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Apr
23

Share Scheme: Time To Turn Pledges Into Payments

scan0015The Wycombe Wanderers Trust Community Share Scheme has made an excellent start with over £340k raised in the first month. About two thirds of this has already come in with the rest to be paid over the next five years.

However there is still much to be done if we are to stabilize and secure the financial situation of the Trust and the Football Club.

That is why we are asking for all those supporters who kindly made pledges last year to now turn them into payments.

If you are one of those, then please see our earlier article (click here) where you will find full details including the application forms that you need to complete, so that we can formally enrol you into the scheme.

If you have any queries, please email: shares@wycombewandererstrust.com

We will also be in the Vere Suite on Saturday, at our usual table near to the small bar, where we will be pleased to receive forms and answer your queries.


Apr
19

Please Pay Up for Lisa’s Sky Dive

LisaIf you signed up to sponsor Lisa Bowker‘s Sky Dive, then you will be pleased to know that she successfully completed this great effort last Sunday.

With the end of the season rapidly approaching, can you please settle any financial commitments by paying over your cash to Lisa this Saturday.

She will be in the Vere Suite before and after the game vs Morecambe to collect your money.

If it’s easier, then click here to pay online via Lisa’s FundRazr page.

Thanks very much.

 


Apr
16

WW Trust Community Share Offer

scan0015Thank you for your patience – it has taken much longer than expected, but we now have a fully approved scheme that we are delighted to present to you.

Great progress has been made, on and off the pitch, this season and the Community Share Offer now provides a fantastic opportunity to raise the working capital that has been desperately needed since Trust members became the proud owners of Wycombe Wanderers.

Click this link Presentation 19032015 for the slides shown at the formal launch meeting which was on Thursday 19th March. We now want all members and fans to see the offer brochure and this is available by clicking on the blue underlined links below.

Share Offer Brochure for viewing on screen

Share Offer Brochure– pdf version – for printing out

Share Offer Application Forms – pdf format

We believe the brochure and the forms cover everything but we have set up a dedicated email address for any questions – shares@wycombewandererstrust.com 

The supporting documents referred to on page 18 of the brochure can be found on our dedicated Share Offer page via this link http://www.wycombewandererstrust.com/share-offer

Important note for members who have already made payments: If you have made advance one-off or monthly payments, we still need you to complete the application form as your formal acceptance of the Share Offer.

On receipt of your form, we will reply to you by email to confirm your individual situation. If this isn’t clear and you would like some clarification beforehand, please email shares@wycombewandererstrust.com and we will come back to you. 

And finally

We hope you will be as excited at this opportunity to take our Club forward as we are, and of course we hope that having looked at the brochure, you will decide to make an investment – however great or small.

Thank you for your time and best wishes

Trevor Stroud

Chairman


Apr
15

Only One Game Left to Complete Your Set of Badges

WWFC v MORECAMBEHow time flies when you are having fun!

Wycombe Wanderers have just one home game left vs Morecambe on Saturday 25th April (ko 3pm)

This will provide your last opportunity to buy Matchday Badges for this season. With Terry away, his able deputies Adam and Ben will be back behind his stall on this occasion with the stock of Matchday Badges and a few other WWFC-related badges.

If you have missed any from earlier games this season then here is a list of what he has left:

Carlisle  – 24
Tranmere – 8
Bury – SOLD OUT
Mansfield – 19
Cambridge – 15
Northampton – 27
WycombevCambridge201409272543Wimbledon – 49 (we did a larger order for this game)
Dagenham  – 38
Burton – 23
Southend – 13
Luton – 5
Hartlepool – 42
York – 37
Portsmouth – SOLD OUT
Plymouth – 45
Newport – 13
Stevenage – 34
Shrewsbury – 4
Accrington – 47
Oxford – 4
Cheltenham – 32
Exeter – 50

Do come and get any that you need to complete your set! All these badges sell at just £3 each with all profits going to the Trust. So far we have raised £2409 for Trust funds. Hope we can make it to £2500 by the season end.

Thanks to Terry and his ‘occasional little helpers’. No doubt we will also see Terry and ‘Tav’ at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday – so do buy a badge from them there too!


Apr
9

A Simple Guide to the WW Trust

trust logo 003 wwfc our heritageFollowing our recent AGM, some members were asking for clarification on what are the separate responsibilities and duties of the Trust and of the Football Club.

