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The New Forever Bury Board

As there were only five nominations for the seven vacant positions on the Forever Bury Board there was no need for an Election.

The five candidates Dave Giffard, Susan Tunstall, Derek Boulton, Joy Hart and Rob Wolfe had their nominations confirmed  by the members present, at the Forever Bury AGM on Saturday 20th September.

We’d like to that John Trippier from the Clarets Trust for being the Independent Scrutineer for the nomination process.

The remaining board members are Lorraine Fox, Gill Mansley, Danny Bowerbank, Jaime Hipwell opted board member Viv Webb.

Both John Raftery and Chris O’Sullivan have recently resigned from the board.

At the first official meeting of the new board the following positions were filled.

Chair Dave Giffard

Vice-Chair Lorraine Fox

Treasurer Derek Boulton

Secretary Susan Tunstall

Minutes 2013 AGM (Draft)


Forever Bury (Bury Football Club Supporters’ Society Limited)




Saturday 5th October 2013




The twelfth Annual General Meeting of The Bury Football Club Supporters Society Limited, known as Forever Bury was reconvened at 5.10pm on Saturday 5th October 2013 in the Bury FC Social Club, Gigg Lane, Bury with 20 members being present, the original meeting on Wednesday 18th September 2013 had commenced at 7.30pm and adjourned at 8.00pm as only 15 members had been present.  2 members had appointed the chair as proxy.


Chair – Dave Giffard, Secretary – Susan Tunstall.




  1. Minutes of AGM 011 27th September 2012


The minutes of the meeting were unanimously accepted as a true reflection of that meeting.


  1. Announcement of Directors of the Board of Forever Bury

    The Chair advised members that John Trippier of the Clarets Supporters Trust had offered his good services to act as independent scrutineer and to whom all nominations had been sent. He advised by e-mail only six nominations had been received for the eight vacant positions on the Forever Bury Board. The nominations were received from Chris O’Sullivan, Gill Mansley, Danny Bowerbank, Lorraine Fox, Jaime Hipwell and John Raftery. All six nominations were ratified unanimously by the members present were therefore elected to the board.

  2. Chairs Statement

    Prior to the start of last season everyone was full of optimism and looking forward to yet another successful season in League One. How quickly the dreams were shattered as The Shakers lurched from one disaster to another, both on and off the field and the resulting drop in gates putting the club into an untenable financial state.

    We are always aware that any minor drop can cause problems so with there being a significant drop we did ask The Board on a number of occasions how the finances were and were told they were “ok” or “manageable”. By December this had become “Cash flow problems”. Sadly during December Margaret Ladkin, our representative, was taken seriously ill and unable to carry on her role.

    Following her resignation we went through the procedure to find a possible replacement but by the time we had a prospective candidate it was painfully obvious that the club was in serious trouble so we deliberately held back from putting our candidate forward as we didn’t want them tarnished with the unfolding disaster.

    Once Chairman Brian Fenton had made his desperate plea for investment we knew that any funds we had to invest would be of little use and rather than throw the money into the enlarging black hole we’d be better keeping it as possible startup funding if the club went under and we needed to start again.

    As the season finally fizzled out with its all too apparent conclusion, everyone was becoming more and more frustrated at the lack of information from the club. Jim Lomas was tackled by me on almost a daily basis as to the ongoing and exceedingly delicate negotiations and although several of our members were imploring us to call an EGM it was felt that we should give Jim and Nev Neville every chance of reaching a successful conclusion without rocking the boat.

    I’d like to put on record Forever Bury’s appreciation to both Jim Lomas and Nev Neville for their efforts in steering the club through the mire.

    I’d also like to thank my fellow Board members and other helpers for all their efforts with running the Trust and all the various events over the year.

  3. Secretary’s Statement

    The secretary stated that there were a total of 647 members; voting membership was 321 comprising of 191 adults and 130 concessions, junior members was 326, at the end of the financial year. The current membership was 757; voting membership was 424 comprising of 280 adults and 144 concessions, junior members was 333.



