. Designs should be available for Saturday.