Bath City Supporters' Society

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About Bath City Supporters' Society

Bath City Supporters Society works with Bath City FC and in the community, providing an independent voice for City fans.

The Society is a membership-driven organisation that exists to represent the views and concerns of our member supporters.

It originally formed in 2003 to enable dedicated supporters of Bath City to acquire substantial community ownership of the club.

We are now the single largest shareholder in Bath City FC, and so will have a key role to play in deciding the club’s future.

Find us online

Visit our website at http://www.bathcitysociety.org/

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Bath City Supporters' Society - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dear Supporters' Society member

Please ensure your spam and junk filters are configured to accept emails @membermojo into your In Box, ASAP.

Most members will not need to take any action. You should have received an email earlier from the Society with the subject "Bath City FC Supporters' Society - Update". If this is already in your In Box then there is no need to act. If not, please do check your spam or junk folders and make the necessary configuration changes.

We are are making improvements to the way we engage and communicate with our members. As part of this we will be using Member Mojo for managing memberships. This improves our ability to communicate with you much easier and it will significantly simplify the membership renewal process.

Regards

Michael Clayton (Chair)

Bath City Supporters' Society

Society 2019 AGM - Election Results

Bath City Supporters’ Society is delighted to announce the results of the ballots conducted on-line and at the 2019 AGM at Twerton Park on Tuesday 25th June 2019.

Club Board

Congratulations to the following on being successfully elected to the Board of Bath City Football Club. This is a three year tenure partly brought about by the need to stagger the tenures of the six Club Board members elected by the Society. We will elect 2 Club Board members each year from now on. We welcome Joy as a very capable Community Director who replaces Sally Harris who had to step down recently for personal reasons. We thank Sally profusely for all her hard work and look forward to supporting Joy to take our Community initiatives to the next level.

Results (% of Yes votes per votes cast)

  • Jon Bickley: 98%
  • Joy Saunders: 96%
Society Committee

Congratulations to the following on being successfully elected to the Supporters' Society Committee of Bath City Football Club. We wish them all well as they strive to represent members' interests.

Results (% of Yes per votes cast)

  • Paul Brotherton: 98%
  • Ken Loach: 94%
  • Stuart Page: 90%
  • Emma Sparks: 98%
Motions

The proposed motion (to review the constitution and standing orders - to bring them up-to-date to suit current circumstances) was approved.

Results (% of Yes per votes cast)

  • Motion 1: 100%
Chairman's comments:

Many thanks to Society members James Carlin and Marc Thomas for conducting an efficient and transparent election. Whilst the turn out was low (approx 96/ 350 - i.e.27%) it is comparable to previous years and the results are very clear. I would like to formally thank both the Club Board and the Society Committee for all their efforts, progress and significant commitment to date. In particular, we are all indebted to Cheryl Bradley, Pete McCormack and Sally Harris who have chosen to stand down from their respective roles having given many hours of dedicated service.

I am confident that, if we all (members, supporters and people of Bath and surrounds alike) continue to work together in this next phase,together we will build a successful and sustainable future for Bath City FC. #romanfamily

Here is a link to the 2019 AGM Chairman's Summary.

Here is a link to the Society's Financial accounts (as approved by an independent accountant.

Minutes to follow.

Best wishes

James Carlin (Election Officer)

Marc Thomas (Election Observer)

2019 AGM - Reminder to vote / attend

Dear Society Members

A short note to all Society members to remind you to attend the AGM and of your right / (duty?) to vote for Club Board members, Society Committee members and motions. The AGM is scheduled for:

7:30pm on Tuesday 25th June, TR Hayes Lounge at Twerton Park.

All on-line members will have been an invitation to vote on-line. We strongly encourage you to use this facility. It will take less than 5 minutes. If you have already voted on-line then please ignore this message. This reminder is being sent to all voters, irrespective of whether you have voted already. If you have not seen the invitation email or have yet to vote you are urged to check your In Box or your Junk Mail folder immediately for an email with the following attributes:

From: Helios Voting Administrator

Email address: system@heliosvoting.org

Subject: Bath City Supporter's Society 2019 AGM: Celebration, Candidates, Motion, Voting

Alternatively, you can attend the AGM in person and vote in the traditional ballot box OR complete this form and attach it to an email and send to bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com

You can only vote once using one method.