  4. Financial Statement

    The treasurer presented the Independent Examiner’s report and the analysis of Income and Expenditure for the financial period ended 31st March 2013. The Financial Statement for the Financial Year 2012/2013 was unanimously accepted

  5. Auditors/Independent Examination of Accounts

    The proposal that the members of the Society shall not require an audit of accounts covering the current financial year ending on 31st March 2014 when they are presented to the next AGM held in 2014 and to have an Independent Examination of the Accounts instead, was unanimously accepted.

  6. Future Aims

    Our biggest task for the coming year will be to try and develop a solid working relationship with the New Board. So far many fans are delighted with the unfolding events but we must be cautious. At an early Fan’s Forum Chairman Stewart Day did say that he was a firm believer in openness and honesty. Forever Bury need to meet with the entire board and seek answers to some pertinent questions before we can progress.

    Significant sums, believed to be in the region of £2.2 million, have already been pumped into the club and we are led to believe that there is more to come. The shareholding hasn’t changed which means we still hold 14.3% but as they have not yet detailed their investment and the financial implications on the club we have to assume that the money is being treated as a loan. If so this will eventually show in the accounts at any future AGM but could be the end of 2014 before we see anything. We all know Bury FC has a hopeless record at handling any significant debt so we will be interested in what Stewart has to say on the matter.

    All previous boards have had cash flow problems over a season and have had to loan the club money but they never usually let this appear in the accounts as they would convert the debt into shares. This was fine with us, they invested money and so did we with the aim of maintaining at least a 10% holding so that we could call an EGM if necessary. So we had parity with them.

    But now there is also the matter of the Mortgage Debenture that is on the club which enables the New Board, via a company, to be repaid by the sale of the club thus possibly rendering our shares and more importantly, any future money we invest in shares, worthless. If we were to invest more funds into the club we would need to be doing it on the same basis – i.e. a loan and this may necessitate some legal advice.

    As always the major task we have is not only to try and get more Shakers fans to join but for our members to become more proactive. For years now the major fundraising event has been the Beer Festival, although Derek and his helpers have had an incredible year with the Car Boot Sales smashing all previous records.

    Both these events should really be knocked out of sight by the Sponsored Walk. The other week saw us take 2,400 fans on the short trip to Spotland and surely we should have had hundreds that could have walked the 6.5 miles, but no, just 10 walkers and 1 wheelchair!!! Just 500 walkers raising £30 each would net an incredible £15000.

    Forever Bury would be looking to protect the ground by making it An Asset of Community Value.

  7. Forever Bury Club Board Candidate(s) Statement(s)

    There had been no nominations. The nomination process to be reopened.

  8. AOB

    Nothing to Report


    Meeting Closed at 5.30pm


    Approved By                                                                                        Prepared By





2014 AGM

Forever Bury (Bury Football Club Supporters’ Society Limited)



All members (Aged 16 and over) of the Bury Football Club Supporters’ Society Limited, (Forever Bury) are hereby invited to attend the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held at Bury FC Social Club, Gigg Lane, Bury on Saturday 20th September 2014. 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).



1.         Introduction    

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 from the website


  1. 2.            Announcement of Directors of the Board of Forever Bury


  1. 3.            Chairs Statement


  1. 4.            Secretary’s Statement


5.         Financial Statement


A statement of accounts for financial year 01/04/13 to 31/03/14 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 01/04/13 to 31/03/14.


Resolution 1 – To Accept the Financial Statement for Financial Year 2013/2014


6.         Auditors/Independent Examination of Accounts


The threshold for an Independent Examination of Accounts is £100,000. 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 of section 4A of the 1968 Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act, the members of the Society shall not require an audit for the accounts covering the current financial year ending on 31st March 2015 when they are presented to the next AGM held in 2015 and to have an Independent Examination of the Accounts instead.


