THE DFC Community Stadium Company Ltd and Denny’s Homes Ltd are holding a joint public exhibition of their proposals at the Rock between 11.00am and 7.00pm on Thursday 6th November, and between 11.00am and 5.00pm on Friday 7th November 2014.
We are encouraging as many Sons fans as possible to go along, see what is being proposed, and have your say.
Members of the project team will be on hand to explain the plans and to receive comments. There will also be a questionnaire and form from the developers for you to fill out.
In addition, we will seek to ensure that trust board members are around as much as possible during the exhibition, and you can also write directly to our communications and projects officer Simon Barrow (email@example.com) with your views, questions suggestions and ideas.
We will also create space on this website and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sonstrust) for comments. There is also our Twitter feed, @Sonstrust. We’ve also just sent out an e-mailing, from which this is adapted.
In addition, we are holding a General Meeting for face-to-face discussion at the Abbotsford Hotel on Wednesday 26th November at 7pm. More information about that will follow.
Those attending the Scottish Cup tie against Rangers this Saturday, 1st November, will also get a newsletter with a Question & Answer in preparation for the consultation. We also have a note on the Supporters page of the matchday programme, Sons View.
Altogether, our aim is to ensure that everyone has the maximum opportunity to get informed, to take a view, to input their ideas, and to help shape the Sonstrust response and engagement with these proposals.
Please put the dates above in your diary straight away!
Karl Hesse and Kai Funkschmidt (pictured) came to support the Sons at Tynecastle against Hearts the week before last, and had a great time chatting to Sons fans before, during and after the game.
Kai is an old friend and former colleague of mine, and also a member of the Sonstrust. He worked in Scotland for several years and speaks better English than me! His own team is St Pauli, who play in Bundesliga 2. His friend Karl joined Kai for a holiday climbing expedition (Karl follows Borussia Mönchengladbach in the top league) and they both decided that they didn’t want to miss out on the Sons while passing through Edinburgh!
Both of them enjoyed talking to club historian Jim McAllister, programme editor Graeme Robertson, and several other Dumbarton fans who have a solid acquaintance with German football.
Hopefully I’ll get them along to the Rock in the not-too-distant future… and we’ll win!
OK folks, roll up for Dumbarton’s Edinburgh double header, starting with a visit to Easter Road to play Hibernian on Saturday, October 11. As ever, the trust’s aim is to run a bus to the match.
Details for the bus are:
Departure: 12.30pm; Dumbarton Town Centre.
Trust members and under-16s: £7.
We are well aware that Scotland are playing Georgia at Ibrox at 5pm the same day in a Euro 2016 qualifier. However, as it stands, Sons are still travelling to face Hibs at the usual 3pm kick-off time. Should the arrangements for the game change, we will advise of any new bus arrangements.
To book, call Tommy Hughes on 07710 771341 or leave a comment on this post.
THE Sontrust Board was very sorry to hear that Paul Goodwin, who for two productive years has been head of Supporters Direct Scotland (SDS) – which links together Trusts and other fans’ groups across the country – has left SDS “to pursue other interests”, as a press release puts it.
Paul (pictured here on his last but one visit to the Rock) has attended and spoken at the last two trust AGMs, met with us on numerous occasions, and has been a great support and encouragement to supporters groups throughout Scotland, including the Sonstrust.
A Partick Thistle fan (none of us is perfect!), Paul put huge energy and resources into helping save Stirling Albion before taking up the SDS post and overseeing a significant overhaul and refocusing of that organization. He has played a significant role in assisting clubs and trusts in crisis, brought in important new commercial deals with his marketing expertise, got SDS into the headlines, and played a key part in promoting fan and community ownership throughout the game – meeting opposition from some who have a strong vested interest in the status quo.
We wish Paul all the best for the future, and hope that he will continue to be able to contribute to the positive development of Scottish football in the future. The ongoing shape and funding of Supporters Direct Scotland, which is still finally accountable to SD in London, is now uncertain. SD “has appointed Andrew Jenkin as Acting Head of Scotland while we discuss a number of options for the future management of SDS”, according to the news release from its CEO.
We also know Andrew, and wish him well in his interim post. The Sonstrust Board is monitoring the situation closely and will take decisions about its affiliations in the light of developments. In our experience Paul Goodwin played an important part in making SDS an increasingly effective organization which could both collaborate with others in Scottish football and take initiatives to strengthen supporter and community involvement. We hope that the proactive side of SDS’ work, including its involvement in Community Interest Companies and other models beyond the trust (provident society) one will not be lost.
A good number of teams will take place in the popular event on 4th October, for which people are asked to arrive at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.
Team coordinators are asked to contact organiser Dave Carson on 07763 982688 in order to arrange payment, or in case they have any queries.
The aim of the evening, as ever, is to have a really good time and to raise money benefitting projects to support the Club.
Make sure you’re ready and organised!