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Monday 21st April 2008, 7.30 p.m.
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Newsletter 49

If you are reading our newsletter for the first time ... welcome to BairnsTrust as a new member. If you wish to review some of our previous newsletters they can be visited at this section of the website...
The Trust take this opportunity to thank 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 Meeting in the Warm Up Area of the Falkirk Community Stadium on Mon 19/05/08, KO 7.30pm.

 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 later for your perusal here ...

The Trust was again seeking candidates for the Committee and nominations for the new Associate Director/Trust Rep on the FFC Board have closed. This post was open to any current member of the Trust, regardless of previous history or involvement in your Trust. Following the "Hustings" discussion on Mon 17/03/08 in the Warm-Up area of the Falkirk Stadium, the two candidates Brian Guthrie and Tom Paterson staked their claims and eagerly awaited the voting result. Ballot papers were sent out along with the full AGM documentation after Mon 24/03/08, with Ballot papers to be returned at the latest by Mon 21/04/08, 7pm to the Scrutineer in time for the result to be announced before the AGM commenced. Many thanks to the Scrutineer, our friends at the Falkirk Matchday Programme and the Falkirk Herald who have been able to find space in their publications to insert advertisement of our AGM and the two candidate’s electoral statements.

The results were as follows:

Brian Guthrie - 61 votes

Tom Paterson - 34 votes

95 valid returned votes received.

Brian Guthrie will now be put forward to the Falkirk FC Board as duly elected Fans Rep, shadowing Murray McIntyre for one year before fully taking over as BairnsTrust Director. Commiserations to Tom Paterson. A good turn out at the Trust AGM was welcomed by the Chairman and after Trust business was discussed the floor was opened for an open forum from attendees. The Stadium and surrounding area was fully debated by the floor and concerns raised as to the ruling councils involvement.

The two Constitutional amendments were backed unanimously by a show of hands from attending members.

BairnsTrust still have a vacancy that requires to be filled on the Committee for the position of Secretary. Current Committee Members have had temporary spells covering the role alongside their own duties. If you wish to be co-opted to this office-bearer post, please feel free to make your intentions known by email to The full Trust Committee has still to be formalised as the after-AGM meeting to determine was carried over to a later date this month.

The Trust now has the returned, signed, copy of the BairnsTrust "2007 Annual Accounts” with grateful thanks from our Independent Examiner. This new style of reporting on the Trust's finances was passed at our last AGM, similar to that adopted by a number of other Trusts and has been ratified by the Financial Services Authority. The position of Independent Examiner can be carried out by anyone with a financial background, not necessarily qualified and would simply be reviewing the set of financial statements already produced by the Trust Treasurer for the financial year ended 30/09/07. Copies of said Independent Examination were available on the night of the AGM to attendees and thereafter will be made available to any member who requests a copy by your preferred contact method below.

Your BairnsTrust Treasurer has been contacted by our colleagues at Shiretrust to now undertake their own Independent Exam for the year ended 31/12/07 and negotiations are at an advanced stage. Similarly, your Vice-Chairman has been approached by the Shiretrust to act as Scrutineer for their forthcoming elections, reciprocating the Shiretrust Committee Member who is covering our own election.

Falkirk FC's No1 supporter's team Bairnfica AFC will be playing Dunfermline supporters at East End Park on Sat 03/05/08, kick off 11am. This is a free weekend due to Falkirk’s switch for Setanta TV of our home game v Heart of Midlothian. Why not go along and support them on the day so that they can win the cup being awarded. £2 entry for adults and free for kids U16. All supporters will be housed in the Main Stand and turnstiles open form 10.30am onwards. There will be catering facilities including bacon and sausage rolls for sale on the day. At the end of the match, each player from both teams will receive a medal for taking part, as well as the winning team being presented with the trophy. The presentation will take place upstairs in the Legends Bar after the match. For more details visit the teams home website page
Why not visit the matchday stall for our “Discount Sale” where all programmes, including this season, are now only £1 each and you can still uplift your free BairnsTrust A4, colour, 2008 calendar. Just bring along your membership card. Also for our under 16 members you can collect a free "bargain bundle" of old matchday programmes. Again just bring along your membership card.

