The Trust AGM again provided a healthy debate on a number of issues surrounding the Trust and the club as a whole.
Chairman Nick Rogers presented his annual review and this can be read online HERE. The annual accounts were presented and approved, showing that the Trust had maintained the minibus as a self-supporting operation and other finances were in order. Funds raised from Citizen of the Year and Copa Del NWG went towards a £1000 share purchase in the summer (albeit purchase was after the cutoff date for the accounts). Membership still represents a good share of the Brakes fanbase.
Two existing board members, Graham Hobbins and Nick Rogers, stood down from the board and were re-elected by rotation. Previously co-opted board member Tom O’Connell was elected to the board.
The following issues were discussed during Any Other Business:
1. Community teams support
Support for the community setup was sought from the Trust and this was discussed and agreed, in particular support and involvement with the 2016 summer 6-a-side tournament. The Trust will be pleased to continue the support for the juniors sides, and Trust team members will meet up with the tournament organisers as this progresses.
2. Rushall Olympic incident
The Trust was very concerned about the incident at the Rushall Olympic FA Trophy replay on 24 November at which a Brakes fan was physically assaulted, following reported shortcomings of Rushall Olympic stewarding. The Trust has collated witness statements from the evening and is formally writing to Rushall Olympic, the FA, the league and the Police to follow this up. This letter will also be published on this website.
3. Ground move
The Trust has been requesting an update on the potential ground move situation from the club for some time. However the Trust was unable to provide a formal update to members at the AGM, and expressed disappointment at the club’s lack of communication on this issue. (The club did provide a short statement by email on the afternoon of 26 Nov but this email was not picked up prior to the meeting. In brief, the club expects to update fans and shareholders before the end of the year).
The Trust will continue to keep in touch with Warwick District Council and the meeting proposed that a formal face-to-face meeting should be set up. The Trust’s position with regard to the Gypsy-traveller site issue and the overall ground move issue remains the same and will continue to be guided by our membership.
4. Clubhouse decoration and historic memorabilia
The meeting expressed unanimously that the historic memorabilia removed from the clubhouse should be restored to its rightful place and that the Trust should formally support this stance.
Other discussions centred around revenue generation and the minibus operation.
The above documents are PDF files. You can download a free PDF reader HERE.
Many thanks to all who came along to the meeting and thanks to the club for allowing this to be held in the clubhouse.