Minutes

Minutes – November 2016

Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 7.30pm, The Rising Sun

 

Present

 

Board      Stuart Rogers (chair), Mike Adams (mins), Jon Darch, Marie Day, Terry Hamlin, James Nicholls, Jon Watts, Trina Watts

Members                                 John Croker, Diane Rowland, Wendy Rowland

Bristol Sport                           Adam Baker

Police Liaison Officers           Julie Hayward, Dave Walker

Apologies                                Miles Hendy,

 

  1. Minutes
  2. ACTION JD/MK should read ‘Next meeting to progress the Atyeo Bar will be in December.’
  3. ACTION MA Marie’ not ‘Luke’

With these amendments the minutes were accepted as a true record.

 

  1. Matters arising
  2. There had been a few problems with collecting post from the Box Number. [ACTION – JN]
  3. The auditor had requested and received a letter of engagement.
  4. There were no reported problems in relation to the SLO.  It was suggested that the

position be better publicised and Adam should add SLO to his title.

10(b)  Only 10-15 seats in the Atyeo Stand are affected.

 

  1. Members Surgery

Homophobic chanting by Brighton fans was alleged within the hearing of visiting German fans.

Brighton & Hove Albion are said to be monitoring the problem – what can we do?

Adam said, the Club spent £50 on Facebook adverts, 15 Polish fans attended the last game.

A Polish page is to go online for ticket and other purchases. [ACTION – AB]

 

  1. Supporters bars

No progress on the ground is likely until the new year.

 

  1. Atyeo Statue

The statue was now in situ and still under wraps.  Mike circulated an itinerary for the unveiling (qv); he had sent commentary notes to MC David Lloyd.  Up to 18 former players from the Atyeo Era are expected to attend the unveiling.  Mike was empowered to purchase matchday programmes for them and post as necessary.

 

  1. Atyeo Commemorative Book

Some contributions have been received and there are many possibilities.  We expect the project to lift off after the unveiling of the statue.

 

  1. Newsletters

It was agreed to email a newsletter on a monthly basis unless there was insufficient news.  The monthly agenda with the ‘members Surgery’ item would be included.

 

  1. Legal case

The lawyer had taken a statement from PC Julie Hayward.  There are now up to 25 potential plaintiffs.  West Midland Police must reply by the end of February.  It was made clear that:

  1. a) If the matter is settled out of court, there will be no confidentiality issues
  2. c) The outcome will be the same for all plaintiffs and if an offer of settlement is refused, that decision will have to be justified in County Court [ACTION – SR to check details]

 

  1. BCFC Working Group

There are 12 members.  Fans will be asked to state what they like and do not like and as a result of feedback a questionnaire will be launched in July.

 

  1. Gerry Gow

Gerry’s son Chris had been in regular contact, personally and in the media.  The family are happy for events to be organised to support Gerry’s wife Joolz.  Lee Johnson is helping the cause by running in the Bristol Half-Marathon.  Alan Dicks is willing to help in any way he can.

PTO

 

  1. BCFC Items – Adam Baker
  2. a) Blackburn game – 1,744 opted to bring a friend for £10
  3. b) Rugby – 3,382 free tickets had been taken up by BCFC fans
  4. c) Derby – approximately 1,000 had taken advantage of the ‘Quid-a-Kid’ offer, which will be repeated in the second part of the season
  5. d) Membership offer – will be operative from 1st December to 31st January – £20 plus a free ticket
  6. e) Concourse revenue – in general up 55% on a football matchday. ? £60,000 compared with £25,000 last year

 

  1. AOB
  2. a) Cardiff away is to be policed as B grade game – the highest security being grade C
  3. b) Prices generally are high and in the present economic climate should remain frozen next season

 

  1. Next meeting

Wednesdays 7th December

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