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Newsletter 30

This is a special edition of the electronic update of BairnsTrust activities.

The Trust take this opportunity to thank you all for joining for the new season and appreciate all those that made a donation to the contingency fund, too many to mention individually, but very much appreciated. It has been assumed that all under 16s that have joined have done so with full parental/guardian consent.

You are cordially invited to attend the monthly BairnsTrust meeting in the Warm Up Area of the Falkirk Community Stadium on Monday 19th February 2007, meeting begins at 7.30pm.

There will be a full agenda for discussion, but if you have any concerns you wish to raise, please respond to either bairnstrust@hotmail.co.uk or post your query on the message board at our website and we will try to cover any of your issues on the night.

If you are unable to attend, the minutes from the meeting will appear on our website 7-10 days later for your perusal.

At the last Trust meeting on Monday 15th January 2007, it was suggested that these Newsletters be shortened, and to prevent IT complications that attachment files be eliminated. Future Newsletters may now simply inform you to visit our website at your convenience for the full version.

BairnsTrust are delighted to announce the signing of our fourth Corporate sponsor of the season ... BSH Limited of Unit 15, Powdrake Industrial Estate, Grangemouth, FK3 9UT. Telephone : 01324 474242, Fax number: 01324 665456, Online Sales Established for over 18 years, they serve Central Scotland with Hydraulics, Pneumatic and Transmission products. Owner and keen Falkirk supporter Alan Harris was present at our last meeting and gave an outline of his background, business and Falkirk FC sponsorship over many years.

The BairnsTrust website is now fully operational and is updated regularly. Information on Meeting Minutes and Newsletters can be found in the relevant sections. We have made many new additions including a Games Room, the new Online Shop, ticket sales for our future events and now the facility to pay for all products and membership by "Paypal." Our IT Committee have been extremely busy working on this and have some exciting new features still to be added. One such adoption has been a detailed “hit counter” which monitors everything from length of time each guest spends online, and which sections attract the most interest, and where in the world you are dialling in from. Visitors arrive from far-flung Poland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Japan, Thailand, North Korea, India, Italy, Australia, Canada, United States of America, and the Virgin Islands! If you are one of these visitors from one of these regions, why not drop us a line and let us know of your interest in BairnsTrust and Falkirk Football Club.

The Trust now have a stock old Falkirk FC home and away programmes from this season for sale at £2 each. We also hold some rarely available team sheets and after match stats sheets to compliment these. Club Director Martin Ritchie on hearing of this venture has gratefully donated his personal collection of programmes from his spell to date on the Falkirk FC Board. Please visit the BairnsTrust stall and let us know of your requirements.

Falkirk FC have allowed BairnsTrust to become an Official Matchday Programme vendor using our stall based on the concourse in the Main Stand at home games as the point of sale. We will cater for those who wish to buy INSIDE the Stadium pre-match, and in return the Trust will receive the standard “sellers fee”. Trial runs have been a great success so far.

Copies of the new Silly Connolly CD that is not in the shops until March 2007 are going well. Lasting nearly an hour and containing 21 sketches and songs the Trust have benefited from the stock we have obtained with all profits going directly to the Trust. Copies at £8 each can be purchased by your preferred contact method below.

Trust member Michael White has also given the Trust a stock of his new "Book of FFC Lists" with the Trust receiving a donation from every one sold. Again this is much appreciated. Copies can still be bought at our stall on the concourse in the Main Stand at home games.

We have also been approached to sell tickets for the forthcoming Charity Match being held at the Falkirk Stadium on Sunday 25th March 2007. This will include a Falkirk FC Select with numerous former greats returning to play. Tickets will be available from the stall at each of the home games leading up to the event.

For those who requested one of our BairnsTrust 2006-07 Polo shirts or T-shirts we have received contact from our original preferred printers in Manchester. Following an over run of a major concert t-shirt promotion some surplus stocks are available to meet our small order. We will now resurrect the original offer with samples being available for viewing at the home game v Aberdeen on Saturday 3rd March 2007. This will be a unique design. When available, existing members can either accept this delayed promotion or be entitled to their full £4 refund, in cash, by visiting the stall on matchdays, where your details will be checked and a note of refund taken.

Also reconvened is the Tom Jamieson Memorial Trophy 5 a side Tournament involving pupils from Carrongrange School now set for Wednesday 21st March 2007. All participants will receive a goody bag. The event was well appreciated in its inaugural year of 2005.

An invoice is now with the Club re the set-up of the Falkirk FC Former Players Association which BairnsTrust administer. It was agreed that a sum of £100 would be payable to BairnsTrust by Falkirk FC to cover the administration costs thereof.

The first of our 2007 Community events was the return of our highly successful Quiz Night, on Monday 12th February 2007. 17 teams competed for the exclusively commissioned BairnsTrust Trophy and the accompanying £100 cash prize. Teams ranged from the ShireTrust, two teams of Rangers Supporters from Polmont, Roman Bar FSA, North End FSA, Senior Bairns and the Castings Club. As expected, like last year, there was fierce competition and the winning team again claimed victory, winning by a solitary 1 point, from the two teams who tied for the runners up spot. Congratulations go to Stella’s All-Stars. Unfortunately there were no representatives from Falkirk FC or the stadium Joint Venture Company. Nevertheless, there was a successful raffle held, with prizes distributed from the numerous donations kindly received from the Bank of Scotland’s SPL Sponsorship Department. We had an abundance of rare auction memorabilia, including a triple signed framed photograph of the new Rangers FC management team, a Falkirk FC autographed ball and framed etching of the Ibrox Main Stand. Other items that did not meet the initial reserve price were withdrawn for future selling on a reputable online auction site, items include a unique framed combination of photos of Brockville Park and the Falkirk Stadium, a signed 2005/06 Rangers football, Celtic Park photo and an autographed etching of one Alistair McCoist. Enquiries for any of these items can be made by your preferred contact method below. If any member has any other pieces of memorabilia that they wish BairnsTrust to benefit from selling in this way again please contact us.

