Minutes of the monthly meeting held on Thursday 12 June 2014
Present: Board – Stuart Rogers (chair), Miles Hendy, Mike Adams (minutes), Jon Darch, Marie Day, James Nicholls, Jon Watts, Trina Watts; Members – Sean Takle, Liam Murphy
Apologies: Terry Hamlin, Diane Rowland, Wendy Rowland
1. AGL board meeting
Stuart had attended his first board meeting as a fans representative. He intends to work with the shadow board, currently Mike, Marie, Jon and Miles. The next business will be another online survey about stadium development. At the meeting Stuart was given the opportunity to say what he wanted to get out of these meetings and delivered some key messages about the importance of fan engagement, how we need to reach fans furthest away from the club to draw them in and how to message things to make people feel involved. The responses were equally encouraging and disappointing.
Formal fans consultation – next stage due to start in the second week of September.
Supporters Bar – will have to close mid-season 2014/15 due to redevelopment works. We will try to secure an alternative position at Ashton Gate. If this does not materialise we will ask to use Bar BS3.
£40 million bank loan – has been secured by Steve Lansdown. BCFC is debt-free.
2. Fans poll results
Just over 1,000 fans had replied, which was thought to be a respectable sample. We agreed to publish the results (qv) in the next week. Stuart will use this poll as a lever to get to meet Jon Pelling and Andrew Billingham and will write a summary of the key points and offering our interpretation of the results.
Stuart is working with Supporters Direct to produce a template on preserving Club colours, which could be used by other trusts. This will be considered at the ‘fans Summit’ on 26 July.
4. BCFC pre-season event
We will not be seeking involvement.
5. Hall of Fame
The pro’s and cons of different times and venues were considered. The conclusion was to have a matchday event starting at 1pm in the Supporters Bar. Andy Pugh will be approached to supply music and an audio system. Pictures and videos will be shown via Miles’ computer using the TV screen as a monitor. Tickets will be £5 including free raffle tickets.
6. Golden Boot
Marie is to find a company online to supply the trophy; Stuart will make the purchase. The plan is to present the award to Sam Baldock pitchside at the first home match.
7. Next scheduled meeting – Wednesday 6th August and thereafter on first Wednesdays. Stuart will attempt to arrange a special meeting with Steve Cotterill, which would be some time in July.