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Supporters Summit

This year’s Supporters Summit, jointly hosted by national fan organisations the Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct, will take place in Manchester on Saturday 18th July 2015 (10am start) and the FSF AGM is on Sunday 19th July (11am). Register for the Supporters Summit Here -

 

About the Supporters Summit

The event attracts fans from across Britain who will debate football’s big issues and seek to influence the game for the better. Last year’s event covered ownership issues, Financial Fair Play, kicking racism out of football, ticket prices, away allocations, and more. The event is being supported by BT Sport and The Supporters Club, the broadcaster’s initiative that aims to use sport to improve the lives of disadvantaged youngsters.

This year there’ll be speakers and workshops covering a variety of topics: FIFA, ticket prices, ownership, and more. Hundreds of fans, from an array of clubs will be there. Get involved and make a difference.

FSF Chief Executive Kevin Miles said: “This is a great opportunity to get involved and express fan power. On the back of a huge top-flight media deal, we want to see ticket prices brought down and wealth spread throughout lower league and grassroots football. Come along, have your say, and make a difference.”

SD Chair Brian Burgess said: “Last year was an incredible success, and we look forward to making sure that this year’s Supporters Summit brings together a collection of fans who are interested in shaping the game for the future. This year’s event will have even more opportunities for fans to network, share best practice and gain insight on how to further their supporters trust and engage with local communities.”

2015’s Summit will be sponsored by BT Sport which has played a significant role in allowing the Supporters Summit to be free for all fans.

About the FSF The FSF is the national supporters’ organisation for all football fans from England and Wales comprising more than 500,000 individual fans and members of local supporters’ organisations from every club in the professional structure and beyond. Fans can join the FSF free of charge and it only takes a few minutes. Learn more at www.fsf.org.uk

About SD GROWTH: Supporters’ trusts have now been established at over 185 clubs. MEMBERSHIP: Over 370,000 people are members of supporters’ trusts in the UK FINANCE: Supporters’ trusts have now brought in well over £30 million of new finance into football and rugby league. (This amounts to almost £7 of investment for every £1 of funding to SD) OWNERSHIP: 40 clubs in the UK are in ownership or in control by supporters’ trusts, including Football League clubs Portsmouth FC, AFC Wimbledon, Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers. PARTNERSHIP: Over 100 supporters’ trusts now have shareholding in their club. BOARDROOM: Over 70 supporters’ trusts have directors at their clubs, including Premier League Swansea City FC. REACH: Supporters of nearly 70% of clubs in the top five divisions of football in England, and the top four divisions in Scotland have established supporters’ trusts.

Learn more at www.supporters-direct.coop

About BT Sport BT Sport’s The Supporters Club aims to build a better world through sport by changing the lives of disadvantaged young people. The Supporters Club has raised over £3.5 million from BT Sport customers and BT. So far The Supporters Club has partnered with Comic Relief to fund 27 sport-inspired community projects – 17 in the UK and 10 overseas, with over 94,000 people now giving monthly donations. Learn more at sport.bt.com

- See more at: http://www.supporters-direct.org/supporters-summit-2015#sthash.tnTL1c2V.dpuf

The 10th Forever Bury Beer Festival Thursday May 14th – Saturday May 16th 11.00am – 11.00pm Daily

The 10th Forever Bury Beer Festival Thursday May 14th – Saturday May 16th 11.00am – 11.00pm Daily

There were euphoric scenes at Prenton Park last Saturday when Bury FC brought their successful season to a close by beating Tranmere Rovers 1 – 0 and, with Southend United failing to win, the Shakers were promoted back to League One and fans celebrated long into the night.

Volunteers from Forever Bury, the Bury FC Supporters Trust, are hoping that the celebrations will carry on next week as they throw open the doors of the Bury FC Social Club to host the 1oth Forever Bury Beer Festival.

This ever popular event has raised over £103,000.00 to date and brings people in from all over the country and even from further afield to sample the large range of real ales on offer and all at the amazing price of just £2.00 per pint.

There is also an extensive bottle bar with a large range of German beers at its core. This is also complimented by a fantastic array of ciders from around the British Isles.

