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Newsletter 32

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

You are cordially invited to attend the monthly BairnsTrust meeting in the Warm Up Area of the Falkirk Community Stadium on Monday 19th March 2007, KO at 7.30pm, where the guest speaker will be Elaine Millar, the newly appointed Development Officer at Supporters Direct in Scotland, working alongside James Proctor.

There will be a full agenda for discussion, but if you have any concerns you wish to raise, please respond to either or post your query on the message board at our website, and we will try to cover 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 Trust meeting on Monday 15th January 2007, it was suggested that these Newsletters be shortened, to prevent IT complications, and that attachment files be eliminated. Future Newsletters may now simply inform you to visit our website at your convenience for the full version. Feel free to comment if you are for or against this idea.

At the last meeting on Monday 19th January 2007, a volunteer from your Committee formally agreed to become the BairnsTrust Public Relations Officer. This role will simply ensure the Trust's activities are regularly circulated amongst the local media via our friends at the Falkirk Herald, Central FM, the Matchday Programme, Falkirk FC, etc.

A cheque for the sum of £100 has now been received from the Club, re the set-up of the Falkirk FC Former Players Association, which BairnsTrust administer. It was agreed that this would be payable to BairnsTrust by Falkirk FC to cover the administration costs thereof and is gratefully acknowledged.

The BairnsTrust website is now fully operational and updated. 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."

We now have photographs of the current Trust Committee online and in the spirit of Red Nose Day, well please make a visit to ... The Committee page

See which former players we have at each game by visiting the new "Former Players" Section of our site ...

A new area on the website is the "Charity Appeals" section, containing correspondence received from various Charities that BairnsTrust will actively promote through our ongoing commitment to community events and projects.

We have 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 v SPL Select with numerous former greats returning to play. Briefs will be available from the stall at the Celtic home game on Sunday 18th March 2007.

The Trust now have a stock old Falkirk FC HOME and AWAY programmes from this and previous seasons for sale at £2 each. We also have some rarely available team sheets and after match stats sheets to compliment these. Please visit the stall for your requirements.

At the game v Aberdeen on Saturday 3rd March 2007, we had available a limited number of UEFA Champions League Celtic v AC Milan match programmes. The 0-0 game played on Tuesday 20th February 2007. These were snapped up within minutes of our stall opening that day and raised good funds for the Trust.

Advance programme orders now being taken for the ITALY v SCOTLAND UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying Match at the Stadio San Nicola, Bari on Wednesday 28th March 2007.

It should be noted prior experience has shown that the following may be available with estimated prices (given in Euros) as a guide only:

a) Official Match Programme - €10.00.

b) Pirate Unofficial Match Programme #1 - €5.00.

c) Pirate Unofficial Match Programme #2 - €5.00.

d) Pirate Unofficial Match Programme #3 - €5.00.


A Request

If any member has got a copy of Morton v Falkirk league programme from Saturday 22nd April 2000 for sale, then please can they contact the Trust by their preferred contact method below.

Falkirk FC have allowed BairnsTrust to become an Official Matchday Programme vendor using our stall 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 prematch and in return the Trust will receive the standard “sellers fee” in return. This is proving a great success so far.

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. Due to demand we have asked for costings on an even bigger A2/A1 print! The photo used is copyright of our friends at AK Photo Art 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.

Copies of the new Silly Connolly CD 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.

For those who requested one of our BairnsTrust 2006-07 Polo/T-shirts the order has now been produced. Available for collection at the home game v Celtic on Sunday 18th March 2007. Members who had ordered a shirt can either accept this delayed promotion or be entitled to their full £4 refund, in cash, by visiting the stall, where your details will be checked and a note of refund taken. To cut down on postage we hope members are able to collect their shirt from the stall in person. Thereafter the remainder will be posted out. Please bring to the game your membership card and allow sufficient time for BairnsTrust to process your details before uplift.

The design can be viewed online by visiting our online shop, to see what else we have on offer, visit ...

Our Online Shop

The draw for the next round of "Boardroom Experience" winners will be made at our monthly meeting on Monday 19th March 2007. This will cover the last home games of the season and will be dependent on the fixture list compiled after the SPL split.

