A fans forum will be held on Thursday 21 July 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start, Pymgate Lounge.
It’s that time of year again when the Forever Bury Board is looking for new blood. There are nine of the twelve places on the board up for election. All the retiring board members are free to seek re-election.
All current Forever Bury members can stand for the board, but must be nominated by two current Forever Bury members.
The independent scrutineer must have received all nominations and candidate statements up to 400 words by noon on Friday 19th August 2016. If there are more nominations than places on the board an election will be held and the election papers will be sent out with the AGM notice at the end of August. The result of the election will be announced at the AGM on Saturday 24th September 2016 at 5.30pm in the social club.
Copies of the Election Rules, based on Supporters Direct Best Practice rules can be obtained from the cabin, via the Forever Bury postal address, email email@example.com or downloaded from http://www.foreverbury.org/?page_id=739
The AGM is where members can have a say in the future direction of the trust, all current members can put forward motions to be voted on at the AGM.
All motions need to be sent to the Secretary, at the usual address or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 24th August 2016. The secretary will check that the proposer is a current member and that the motion is not against the constitution or does not ask the society to do something, which is illegal. If the motion is in order it will be added to the AGM agenda to be voted on by the members.
Please note our new email address is
We’ll be doing the Sponsored Walk to Rochdale again on Saturday 12th March, setting off from Gigg Lane at around 9.30am and taking on the 6.1/2 mile route to Spotland. I’m hoping that most of our members who are going to the match will take on the challenge but if not please sponsor one of the walkers.
The sponsor form can be downloaded here
Having recently being elected to be the FB Membership Secretary, I would like to give a small insight into the world of Forever Bury as it affects our members and supporters of Bury FC. I would also like to write candidly regarding the role of FB and our hopes.
1) To represent the fans voice.
2) To ensure the long term future of Bury FC.
Both of these to be attained by continuous dialogue with the Bury FC Directors.
1) At every football club, there can be conflict between the ideology of the Supporters Trust and the Board of Directors. At Bury FC, since the inception of FB, overall we have enjoyed a fruitful relationship with whichever Board has been in situ. We see no reason why this should not continue. A sustainable football club needs the backing of supporters alongside the business acumen of the Directors. To be attained by continuous dialogue with the Directors.
2) To have every Bury supporter a member of FB (see below)
Membership: As at the FB AGM, our membership was 665.
1) There appears to be a misconception that FB membership is reducing. Do you know, membership has increased from 647 in 2013 to 665 in 2015?
2) I recently spoke with a board member of a major Supporter’s Trust , generally recognised as the leading Supporter’s Trust in the country. Their membership equates to about 25% of their core home support. Guess what? So does ours!! We should be proud of both these points.
That said, my aim is to increase our membership gradually to 1,000, then ultimately, every Bury fan. To be attained by communication with all Bury fans
Communication: A fair criticism of FB is that we haven’t communicated well with the fans. This has been taken on board, and with the aid of a now improved database, a questionnaire recently issued for which thanks to those who have replied, and a desire to reach Bury fans of all ages, we will get there. Click here to download the qestionaire.
Please pop into the Cabin for a chat, or email me at FB. Your support is greatly appreciated.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
All members (Aged 16 and over) of the Bury Football Club Supporters’ Society Limited, (Forever Bury) are hereby invited to attend the 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held at Bury FC Social Club, Gigg Lane, Bury on Saturday 26th September 2015. The doors will open after the match and the business of the meeting will commence at 5-30pm.. If any member is unable to attend, but wish to vote on the proposals, they may appoint a proxy in writing (see voting slip).
The Chair will outline the format of the meeting and the Secretary will read the Minutes of the last AGM (Copies of the minutes are available in the cabin and can be downloaded here)
- 2. Announcement of Directors of the Board of Forever Bury
- 3. Chairs Statement
- 4. Secretary’s Statement
5. Financial Statement
A statement of accounts for financial year 01/04/14 to 31/03/15 will be presented by the Treasurer. The accounts will be available at the AGM and are already in the Forever Bury Cabin at Gigg Lane. Please let us know if you want us to send you a copy of the accounts. It is proposed that Members accept the accounts presented for financial year 01/04/14 to 31/03/15.
Resolution 1 – To Accept the Financial Statement for Financial Year 2014/2015
6. Auditors/Independent Examination of Accounts
The threshold for an Independent Examination of Accounts is £90,000. Due to the continuing cost of a full audit, the Forever Bury Board are proposing that the members accept an Independent Examination of Accounts instead of a Full Audit.
Resolution 2 –to Have an Independent Examination of the Accounts
It is hereby resolved that subject to the provisions set out in the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, the members of the Society shall not require an audit for the accounts covering the current financial year ending on 31st March 2016 when they are presented to the next AGM held in 2016 and to have an Independent Examination of the Accounts instead.
8. Future Aims
9. Forever Bury Representative at the Club
If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to appoint the chair or another proxy, to vote on the Proposals put to the AGM, please indicate your instructions on this slip and return it to arrive no later than Noon on Thursday 24h September 2015: AGM Proxy, Forever Bury, 3 St. Mary’s Place, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0DZ. You may also email the slip to email@example.com from your registered email address.
No one other than the Chair can be a proxy to more than three members. A proxy need not be a member of the Society
Proxy Form return it to arrive no later than Noon on Thursday 24th September 2015: AGM Proxy, Forever Bury, 3 St Mary’s Place, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0DZ. You may also email the slip to firstname.lastname@example.org from your registered email address.
I confirm that I am a member of the Forever Bury Supporters Trust [ ]
Membership Number (if known)………………………………
OR the Chair of the Meeting [ ]
As proxy vote for me on my behalf at the Annual General Meeting of the Society to be held on Saturday 26th September 2015 and at any adjournment thereof. I instruct my proxy to vote as follows:
Please PLACE AN X in one box ONLY for each of the Resolutions. If you do not place an X in any box for a particular Resolution, this will be counted as an ABSTENTION.
|Proposed Board Resolution||In Favour||Against||At My Proxy’s Discretion|
|Resolution 1 – To Accept the Financial Statement for Financial Year 2014/2015|
|Resolution 2 –to Have an Independent Examination of the Accounts for the Financial Year 2015/2016|
It’s a very sad day indeed for everyone involved with Forever Bury as the shocking news of Nev Neville’s passing hits home. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jill and all the Neville family.
Nev always had the interests of Bury FC and its long term survival at heart but he was also instrumental in helping to set up and launch Forever Bury. It’s really unthinkable where Bury FC may have been now, or even if we would still have a club, if Nev hadn’t taken it on himself on numerous occasions to help get the club through the various pitfalls it has faced over the years. It’s a testament to Nev that we can still watch our beloved Bury FC week in week out.
In his memory we will be adding his name to the Forever Bury Memorial Board where he will take pride of place alongside the name of Fred Mason.
Thanks for everything Nev!
“Gone but living in the hearts and minds of every Bury fan!”