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Nov
7

Football Supporters Association – the Trust is a Member and YOU Can Be One Too

The Football Supporters Association (“FSA”) is the national, democratic, representative body for supporters in England and Wales.

The FSA came into being following the completion of the merger at the start of 2019 between the previously separate Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct (“SD”).
SD had been of particular help to Wycombe Wanderers back in 2014-15 when the Trust needed a fundraising scheme and they helped us change our rules and constitution to become a Community Benefit Society which was then able to launch the Community Share Scheme.

On its website https://thefsa.org.uk/ the FSA claims “We are the leading advocates for supporter ownership, better fan engagement,  cheaper ticket prices, the choice to stand at the match, protecting fan rights, good governance, diversity, and all types of supporter
empowerment.”

The Wycombe Wanderers Trust has now been confirmed as an Affiliate Member of the FSA and we will call upon their advice and services as and when required.

Individual fans can also join the FSA for free and benefit from the support they can offer to members – to join the FSA simply visit thefsa.org.uk/join

Membership of FSA is FREE

Oct
23

“Eyes Down” – BINGO Night – Friday 1st November

OWWSA are trying this fundraiser for the first time ever on Friday November 1st, in the Caledonian Suite and it’s open to all Chairboys fans.

Please come along and support this event.  Remember every penny of the profits are ploughed back into the football club, by supporting them in different projects .  Money raised by OWWSA ie money raised by you, paid for the electronics and software for the Big Screen, what an achievement, well done.

Books of 10 tickets will be available to purchase on the door at a cost of £10.  On each ticket we will be playing for a line and a full house.  The prizes for the line will be confectionary, and for the full house it will be cash.  There will be a raffle run as usual by Harold and Marion Lunnon and I am sure they will welcome any contributions for prizes.

Doors and the bar will be open from 18.30.  There will also be meals available costing £8 from that time.  Bingo will commence at 19.30.

Please come along and have some fun.  Bring your friends and family, the more the merrier.

Oct
16

Items relating to Legacy Members meeting and vote

On Monday 14th October, the attached letter was sent via post and email to Legacy Members, carrying headline details of the proposed majority shareholding in the football club by Rob Couhig. Also included with the letter was this four-page summary of agreements. The full legal document can be viewed by Legacy Members in person at Adams Park between 12-7pm on weekdays until Tuesday 29th October, and in the Caledonian Suite ahead of the match against Sunderland.

At the meeting of Legacy Members on Tuesday 15th October, these slides were presented to members by chairman Trevor Stroud. 343 Legacy Members were present, with around 180 concurrent viewers on the live stream on the WWT Live Stream Facebook page. The stream can be viewed at any time here.

The Trust omitted to send the Summary of Rights of Existing Shareholders; this document has been sent to Legacy Members, and can be downloaded here.

Included in the presentation were two videos from Rob Couhig, who explained his reason for not attending the meeting:

 

 

Also included in the presentation was a reading of an open letter, written by Trust president Karen Adams, which can be found here.

At 9pm, emails were sent to all Legacy Members carrying instructions on how to vote. Any member who doesn’t have an email address will receive a postal vote. Please note that some emails may have been caught in the recipient’s junk folder, so Members should be sure to make sure they have received it, or send an email to secretary@wycombewandererstrust.com or call the vote helpline on 07490 987583 if they haven’t. Members who share an email address with another member will receive separate emails to the same address.

Trevor Stroud reiterated on behalf of the club and Trust that it is imperative that Members use their vote; not voting is counted as a vote against the proposal. The Trust board unanimously recommend voting for the proposal.

The voting period will close at midnight on Tuesday 29th October; 75% of all Legacy Members must vote for the proposal in order for Rob Couhig to be successful in becoming a majority shareholder of Wycombe Wanderers.

Aug
20

Try Walking Football with Wycombe Wanderers?

Come Back to Football!

Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age or physical condition, as well as getting those back playing football who have previously had to stop for whatever reason.

The aims of the Wycombe Wanderers Walking Football Club (“WWWFC”) are to:

  • Provide people the opportunity to still play the game;
  • Improve the physical fitness and health levels of participants;
  • Increase levels of social interaction and therefore personal wellbeing via participation in walking football sessions.

Despite the fact that no running is allowed, the walking format of football is surprisingly tiring, and you certainly work up a sweat.

WWWFC has been running since 2015 and consists of two all-inclusive drop-in sessions during the week (one session during the winter months) and also two representative teams that compete in the Thames Valley Walking Football League, playing against clubs from Bracknell, Wokingham, Oxford, Watford, and Maidenhead amongst others.

WWWFC is managed by its participants which gives ownership and freedom to direct the sessions as the players see fit. There is a committee in operation that ensures that the main objectives associated with the sessions, those of fun, enjoyment and inclusivity, always remain at the forefront of thinking.

So if you would like to come and give Walking Football a try please get in touch with WWSET on 01494 455736 or via email on community@wwfc.com.

Alternatively feel free to turn up at one of the sessions as there’s no need to book:

  • Venue: Amersham & Wycombe College (Flackwell Heath Campus, Spring Lane, HP10 9HE)
  • Day: Every Tuesday (all year) and every Thursday (April – Oct)
  • Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Playing surface: 4G

Aug
8

Volunteer Request /Fan Protection

The football club has taken the precaution of erecting safety nets during the practice period on a match day to protect the supporters from ball strikes.

The club now needs volunteers, 3 at each end of the pitch, to erect the safety nets before and after the practice period. This should not interfere with watching the actual game.

There will be a trial demonstration one evening, to be arranged, so that volunteers know what to do and it is planned to commence at the home match with MK Dons on 17th August.

