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Forever Bury Board Elections 2016

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 susan.tunstall@btinternet.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 susan.tunstall@btinternet.com 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.

The Nomination Form can be downloaded here

 

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)

 

MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

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

     

     

    Date

 

2014 AGM

Forever Bury (Bury Football Club Supporters’ Society Limited)

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 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).

 

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 from the website www.foreverbury.org.)

 

  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  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 18th September 2014: 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 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…………………………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

AGM – 18th September 2013

This year’s AGM will be held on 18th September 2013, it will be held at Bury Football Club in the Social Club. Doors will open at 7:15pm with the meeting commencing at 7:30pm, we will be looking to end the meeting for around 8:15pm. Please feel free to attend and see attached for AGM notice and voting slips. We will also be hoping that we can finish of the evening with a fans forum.

Nominations Sought for Forever Bury and Bury FC Boards

7th July 2012

Dear Member,

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 Tuesday 21st August 2012. 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 in September.The result of the election will be announced at the AGM on Thursday 27th September 2012 in the social club.
The nomination form can be downloded here
The nomination process is also open for the Forever Bury Representative to the Bury FC Board, all current members who have served at least 12 months on the Forever Bury Board are eligible to be nominated. Nomination forms are available in the cabin, can be downloaded here or are available by emailing the secretary, susan.tunstall@btinternet.com

The secretary must have received all nominations and candidate statements up to 400 words by noon on Tuesday 21st August 2012. 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 in September.The result of the election will be announced at the AGM on Thursday 27th September 2012 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 from www.foreverbury.org

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 1st September 2012. 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.

The Forever Bury Board is going to propose adopting the New Model Rules which have been issued by Supporters Direct, at the AGM. Copies of the rules and accompanying policies will be available for you to look at in the cabin and on the website from August.

Susan Tunstall
Secretary Forever Bury

MINUTES OF 2010 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Thursday 7h October 2010

 The ninth  Annual General Meeting of The Bury Football Club Supporters Society Limited, known as Forever Bury commenced  at 7.40 p.m. at Bury F C Legends Bar, Gigg Lane, Bury with 20 members being present, 11 members had appointed the chair as proxy.

Chair – Dave Giffard, Secretary – Susan Tunstall.

 

1.             Minutes of AGM 008 8th October 2009

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

 

2.             Announcement of Directors of the Board of Forever Bury

The Chair advised members that Steve Corrigan 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 four nominations had been received for the six vacant positions on the Forever Bury Board. The nominations were received from Susan Tunstall, Dave Giffard, Derek Boulton and Joy Hart.   All four nominations were ratified unanimously by the members present were therefore elected to the board.

 

3.             Chair’s Statement

The chair thanked the members for attending and also the members who had returned the proxy votes. During the past year Gill Mansley and Joy Hart had been trying to set up a Junior Council and the work of Rob Woolfe in increasing the junior membership. The council had arranged a stall at the fun day, Christmas Party and a trip on the East Lancs Railway. The chair was also looking for sponsors for the next beer festival in March.

4.             Secretary’s Statement

The secretary stated that the current voting membership was 332 comprising of 203 adults and 129 concessions. 76 members had ceased to renew over the past 12 months and 117 new members, including junior members had joined. There were currently 373 junior members. A number of junior members had reached 16 years old and had ceased to join as adult/concessions

 

5.             Financial Statement

The summary Statement of the Accounts for the Financial Year ended 31st March 2010 was presented by the Treasurer.      He commented that there had been a reduction in the net profit as the beer festival had been held over to April to coincide with the club’s 125th Anniversary. The regular Car Boot Sales had been the major fundraiser this year and all those who helped organise and run these events were thanked on behalf of the members. Forever Bury had increased their shareholding to 344,800. B Miles proposed and J Clegg seconded the proposal to accept the Financial Statement for the Year 2009/2010.  This was accepted unanimously.

 

6.             Auditors

The treasurer stated that he was happy with the DTE audit. However due to the rising cost of the audit, it was agreed that the Forever Bury Board would look at alternative auditors

J Clegg proposed and Mr.  Hutchinson seconded the proposal to reappoint DTE Business Advisory Services Limited as     Auditors of Forever Bury for the next year, was accepted, with 19 in favour, 11 against and 1 abstention

 

7.             Future Aims

The chair stated that the apathy of members to assist the board would be a hindrance to the future aims of the society.

A sponsored walk to Accrington on 8th January 2010 had been arranged and it was hoped that at least 100 members would take part and help raise £15000 needed to improve the drainage on Lower Gigg. 10% of the money raised would go to Bury Hospice.

Forever Bury are backing the club with their petition against the proposed Parking Restriction around Gigg Lane and urged members to sign it.

The board is looking to revamp the discount scheme and also improve sales of Forever Bury Beer

To increase the work of the junior council

8.             Forever Bury Club Representative Statement

Margaret Ladkin was the only nomination for the club representative and hence will serve a further 2 years on the club board. Due to a recent operation Margaret was unable to attend the meeting and no statement had been received.

9.             AOB

 

Meeting Closed at 8.00pm