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.

Win a 2014-15 Kilmarnock FC Season Ticket!

The Killie Trust, in association with Kilmarnock FC and the Kilmarnock Standard, are giving away three 2014-15 season tickets for Rugby Park.

The lucky winners can choose which stand they want their ticket for and that includes the fantastically priced family ticket for the Moffat Stand. All you have to do is answer the following question…

What year was the Killie Trust founded?

Please send your answers to The Kilmarnock Supporters’ Society Ltd. PO Box 26103, Kilmarnock KA1 1YN, or email your entries to thechairman@killietrust.org.

The competition ends Sunday 6th July and three names will be selected at random from all the correct entries. All Trust members who answer correctly will have their entries submitted twice.

You can join the Trust at www.thekillietrust.wordpress.com.

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Trust Board meets New Club Board

Directors of The Kilmarnock Supporters Society (the Killie Trust) met with the Board of Directors of Kilmarnock Football Club and the Supporters Liaison Officer, Andrew Miller, on Saturday 14th June 2014.

In a positive and constructive meeting, the Trust set out and explained its objectives on community ownership and the meeting discussed these in some detail.

There was broad agreement that KFC and the Trust would work together on projects aimed at benefiting the Club. Further dialogue will continue on these subjects.

The Trust were greatly encouraged by the positive nature of the discussions and look forward to working with the Board going forward.

The Killie Trust encourages all Kilmarnock Supporters to support the Club and buy season tickets for the new season and take advantage of the attractive deals and incentives on offer.

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Trust Statement 19/4/2014

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Following the announcement made by Kilmarnock FC before the Celtic match on Friday night, The Killie Trust would like to issue the following statement:

Kilmarnock Supporters’ Society Ltd (The Killie Trust) would like to welcome Billy Bowie, Jim Mann, David Moran and Russel Smith to the board of Kilmarnock Football Club. These appointments along with much needed investment will see the club become “debt free” and have a more stable boardroom structure. We hope this change signals the start of a new era for Scotland’s oldest professional club and is a sign of things to come, the link between a football club and its supporters is vital to its survival and a club’s relationship with its community must be nurtured. To that end the Killie Trust would urge fans to return to Rugby Park in numbers to support the team at this crucial time.

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Its Good To Talk

Last week during discussions with the KFCSA committee, we suggested that it would be a good idea to invite Paul Goodwin (Head of Supporters’ Direct Scotland) along to their open meeting on our behalf due to his experience in dealing with clubs with problems like ours and his expertise in governance and community ownership; along with our own board member Andy Millar who obviously has a better handle on things from our perspective. Mr Goodwin graciously agreed to give his time, despite the fact it wasn’t primarily a Trust meeting, as part of his remit with SDS is to help out wherever possible when clubs are deemed to be in trouble.

Mr Goodwin has subsequently received a request from Michael Johnston, Chairman of Kilmarnock FC, to meet with himself and new director William Bowie on the proviso that the talks would take place prior to the KFCSA open meeting on Thursday. The invitation was extended to a couple of representatives from both the Trust and the KFCSA, but unfortunately it has been arranged at too short notice for that to happen in the time frame requested. We have offered to meet with the club directors at the earliest possible convenience for all parties and hope that a reply to our legal representatives and the verification of our recent share acquisition is on the agenda.

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Statement on Behalf of Ayrshire Businesses

Statement from John Gall (MD of Brownings the Bakers), on behalf of Ayrshire businesses regarding KFC:-

BrowningsLogo2TRANSTonight a group of like-minded business people from Kilmarnock met to discuss their concerns about the current state of affairs at Kilmarnock Football Club.

The local businesses represented were Braehead Foods, Brownings the Bakers, The Coffee Press, Costley & Costley Hoteliers, Fortress Security & Alarms, Hamilton Tarmac, The Klin Group, Microtech Support, Modway and the QTS Group.

The group has unanimously agreed that the only way they can continue to fully support the Club is if there is a change in regime.

A spokesperson has been appointed to request a meeting with Michael Johnston to clarify his position and discuss the way forward in the best interest of Kilmarnock Football Club.

John Gall
Managing Director
Browning’s the Bakers
Block 1
Bonnyton Ind Estate
Kilmarnock
Ayrshire
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Jude Scoops Graeme Howie Memorial Award

We are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the Graeme Howie Memorial Award for Community Involvement is none other than hot prospect Jude Winchester.

The staff at the club choose the winner each year and so far Garry Hay has been honoured twice, but young Jude has been out and about doing club business more than anyone this season it seems and it is his name that will get engraved on the shield that Graeme’s dad will present this afternoonjude at the match.

We would like to thank the club for allowing us to present the award and our sincerest gratitude also goes to Davie, wife Maureen and their daughter Caroline for the outstanding contribution they make to our Trust in an ongoing basis.

Killie fans have witnessed some really sad times in the past few years and although we push ahead and get on with things, we are the Killie family, we will never forget our own.

Killie Trust Board Statement on Kilmarnock Redevelopment

Trust10aThe Killie Trust would like to congratulate Diageo PLC and the Klin Group on their announcement of the proposed development of an indoor arena and associated facilities in Kilmarnock. The Killie Trust has long been involved in attempting to bring community-based multi-sports facilities to Kilmarnock. This fantastic and unique community-based venture would bring much-needed jobs and attract visitors back to the town, as well as providing the local population, organisations and businesses with top quality facilities. The Killie Trust looks forward to working closely with Klin Group in the consultation process to begin shortly.