8.           Future Aims


9.           Forever Bury Representative on Club Board



10.          AOB


Meeting Closes







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 18th September 2014: AGM Proxy, Forever Bury, 3st Mary’s Place, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0DZ. You may also email the slip to 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 18th September 2014: AGM Proxy, Forever Bury, 3 St Mary’s Place, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0DZ. You may also email the slip to from your registered email address.






I confirm that I am a member of the Forever Bury Supporters Trust [   ]


Membership Number (if known)………………………………


I appoint………………………………………………………….


OR the Chairman of the Meeting [   ]


As proxy vote for me on my behalf at the Annual General Meeting of the Society to be held on Saturday 20th September 2014 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 2013/2014


Resolution 2 –to Have an Independent Examination of the Accounts








SIGNED………………………………………………. DATE…………………………………








Club Board

We now have someone willing to be our member on the club board. However as a democratic society, we have opened up the nomination process to all those members who are eligible. Therefor nominations are being sort from all eligible (those who have served a minimum 12 months on the Forever Bury Board), members to be on the club board. Nomination forms can be downloaded by clicking here picked up from the cabin or by requesting one via email from the secretary, Completed forms should be returned to the secretary via email or to our postal address by Wednesday 20th November 2013. If more than one nomination is received an election will take place.

AGM Reminder

Our AGM will be re-run on 5th October 2013 in the Members Room of Bury FC Social after the Newport County Game at 17.30pm. The doors will be open after the game.

The last AGM could not take place as only 15 members attended, we currently need over 20 members to attend for the AGM to commence.

Minutes from the 2012 AGM can be downloaded here

and the 2013 AGM notice can be downloaded here

Bury 3 – Bolton 0

Every week on the show two of you go Head to Head in our Penalty Shoot Out Quiz.

One representing Bury FC, one representing Bolton Wanderers.

Super John McGinlay has been dominating Bolton’s airwaves over recent weeks, with TowerFM (107.4FM) giving the Whites legend a broadcasting platform on Saturday afternoons between 1pm and 2pm.The former Wanderer has a superb feature on his show which has pitted Bolton Wanderers and Bury FC fans against each other and tested their knowledge, all about their respective teams. The current situation Bolton find themselves in more or less reflects the current score line, with Bury currently up 3 – 0 against Bolton. We will be looking at trying to run away with the penalty shootout, can we do this? So, if you think you’re a know it all or simply want to take part on Super John’s Penalty Shootout feature this coming Saturday, or any Saturday at that – simply fill out the form on the TowerFM website. It’s as easy as that! So, what are you waiting for? Fill out that form, put on that Whites shirt and lets get a win for the Whites!

If you’d like to get involved and make sure your team wins, then get in touch and we’ll give you a call.

Over the season we’ll be keeping a track of the scores to see which club has the brainiest fans!

This season so far:

Bolton – Played 3 – Won 0 – Lost 3

Bury – Played 3 – Won 3 – Lost 0

Sponsored Walk to Rochdale 7th September 2013

Sponsored Walk

The next sponsored walk will be to Rochdale 7th September 2013. We will be meeting at 9:00am at the Forever Bury Cabin.

This is one of our most enjoyable events so we are please as is often repeated, the Forever Bury Sponsored Walk should be our biggest event of the year.

Accepted we only have a small fan base but there should be enough able bodied fans capable of completing this, Just 500 walkers raising £30 each in sponsorships would net us £15,000 to put into the next Forever Bury Project. So please dig out your walking shoes, get involved and do something positive for our club. If you can’t walk then please still pick up a sponsorship and raise some sponsorship cash for one of the walkers. Sponsorship forms are available in the cabin or can be downloaded from our website

Are you a keen football fan?

Are you a keen football fan?

Do you think you can name all the clubs that will win the leagues this year, who will get relegated and the position of Bury Football Club by the end of the year? If the answer is yes, why not download a form from our website or pop into the Forever Bury Cabin on a match day for a form.