The October winners were Simon Hall and Paul Hopkins, while the November winners were Gerry Dolan and David Hill.
The Society is pleased to announce that the Big Bath City Bid will be partnering with the club to launch the 1000BC initiative. This will be a supporter-led drive to increase attendances over time to an average of 1000. We continue to work on the process of achieving community ownership, but this is another way we can start to improve things for the club from the bottom up.
We are looking for a team of dedicated supporters to come up with, prioritise and implement ideas that will help the club reach new audiences and increase our profile in the city.
We look forward to hearing everyone's ideas. We've initially identified the following areas as a starting point for discussion:
- A systematic approach to getting posters out in the city
- Targeted campaign for students
- Media liaison with local radio & print media
- Street stalls & fan walk / "march to the match"
If you have ideas but can't commit the time, please feel free to email email@example.com. We will provide regular updates of which ideas are being worked on and what progress is being made.
This is a great opportunity to help our club and show how community ownership can work in practice. The campaign will likely involve a monthly or bimonthly meeting starting in December. If you are interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org now.
The August winners were Colin Frayling and Dave Clarke.
The September winners were Martin Brush and Dave Clarke (again!).
The following was sent to all Big Bath City Bid investors by email on October 24:
The Bid is alive and well and working hard to protect the future of the club and secure community ownership.
With £300,000 committed to the community share offer and 96% of you saying we should continue with the Bid we know that there is massive support for this campaign. We have been unable to reach any halfway house agreement with the club’s majority shareholders with the money to hand, so instead we remain focused on raising the minimum £750,000 figure originally envisaged.
Our position now is:
We are working with a professional fund-raiser, who is giving his time and expertise free of charge, to shape the fundraising strategy and help make direct approaches.
In order to bridge the gap between the £300,000 we’ve raised and the absolute minimum of £750,000 that’s required, we are working to achieve matched funding from wealthier individuals and grant-funding organisations of another £300,000. This would take us to an interim total of £600,000 before re-opening the share offer to the wider public.
We have made significant inroads towards that new £300,000 investment, with substantial verbal commitments.
This phase may take up to three months so we ask for your patience while we work through the more involved approaches and discussions required for these larger sums.
If we’re able to achieve the matched funding, we will re-open the share offer on 1 February with a close date of 1 May. If we can get that money faster, then we’ll re-open the offer sooner and can potentially work to a faster timescale.
If you think you can help the Bid for community ownership with a substantial investment or donation towards the £300,000 matched funding, then please contact us directly for a confidential conversation.
Please note we have secured agreement with Microgenius to extend our campaign to May, so all your existing commitments will remain valid for the full period of the campaign. We won't take any money without your permission or hitting the target, and any money you've paid by cheque will remain untouched.
Alongside this new approach and the engagement of professional fund-raising support, we’re pleased to announce the involvement of two people new to the Bid:
Nick Blofeld, former CEO of Bath Rugby and Epsom Racecourse, is now giving his support to the Bid, bringing a wealth of sports administration expertise, connections to the Bath Rugby community and great business experience.
Sally Harris, of Age UK and Amnesty International, joins us to help head up the community impact side of the Bid, to drive forward the positive benefits we can achieve for the people of the city through community ownership of Bath City.
With Nick, Sally and our fund-raising support, we believe we are now much better placed to raise the full amount required and to then implement the aims of the Bid on successful completion.
We remain in ongoing contact with the majority shareholders and if circumstances change in the short term we will be as supportive and responsive as possible to ensure the security of the club, as long as it goes hand-in-hand with the mandate you’ve given us for irreversible shift towards community ownership.
We will aim to keep in more regular contact and let you know as soon as we need to take any new, broader action. Thanks again for your commitment, patience and support.
"The Big Bath City Bid was launched in June 2015, and since then has worked tirelessly to put Bath City FC into the centre stage of life in our city.
In the three months that followed we achieved widespread support across the city and beyond - from residents, businesses, charities, politicians, community groups and celebrities - all buying into the vision that community-ownership would finally give our city the football club it deserved.
Having sold over £300,000 of community shares up to September, we have since run a consultation process which gave a resounding endorsement from fans and investors to continue pursuing the aim of community ownership.
The Big Bath City Bid team has therefore made the best possible offer it can to the five people who together are the majority shareholders of the current Bath City FC Limited.
That offer was for a staged approach towards community ownership - ensuring the short term security of the club by addressing its urgent debts, injecting working capital, and beginning a renewed campaign to generate the balance of funds required to complete the conversion to full community ownership within an agreed timescale.
We have thus far been unable to reach agreement with the five major shareholders on this proposal, but discussions continue between the parties in a positive and constructive spirit. We will provide further updates as negotiations continue.
We’d like to thank everyone who has committed to the Bid so far, and other supporters, and assure them that we remain committed to the aim of community ownership as the best way to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for Bath City FC."
Thank you for your patience while we continue to work hard to ensure the best possible outcome for the Club and the Bid. We will get back to you just as soon as we're able to take further positive steps forwards.
The June winners are:
John Payne 6
Matthew Smith 15
The July winners are:
Matt Jefferies 4
Steve Skinner 5
Statement from the Big Bath City Bid Team
"In just three months the Big Bath City Bid has attracted £303,276 in community funding from a wide range of individuals, local businesses, community groups, celebrities and Bath City supporters. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Bid - while we may not have reached our target just yet, we feel the genie is well and truly out of the bottle. The Bath City Supporters' Society and the Big Bath City Bid team remain committed to community ownership as the best way to create a secure and prosperous future for Bath City FC. We are hopeful that we can build on the success of the last three months to continue to move towards that goal, and to inject new energy and enthusiasm into the club.
The share offer has closed, pending consultation with investors and supporters. An open meeting will take place at Twerton Park at 7pm on Monday 7 September. A questionnaire will also be circulated from 12th to 17th September to ensure that all investors have the chance to be heard. Based on this feedback and negotiations with the Board, a proposed way forward will be put to investors no later than Monday 21 September.
As always, no money can be taken from the community share offer unless we hit our target or otherwise receive the explicit consent of the investor. Anyone who wants to withdraw their pledge may do so, and may request that cheques and bank transfers are returned. We hope that investors will attend Monday's meeting or await consultation prior to making any decision on what to do with their investment.
We would like to conclude by thanking our team of volunteers for all their hard work on this exciting project, and the people of Bath for their help and support as we strive to give this city the football club it deserves."
Download the 2015 AGM Minutes here or read below
The Supporters Society held its 2015 AGM at Twerton Park on 30 June. Full minutes will be published shortly.
The AGM heard reports from the chairman, treasurer, Board rep and director of the Foundation. A representative from the Big Bath City Bid answered questions about the state of the community ownership push.
Six members were elected to the committee. James Carlin, Oliver Holtaway, Ken Loach, Martin Powell, Pete McCormack and Phil Weaver were elected by block vote, unanimously. All will serve a two-year term before facing mandatory re-election in 2017. Committee members Pete Sellwood, Shane Morgan, Colin Voutt and Steve Skinner will face re-election in 2018. One vacancy remains on the committee.
The winners were:
Martin Brush 28 1st £540
Keith Blackburn 49 2nd £270
Colin Voutt 2 3rd £67.50
Ian & Richard Stockley 25 3rd £67.50
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