Heritage Walk

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Fancy a walk around Kilmarnock town centre, visit a few pubs, have a few drinks and learn lots of things about the town while you do so?

Well, local Historians Gary Torbett, Graham Boyd and Stuart Wilson are here to help you out by leading a heritage walk in and around Kilmarnock town centre on the evening of Thursday 27th August with any proceeds being handed over to the Killie Trust.

In Gary’s own words:

“The walk will be over a fairly short walking distance, will take in a few town centre bars AND you will learn a wee bit about the town’s history….I hope.

A sort of educational pub crawl.

The plan is to start at Fanny By Gaslight at 5.30 / 6pm for a beer (you buy your own BTW) and then head down The Strand, through The Cross, down Sandbed, along St Marnock Street, up Bank Street and along College Wynd to John Finnie Street.

The walk will visit 6 bars along the way so you will have a varied view of the pubs in Killie!! However the point is to get folk out walking, learning and spending a few quid in the town.

The walk is free of charge – like I say, bring your beer money – but I will collect discretionary donations at the end which I will pass to The Killie Trust.”

If you would like any more information don’t hesitate to contact the Trust here, or on facebook or twitter.

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Its Back…..our Fantasy Football Minileague is Back!

Here we are, the annual Fantasy Football is back post, and earlier than before! Re-registration only opened last week and the KillieTrustLiga has been renewed for its 8th year already (I know, its unbelievable).

If you have played before and plan on playing again you will be entered automatically whenever you reregister your team, and in fact 15 teams have already been added, if this will be your first year however here is the important information you will need.

Click www.fantasy.premierleague.com

Register a team

Pick your team, 15 players (11 plus 4 subs)

Click to join a league

Enter this code 185525-49773

Et Voila, you are now in with a chance of toppling reigning champion (two years running no less) Brian Chambers as he goes for that most American of terms, the three-peat, at which point he may or may not change his name to Brian Chamb3rs to celebrate. Or not.

Have a look at the rules too, there seems to be some new additions to the game this season in the form of bonus points “chips” as to how to use them and what exactly they are.

Still plenty of time to pick your team and you can change it as many times as you please before the season starts, we usually get a good number of teams but please feel free to share this info with all your Killie supporting friends through Facebook, Twitter, email, by post, carrier pigeon, word of mouth etc etc.

Thanks! Best of luck to all entrants!

Trust/KFCSA Joint Statement 29/1/2015

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The Board of the Killie Trust and the Committee of KFCSA are pleased to announce an enhancement to the good relationship they have and that the two organisations will be working more closely together for the benefit of supporters of Kilmarnock FC.

As part of that process, the Chairman of KFCSA, James Morrison, has been appointed to the Board of the Trust.

In turn, Jim Thomson, Chairman of the Trust and also a Committee Member of Young Kilmarnock, has been proposed as a Committee Member for KFCSA – it is planned to ratify and confirm that proposed appointment at the next Committee Meeting of KFCSA.

The Committee of KFCSA fully support the continuing efforts of the Trust in their negotiations to secure a place on the Board of Kilmarnock FC on suitable and appropriate terms.

From The Archives: FFTF Crossbar Challenge

000_0051At half time of the last home game of the 2003/2004 season 10 Killie fans donned their boots and took to the Rugby Park pitch to promote the recently introduced Fifty for the Future scheme by having a go at the “crossbar challenge” which was made famous on Sky Sports “Soccer AM” TV show. If you aren’t familiar with it, each person has to strike a dead ball from the centre spot (or edge of the centre circle in this case) and hit the crossbar. Quite simple really…..but also really hard.

Though not a fund raiser it was used to embed the idea of FFTF firmly in everyone’s mind. Judging by the success over the course of that scheme, I would say it worked.

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New Year, New Board Member

67642_433575716712950_578679963_nWe recently reported that we would be adding new faces to the Trust Board and today we are delighted to announce that Killie’s own Tommy Adams has been co-opted on as a director. Tommy is a local legend and well known in the community not only for the sterling work he has done for the football club but as the most popular Killie fan south of Symington as a result of plying his trade as “the people’s DJ” in pubs and clubs throughout Ayrshire and beyond.