Barry Richmond, Chairman of the Killie Trust stated: “From a community perspective we as a Trust are excited by what the future holds and that is not something that we have been able to say for a long time. I sincerely hope that other community groups will recognise the significance of these proposals and that we as a collective, in partnership with the Klin Group and the legacy of Diageo, can help put Kilmarnock back on the map as Scotland’s top provincial town with a heritage to be proud of and a future that is bright.”

Nigel Fitzsimmons, Secretary of the Killie Trust stated: “The Macklin family are strong advocates for the regeneration of Kilmarnock and the revitalisationof this community. Their vision and commitment are in harmony with the community targeted objectives of the Killie Trust and we are delighted to be involved in this exciting development”

Trust board member and Vice President of Kilmarnock & District History Group Gary Torbett said: ‘Kilmarnock has a long history of innovation, promotion and excellence in sport. The proposed development ensures this would continue for generations to come and truly gives the area a sporting and socialhub to be proud of. The rewards of having such a magnificent facility at the heart of the community would be significant and give us all a future to be proud of. Well done to Diageo and Klin group for their positive vision.”

COG moves up a gear with the launch of The Killie Trust Business Network Meetings

The Killie Trust held the first of many Business Network Meetings(BNM) on the 7th of February 2013 at the Coffee Press in Bank Street, Kilmarnock. These meetings are part of the the Trust’s Community Ownership Group initiative, their aim is to build closer relationships between local businesses and the Trust. These relationships will be vital for the long term sustainability of Kilmarnock Football Club and the local community.

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The Coffee Press in Bank street, Kilmarnock

We invited a wide variety of local businesses to this meeting and after everyone had settled down with some tea or coffee and a bite to eat the evening got started.  Nigel Fitzsimmons from the Trust Board outlined the format for the evening and gave a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session. Nigel’s talk covered the history of the Trust, it’s objectives and recent activities. These activities include the Community Ownership Group or COG as it is known.  There is an ever growing list of football clubs in community ownership across Europe, the UK and Scotland. Some of these include Dundee in the SPL, Swansea City in the EPL and most of the Bundesliga clubs; Germany provides some of the best examples of sound financial management, fan involvement and community ownership.

Nigel then moved on to explain the Trust’s Community Partnership initiative.

This initiative aims to promote local businesses which have similar aims and objectives to the trust and which have worked in partnership with us on a project or event.

Finally we had a question and answer session with a wide ranging discussion about the Trust movement, COG and the partnership initiative.

This was a very positive meeting and it was great to speak to so many people who have similar objectives and have the good of Kilmarnock the football club, the town and the community at heart.  Everyone understands that COG  will not be a quick fix but we must start somewhere.  This meeting confirmed to the Trust that we have to build a greater understanding of our aims across all parts of the community. We agreed to give everyone regular updates on progress.

There will be many more of these meetings. We are also more than happy to speak to any local group as well.  If you are interested in attending a BNM meeting or you would like us to give a talk about the Killie Trust and COG,  please email the thechairman@killietrust.org.

Remember to look out for #COG and #killietrustbnm on twitter.

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Killie Trust AGM

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An Industrial and Provident Society registered with the Financial Services Authority Register Number 2620RS

Notice of Annual General Meeting
Notice is hereby given the Annual General Meeting of the Kilmarnock Supporters’ Society Limited will be held in the Dean Suite, Park Hotel, Kilmarnock on Monday 17th December 2012 at 7.15pm prompt.

Agenda

1 Introduction.
2 Apologies
3 Last AGM minutes
4 Chairman’s report
5 Treasurer’s Report and Financial Statement.
6 Reappointment of W White & Co as Auditors to the Society.
7 Resolution 1: audit of accounts
8 Resolution 2: adoption of new model rules
9 Resolution 3: To adopt the Board Membership and conduct policy
10 Resolution 4: To adopt the standing orders for society board meeting policy
11 Resolution 5: To adopt the standing orders for general meetings policy
12 Resolution 6: To adopt the disciplinary policy
13 Resolution 7: To adopt the election policy
14 Elections to the Board/announcement of results.
15 Trust objectives 2013.
16 Any Other Business.
17 Close

By order of the Board

Nigel Fitzsimmons
Secretary
Kilmarnock Supporters’ Society Ltd
Registered Office: Duncan McLean & Co, 81 John Finnie Street,Kilmarnock, KA1
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Notes
A member entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote in their place. Such a proxy need not be a member of the Society. The appointment of a proxy should be in writing to the Secretary, and in order to be valid, the form of proxy must be received by the secretary not less than 48 hours before the time fixed for the holding of the meeting or any adjourned meeting. Valid forms of proxy arriving at the PO Box address by close of business 2 days prior to the meeting will be deemed to satisfy the above criteria.

A copy of the standard form of proxy is available on request to Secretary@killietrust.org. Completed forms should be returned to the Secretary at PO Box 26103, Kilmarnock, KA1 1YN before 5pm on Saturday 15th December 2012. No person other than the Chair of the meeting can act as proxy for more than 3 members.