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Actor, writer and broadcaster Tom Watt to host blue shirt auction

This weekend we’re helping to turn Cheltenham Town blue to raise awareness for the work done by the British Lung Foundation.

But we also want to raise a few quid in the process and there are a number of ways that everyone can help the cause.

Donations

Firstly there will be a bucket collection in all four corners of the ground at Saturday’s game.

Members of the Trust, together with youth players and representatives of the charity will be shaking blue buckets from 1.30pm onwards, so please anything you can spare.

There is also a special text-to-donate number. Supporters can text CTFC17 £3 to 70070 to make donations from their mobiles. We will be putting the number up on the scoreboard during the game, as well as sharing information from the charity.

Fans Fest, special guests and giveaways

Before the game, DJ Shippers will be joined by guest DJs Jordon Forster and Jordan Cranston for a unique event before kick-off. Entry is free but there will be an opportunity to donate any loose change you may be able to spare at the door.

We will be giving away a selection of our legends T-shirts featuring Neil Grayson, Bob Bloomer, Julian Alsop and Aaron Downes to a handful of lucky punters so join us to help get the day off to a great start in the main bar.

Auctions – stuff you won’t get anywhere else!

After the match we will be auctioning a shirt worn by one of the players in the League Two match against Crewe Alexandra. We need your help to decide which one through a Twitter poll on the day so follow us and keep your eyes peeled during the game.

Actor, writer and broadcaster Tom Watt has very kindly offered his services as our guest auctioneer, getting underway at 5.30pm in the main bar.

He will open the bidding for the fan-chosen blue shirt, a pair of Carabao Cup final (general admission) tickets, an official Mitre Delta EFL match ball signed by the squad plus a signed Neil Grayson legends T-shirt with every penny going to the charity. Everyone is welcome to come and get involved.

Up in the hospitality areas they will be vying for the Man of the Match’s jersey in an auction of their own. The award is traditionally chosen by the sponsors but in the event that the winner matches that of the poll we will auction the player with the second highest share of the vote.

Online auctions – coming soon

The remainder of the squad’s shirts will soon be auctioned online with our friends at AMS Auctions. The Leckhampton-based have a wealth of experience both in the UK and overseas markets, but more importantly they are regulars at Whaddon Road and often sponsor matches themselves! They have kindly offered their expertise at no cost to help us raise as much money.

We’re truly thankful for everyone who has offered to play their part in the event. It has been a monumental team effort. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages over the next few days for all the latest updates.

Come on you blues!

‘Blue Christmas’ Fans Fest: DJ Shippers plus special guests to kickstart charity day


The Robins Trust will be holding a special ‘Blue Christmas’ Fans Fest before this weekend’s game against Crewe Alexandra at the LCI Rail Stadium.

It’s all part of the effort by ourselves and the club to turn blue for the first time ever and raise awareness of the work done by the British Lung Foundation.

And because it’s the final match before Christmas we are inviting the legendary DJ Shippers (above) to play a set to kickstart the day in perfect style.

The resident Lakefest DJ and Whaddon Road regular will be building up the atmosphere and getting everyone into the spirit of things before kick-off.

He will be joined by our special guest DJs Jordon ‘Fozzy’ Forster and Jordan ‘Cranners’ Cranston, playing their part in the occasion with a few selections of their own!

As usual the bar will open at midday and DJ Shippers will get underway around 12.30pm, while the players will join the party by 2pm.

Entry is free, but there will be a bucket for the British Lung Foundation and we encourage supporters to make a small donation if they’re able to do so.

Please note the capacity is limited so we would also urge fans to arrive as early as possible to guarantee entry.

The side bar will be open for supporters who want to enjoy a pint in more peaceful surroundings, and there will also be another opportunity to join the Trust for £5.

  • The Robins Trust’s Dave Jennings and Jordon Forster will be the studio guests for Footy Thursday on BBC Radio Gloucestershire this week, discussing Saturday’s charity event so tune in between 6pm and 7pm for the weekly football show.

