Members’ Newsletter – November 2021
“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
…Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Stanley supporter!”
So (nearly) wrote Rudyard Kipling, when he wasn’t baking another batch of his exceedingly good cakes. We’re certainly having a season with Triumph and Disaster, a bit too much of the latter and nowhere near enough of the former. Still, as Coley always says, ‘Keep the Faith’; we’ve been here (all too often) before and we’ll be here again.
If you’d like a word with Coley, and his loyal sidekick Jimmy, then you’ll have the perfect opportunity when the ‘Two Amigos’ once again expose themselves to scrutiny at the OASST AGM.
For all details, click on the link: The Two Amigos
Notice of Annual General Meeting and Annual Elections December 16th 2021
The Trust will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 16th December 2021 at Sydney Street Sports and Social Club, Sydney Street Accrington commencing at 7:30pm.
- Chairman’s report
- Presentation of annual accounts by the treasurer
- Elections of Board Members in line with FSA best practices and Trust Rules
- Proposal from the Trust Board to disallow the requirement for a full audit in line with section 477 of the Companies act 2006 relating to small companies
- Agenda items put forward by Trust Members (TBC)
Any member who wishes to propose an agenda item or motion for debate/consideration at the AGM can do so by emailing the Secretary @ email@example.com no later than Thursday 2nd December 2021, the committee will consider any such proposal on its merit.
The annual accounts will be published on the trust website on Monday 22nd November 2021
The following members have been co-opted on to the Trust board during the last Financial year and as such are seeking full election:
- Andy Buckel
- Jeff Cleary
- Mike Procter
- Darren Woodhead
In line with FSA Best practice Peter J Leatham and Jill Macintosh will be resigning as directors at the AGM.
- Peter J Leatham will be seeking re-election
- Jill Macintosh will not seek re-election leaving one post vacant.
- Nominations for the vacant post have been requested with only one applicant Debra Phillips who will be seeking election
The signed accounts are now available, please click on the link: Signed Accounts
Memorandum of Understanding
The Supporters’ Trust will be holding its next Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) meeting with the club on Friday 3rd December.
These meetings cover all aspects of off the field activities and initiatives.
If you have anything you wish us to discuss on your behalf then please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Monday 29th November.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – PLEASE RETURN YOUR STUBS AND MONEY IN THE ENVELOPE PROVIDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
If anyone has any unsold Xmas raffle books then please return them in the envelope provided.
We have supporters who are asking for additional books to sell!
Junior Redz Christmas Party
We have items for sale – cards, coasters, clocks etc. – which would be ideal for the discerning Stanley supporter, just visit our Marketplace to order. Other lines – pens, snoods etc. – are on sale at our Market Hall shop.
Act of Remembrance
The Supporters’ Trust was doubly involved in marking Remembrance this November. First, on 13th November, as the club commemorated the occasion with a stirring display before the match against Plymouth, Stanley fans raised a huge banner in front of the Clayton End, organised by the Ultras and funded by the Supporters’ Trust. Also Stanley fans proudly held aloft large poppy placards, organised by the Supporters’ Trust.
On Remembrance Sunday itself, the Supporters’ Trust held a moving and dignified service in the Memorial Garden at the club, conducted by Debra Phillips, Supporters’ Chaplain and Trust Director, who also dedicated the garden.
For video and more photographs, please click on the link: Act of Remembrance
Some more of Andy Holt’s photos of the developments at the ground, the quality of finish is going to be first class, I’m sure we’re all very keen to see it completed
Hyndburn Baby Bank
The OASST was delighted to be able to present to the Hyndburn Baby Bank a cheque for £1000 as their share of the money raised by the recent memorial walks. For more information, click on the link: Hyndburn Baby Bank
Now into its second year, the popular fund raising big cash giveaway continues to draw interest from supporters and others. For the recent winners, click on the links: October 2021 Winners | November 2021 Winners
To take part, support the Trust and have a chance of winning, click on the link: Club 1968
Accrington Stanley launch annual food bank collection for Maundy Relief
In conjunction with the Club and ‘Amazing Accrington’, the Supporters’ Trust was delighted to be involved in the launch of the Maundy relief food bank appeal; to read more about this, please click on the link: Food Bank Collection
Big Shirt Giveaway
Accrington Stanley is proud to give a proper, replica shirt to every schoolchild in Hyndburn. This initiative from Andy Holt has raised awareness of the club to those who will be the supporters in ten, twenty, thirty years’ time. As ever, the Supporters’ Trust is eager to be involved in this exciting initiative and volunteers (see above) worked hard to prepare the goodie bags in advance of the distribution. To read more about this, click on the link: Big Shirt Giveaway
Jack Barrett Annual Memorial Walk
In an act of remarkable planning, the organisers of this years’ sponsored walk managed to pick a particularly wet Saturday on which to traipse across Lancashire (after all, wet Saturdays are so few and far between up here in the Pennines!). Their enthusiasm was undamped however and the walk was a great success, for more photos and information, click on the link: Sponsored Walk
Thanks are due to Darren Woodhead, Trust Director, for organising the walks and also to all who took part, especially Mark Baker who ran from Rochdale!
P.S. It’s still not too late to donate, click on the link: GoFundMe
After an enforced year of absence, travel to away matches, organised by the Supporters’ Trust, is back with a bang. The intention is to arrange transport to every away game and, organised by Adam Scarborough, so far we are meeting this aim. Forthcoming travel is advertised on our Facebook page and also on our website, so check what’s coming up and book with Adam. Click on the links: Facebook Page | Our Website
In October, Andy Holt and David Burgess kindly gave up an evening to speak with supporters at an event arranged by OASST in Sidney Street Club, to watch a video of the event, click on the link: ClaytonEnders
This is the last Newsletter of 2021 so, even if it is a bit early, on behalf of my fellow Trust directors, I would like to wish a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and New Year to all our members both far and near.
Mike Procter, editor.