If you can help please contact John Derben 01494 441145 or email j.derben123@btinternet.com

May
23

Rod Armitage – R.I.P

We would like to add our sincere condolences, to those expressed by the Club, to the family and friends of the late Rod Armitage who passed away just over a week ago at the age of 75.

Rod was one of the first to sign up for the Trust’s Community Share Scheme in March 2015 and since then his contributions have helped to finance the club he loved so much.

Read the club’s report (which includes the funeral details) here https://www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/news/2019/may/r.i.p.-rod-armitage/

Nov
22

Dudley Kipping R.I.P

We are very saddened to hear of the death of Dudley Kipping at the age of 87.

A full tribute is on the WWFC Club website via this link 

Dudley, a Trust Legacy Member, was also one of the first to sign up with a generous contribution to the Community Share Scheme in 2015.

He used to pop into the Caledonian Suite before each home match for a sit down, along with his daughter, and regulars there will surely recognise him. 

Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.

Nov
8

Trust Statement of Apology

Wycombe Wanderers Trust is aware of an inappropriate comment which was made publicly by one of its members at the meeting at Adams Park yesterday evening.

The Trust have today made contact with the member in question, who has acknowledged that the comment was unintentionally in extremely bad taste and apologised for the offence caused.

Sep
14

Use Easyfundraising to Raise More Funds for Wycombe Wanderers as You Shop Online

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for Wycombe Wanderers Trust?

It’s a really simple way to raise money for Wycombe Wanderers Trust through your everyday online shopping with over 3,300 retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and it’s completely free!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wycombewandererstrust/

and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to Wycombe Wanderers Trust for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Wycombe Wanderers will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Aug
10

How To Get A Framed Set Of Badges

There have been a number of enquiries about the framed set of Matchday Badges for last season. A perfect way to commemorate and celebrate a season that ended with promotion from League Two.

If you want one of these sets, then please see Terry Hall at his Terry’s Badges stall before any home league game this season. Terry supplies the frame and puts it all together for you. Each set costs £100 of which £74 is donated by Terry to the WW Trust to assist their fundraising for the Football Club.

Each set includes the special 2017-18 Promotion badge which is also still available to buy on its own for just £3.

You can also pre-order a framed set for the current season, though we cannot necessary guarantee the same result on the pitch!

Jul
21

Get Your Promotion Badge

Yes it’s not too late to carry on celebrating promotion for the Chairboys from League 2 to League 1 which was achieved with a game to spare at the end of April and celebrated with the Party at the Park on May 5th.

Terry’s Badges stall will be back at Adams Park for this coming season and amongst his stock of WWFC – themed badges will be this special one as seen on the right. 

As with all the badges, this one will be on sale for just £3 with all profits donated to help the Club.

See Terry’s stall in the lower car park before the first game vs Blackpool on Saturday 4th August.

May
14

Richard Mann – R.I.P.

We have just become aware on the death last month of Richard Mann who passed away suddenly at the age of just 60.

Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Linda, daughter Sarah and son Nick.

Richard, who lived in Beaconsfield, had been a Wanderers fan for a good number of years, a Trust member and a contributor to the Community Share Scheme.

Click this link for a detailed tribute to Richard written by someone who clearly knew him well.

What is clear from reading that, is that this was  a man who committed himself fully to whatever he took on, whether it be his family, his career, outside interests or service to his local community.

May
2

Thanks To The Chairboys Funders

Back in 2013 a group of supporters came together in response to an urgent need for a capital injection of funds into the Football Club.  This was at a time when the Trust and Club were very short of money and needed to ensure the survival of the Club.

A special legal company – Chairboys Funders Limited – was set up and that company issued 5-year Loan Note Instruments to the individual Funders, who have received interest on their investment over this period that reflected the level of risk in the deal at that time

Whilst the overall financial position of the Trust and its two wholly owned subsidiaries – Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and Frank Adams Legacy Limited (which owns Adams Park) – has improved from where it was five years ago, we are still ‘not yet out of the woods’ though we can now see a path!  Over the past three years, the Group’s finances have been managed to stability and we are working towards financial sustainability.

The initial scheme has reached its 5-year end date.  Chairboys Funders Limited is therefore issuing further Loan Notes to continue this vital and successful scheme and these have already been fully subscribed by some of the original Funders, whilst others have understandably taken repayment.

The Trust Board would firstly like to place on record its appreciation to all the supporters who stepped up in 2013 as the original Chairboys Funders. It is also very grateful to those who have agreed to ‘continue with us on the journey ahead’ and support our exciting new future in League One.

Apr
12

More Great Work Done By The Volunteers…………Can You Help on Sunday 22nd April?

Big thanks to the volunteers that worked so hard at the training ground last Saturday. Great effort and well done. 

As always we still have more to do, so if anyone would like to come and help on Sunday 22nd April they would be really welcome. The gates will open at 09:30, a sandwich lunch will be provided, but you need to bring your own hot drinks. 

All tools provided but please bring along a pair of gloves

Please let John know if you can help by phoning 01494 441145

Thanks again
on behalf of John Derben (WWFC PALS Co-ordinator)

Apr
1

Volunteers Taskforce Required for Saturday 7th April

“My thanks to the volunteers that worked so hard at the training ground on Sunday 25th March. Splendid effort and well done. 

As always we still have more to do, so if anyone would like to come and help at the same place on Saturday 7th April they would be really welcome. The gates will open at 09:30, a sandwich lunch provided, but you need to bring your own hot drinks. 

All tools provided but please bring along a pair of gloves

Please let John know if you can help by phoning 01494 441145

(We don’t have a game that Saturday as intended opponents Lincoln are in the Checkatrade Final on Sunday 8th)

Thanks again”

Sent on behalf of John Derben (WWFC PALS Co-ordinator)