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Newsletter 51

BairnsTrust Monthly Newsletter... For Falkirk Bairns Everywhere!
 
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 the following section of the website HERE.
 
You are cordially invited to attend the Monthly Meeting in the Warm Up Area of the Falkirk Community Stadium on Mon 16/06/08, 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 bairnstrust@hotmail.co.uk 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.
 
After 50 various Trust's newsletter from your Treasurer, the IT team have now taken on this role and given it a revamp. Hope you enjoy. If you have any feedback on the new style, feel free to comment back to bairnstrust@hotmail.co.uk
 
Supporters Direct Scotland Conference 2008

The 6th annual conference of Supporters Direct Scotland was held on Sat 07/06/08 in the Management Centre at Stirling University, Stirling from 10am to 5pm.  This year, six members of the BairnsTrust board attended the event, in order to make the most of the conference.  This was a great chance to network with Trust counterparts of e.g. Dundee Utd's ArabTrust, Inverness CT, Clyde, Dumbarton, Dee4Life, Livingston, Erin Hibs, Dumbarton, QOS, etc.
 
A change to this year’s conference was the focussing on some of the bigger issues in football such as Regulations, Ownership, Community and League Structure.  A synopsis of each topic will be mentioned at Monday's meeting. One of the main speakers was the CEO of the Homeless World Cup who gave an excellent presentation.  Find out more at www.homelessworldcup.org/ including some excellent video clips. 
 
Falkirk FC were mentioned as the model club when discussing the demise of Gretna and how to prevent that happening in the future in terms of a club who moved to a new compact ground with scope for development, concentrated on training and academy set up, allowed the manager time to implement his style and all done with a balanced set of books and continued success in the SPL. To highlight this their was even FFC Kids classes on at Stirling University as the delegates arrived!  A great day was had by all and Supporters Direct are compiling a full report later in the year on the areas discussed at the conference, watch out for this on the Supporters Direct website HERE.
 
STAND UP For Falkirk Campaign
At the last monthly meeting on 19/05/08, there was a successful forum held about the stadium debate, with many local councillors from all parties making a welcome appearance.  Everyone got to put there points across on an issue that is sure to be a high priority again at the next council meeting at the end of June.  BairnsTrust are fully supporting the Stand Up for Falkirk campaign and hope the best outcome is acheived for the community as a whole.  Any BairnsTrust member or non-member can come along to the monthly meetings and give their views on this subject and also find out what the latest developments are.
 
Dutch Pre-Season Tour 2008
Falkirk FC have now officially announced the fixtures for the annual trip to Holland as per below:
 
Match 1 - Wednesday 30th July v SC Cambuur in the town of Leeuwarden 7pm ko
 
Match 2 - Friday 1st August v BV Veendam at the Veendam Stadium 7pm ko
 
Match 3 - Saturday 2nd August v Heeronveen in the village of Buitenpost 4pm ko
 
The Trust Committee will be represented on the trip if you wish to raise any issues or questions as we traverse the Netherlands.
 
New BairnsTrust Board 
The new BairnsTrust board was formed at the committee meeting after May's monthly meeting.  A big thankyou to Martin Fraser, Lorna Wilson and Miller Paterson for all their hard work during their time on the Board and a warm welcome to Margaret Ferguson and Sandy Monfries.  There are still vacancies so, if you have any skills that will help the Trust and wish to be co-opted, please feel free to make your intentions known by email to bairnstrust@hotmail.co.uk or by attending the next Trust meeting.  The new makeup of your Committee is :
 
Steven Jackson (Chairman)
Brian Guthrie (Vice Chairman, Trust Alternate Director 2008/09, Social Convenor and Press Relations Officer
Margaret Ferguson (Secretary)  - To be co-opted 16/06/08
Peter Jack (Treasurer)
Murray McIntyre (Trust Representative Director 2008/09)
Sandy Monfries (Membership Secretary)
Stewart Wilson (Assistant Social Convenor) Co-opted 19/05/08
Jack Gardiner (FPA Committee)  
Tom Paterson (IT Co-ordinator)
Robert Stirling, Jnr. (IT Co-ordinator)
Bill Anderson (Committee Member)
Fergus Caldwell (Committee Member)
 
Message Board Update 
The BairnsTrust message board has now been relaunched!  All members and non-members are free to sign up and give their views and opinions on the latest hot topics.  The unique item of the new messageboard is the 'Ask Your Trust' section.  This gives you the oppurtunity to ask the Fans Representatives on the board or BairnsTrust committee directly any questions you like related to Falkirk FC.  Good communication between Falkirk FC and fans is very important and this is your best chance of obtaining answers to your questions.
 