Details of candidates for both Club Board and Society Committee elections and motions are available here and here

Best wishes

Michael Clayton (Chair)

Bath City Supporters’Society

2019 AGM: Celebration, Candidates, Motion, Voting

Dear Society Members

Please join us at the 2019 AGM of Bath City Supporters' Society to:

  • Celebrate the successes of being a Community owned football club
  • Exercise your right to vote
  • Learn how you could apply your skills and experience to make us even better
The AGM will take place at:

7:30pm on Tuesday 25th June,TR Hayes Lounge at Twerton Park.

The proposed agenda includes:

  • Supporters’ Society Committee ballot
  • Club Board ballot
  • Chairman’s Summary
  • Treasurer’s report (here is a copy of the Society's audited accounts)
  • Motions
  • Election Results
Society Committee Election

We have received four nominations for the six vacancies available. In line with our election policy*, each individual candidate will be subject to a simple yes/no vote. The candidate’s statements are included here.

Club Board Election

We have received two nominations for the two available places on the Club Board. Although all six of the Board positions that the Society members elect stood for election in 2018, the Society Committee recommended that we stagger the tenures of Club Board members from this year. The aim is to ensure continuity and avoid the risk of all six Club Board members completing their tenures together. Therefore, the Society members will be able to vote for 2 Club Board members each year with each Board member offered a three year tenure.

In line with our election policy*, each individual candidate will be subject to a simple yes/no vote. The candidate’s statements are included here.

Motions

There is one motion for consideration which is included here.

Voting

There are three voting categories this year; Society Committee, Club Board and Motions. There are three ways of voting; online, postal and ballot in person at the AGM.

ONLINE: All members who have provided us with an email address will receive an email from “Helios Voting Administrator” in the week before the AGM. This will enable you to vote securely and privately. Please check your junk / spam folder in case the invite is there.

POSTAL: Please send postal ballots by printing and posting this form to:

Emma Sparks, 2019 AGM, Supporters Society, Twerton Park, BATH, BA2 1DB.

BALLOT: In person on the night or if you need to vote by proxy please let us know via email on bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com

​Regards,

Emma Sparks (Society Secretary)

James Carlin (Election Officer)

Marc Thomas (Election Observer)

Bath City Supporters' Society

*NB. The Society’s rules state that the Society Committee shall comprise of not less than 9 and not more than 12 Society members. Also, the Society Committee has the authority to fill casual vacancies.

Act Now! Redevelopment planning application - Please register your support ASAP

Dear Supporter

Please register your support for the Bath City Football Club and Twerton High Street Redevelopment planning application which is now now live on the BANES planning portal , with Planning Application Number 19/02276/FUL.

We at the Supporters' Society along with the Football Club, Supporters Club, Community Foundation and Bath City Youth are now asking you to visit the site and register your support for your Club’s planning application.

PLEASE NOTE – under the heading Nature of submission, the site defaults to Comments Only. If you wish to register support, be sure to select the option marked Inform the Authority that you support the application.

Register your views now at this link

On the occasion of the application going live, Chairman Nick Blofeld had this message for Bath City supporters:

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, a real chance to transform your Club and Twerton. Without this type of development, it is very difficult to see how the Club survives long-term. We can’t continue as we have in the past few years, the Club needs to be both self-sufficient and pay off its debt. And Twerton has had no real investment for decades, this project can help transform and revitalise the High Street. Local or national government cannot afford this scale of investment, but a commercial operator can, and working with them we believe we can make a genuine, and big, difference to both Twerton and your Club. This is why we want everyone to get behind us to register support. It’s why we think the council and politicians should support this and make a real difference, to take the chance of a lifetime and work with us.”

Manager Jerry Gill added:

“The redevelopment of Twerton Park will not only give us, the Football Club, a brand new, fit for purpose and state of the art facility, but also a hub for the local community to use on a regular basis. The stadium will give players and staff the feel-good factor when turning up for work and create a safe, welcoming environment for local children and adults to visit and be part of. I’d urge all City fans and local people to support the development.

Your support will be vital to demonstrate the popularity of the scheme and to show how important keeping Bath City at Twerton Park is to people across the city and the wider area, and what a difference the redevelopment can make to the local community.

