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/

Latest posts

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



Twerton Park Redevelopment - Members Q&A

Dear members

Bath City Supporters' Society welcomes all members to attend a Q&A session to discuss the imminent redevelopment of Twerton Park.

7.30pm Thursday 13th Dec 2018

Twerton Park

Come along to see the most recent plans and let us know what you think. This is an exciting and hugely significant project which is essential to the future viability of Bath City. It is important that we, the Society, as the majority shareholder of the club, understand and influence the risks, implications and opportunities the new facilities offer. The Society has been embedded in and has worked very closely with the Redevelopment Working Group to get to this stage. There will be key members of the Society Committee and Redevelopment Working Group present on the evening.

Proposed Agenda

1. Brief Introduction - Background / Context - Michael Clayton (Chair of Society)

2. Walk-through / Overview of Plans - led by Phil Tanner (Society member and Design Architect)

3. Q&A

Regards

Michael Clayton (Chair)

Bath City Supporters' Society

Supporters' Society - Membership Renewal reminder

Dear Society Member

A reminder that Supporters’ Society membership subscriptions are due in October each year.

Bath City Football Club Supporters’ Society would like to thank you for your support over the past 12 months. We value all memberships, subscriptions and contributions which provide the lifeblood of the Society. Your continued involvement is extremely important to us and is very much appreciated.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the purpose of the Society and some of the benefits of being a member. The Supporters’ Society:

● Exists to develop a healthy, balanced and constructive relationship between the Club, its supporters and the communities it serves

● Is the majority shareholder of Bath City Football Club Ltd. (currently 54.6%)

● Provides members with visibility of key initiatives and a democratic voice in the key decisions

● Empowers supporters,local people and organisations to get directly involved with the running of the Club through volunteering or by contributing expertise

We hope that you’ll recognise the benefits of membership and decide to renew your subscription.

Subscription Options

1. Community Shareholders who invested less than £1,000 in the Big Bath City Bid - £5 per year

Please note that members who previously invested in the ‘Big Bath City Bid’ were entitled to Society membership related to the size of their investment. For most investors - those who invested less than £1,000 - the period of ‘free’membership has now expired. Members who invested £1,000 or more are entitled to ‘free’ membership until at least October 2019.

Community Shareholders will automatically become shareholders of Bath City Community Benefit Society (CBS) as and when this conversion occurs. See Bid prospectus for details.

2. Society Members - £5 per year

This option is available to members who have paid £250 or more into the Society.

3. Other Members - £24per year

Subscription rates are £24 per year for all other members until the minimum investment of £250 has been reached. Members are able to make additional payments in order to reach this amount.

Please note that a minimum subscription of £24 is required to gain Society membership and voting rights.

Please email bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.comif you are unsure of your status details.

Payment Options

Options are listed below or via the “Join Us” page of theSociety website.

1. Cheque (made payable to Bath City Supporters Society) or Cash and sent to Membership Secretary, Bath City Supporters Society, Twerton Park,Bath, BA2 1DB.

2. Bank transfer please include your name and ‘subs’ as a reference

Sort Code: 08-92-99 Account No: 65073205

3. PayPal –please let me know using bathcitysocietycommittee@gmail.com if you wish to pay by this method and I will send you an e-invoice.

Kind regards,

Cheryl Bradley (Membership Secretary / Society Committee Member)

Community Day Sat 29th Sept - Can you help?

Dear members

Community Day is an important event in the Club's calendar and this is an opportunity for YOU to help make it a success. There are lot's of activities planned and they don't run themselves. Can YOU spare some time before Kick Off to help out? No prior experience or specific skills required. Here is an example of some of the activities. All we complete before the game starts so you won't miss a thing.

  • Helping run the inflatable goal / fast shot competition
  • Bottle bar sales
  • Car park directing
  • Bladud for a short spell (don't tell the kids but there is a bloke in there)
  • Selling the 50/50 tickets. (includes x4 Bristol Airport VIP prizes - worth £200 each) so we need to sell as many as possible)
Come along and make a difference to the Club and the day. O and have some fun too.

See you there

Contact Carole Banwell (07711 446639)

carole.banwell@bathcityfootballclub.co.uk

Regards

Bath City Supporters' Society

Bath City Supporter's Society - 2018 AGM Election results

Bath City Supporters’ Society is delighted to announce the results of the recent ballots to determine the following 2018 AGM elections and motions:

Cub Board

Congratulations to the following on being successfully elected to the Board of Bath City Football Club. This is a significant achievement for them and for the club as this is the first time the Society members have elected the majority of the Club Board.