Keep your diary free for the next Red Nose Community event in May! and keep a close eye on our website for more details of this event which will be announced soon.

We are now taking orders for our new range of framed photos of the Falkirk Stadium Main Stand. Small and medium sized greetings cards are also available. The photo used, is copyright of our friends at AK Print, and all profits go to BairnsTrust. Similarly we can receive orders for the Celtic Park and Ibrox etchings mentioned above that are marketed by a Trust member who has already taken large orders from Old Firm fans.

The Trust Committee has had two meetings in the past month on early morning Saturday 3rd February 2007, and the evening of Wednesday 7th February 2007, due to our successful merchandising attracting the interest of the Club. This has proved to be a controversial issue. Like Falkirk FC, BairnsTrust are a limited company and enshrined in our constitution is the remit to continually raise funds, every penny of which is ultimately returned to the Club. Watch this space! for further outcomes.

BairnsTrust have been patiently waiting since the home Hibernian game on Saturday 16th December 2006, to become sole agents for the launch of the new 1876 Club. However, through no fault of the Trust, the implementation of this promotion seems to have stalled. We now reserve the right to reassess the package when the Club progress the scheme.

The draw for the next round of "Boardroom Experience" winners was made at our meeting of Monday 15th January 2007, with the following confirmed winners:

Kilmarnock game on 27th January 2007 – F Strathearn, of Dunmore as prize-winner from last Trust Social Night.

St Johnstone game on 3rd February 2007 – J Paterson, Denny.

Motherwell game on 10th February 2007 – C Mailer, Polmont.

Aberdeen game on 3rd March 2007 – D Easton, Ardgay, Sutherland.

Celtic game on 17th March 2007 – J Patrick, Falkirk.

St Mirren game on 31st March 2007 – J Burnett, Falkirk.

The Club's AGM was held on Thursday 1st February 2007 in the Amarillo Bar Bistro, and was well attended by many shareholders including BairnsTrust and many of our "Sharesavers." Informative talks were given by Martin Ritchie on the fantastic set of numbers in the Annual Accounts. George Craig gave another legendary “brief” outline on some of the current issues and plans for the future. Manager John Hughes delivered another positive team view of affairs and aspirations. There followed a variety of questions and answers ranging from the Alan Gow transfer window saga, further gems from the English Premiership and the ability to defeat Aberdeen/Kilmarnock/Motherwell at all levels ... except first team! Campbell Christie chaired the meeting, which ran very smoothly. The resolution voted on regarding authorised shares was duly passed but the proposal on director rotation was postponed on a technicality.

The Trust's own AGM is now scheduled for our April meeting on Monday 16th April 2007. Former Trust Chairman Stephen Bird has offered to act as neutral invigilator with our own Membership Secretary willing to do a similar task at the ShireTrust AGM. More details will follow in the coming months on our website, newsletters and in the press.

We have been contacted recently by a few former "Sharesavers" willing to sell their shares in the Club. Through the culmination of Contingency Fund donations over the past couple of years, the Trust are in a position to purchase said shares and are progressing this opportunity.

BairnsTrust have also received correspondence from the famous Graeme Lightbody, the current keepie-up record holder with a personal best of 40,000! Graeme has gone from strength to strength since discovering his somewhat unusual skills two years ago. It took him just three hours and 15 minutes to net a place in the British record books with a staggering 14,300 manoeuvres and ever since he has been in demand. Graeme has received invites from all over to strut his stuff entertaining the crowds with his phenomenal party piece. He has also become a regular at Partick Thistle's ground, Firhill in Glasgow, where he entertains the fans before games on matchdays and Falkirk FC have also recruited him before. If any member has any planned gala days, summer fairs or other events that would benefit from an appearance, please see Graeme's own website for more contact details ... www.keepieuppie.homestead.com

Finally, if you have any topics or articles you wish to be included in future BairnsTrust Electronic Newsletters, please respond by your preferred contact method below.

One such appeal has been received from a member ...

"I am writing to enquire if any fellow BairnsTrust Members could possibly help. Currently work for Shelter the Homelessness Charity based in South Lanarkshire. Our project team are working with a number of young boys who through no fault of their own are currently homeless and living with their parents in temporary accommodation. As a consequence of this they have very little personal belongings. They are like most young kids, obsessed by football but find it difficult because of their current situation to keep up with things in the football world. It is with this in mind I ask if any Trust Members would be willing to donate any old football magazines from the last year that we could pass on to these kids, eg. Shoot, Match Weekly, English/Scottish Club Magazines, Rangers News, Celtic View, Hearts Weekly ... and the like would be ideal."

Would appreciate any assistance offered and any documents could be handed into the BairnsTrust stall located on the concourse in the Main Stand at home games for uplift.

Look forward to seeing you at the next monthly meeting where there will be a chance to win a prize for attendees!

 

Thanks.

Peter Jack, FCCA

BairnsTrust Treasurer www.bairnstrust.com

 

Please support the Trust's Corporate Sponsors:

Thomas Johnston Quality Butchers Limited

Amarillo Bistro Bar / Eleven Restaurant

J H Kilt Hire

BSH Limited

 

Links of interest:

The Wheel .net

Pie and Bovril

Bedsearcher

 

Contact methods:

a) Email to bairnstrust@hotmail.co.uk

b) Post your query on the message board at our website:

c) Visit the BairnsTrust stall located on the concourse in the Main Stand at home games.

d) Attendance at the monthly BairnsTrust meetings at the Falkirk Community Stadium on the third Monday of the month, KO 7.30pm.