Congratulations to Calibairn who finishs top of the BairnsTrust UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football Competition league for 2008.  Below is how the top of the league finished:
 
#  Team                Pts    Total
1  Calibairn            28      526
2  The Accountant  25      504
3  barhigdon           31      502
4  The Navy Blue    10      496   
5  BairnsRus          10      372

Look out for a new features coming onto the BairnsTrust messageboard for next season.

 
As always, we have a large collection of programmes for sale to boost the Trust's funds.  Our full stock list can be found on our website HERE or visit the stall on matchdays.  All offers will be considered.  During the close season, our programme stock is on sale at numerous trade fairs and markets across Scotland courtesy of a BairnsTrust member.
 
In addition, you can buy your Official Matchday Programme from BairnsTrust from the Trust stall and now also from the Amarillo Bar for the new season.  BairnsTrust will also hopefully be a regular seller of 50/50 draw tickets for next season after the success at the last home game when the Trust was brought in as an emergency seller.  This will bring more fans to the Trust stall and will hopefully lead to increased revenue from Trust merchandise.
 
Attracting some interest is the unique section of our website donated to small advertisements from Trust Members which can be tailored to your requirements and if you wish, even a full page site hosted within for you. Pay us a visit at HERE
 
As an offer for our members, how about our BairnsTrust computer screen toolbar to brighten up your PC. Brought to you by our IT Team it can be customised to your taste, with fast, easy links to all your favourite websites and radio stations. To download from our site visit HERE.
 
If you are not receiving the hyperlinks to some of the websites contained in this newsletter, please inform by email to bairnstrust@hotmail.co.uk and we will rectify these for you.
 
No Meeting Next Month
Due to the summer break, there will be no monthly meeting in July.  Meetings will start again in August and all members are reminded that the renewal date for subscriptions in 1st August 2008.
 
Other News 
You may have seen in last month's electronic newsletter that BairnsTrust had been contacted by the SwansTrust (Swansea City FC) regarding a new monthly income generator that once put in place can give Trusts a fresh monthly income for good.  This was provided by a utilities company called The Utility Warehouse (UW).  They claimed that it had been checked out and had full approval from Supporters Direct but it has now come to light that this is not the case.  Supporters Direct contacted BairnsTrust to state that they had NOT endorsed the use of The Utility Warehouse and have made no judgement to date about how genuine or ethical they are.  Therefore, BairnsTrust do not encourage our members to use this scheme until Supporters Direct officially endorse it.
 
The ShireTrust AGM took place on Wed 28/05/08 at Thornhill Community Centre where your BairnsTrust Treasurer assisted in the completion of their own Independent Exam for the year ended 31/12/07 and your Vice-Chairman acted as Scrutineer for their elections, reciprocating the ShireTrust Committee Member who covered BairnsTrust's election.  It was a successful night and ideas were shared for new income generation for BairnsTrust which have worked well for ShireTrust.  Watch this space for these at the beginning of next season.
 
ShireTrust are also holding their annual quiz night on Friday 27th June in 'The Auld Toll' Grangemouth at 8pm.  It is £10 per team of four to enter with a first prize of £100.  BairnsTrust will be sending a team as usual and it is open to everyone so get in touch with either BairnsTrust at bairnstrust@hotmail.co.uk or ShireTrust as soon as possible to book your place at shiretrust@aol.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.
 
Look forward to seeing you at the next monthly meeting where there will be a chance to win a prize for attendees!
 
Thanks,
BairnsTrust Committee
www.bairnstrust.com

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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.