Results (% of Yes votes per candidate)

  • Jon Bickley: 94%
  • Nick Blofeld: 94%
  • Sally Harris: 94%
  • David James: 94%
  • Shane Morgan: 96%
  • Martin Powell: 93%
Society Committee

Congratulations to the following on being successfully (re)elected to the Supporters' Society Committee of Bath City Football Club. This is a significant achievement and honour which offers them all fantastic opportunities and responsibilities.

Results (% of Yes votes per candidate)

  • Michael Clayton:98%
  • Shane Morgan: 99%
  • Steve Skinner: 98%
  • Marc Thomas: 93%
Motions

Both of the proposed motions – relating to the were also approved

  • Motion 1: 93%
  • Motion 2: 89%
Whilst the turn out was low (approx 91/ 450 - i.e.20%) the results are very clear. The current Supporters' Society Chairman would like to formally thank both the Club Board and the Society Committee for all their efforts, progress and significant commitment to date. He is confident that, if we all (members, fans and people of Bath and surrounds alike) continue to work together in this next phase,together we will build a successful and prosperous future for Bath City FC.#romanfamily

The 2018 AGM presentation is on the Society website (here)and the minutes and financial accounts will be published shortly.

Best wishes

Emma Sparks (Society Secretary & Election Officer)

Paul Brotherton (Compliance Officer & Election Observer)

Supporters' Society 2018 AGM - Elections and Motions

You have an opportunity to vote for the candidates who are standing for the positions on both the Society Committee and the Club Board. You can also vote for the Motions proposed by members. All members are welcome to attend the 2018 AGM of Bath City Supporters' Society which will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday 21 June,TR Hayes Lounge at Twerton Park.

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 in this link Candidates and Motions.

Club Board Election

We have received six nominations for the six available places on the Club Board. In line with our election policy*, each individual candidate will be subject to a simple yes/no vote. The candidate’s statements are included in this link Candidates and Motions

Motions

There are two motions for consideration which are included in this link Candidates and Motions.

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 using the enclosed form to:

Emma Sparks

2018 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 & Election Officer)

Paul Brotherton (Compliance Officer & 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.

Candidates and Motions

Invitation to Bath City Supporters Society AGM

This is an invitation for all members to attend the 2018 AGM ofBath City Supporters Society will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday 21st June, 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. All Society members are eligible for election to the Committee.

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 Board Working Groups (Community, Commercial, Marketing, Redevelopment, Operations,Football and Finance) and have responsibilities which include Supporter /member Communications, Finance and Fund-raising.

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 Monday 4th June 2018

Club Board election ballot

Supporters’ Society members have an opportunity to elect 6 of the 9 Club Board members. 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 (Community, Commercial, Marketing,Redevelopment, Operations, Football and Finance).

If you wish to stand for election for either 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 Monday 4th June 2018

Standing for Election

Successful candidates have an opportunity and a responsibility to take an active role in the running of the Football Club. Members should be prepared to make a serious commitment to the Club and take personal responsibility for a specific role.

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 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 4th 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..7th June). This will contain any Motions and a complete list of nominees for the both the Society Committee and Club Board.

Regards

Michael Clayton (Chair)

Bath CitySupporters’ Society

EGM - Future of the Twerton Park pitch

The Supporters’ Society called an EGM on Weds 25th April 2018. The single purpose of the EGM was to conduct a ballot to establish the members’ views on converting the Twerton Park pitch from grass to a “FIFA Quality Pro” surface. Those attending had the opportunity to cast a vote via a secure ballot box on the evening. Society members were also able to either on-line or via a postal vote – on a one member, one vote basis.

The Motion

All members were invited to vote “Yes” or “No” on the following motion:

“Bath City should immediately and provisionally pursue replacing the Twerton Park pitch with a "FIFA Quality Pro surface" subject to the conditions in the feasibility study being met. This would include a clear and sustainable plan to secure capital funding.”

Result

  • Yes: 226 votes (89%)
  • No: 28 votes (11%)
  • Total: 254 votes
Therefore, the motion is carried.

We will inform the Club Board of the result and request we conduct the next phase by completing the business case, explore the funding options and satisfy the other conditions laid out in the 3G Feasibility Study

A break down of the results (by voting method) can be found at this link.

The meeting minutes can be found at this link.

Acknowledgements

A huge thank you to everybody who helped this EGM and vote happen. To scrutineer Mike Laughton, Compliance officer Paul Brotherton, The Club Board (and authors) for the informative and thorough Feasibility study, Cheryl Bradley for the membership details etc. Most of all,thanks to the fans / Society members for the healthy and informed debate conducted with dignity and respect. It’s a complex and emotional topic. It is clear that whilst we can agree and disagree, we ALL have the best interests of Bath City at heart.

Regards

Michael Clayton (Chair)

Bath City Supporters’ Society