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Sponsored Walk

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

Membership Update and Questionaire

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.

Our Role: 

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.

 

Hopes:

 

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.

Rob

fb_membership@btinternet.com

Forever Bury AGM 2015

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

(the notice can be downloaded here)

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).

 

AGENDA

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 here)

 

  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 01/04/14 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

 

 

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 24h September 2015: AGM Proxy, Forever Bury, 3 St. Mary’s Place, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0DZ. You may also email the slip to  susan.tunstall@btinternet.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  susan.tunstall@btinternet.com from your registered email address.

Name……………………………………………………………..

 

Address…………………………………………………………..

 

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

 

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

 

I appoint………………………………………………………….

 

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

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

R.I.P. Neville Neville

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!”

 

 

 

Nomination to the Forever Bury Board

It’s that time of year again when the Forever Bury Board is looking for new blood. There are seven 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 21st August 2015. 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 26th September 2015 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 susan.tunstall@btinternet.com or downloaded here

 

 

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 susan.tunstall@btinternet.com by the 21st August 2015. 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.

 

For a copy of the nomination form click here

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