When you are on the Bath and North East Somerset Council Planning Portal, please do explain why the scheme’s success is important to you. Benefits to consider include:

  • Keeping the Club you love alive for the long term in a sustainable way
  • Ensuring the team continues to play at Twerton Park where it’s been for over 80 years
  • The development will have a major positive impact in an area that desperately needs investment
  • Consolidating the Club and its family of charity and youth groups at the stadium will help achieve even greater impacts on public health and sports participation
Whatever your reasons, please try to give a sense of why you personally are backing the scheme.

If you need any further information on what’s planned, visit the redevelopment section on the Club website to view a range of documents and before and after images, or drop into the Club to chat with one of the board or staff. Or why not watch the video which shows what we plan to achieve. Watch now

Thank you for your support – your Club is counting on you!

Register your support now

Bath City Supporters' Society - 2019 AGM

Dear Community Shareholder

I wanted to make you aware of the fact that the Supporters’ Society is hosting its 2019 AGM at 7:30pm on Tuesday 25th June, TR Hayes Lounge at Twerton Park.

This is an opportunity for Society members to influence the direction and running of our football club by electing Club Board members, Society Committee members and proposing motions. Indeed, Society members may also wish to put themselves forward as a candidate – or to volunteer in another capacity. It is also an opportunity to hear an up-to-date summary of the achievements, progress and threats facing the football club.

The reason for contacting you is that, according to our records, your membership has lapsed. Therefore, you currently do not have this opportunity to attend the meeting or to vote. This may be deliberate or it may be have happened inadvertently. In buying Community Shares you clearly have some affinity with Bath City and / or you support the principle of Community ownership. I wanted to make you aware of this and to encourage you to consider renewing your membership.

You can visit our web page to renew your membership:

https://www.bathcitysociety.org/join-us.html

You have preferential rate of £5pa as a Community Shareholder

If you have any questions or observations, please contact bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com

Details of the 2019 AGM, including elections etc. can be found here.

Regards

Michael Clayton (Chair)

Bath City Supporters’Society

Bath City Supporters' Society - 2019 AGM - Invitation

Dear Society Member

This is an invitation for all members to attend the 2019 AGM of Bath City Supporters’ Society. This will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday 25th June, in the TR Hayes Lounge at Twerton Park. The proposed agenda includes:

· Supporters’ Society Committee ballot

· Club Board ballot

· Chairman’s report

· Treasurer’s report

· Motions

· Election Results

Supporters’ Society Committee election ballot

There are 6 positions on the Supporters’ Society Committee subject to election in June 2019 and the term of office is two years. All Society members are encouraged to consider standing for election.

Society Committee members are accountable to you, the members. As the majority shareholder of Bath City Football Club the Society Committee helps set the strategy and direction of the Club. It has oversight over the Club Board, supporting and scrutinising – ensuring we are all acting in a co-ordinated way and in the best interests of the Football Club.

Individual Society Committee members are embedded in the Club Working Groups (covering key functions such as Community, Commercial, Marketing, Redevelopment, Operations, Football and Finance) and have responsibilities which include Member Liaison, Finance and Fund-raising and others.

If you wish to stand for election for the Society Committee please download and complete this form (or the enclosed form) send it to bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com or by post to the address indicated by midnight 8th June 2018.

Club Board election ballot

Supporters’ Society members also have an opportunity to elect 2 of the 6 Club Board members in June 2019, and the term of office is 3 years. Again, all Society members are encouraged to consider standing for election. Board members are accountable to the Society Committee and are responsible for the operation of the Football Club - devising and executing strategy organised around the Working Groups listed above.

If you wish to stand for election for the Club Board please download and complete this form (or the enclosed form) and send it to bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com or by post to the address indicated by midnight 8th June 2018.

Standing for Election

If you want any further information about the Society Committee or the Club Board please consult the Society and Club websites or contact bathcitysocietycommitee@gmail.comwith any queries. For the avoidance of doubt, members are able to stand for election to the Society Committee, the Club Board or to both bodies.

Successful candidates have an opportunity and a responsibility to take an active role in the running of the Society and/or the Football Club. Members should be prepared to make a serious commitment if elected and may take personal responsibility for a specific role within the Society or Club Board.