Since departing the club’s commercial department in 2014, Tommy has started up his own promotional company which sets up advertising opportunities for businesses with football clubs and he has already secured clients from Junior level all the way up to SPFL. In less than a month he managed to sell all the advertising space on club calendars for six clients which helps illustrate how important Tommy is going to be to us.

It goes without saying that we see this as a bit of a coup and we hope that Tommy can help persuade disenfranchised local business people back to supporting the football club through the Killie Trust. Tommy, like us, shares the belief that Kilmarnock FC should be a hub for the community and in turn that the community will reciprocate by engaging once again with the club…at least that is how it should work! We hope that everyone will join us in welcoming Tommy back into the fold and spare him a minute when he comes calling…

A New Year Message From The Chairman

560356_10151114652829899_1483803466_nI would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their messages of encouragement and support following my appointment as Chair of the Kilmarnock Supporters Society Limited (the Killie Trust to you and I). I am extremely proud to follow in the footsteps of Stevie Lockhart, Colin Hargreaves and Barry Richmond, all of whom have done a tremendous job for us over the past eleven years, and I shall endeavour to follow suit.

As we welcome in a new year I thought it apt to reassure our members that the Trust will continue to pursue community ownership for Kilmarnock Football Club, with the first stage towards that being meaningful and democratic fan representation on the club’s board. As was reported at our recent AGM, we are in dialogue with the Club in regards this matter and have offered to source significant and continued investment in an effort to kick start proceedings.

It was great to see Hibernian Chairman Rod Petrie echo the thoughts of so many others in the higher echelons of Scottish football by admitting the landscape of Scottish football is changing and that clubs will have to embrace community ownership and that Hibs would strive to be “a progressive, forward thinking and modern” club by now pursuing this avenue themselves. Many more will surely embrace said ethos soon if Scottish clubs are to survive and flourish, and we should be taking a lead on this.

In the coming year our focus will be to increase our membership significantly, and also persuade more local businesses to support our vision. Marie Macklin CBE of the Klin Group showed her support of the Trust and our aims by donating to us a significant number of her own shares in Kilmarnock FC which saw the Trust become the club’s second largest shareholder at the time; of course we do not expect such generosity from everyone, but it was still fantastic to see her being recognised in the New Year’s honours list for her services to local economic regeneration and entrepreneurship, well done Marie!

A few of our long serving board members stood down at our recent AGM and we are extremely grateful for their valued contribution over the years. While there are more than enough to ensure continuity, we have approached a few replacements already to keep the numbers up and work load manageable, the announcements will follow shortly and I am sure that our members will not be disappointed.  2015 will be a big year for the Killie Trust and rest assured that the Board are all fully committed to our club and community and will continue to press for what is best for both. Here’s to us all having a Happy New Year!

Jim Thomson

Trust Chairman

From The Archives: Grand in your Hand (+ Diary)

379923_10150576691074899_754431406_nAs 2011 drew to a close we launched an initiative to both boost membership as well as send one lucky member home from the Dundee United match considerably richer than they turned up, £1000 richer to be exact. The draw was for all current trust members, either long term or newly signed up, their membership numbers put in a bucket and at halftime of said match our Chairman Barry Richmond braved the cold and stood in the centre circle with bucket in hand to draw the winning entry.

306673_10151478821009899_1930681168_nStephen Carolan had the winning number and had an extra £1000 that Christmas. Here he is getting his picture taken post match with his prize alongside Trust board members Davie Davidson and Nigel Fitzsimmons.

diary06Also as a bonus this Christmas, here is a nice little item. The Trust diary from 2006 which was on sale for £2 with proceeds going to the Trust.

I am sure it found its way onto a few Killie fans lists for santa list for Santa.