As always the Festival has linked up with a local charity for this year’s event and everyone at Forever Bury is delighted to be helping the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity this year as “Super Josh” was a Forever Bury junior member. Let’s hope that everyone attending this year takes a little time out to chat with one of the helpers of the Charity to learn more about Josh’s short life and support them.

The Saturday afternoon session is always fun as people are asked to come along in football shirts which ever club or country you support, everyone is welcome. It would be brilliant to see some of the Shakers shirts from years gone by so if you are coming along on Saturday 16th please get your football shirt on.

Finally, this is likely to be the last Festival held in the Bury FC Social Club as development plans at the ground see it closing soon. Forever Bury are already planning the next one which is hoped to move inside the ground which means we can carry on growing it for many years to come and even one day be rivalling the Stockport Beer Festival which started way back in 1987 and  has been held at Stockport County’s ground since 2004

Car Boot 2015 Season

This season’s car boot sales are under way, the first one was held on Easter Sunday 5th April.The remaining dates are

Sunday 3rd May

Sunday 31st May

Sunday 21st June

Sunday 5th July

Sunday 2nd August

Sunday 6th September

Sunday 4th October

The car boots start at 7.30am until about 12 noon. It costs £12 for a car or £15 for a van or a car with a trailer. No booking is required. Toilets and refreshments are available. Please respect the neighbours if you arrive early.

If you require any further information please contact Derek on 07717336555 or via email Derek.boulton1@hotmail.co.uk

Junior Casework Officer Vacancy at Supporters Direct

Junior Casework Officer
Salary £20K – based North West England.
Supporters Direct (SD) is Europe’s leading organisation within sport and community engagement.  SD is a small, exciting and vibrant organisation which works with 190 supporters trusts’ and has over 400,000 members.
This opportunity has arisen to join our team, we are looking for a Junior Casework Officer with a keen interest in football and rugby league to provide vital casework support to the Head of Casework and Constitutional Affairs, helping us strengthen and build our network/membership throughout a range of member organisations and sports.
The successful candidate will have excellent people skills and be comfortable managing their own   workload.  A commitment to the supporters’ trust movement and an understanding of ownership models and knowledge of Co-operative values and principles would also be a benefit.
In summary, you will:
Create new Supporters Trusts
Member development and ongoing support
Enabling trust engagement with their Club
Assisting line manager with regional networks and events
For more information contact Laura Knewstub (laura.knewstub@supporters-direct.org).  To apply please submit a CV and covering letter and send to Laura Knewstub, 020 7250 8138. Apply by 5.00pm on 13th April  2015.

Forever Bury Junior Shakers’ Tour

Forever Bury Team up with the Bury FC Commercial Department to offer Junior Shakers a ground tour.

Forever Bury have confirmed with the club that they will undertake a Junior Members Stadium Tour. The tour will take place before the Luton Town game in the FA Cup on the 6th December 2014. All juniors wanting a tour of the ground must be a FB Junior Member (free to join). The tour will start from the Forever Bury Cabin at 12:45pm, with a view of the Changing Rooms, Gym, Dugouts and the Stadium Control Box. We look forward to showing the junior shakers around the ground at a look behind the scenes of your club.

November 2014 Meeting With Glenn Thomas, CEO of Bury Football Club

We are pleased to report that at last night’s Forever Bury Board meeting, Glenn Thomas, CEO of Bury Football Club, addressed the meeting and answered questions put to him by the Forever Bury Board members.

Glenn outlined in some detail the plans Bury FC have to make Bury FC sustainable, with a substantial  income stream emanating from non football activities.

It will be appreciated that many of the plans and the income forecasts, at this stage must remain confidential, however, of those which are already common place, the use of the stadium for concerts, boxing (including hopefully Scott Quigg), and the development of the stands,  are impressive, more importantly, realistic, and are in the advanced planning stages .

Glenn answered questions about the ‘loans’, and the recent David Conn article. He assured us that the loan referred to is about to be repaid, and that any loan on which a charge or interest is noted  on the ground will be effected with the best interests of the Club at heart. That is how businesses progress.