You will need to include a 200-400 word written statement setting out your prospectus for becoming a Club Board director or Society Committee member as well as a colour photo of yourself. Please see the relevant nomination form for more details.

Motions

If there are motions you wish to be discussed and voted on by the members at the AGM then please download and complete this form (or the enclosed form) and either send to bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com or by post to the address indicated by midnight 8th June 2018.

Note that these will be assessed for validity.

Next Steps

An agenda and voting options will be sent out at least two weeks prior to the meeting, (approx..10th June). This will contain any Motions and a complete list of nominees for the both the Society Committee and Club Board.

Plea

Finally,if you have been sent this by post it is because we do not have an email address for you. If you do have one, the Society would be very grateful if you could send it to us at bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com. This will save us money and time in future.

NB. All forms are available on the Supporters’ Society website on this page.

Regards

Michael Clayton (Chair)

Bath City Supporters’ Society

Twerton Park Redevelopment - Supporters' Consultation 21st Feb. Be there to have your say.

Dear Society member / Community Share holder

Please make every effort to come along to this important consultation to have your say about Bath City’s proposed new stadium. It’s vital we hear the supporters’ voices BEFORE the submission of the planning application which is currently scheduled for March 2019.

7.30pm, Thursday 21st Feb, TR Hayes Lounge, Twerton Park , BA2 1DB

We have conducted previous consultations and Q&A sessions (13th Dec, 24th & 25th Jan). The purpose of this evening is to have an open dialogue about progress to-date (for those who haven’t managed to attend previous sessions) and the key design features. The football stadium specialist architects from FWP (https://www.fwpgroup.co.uk/sectors/)will be present to guide and assist us. The Society Committee will also be available to share its conclusions,as required, gained as part of the intensive due diligence exercise it has conducted. The intention is to have an interactive structured session. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and have your say.

Context:

The Redevelopment was integral to the Business Plan in the Big Bath City Bid and represents the only initiative the club has to clear its approx. £1m debts. The Redevelopment Working Group has assembled a comprehensive team of experts and has spent approx. 2 years working hard in partnership with Greenacre, the company which bought Twerton High Street and the ‘ransom strip’, to create the Development Agreement.

High Level Summary:

The Club will receive£1.5m once the planning permission is completed. This is vital to the payment of debts and the financial viability of the club in the near future.

As part of the overall scheme (which will also revamp Twerton High Street and provide student accommodation and some affordable housing) the club will benefit from:

  • A brand new 1,000 seater grandstand (i.e. Football League standard) and an enclosure for 1,000 standing on the North side of the ground
  • A comprehensive set of facilities, to include changing rooms, community rooms, gym, bar facilities,hospitality facilities (for match-day and non match-day use) etc.
Together these are valued at approx. £6m and have been designed with financial sustainability / revenue generating opportunities in mind.

  • The Club will relinquish some of the current Car Park land (to enable the student accommodation to be built).

Every project of this magnitude and complexity has risks associated with it. The Society Committee has made it its No.1 priority to understand all the risks,potential impacts and the opportunities. We are confident that, with the help of our team of subject matter experts (some of whom are Society members), we have identified all the risks which we could reasonably expect to at this stage and understand the mitigation options of each. Our collective challenge is to assess these risks, implications and opportunities compared to not going ahead with the Redevelopment.

Come along to one of the consultations (or all of them!) to ask the questions we may not have thought of. There are additional consultations planned in a different format as follows:

2pm - 8pm, Weds 20th Feb, J Reynolds Lounge , Twerton Park, BA2 1DB

1pm– 3pm, Saturday23rd Feb, Charlie's Bar, TwertonPark, BA21DB

(ahead of the Slough Town fixture)

If you are not yet a Society member you will have an opportunity to join on the evening of 21st Feb. Community Shareholders can join at £5pa and the standard rate is £24pa


Best wishes

Michael Clayton (Chair)

Bath City Supporters’ Society

Twerton Park Redevelopment - Members consultation. Your voice is important in deciding the direction of our club

Dear members

You are encouraged to attend an information and consultation evening to discuss the Redevelopment of Twerton Park. This is prior to the Club EGM (28th Jan) in which the club shareholders will be invited to vote on the signing of the Development Agreement.