A small group from the Trust Board, led by new Trust Director Dale Jenkins have put together the following which we hope will be useful:

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The Basic Structure

Wycombe Wanderers Trust took over Wycombe Wanderers Football Club on 29th June 2012 from Steve Hayes.

Wycombe Wanderers Trust owns Wycombe Wanderers FC (the trading entity) and Adams Park as separate entities.

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  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board is made up of 11 directors:

Mark Burrell               mark@wycombewandererstrust.com
Alan Cecil                   alan@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Cook                 dave@wycombewandererstrust.com
John Derben                john@wycombewandererstrust.com
Garry Heath               garry@wycombewandererstrust.com
Dale Jenkins              dale@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Roberton          david@wycombewandererstrust.com
Trevor Stroud              trevor@wycombewandererstrust.com
James Sumner             james@wycombewandererstrust.com
Colin Treacher            colin@wycombewandererstrust.com
Don Woodward           don@wycombewandererstrust.com

  • Ownership of Adams Park (professionally assessed at £7million) is held within Frank Adams Legacy Limited (“FALL”). There is a separate FALL Board, currently under reconstruction.
  • Most major debts of the Trust sit under FALL, secured by charges on Adams Park, but Wycombe Wanderers Trust also has some debts to pay.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust relies on rental income from WWFC (the trading entity) to gradually pay down its creditors and loans via FALL (for example remaining Steve Hayes repayments, Chairboys Funders interest).
  • No takeover or change in ownership can proceed without 75% approval from all Legacy Members.
  • Legacy Members are members who are in their fourth (at least) consecutive year of holding a season ticket. Legacy membership is retained in future years as long as season ticket holding continues. There are approximately 570 Legacy Members at present.
  • A uniquely structured members club; one of only four fan owned clubs in the Football League.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust became a Community Benefit Society during 2014 as this allows us to raise capital by selling shares to our members (see under Functions, below).
  • Our full registered name is Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Limited. We had to adopt this name as part of the process of registering as a society, but we have kept Wycombe Wanderers Trust as our day to day trading name for everyone’s convenience.

Wycombe Wanderers Trust does not run the football club.

  • Wycombe Wanderers Football Club controls all income from footballing matters and the use of Adams Park on matchdays and non-matchdays.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Football Club’s operations are managed by Andrew Howard (WWFC Chairman) and its employees.
  • Only the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board can appoint and remove individuals from and to the WWFC club board (WWFC’s Club Board is made up of Andrew Howard, David Roberton and David Cook).

 

Functions

Since Wycombe Wanderers Trust, and its Board, does not run the football club, the Trust’s job is to create an environment which will help WWFC to succeed.

This is done in a number of ways:

  • Providing governance over its subsidiary companies – WWFC and FALL – and also support WWSET– our Community Trust which has charity status.
  • Providing support to WWFC, for example volunteer forces to reduce costs; aiding and assisting WWFC’s employees through “WWFC PALS” as and when required.
  • Undertaking other fundraising initiatives, for example sale of matchday badges and voluntary Trust member initiatives – to raise income.
  • Communicating with members via emails, members meetings and visibility. Trust board directors will be held to account by Trust members and a third of the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board directors retire by rotation at each AGM.
  • Seeking to grow and expand our membership and therefore widen the fan ownership base in the community, particularly the younger and the future generation of supporters.
  • Ensure members are consulted about and vote on the designated key issues affecting the football club (listed in the Trust Rules on the Wycombe Wanderers Trust website).
  • Raising funds via the Share Scheme – to secure the working capital to allow Wycombe Wanderers Football Club to move towards breakeven (or a small profit) and allow the football club to pay its rent as scheduled to pay down remaining debts/ loans.

Mar
4

Stories you may have missed…… from WWFC!

wwfc 1We thought you might like an easy link to news stories from the past couple of months that have now dropped off the front page of the club’s official website www.wwfc.com Click on any/all of the links below:


Feb
24

Support Scotty’s Charity Challenge

Scotty 2Former Wanderers player Keith Scott is preparing to cycle to Holland to raise funds for a cause close to his heart – Prostate Cancer UK.