Also reconvened is the Tom Jamieson Memorial Trophy 5 a side Tournament involving pupils from Carrongrange School now set for Wednesday 28th March 2007, 10am until noon, at The Falkirk Stadium synthetic pitches. All participants will receive a goodie bag. The event was well appreciated in its inaugural year of 2005.

The Trust's own AGM is now set for the Warm Up Area of the Falkirk Community Stadium on Mon 16th April 2007, KO at 7.30pm. 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. Official notification will follow in the coming days in the press and/or matchday programme, the Central FM Falkirk FC show and is currently online at our website. This newsletter also informs as follows.

The items of business to be discussed will be:

Chairman’s Report
Secretary’s Report
Treasurer's Report, and Financial Report
Director's Report
Social Convener's Report
Election of Office and Committee Members
Election of Supporter's Director
Local or National Motions
Any Other Business

Nominations are now being sought for the following Trust Committee positions:

Vice Chairperson
Committee Members
Fans Director on the Board

Please visit the Agenda section of our website for more details ...

Application forms, which must be returned by Friday 23rd March 2007, can be downloaded HERE ...

Where numerous applicants are standing for each Committee position, voting slips will be forwarded to Members in due course along with resolutions that have been received. A synopsis of resolutions to the Trust Constitution already received are as follows:


Resolution #1

Addition of 100.

c) any temporary surplus funds held by the Society following member overpayment for e.g. membership fees, sharesave contributions, donations, standing orders, etc. to become permanent funds of the Society for use as per 100 a) and b) above after preferred means of contacting member have been exhausted.

This comes into force on the later of:

1) 6 months after the final overpayment; or

2) The next financial year-end of the Society on 30th September 20XX.


Resolution #2

To amend the Society’s rules by inserting new clauses c-f in Rule 86 as laid out below.


86. The Society Board will in respect of each year of account ending on 30th September 20XX:

a. cause to be prepared a revenue account or revenue accounts which:

(i) singly or together deal with the affairs of the Society and any subsidiary company or society as a whole for that year; and

(ii) give a true and fair view of the income and expenditure of the Society and any subsidiary company or society for that year;

b. cause to be prepared a balance sheet giving at that date a true and fair view of the state of the affairs of the Society and any subsidiary company or society.

c. In any year of account, the Society shall not be required to appoint auditors if it is exempt under the 1968 Act and has disapplied the obligation to do so in accordance with the 1968 Act.

d. In any such year, an Independent Examination of accounts under the guidelines recommended by Supporters Direct (or suitable substitute body) and all references below in Rules 25, 35, 87, 88, and 91 to 'audit', 'auditor(s)', and 'audited' shall be read as 'independent examine, independent examiner and independently examined' respectively and rules 89, 90, 92, 93 and 94 shall not apply.

e. Any decision to disapply the requirement for audit must be passed by the appropriate margins laid down under the 1968 Act at the Annual General Meeting prior to the Annual General Meeting at which the accounts for the year in question are to be laid before members.

f. No decision to disapply shall be valid if the accounts laid before the Annual General Meeting at which the decision is being taken indicate that the turnover of the Society in that financial year is higher that the specified threshold for audit exemption in the Supporters Direct (or suitable substitute body) Membership Policy, should such exemption be allowed under that policy.

Items that did not meet the initial reserve price at our highly successful Quiz Night, on Monday 12th February 2007 are still available for a generous donation. Included are unique, framed, combined photos of Brockville Park and the Falkirk Stadium, a signed 2005/06 Rangers Ball, Celtic Park photo and an autographed etching of one Alistair McCoist. Enquiries on 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 by selling in this way again please contact us.

Keep your diary free for the next Community event in May! See our website Events Page for more details ...

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 have progressed this opportunity by making a written offer and await their response.

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 ...

The following appeared on our messageboard on Wednesday 14th March 2007, but if you missed it feel free to sign the petition to show your support to a campaign for a change in STV programming which bids to see "SCOTSPORT" on at an earlier time or in an additional time slot to the present Monday night timing or perhaps in place of ... Sign up

There will be a brilliant new promotion tied into recruiting new members, which BairnsTrust will be announcing soon. As Members you would benefit if you were to introduce some new people to the Trust. More details to follow!

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.

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

Peter Jack, FCCA

BairnsTrust Treasurer


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



Contact methods:

a) Email to

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.