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Newsletter 61

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 Monday 18th May 2009, 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 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.

Hot News - The venue is currently in use for Scottish Cup Final ticket sales, so we may end up in the home dressing room instead!

AGM - Three New Committee Members 
A successful AGM was held last month with a number of matters being discussed.  The BairnsTrust committee for next season was also confirmed with three new faces being added.  The committee would like to welcome David Robertson, Colin Chalmers and Dave McIntosh, who will be valuable additions as the Trust progresses into next year. 

A big thank you to out-going committee members Fergus Caldwell and Jack Gardiner.  Both have been long servants to the Trust and all the hard work they have put in has been much appreciated and we wish them all the best for the future.  That means the current committee now looks like this

Chairman - Steven Jackson

Vice-Chairman & Board Representative - Brian Guthrie

Treasurer - Vacant

Secretary - Vacant

Alternate Director & IT Co-ordinator - Tom Paterson

Acting Treasurer - Peter Jack

Membership Secretary - Sandy Monfries

IT Co-ordinator - Robert Stirling

Former Players - Murray McIntyre

General Committee - Stewart Wilson

Bill Anderson

David Robertson

Colin Chalmers

Dave McIntosh

The Trust currently has no nominations for the positions of Treasurer and Secretary and these are still vacant.  Any member who wishes to take on any of these roles, please get in touch through your preferred contact method.

Falkirk's Up For The Cup!
BairnsTrust would like to congratulate Falkirk FC on a great victory against the Pars in the Scottish Cup Semi-Final and wish them all the best for the Cup Final on May 30th.  With tickets selling fast it is sure to be a great family day out and you just never know what can happen in a one off game - Come On Ye Bairns!

BairnsTrust have set up a meeting at the Falkirk Stadium on Monday 18th May 2009 at 6pm. This meeting is for ALL Bus Conveners and all those Transport Organisers who intend to travel to the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on 30th May 2009.

The agenda of the meeting is to discuss travel and parking arrangements for the buses, arrangements for the elderly and infirm who may have a problem with walking a distance etc.

Apologies for the short notice, but this has been sprung upon us.

If you know of someone who is arranging a bus and may not see this notice or is not aware, please pass on this information.

BairnsTrust Temporary Stand Presence
Apologies to members expecting to see a new BairnsTrust stall on the south side of the main stand concourse over the last couple of months.  Unfortunately this has been postponed until next season because of a lack of time due to the club making preparations for the cup final. 
BairnsTrust will however have a presence over at the temporary stand for the first time.  Members will be on hand to distribute goodie bags to children who attend the match on Saturday versus St. Mirren.  This will include excess programme bundles and videos and fans will be able to find out information about the Trust, ask any questions and sign up for the new season!
Any volunteers willing to help out on a matchday, please make yourself known at the original BairnsTrust stall from 2pm onwards or get in touch via your preferred contact method.

Latest additions to the stall include the last few Falkirk away games and the recent Scotland B v Northern Ireland B International at Broadwood that includes S Arfield and D Barr.

Hot News - BairnsTrust have acquired a stock of the original 1997 Cup Final CD single and all funds will go to local charities the Trust support. Copies now at the stall.

We are hoping to also have the new Falkirk Scottish Cup Final CD that will be on sale from Tuesday 19th May 2009.

Track 1: 'Going for Glory'
Track 2: 'Better Meddle Wi The De'il'

You can also still browse the existing BairnsTrust merchandise online HERE

Cup Final Fever Comes to the Mall Howgate

As Falkirk Football Club prepares to take part in its first Scottish Cup Final in 12 years, The Mall Howgate is giving the town’s residents the chance to send their team goodwill wishes - by signing a huge good luck card!

The 5 ft high by 4 ft wide card will be situated at the Ask Me Point (AMP) from Monday, May 18th 2009.

All fans and well-wishers have to do to add their good luck message is pick up a special label from the AMP on which they can pen their note of encouragement that will then be stuck into the card.

It is hoped hundreds of people will add their name to the card which will be taken to Falkirk Stadium prior to the match at Hampden on Saturday, May 30th 2009 to allow the players to read all the messages.

Margaret Foy, Marketing Manager, The Mall Howgate said: “Everyone in the town, both avid fans and those who don’t pay too much attention to football, are extremely proud of the team for reaching the final of the Homecoming Scottish Cup. There’s already a buzz around the centre with people trying to predict the outcome! We hope lots of locals will write a note of good luck to the team who will, fingers crossed, bring the cup back to Falkirk for the first time in 52 years.”

As well as giving shoppers the chance to wish the players well, Falkirk Football Club will also be in the centre selling memorabilia – from pens to cups, football strips to baseball caps – from Monday, May 18th 2009 until Friday, May 29th 2009

The Retail Merchandising Unit will be adorned with FFC goodies which could become collector’s items if the boys pick up the silverware.

There will also be a special Homecoming Scottish Cup Final exhibition charting the Bairns’ journey to Hampden. The exhibition will feature photographs and editorial coverage so shoppers can re-live the glory of the cup run.

While retailers, including Marks & Spencer, will be making an extra special effort to support the team by dressing their windows to wish them good luck.

Falkirk FC Former Players
A new section of our website has just been created dedicated to the former players association.  This includes interviews packed with information about the former legends and what they get upto now.  More detailed interviews will be added in the near future but check it out now by clicking HERE.
Why not have a go at trying to guess which former players are pictured in the quiz HERE.
Bairns Bonanza Lottery
BairnsTrust are currently helping the Club to promote the re-launch of the Bairns Bonanza Lottery.  It only costs £1 to play with all proceeds going to the youth academy.  Full details can be found on our website HERE.
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Look forward to seeing you on Monday night where there will be a chance to win a prize for attendees! 

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