To read how you can help him raise funds for his chosen charity, click here  or just go straight to his online giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Keith-scott9667/


Dec
8

See Wycombe Wanderers’ History in the Library

We would like to invite you visit a special exhibition at High Wycombe Library which has been running from early December and ending on Saturday 25th April 2015.

DSC01864The exhibition is a project led jointly by the Football Club, Wycombe Wanderers Trust and the Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association showcasing memorabilia and artefacts from the club’s 127-year history, many of which have never before been viewed by the general public.

DSC01865It tells the story of the club’s Wembley years and famous cup runs, plus its various homes in the Wycombe area, while it also pays tribute to the legacy of Frank Adams and celebrates our “local heroes” and other connections which have helped cement the Chairboys into the heart of its local community.

The Wycombe library is situated opposite Marks and Spencer in the Eden Centre and the exhibition can be found on the second floor in the reference section. However near the first floor entrance there are entry forms for a special competition which anyone can enter, for which the answers can be found by looking at our special display cabinets dotted around the second floor.

DSC01868Some of the cabinets have drawers underneath enabling us to display some flat items so do open each drawer in turn.

For those interested in seeing more pictures from Wycombe Wanderers’ past, then go to Sharing Wycombe’s Old Photographs  via www.buckscc.gov.uk/swop – a Bucks Library Service initiative sponsored by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Other News...

WW Trust Community Share Offer

16/04/2015

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Sam’s The Man…..of the Match

15/04/2015

To recognize Supporter Ownership Week, The Trust was invited to nominate the Man of the Match for the exciting game with Exeter City -who like us are a supporter owned club. We chose Sam Saunders, the scorer of our first goal, who had a busy game in midfield and nearly scored the winner jsut before [more…]

Lisa’s Latest Fundraising Challenge

28/03/2015

Club loyal supporter and Trust member Lisa Bowker is taking on another challenge this year to raise funds for the Trust and Wycombe Wanderers. UPDATE: Lisa has gone through her original fundraising target of £2500 and has reset this to £3000. Please support her efforts now – another way in which anybody can help the Trust and the [more…]

In Trevor We Trust……………

22/03/2015

……..no this was not the ‘dreaded vote of confidence’, but the name chosen for the Trust Board’s team in the Ex-Players Quiz Night. A packed out Vere Suite hosted a very successful evening on Saturday night with funds raised for the Alzheimer’s Society from the entry fees and raffle. The Trust’s team was Trevor and [more…]

Keeping In Touch

03/03/2015

A lot was made at the recent Trust AGM about the need for better communication. We will let you know what we can, by means of emails to members and by use of this website and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wwtrust There is naturally sensitive information that we are not able to disclose publicly or just to Trust [more…]

Quiz Night – 21st March 2015

01/03/2015

WWEPA – The Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association have their Quiz Night in the Vere Suite on Saturday 21st March 2015 starting at 7.30pm. Just in from WWEPA: “Looks like we’re in for a record attendance at our annual quiz which is only three weeks away. But there’s still time to book your places to ensure [more…]

Four New Trust Directors Elected

26/02/2015

At tonight’s Annual General Meeting, there was a ballot given that seven candidates were seeking to fill the four vacancies on the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board. Those successful in the ballot were Mark Burrell, John Derben, Dale Jenkins and James Sumner. Their photographs and biographies have been added to the Meet Your Trust Board page of [more…]

Annual General Meeting of Wycombe Wanderers Trust

26/02/2015

The Annual General Meeting of Wycombe Wanderers Trust will be held on Thursday 26 February 2015 at 8.00pm in the Vere Suite at Adams Park. The venue will be open to members from 6.30pm; food will be available, along with complimentary tea and coffee and the bar will be open. The following documents have been [more…]

Supporters Bus Service – UPDATE

24/02/2015

It is with regret that the Football Club Board have had to take the decision today NOT to run the Supporters Bus Service for the next two midweek games – Tuesday 17th March (Accrington Stanley) and Tuesday 14th April (Exeter City). They have found that our mid-week matches are where we lose most revenue. The Saturday service will [more…]

Promotion Is The Aim

19/02/2015

At their monthly Board Meeting last night, the Trust Directors wholeheartedly endorsed the recent statement from the Football Club that having achieved League Two survival, we should now be pushing on to see just how high we can finish this season. Click here to read that statement This was the last Trust Board meeting before [more…]