We have recently doubled our stock of programmes and now cover each season back to the early nineties. Get your "wants" list prepared and see if we can assist. To allow more time to peruse our collection, the stall on the concourse is now open at half-time. Visit our online shop that has the NEW stock list of all our programmes for browsing 

Falkirk FC has 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 pre-match and in return the Trust will receive the standard “seller’s fee” in return. This is proving a great success so far. We urge Members to purchase their copy from the stall to allow the Club to monitor how successful and necessary this point of sale is.

Will now be attempting to extend the sale of programmes into the Amarillo Bar Bistro on upcoming matchdays.

The Trust's own UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football Competition now into the semi-final stage. All change at the top with The Navy Blue now leading, but have Barhigdon and Calibairn within 10 points and in hot pursuit. The table will be posted on the message board after every round of games and will hopefully create more interest in our messageboard at the same time. As a result participants receive regular, emailed magazines direct from UEFA.  

As another offer for our members, how about our new BairnsTrust computer screen toolbar to brighten up your PC. Brought to you by our IT Team it can be customised to your taste. Add BairnsTrust to your favourites and tell a friend to do as well. To download from our site visit this link

Although every reasonable effort is made, total vetting of linked sites is simply impossible. Therefore it must be clearly understood that BairnsTrust accept no responsibility for the content of these external sites. It should also be noted that BairnsTrust will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any inaccuracy or error by use of this toolbar. 

The nature of this toolbar is that it can easily adapt to its users. If you have any good links or ideas that would benefit other users please email so its inclusion may be considered. Comments and suggestions are always welcome!

If you are not receiving the hyperlinks to some of the websites contained in this newsletter, please inform by email to and we will rectify for you.

Have been advised by a Kilmarnock fan and by their Trust that for the Kilmarnock v Falkirk game on Sat 17/05/08, children will get in for £1.00 so it might make the match more affordable for some of our fans. Feel free to visit the KillieTrust desk that day (just inside the hotel entrance) if you want to meet their Committee or to discuss anything.

Scotland National Team sponsor Tennent’s are launching a campaign to show the fans unfaltering support “wherever it takes us, whatever it takes”.  It will run from now until the start of the World Cup qualifiers in September. Go to the website and leave your message, browse the stands and join the players and celebrities who have already taken their seat. The campaign will culminate in a presentation of thousands of messages to the current squad. By showing your support you have the chance to win:
• A trip for two to Macedonia for the opening qualifier in September.
• Tickets for you and your mates to Scotland v Norway.
• Signed merchandise.
• Be the fan who delivers these messages of support to members of the current squad.
Over 18’s only. Prizes available to UK residents only. T&Cs apply.

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.

Looking for a holiday stay along the Moray coast this summer? A BairnsTrust member has a 3-bedroom static caravan available for rent in Lossiemouth. Fellow Trust members are afforded a discount on production of their membership card. Accommodation at Lossiemouth Bay Caravan Park contains …Living Room, Kitchen/Diner, 3 Double Bedrooms, Toilet, Shower, Central Heating, Gas Fire, Fridge Freezer, Microwave, Toaster, Iron, Television, Sky, Video/DVD Player, Storage Cupboards, Private Parking Bay, Patio/Veranda Area, Garden Chairs, etc. Available fully furnished or unfurnished from 01/04/08. Non smoking and no pets allowed. Please contact Pat on Mob 07747 810718 for more details.

Gary Allan, Painter and Decorator also offers a discount to all Trust Members on mentioning this advert. Free estimates on all interior and exterior work. Contact Gary on Tel. (01324) 552181 or Mob. 0798 8013 733.

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


BairnsTrust Committee


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J H Kilt Hire

Building & Renovation Services

Beijing Villa Chinese Restaurant


John Mitchell Haulage and Warehousing

Thomas Johnston Quality Butchers Limited

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Links of interest:

Red Card Scotland

Kick Out Bigotry

Travelling Bairn



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.