Glenn also agreed and committed to a greater role for Forever Bury within the Club, with us working together to increase the profile and image of Bury Football Club, ranging from fans forums to regular meetings of the two Boards, to events hosted by Forever Bury, including greater use of the Social Club, from which figures given, already confirms its increasing popularity.

As said, the fine details of the Board’s plans, which were given, cannot at this stage be made public until they have been put before the shareholders in January then they will be announced shortly afterwards at Forever Bury’s Fans Forums. So expect exciting times for Bury Football Club. But, as always,  Forever Bury, the Supporters Trust, will always have Bury FC’s long-term interests at heart .

The Board of Forever Bury thank Glenn Thomas for attending our Board meeting, and for answering some difficult questions, candidly. We look forward to our next formal meeting together next month.

Joy Hart, now a Director of Bury Football Club, will be attending Director’s meetings as your Forever Bury representative, and we are pleased to announce a fans forum at which at least one other Director will be present, and members of the playing staff will be invited.  The date has provisionally been pencilled in for 18 February.  Watch this space!

Fans Trust secure Directors role on Bury FC’s Board

Bury Football Club have confirmed that Ms Joy Hart has completed the required Football League forms to apply to become a director of the Club. Joy’s role will be to liaise between the Club and Forever Bury, The Bury FC’s Supporters Trust, and create a more regular dialogue between the Club and its Fans. This will include quarterly fans forums as well as some open Q & A Clinics.

 

The first forum will be held in February 2015 following on from the Shareholders meeting at the end of January. Both the Club and Forever Bury see this as the start of a new working relationship and both sides are looking forward to working hand in hand for the benefit of the Club.

 

This is the new beginning that both sides believe is the way forward for all concerned and as such the club urge all fans to support this partnership and join Forever Bury and enjoy the new activities that will be announced in the future.
Joy is the daughter of Les Hart who was a player, Captain, first team coach, physiotherapist and manager of the Club for a total of 44 years (He also fed the club cat too!!!) and not only features on the Forever Bury Memorial Board in its base at the club but has one of the stands at the ground named in his memory. Les also had an exhibition to celebrate his life at just one club, Bury FC, for three years at the Football Museum at Preston.

 

She has been attending games since she was a child, and like many fans, remembers the highs and lows of supporting the beloved Bury FC teams over the years. Over the last few years she has also been a Forever Bury director helping to involve youngsters with Forever Bury and tBury FC.

 

She says,

“We now have a bright future to look forward to together so if you have a soft spot for the Shakers please consider joining us, look at our web page to join, or call in at the Forever Bury Cabin on match days where you will be most welcome.

 

There are also several ways that local companies can also get involved either as sponsors for some of our events, the Annual Forever Bury Beer Festival is our biggest event ( www.fb-beerfestivals.co.uk  ), or by joining our Discount Scheme. We do have a Corporate Membership and would urge any local company to join.

One of my new duties on the Board will be to listen to your views and report back on them to the directors.

Fans forums will become a regular date to put into your diary and Q &A sessions will also take place at intervals. This is a new era of communication between the Forever Bury Board and the Club and we would like you to be a part of it.”

Joy can be reached by email:  joy.hart@buryfc.co.uk

Or by post to: Joy Hart, Bury Football Club, The JD Stadium, Gigg Lane, Bury, Lancs, BL9 9HR

 

Letters can also be dropped in at the Forever Bury Cabin on match days.

Brendan Leydon

 

It’s with a very heavy heart that I inform you that Brendan Leyden, the brewer of our very own Forever Bury beer, lost is battle with cancer on November 9th and will be sadly missed by everyone at Forever Bury.

Brendan set up Leyden Brewery in 1999 with the intention of brewing on a small scale to supply the family pub & restaurant, the Lord Raglan, set in the picturesque rural Lancashire village of Nangreaves that looks out over the Bury area. However since then the demand for Leyden Ales increased significantly and the brewery had to increase capacity to cope.

