Bairnstrust Committee Meeting
17th December 2002
Brockville Park, Falkirk
Michael White called the meeting to order and welcomed members
who had come to observe.
1. Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Ian ‘Soapy’ Soutar.
2. Minutes of Last Meeting
Proposed by Brian and seconded by Bill the minutes were accepted
as a true and accurate representation of the previous meeting.
3. Matters Deemed Urgent by the Chairman
i ) The meeting was reminded that an Annual General Meeting must
be held before 1st February 2003.
ii) Members can request in advance an item be discussed at a future
4. Matters Arising
i) It may well be that after the current arrangement entered into
with Falkirk FC on player support that Back the Bairns will cease
to exist as a separate fund raising entity.
ii) No meeting has as yet taken place with the Federation although
it is anticipated this will take place in early January. Early
approaches have already been made by Soapy.
iii) A formal letter requesting a meeting with the Board has been
verbally acknowledged and a response is expected shortly.
iv) With regards to fundraising: -
a) A very generous donation of £1000 has been received from
b) A video may be produced to commemorate the club leaving Brockville
dependant on external funding.
c) It is hoped to hold many ‘small’ events throughout
the year to appeal to all sections of the community.
d) A meeting will be held at Elliots on 17th January 2003 with
representatives of the club, Budvar and supporters to explore
the possibility of chartering a plane to the Czech tournament
e) Back the Bairns Marquee Dance is on 29th March.
5. Membership Update
There are currently 142 Full Members with 48 also participating
in Share Save. It was suggested that to attract membership a night
be held in conjunction with Central FM’s radio show. Brian
will investigate this avenue.
Shares should be purchased as soon as possible to benefit from
the lower price as they are expected to increase in value once
the Stadium is underway. The Board have however guaranteed the
price will be held at its current level for those who sign up
to Bairnstrust this season.
Monies are still outstanding from Supporters Direct in respect
of Start up costs and Fergus is dealing.
Bank balance is currently standing around the £3000 mark.
7. Proposals for Co-Option
Areas identified as needing additional assistance are
ii) IT and Web Design Skills
iii) Junior Members Representation
iv) Special Needs/Handicap
v) Local Business
An open invite is issued to any members who have expertise in
these matters and wish to be considered.
8. Web Site and Newsletter
Paul Hutton has worked on an embryonic website and the address
was passed to those present to allow them to view it. Brian has
also sourced others who would be willing to design a website.
The final decisions on the web site will be taken at the next
It was agreed that for the foreseeable future there would be no
more glossy newsletters but instead regular typewritten communications
would be produced.
9. Meeting with Board of Falkirk Football Club
Confirmation is awaited of a date and time for such a meeting
but it was accepted the following matters should be on our agenda:
i) Actual transfer of shares in lieu of past donations
ii) Our Electoral Process with regard to representation on the
Board of Falkirk FC.
A copy of the Legal obligations of a Board Member is to be obtained
as soon as possible for the information of those wishing to stand
for election as the Fans Representative on the Board.
10. Calendar of Meetings 2003
Regular meetings are scheduled for the first Monday in every
The Annual General Meeting is arranged for Monday 27th January,
7.30pm at Brockville Park.
11. Date and Time of Next Meeting
Next Meeting Monday 27th January 6.00pm, Brockville Park, Falkirk.
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