We are reaching an important decision point for the club and this consultation represents an important opportunity for members to learn more about the options available to the club, the development proposals and the risks in signing the development agreement. Your opinions are important to the committee we want to hear your voice. This will inform committee members who will attend the Club EGM and vote on members behalf in respect of this decision.

In the interests of achieving maximum participation the Society intends to host 2 consultation evenings this week.

7.30pm Thursday 24th Jan - Twerton Park

7.30pm Friday 25th Jan - Twerton Park

This is a follow-up to the Redevelopment Q&A session which the Society hosted on 13th Dec. The purpose of the evening is to have an open dialogue about progress to-date and the Development Agreement. The Society Committee will also share its conclusions gained as part of the intensive due diligence exercise it has conducted into the Development Agreement and the overall scheme. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and have your say.

Context:

The Redevelopment was integral to the Business Plan in the Big Bath City Bid and represents the only initiative the club has to clear its approx.£1m debts. The Redevelopment Working Group has assembled a comprehensive team of experts and has spent approx. 2 years working hard in partnership with Greenacre, the company which bought Twerton High Street and the ‘ransom strip’, to create the Development Agreement.

The Development Agreement is the legal document which commits both partners (Bath City and Greenacre) to work together to execute the Redevelopment and it defines the outcomes for both parties. It is the signing of this document which the Shareholders will vote on at the Club EGM on 28th Jan. The Society currently holds 54% of the Club shares.

High Level Summary:

1. The Club will receive £1.5m once the planning permission is completed. This is vital to the payment of debts and the financial viability of the club in the near future.

2. As part of the overall scheme (which will also revamp Twerton High Street and provide student accommodation and some affordable housing) the club will benefit from:

  • A brand new 1,000 seater grandstand (i.e.Football League standard) and an enclosure for 1,000 standing on the North side of the ground
  • A comprehensive set of facilities, to include changing rooms, community rooms, gym, bar facilities, hospitality facilities(for match-day and non match-day use) etc.
Together these are valued at approx £6m and have been designed with financial sustainability / revenue generating opportunities in mind.

  • ·The Club will relinquish some of the current Car Park land (to enable the student accommodation to be built).
Every project of this magnitude and complexity has risks associated with it. The Society Committee has made it its No.1 priority to understand all the risks, potential impacts and the opportunities. We are confident that, with the help of our team of subject matter experts (some of whom are Society members), we have identified all the risks which we could reasonably expect to at this stage and understand the mitigations of each. Our challenge is to assess these risks,implications and opportunities compared to not going ahead with the Redevelopment.

Come along to one of the consultation evenings (or both) to ask questions we may not have thought of. Express a preference about signing the DA and give us your feedback.

Supporting documents will be published here on the Society website asap. You can also post questions or comments on the page on this link if you wish

Bath City Supporters' Society - Match Sponsorship Invitation - 12th Jan v East Thurrock

Dear Supporters' Society member

The Supporters' Society is sponsoring Bath City's next home game v East Thurrock on Saturday January 12th 2019 at Twerton Park. As a valued member of Bath City Supporters' Society you are invited to attend the game as a match sponsor at no charge to yourself. This includes access to the John Reynolds lounge with a bar and buffet before the game (from 2pm) and at Half Time. Come along and meet the Committee and fellow members and find out about the role of the Committee - or just enjoy the afternoon and the game in different way.

If you would like to accept this invitation you MUST pre-book by COB Monday 7th Jan. Please email steveskinner9@icloud.com with your name and indicate if you are a current season ticket holder and if you have any specific dietary requirements.

The Supporter's Society is the club's majority shareholder and the members are responsible for appointing the Club Board. The Committee provide governance and support for the Club Board ensuring democracy, accountability, transparency on behalf of the members. Formed initially in 2003, the Society was instrumental in converting the club to a a Community Benefit Society by raising over £350,000 through the "Big Bath City Bid" in a community share offer. The Society welcomes all volunteers and aims to empower supporters and local people to get directly involved with making Bath City FC a sustainable club and a success on the pitch and in the community.

We look forward to meeting you on 12th January

Kind regards

Michael Clayton (Chair)

Bath City Supporters' Society