From The Archives: Fan Lines Up with His Heroes

squad_07-08In this series we delve into the history of the Trust turn back time and look back on some of the things we have done or been involved with since we started back in ’03. Today we go back to 2007 when auctioned off some one of a kind items at our end of season Sportsmans Dinner. One of those prizes we organised with the club was to have the first fan (not including Monty, Hooky, Davie Sneddon etc…) to get into the team photo for the next season.

neil_lairdNeil Laird bid the most on the night and took his place on the front bench between manager Jim Jefferies and captain (now assistant manager) Gary Locke and rather bizarrely, in front of 5 (five) goalkeepers! On the day the club’s Anne Clark really went out of her way to make Neil and his guests feel at home and I am sure at the time he was the envy of all his mates.

There were other similar auction winners from that night who feature on here in the coming weeks and months.

Chairman Stands Down at Recent Trust AGM

Last Wednesday at our AGM, Barry Richmond stood down from his role as Trust chairman after 7 years in the seat. In his final chairman’s report Barry highlighted the work the Trust had done in the past year and the key moments. We had two Comedy nights, one of which raised money for the Laurie and Ellie fund and saw us take our stand up showcase to Kilmarnock Rugby Club for the first time before returning to the Sports Bar for our second fundraiser in November. We also had a representative in the Commonwealth Baton Relay which made its way through East Ayrshire on the 21st of June. Also highlighted was the latest on the Trusts attempt to see fan representation on the club board. Although Barry has stepped down as chairman he is staying on the board and will help with a real membership drive in 2015, he had this to say about his time at the helm and the future…

Outgoing Chairman Barry Richmond (right) with Sandy Armour and former club captain Garry Hay at last years 10 year anniversary ball

Outgoing Chairman Barry Richmond (right) with Sandy Armour and former club captain Garry Hay at last years 10 year anniversary charity ball

“Thanks to everyone who attended the Trust AGM last night and especially to my fellow Trust Board directors who have made my job so much easier down the years. It was an honour to serve as chairman for such a length of time and carry on the good work of those who went before me…but change has to happen if progress is to be made and I sincerely hope that our next chairperson will benefit from all that was achieved during my spell in office. It goes without saying that I remain committed to the ideals of the trust and will continue to serve on the board until such times as I am no longer needed…and my focus this year will be on increasing membership to record levels so you have been warned!”

Also standing down but leaving their positions on the Trust board are Nigel Fitzsimmons who served as Secretary, Elaine Millar who was heavily involved in the RBS Community grant win amongst other things, Davie Davidson who was integral to all things membership in his time on board and Sandy Armour who was in charge of the epic success that was Fifty for the Future before it was wound up 2 years ago. We thank them for all their hard work over the years.

Its not all departures however; John Speirs, Jim Thomson, Paul Markac and Gary Torbett have decided to stand again and were all re-elected. A decision on who will take over as chairman will be taken in the new year.

Cheque Handed over at Stand Up (If You Love Killie) 7

StandUpWebAd7Last month saw our 7th Stand Up night go off without a hitch at The Rugby Club in Kilmarnock, and we handed over the cheque to the Laurie and Ellie fund. But more on that later.

A full house enjoyed some great acts off the Scottish comedy scene. Compere Graham Mackie kept things going all night and enriched everyones lives with his first encounter with an exfoliating glove. John Gavin set us off with a great set including his hatred of foxes, lucky for him it wasn’t squirrels. John Speirs then enlightened the crowd with his story about the time he never met Hollywood actor Vince Vaughn before Jojo Sutherland closed the second section with tales from her life on the east coast. Des Clarke then took the roof off Bellsdale with a brilliant headline set where he talked about absolutely everything, including the time he actually met Hollywood actor James MacAvoy.

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A brilliant night which actually started on a high when Ellie, Laurie and their mum visited to pick up the cheque for £1412 from The Killie Trust. The evening in the Kilmarnocks Rugby Club raised £1000 for the appeal. The further £412 was raised at Rugby Park, when before the match versus Hearts members of the Trust board were out rattling buckets and got a great response from the fans in attendance. A huge thanks from the Trust to all those in attendance on the night as well as those who did their bit at the Hearts game. Also a huge thanks again to John Gall at Brownings for the half time fayre.Ellie&Laurie

Hope to see you all at the next one.