Our Trust: AGM summary

The Robins Trust outlined its ambitious plans to reach 1,000 members at Thursday night’s AGM at Whaddon Road.

The organisation’s annual meeting was well attended as the new look team set about sharing its vision for the future. Here we summarise the evening’s agenda.

Accounts

Firstly Acting Chairman Tarran Wilson reported that £10,000 had been invested in Cheltenham Town Football Club in the past 12 months, talking the total investment since 2005 to £270,630 (in return for 179,877 shares).

The Robins Trust is now the fourth largest shareholder in the club and, encouragingly, membership has risen by 42% since the end of May to 330 people.

Rebranding

Next Murry Toms, the Fan Elected Director, talked about the proposed rebrand. He said that the feedback we have received over the summer is that we need to be clearer on what we stand for, and how we publicly tell that story.

He added that there were several examples of similar organisations that we admire but many of those were borne from crisis, leaving us with an identity issue. As a Trust we’re clear that representation and community are our two key pillars, putting them at the heart of everything we do.

With a journalist (James Young), web developer (Dave Beesley), marketing (Jack O’Neill) and digital production skills (Murry) now within the board set-up, we will continue to improve our communications and the design of our assets to resonate with the fanbase.

New logo

One element of the rebrand was the decision to create a new logo, which was decided by the membership. Five options we presented a week previously, and by the end of the evening it was announced that 42% of the responses voted for option A. From today onwards, that is our new logo.

RISE

James Young went on to discuss a clearer and more concise way of explaining the Trust’s relationship with supporters and the wider community. Working with Dave Jennings and Louise Plumb, they had created a simple mantra called ‘RISE’ to make it easier for fans to understand how the Trust works for them.

What is RISE?

Membership offering

Dave Jennings discussed the membership offering and the steps he has taken to increase its value to supporters. He acknowledged there have been problems but confirmed that it is a priority to resolve those. It needs to become easier to join and we have begun a process, led by Dave Beesley, to explore subscription solutions to work both online and offline.

Dave Jennings has had a number of conversations with local businesses to offer discounts and offers to Trust members, and talked about a focus on creating relevant events to further improve the value of membership. He also reminded members that they are guaranteed cup tickets, a founding principle from 2005.

Look back at the summer

A short overview of activity during the summer followed. The Trust organised this year’s hugely successful Open Day, enabled supporters to take part in the away shirt launch with players from across the club and played a major role in bringing the mens and ladies clubs closer together.

The Robins Trust Speedy Skips Challenge has proved successful, and we invited people who wanted to take part in the half-time initiative to get in touch. Finally, we talked about the popular ‘Referees’ evening and how this is the type of event we want to create more of in the future.

New board elected

Then the new look board of 13 people (above) was introduced to the membership and subsequently voted in, acknowledging the notable effort of the previous incumbents in establishing the organisation and representation on the board of the football club. We hope to build on their legacy to take the Trust to the next level and that they will play a part in that.

Subscription pricing reduced to £5

A motion was also passed to reduce the subscription fee from £12 to £5 in order to drive recruitment and better represent the fan base. In 2005 our clear aim was to achieve a place on the board, but Bryan Jacob’s magnificent gesture enabled us to achieve that so the goalposts have shifted. With our financial obligations to the club satisfied until the end of the 2021-22 season it was agreed that we need to concentrate on growing the membership.

An entertaining Q&A with Gary Johnson and Paul Baker followed, capping a really positive evening.

In short we want to improve the membership offering and make it easier for supporters to join, both financially and emotionally. We have a new energy and ambitious plans, and believe we can achieve our targets if we all work together.

Download our AGM presentation

Board meeting on Monday 5 June – minutes

The Robins Trust held a board meeting at Whaddon Road on Monday 5 June.

Board members Clive Gowing, Tarran Wilson and Murry Toms were present.

Agenda items included the re-organisation of the Trust board, acting chairman, membership, recruitment, open day arrangements and merchandise ideas.

The minutes for the meeting are now available to read in full.