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Newsletter 63

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 17th August 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.

Membership Drive 
The new season is upon us and it is that time of year again when BairnsTrust memberships are due for renewal.  As well as existing members, it is hoped that this year will bring a significant increase in new membership numbers with all Falkirk fans uniting together to push our team forward as part of  Eddie May's revolution.  Everyone has a part to play, whether you get your friends to join, volunteer to help on the matchday stall or attend a BairnsTrust event... BairnsTrust needs you!  E-mail bairnstrust@hotmail.co.uk for more details.
 
Membership for season 2009-10, is still only £5 for adults and free for under 16's.  Joining is easy, simply log on to our website HERE for more details or pay a visit to the BairnsTrust stall on the concourse of the main stand any matchday. 

RIP Paul McGrillen & Brian McLaughlin

BairnsTrust was sadden to hear of the death of two former players recently - Paul McGrillen and Brian McLaughlin.  Paul was only 37 years old and had a successful career which took him to Motherwell, Airdrie, East Fife, Stirling Albion, Partick Thistle, Clydebank, Stenhousemuir and Stranraer, as well as Falkirk.  Paul will always be remembered for his famous goal in the Scottish Cup Semi-Final against Celtic in 1997 which sealed an historic cup final appearance for the Bairns.

Brian was 54 years old and came from Grangemouth.  He played a total of 11 games for Falkirk in the mid-eighties.  Brian's former teams include Celtic, Ayr United, Motherwell, Hamilton and West Adelaide in Australia.  Both players will be sadly missed and all at BairnsTrust pass on our condolences to family and friends at this tragic time.

Share Save Re-Launch

One of the options for members of BairnsTrust is to participate in the ‘Share Save’ scheme, one of the first schemes of its type.

So how does it work?

Members can elect to make regular monthly payments to the Trust in multiples of £11 per month. In return, at the end of the agreed period of time you receive shares in Falkirk FC IN YOUR OWN NAME, subject to your contributions over the term amassing the minimum requirement of 400 shares, the limit set by the club.

At this moment in time, shares are currently set at £1.25 each but as with all such investments the value of shares can go up or down and this is not within the Society’s control.

Shares will be allocated to your account on the basis of the price on the day they are purchased.

This scheme is an additional option for members and is in addition to your normal annual membership fee.

If you would like more information on this scheme please contact bairnstrust@hotmail.co.uk

First Home Game v Hibs 22/08/09

Fans are reminded that this game is a 12.30pm kick off due to it being live on ESPN.  It is also advised that fans arrive slightly earlier than usual as there may be delays due to the new smartcard entry system

The BairnsTrust stall on the concourse will be open as usual for the first home league game of the season on Saturday 22nd August. There will be official Falkirk FC merchandise on sale, back stock of old programmes which you may have missed, unique BairnsTrust merchandise not available anywhere else plus the usual team will be on hand to take your queries or questions.

You can also still browse the existing BairnsTrust merchandise online HERE.

BairnsTrust are currently working on a new partnership with Falkirk Solutions to provide the Trust with extra help on matchdays and give valuable work experience to the participants.  Falkirk Solutions is the department of Falkirk FC which teaches the unemployed and helps them to obtain jobs as well as providing football coaching.  More details to follow soon.

Got your season ticket yet

It has to be said that Falkirk supporters have done their usual magnificent job in backing their club by purchasing season tickets in such great numbers during these troubled financial times - over 3000 have been sold so far and board members have also added to the budget pot from their own pockets, but now more than at any time in the recent past, especially since the collapse of the Setanta TV deal, Falkirk fans need to dig deep and help the club get season ticket sales up to last seasons level to ensure the club can support Eddie May`s efforts to strengthen the squad prior to the transfer window closing.

We all know "lapsed Bairns" who have simply gotten out of the habit of supporting their team and we also know that many will chose to "pay as they go" now that the Falkirk Stadium has extra capacity - these are the fans we must all target and convince to dig deep and buy a season ticket.  So if you are one of the 3000 who have already splashed the cash get out there and try and convince a friend or relation to come on board and buy a season ticket. They don`t even need to pay the cash upfront if a ticket is purchased via the Zebra finance scheme.  Zebra pay the club the full season ticket value and the customer can pay up at an average of about £11 a month - its a great deal and if another 4-500 season tickets can be sold Eddie May could add the striker to the squad that so many fans hope he can sign.

Lets support Eddie May - lets do that bit extra to support our club and rally together like only Bairns supporters can do.  Our fan loyalty is special, enduring and the envy of many a club - lets prove we can do it again !!

WIN! A Virgin Experience Day Worth £175!

This month, easyfundraising and BairnsTrust have teamed up with Virgin Experience Days to give one lucky easyfundraising member a day to remember.  Every time you shop online this August via easyfundraising you’ll have the chance to win a fabulous Virgin Experience Day worth £175.  There are Virgin Experience Days to suit everyone - from flying, golf or cookery lessons to a big cat encounter or even juggernaut driving!

How Do I Enter?

1 x entry into the draw when make a purchase through the easyfundraising site until August 31st 2009. Make 20 purchases and you'll get 20 entries into the draw! It’s as simple as that! 
 
2 x entries when you make any purchase from Virgin Experience Days.
 
1 x entry when you refer a friend to easyfundraising.  You'll get one extra entry for every friend you tell! Log in to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/bairnstrust and visit the Refer a Friend page for more details.
 
1 x entry when you register with easyfundraising to help support us. Sign up right now at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/bairnstrust and you'll receive one entry into the draw.

About Virgin Experience Days
Virgin Experience Days has loads of experiences you’ll never forget, from an affordable £39 for a Paintballing experience to an ultra indulgent £11,250 week on Richard Branson's private island. Virgin Experience Days Options Vouchers make the perfect gift - available in 5 different price categories, they let the person you're buying for choose the experience they'd like to do within that category.

Bairns Abroad

This section of the BairnsTrust Web Site gives people the chance to get themselves included in our list of Bairns fans worldwide. It will give people the opportunity to see just how far support for the Bairns has travelled around the world.

Another point of this feature is to judge just where people browse our web site from around the World. Recent visitors to our site have included people from:

Australia: Brisbane and Canberra,
Belgium: Antwerp,Aalst,Brussels,Gent,and Tournai.
Canada: Burlington
Croatia,
USA:Chicago and Lisle in Illinois,Denver-Colorado, Mountain View - California, and Washington.
Taiwan, Taipei.
New Zealand,

.. and lots more

We will be adding new features to our Bairns Abroad section including interviews and competitions. So why not join up now, add your name to our Bairns Abroad list and show everyone else just where Bairns fans are in the world.

Other News
An excellent time was had by all fans who made the trip to Falkirk's first ever competitive european game in Vaduz, Leichtenstein.  Despite the result, Falkirk fans were a credit to themselves and to the Club with the away support easily outnumbering the home support.  Hopefully we won't have to wait another 133 years for the next one!


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 on Monday night

Thanks,
BairnsTrust Committee

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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.


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