It was in 2002 that current Forever Bury Chairman, Dave Giffard, was doing the rounds of companies in Bury trying to get them involved with the trust, first met Brendan.

“He was such a amiable bloke to meet up with and when I suggested having our own beer brewed he jumped at the chance.” Said Dave, “It took a while to get the brew sorted and when he rang me to say it was ready I was up at the Lord Raglan by 10.00am the next morning to try it. Needles to say, it was up there with the many high standard brews he was already brewing.”

There can’t be many of our fans that are into their real ales who have never sampled any of Brendan’s Beers – Rammy Rocket; Raglan Sleeve; Light Brigade; Nanny Flyer; Crowning Glory; Balaclava; Black Pudding. But the one that we’ll all miss is that dark brown bitter with the hint of liquorice – Forever Bury at 4.5% ABV.

   

Statement from the club board of directors with regards to newspaper article

The Board of Bury FC feel it very inappropriate that news stories have been released about its business that has in effect painted a totally inaccurate position of the Club.

The Club has been forced to explain itself on matters that they felt were private to the Club and not a public point of interest or indeed concern. Hence no public comments.

At all times, the Board has put the Club priorities first and will always carry on to do so.

The “loan” that has created all the issues has not been guaranteed by the Club and/or any associated costs paid for by the Club. This is a fact as there is separate private agreements in place between the funders representatives and Mr Day.

Mr Day has personally guaranteed the interest as this forms part of an agreement between the parties involved.

The Club needs third party income at all times to survive and after initial meetings with the Football League the Board determined that the Club can create third party income by carrying out NON FOOTBALL related transactions. This is key to the Club moving forward.

The “loan” was part of a property transaction that allowed BFC to earn revenue streams over a period of 6 months secured on another asset. The deal has completed and in turn the “loan” will be repaid at no cost to BFC PLUS the Club will earn a significant sum over the next 18 months.

In any business you must justify a legal transaction to warrant earned income and as such at times some calculated risk needs to take place.

At no time has any funds been used for players – despite the fact we have been offered player finance in the past, it has always been declined.

The Club will always try to conduct its business in a private and professional manner as in many instances the NON FOOTBALL income will be generated by creating new partnerships and allow the Club to eventually develop new facilities and as such increase its independent revenue streams.

The “loan” will be repaid within the next few weeks.

We want to assure any concerned fan that the Club is not spiralling into debt and only acting as an investor to create income that in turn will makes the Club self sufficient.

The Board know that changes can be unnerving at times, but historically the Club has gone close to receivership every 4/5 years and that is something we are determined will not happen again.

At times, due to very strict privacy agreements or wanting to be ahead of the game we do not think its appropriate to publicize some of the activities as that could stop the investment strategy from maximizing its potential.

We want to apologize for any concern this may have caused, BUT at the same time ask that support is given to allow time for such investments to show dividend.

The Club Board

Statement Regarding Bury FC AGM

FOREVER Bury backed down on plans to block contentious proposals put forward by the Shakers directors at today’s annual general meeting. We had sent an email to all our members last week urging any shareholders to vote against changes to the club’s articles.

There was particular concern over plans to stop the rotation of directors and restrict the future sale and purchase of shares, which Forever Bury thought would “marginalise shareholders”

Voting against would have blocked it at this juncture but would probably be just a delaying tactic if the directors accrued enough shares to pass it at January’s meeting.

We had constructive meetings on Tuesday with club chairman Stewart Day and chief executive Glenn Thomas, and they did go through all our concerns and also the long term business plan they are pulling together and they aim to put the plans before the shareholders in January.

If we had voted no we would have burned our bridges with the club and probably need to move our Cabin and other equipment away from Gigg Lane, we could also lose the shares that we have as our portion of the SOS shares as they need to be passed back to the club if we no longer work in their interest. This would have left us with less than 10% and in no position to call an EGM if needs be.

After being taken through their business plan and gaining certain assurances over the future share issue to the trust, as well as a promise to work more closely with Forever Bury in the future, we felt it would no longer be in our long term interest to oppose the proposals. We do apologise to any of our members for this but think it is in the best interests of Forever Bury