Join the Trust – and watch the Robins in Style

The Robins Trust is offering a lucky member the chance to live the high life at the home game against Colchester on September 1.

Any existing Trust member will join those signing up by August 20 for a chance to win a hospitality package.

The prize worth £60 per person includes a two-course meal, half-time refreshments and access to a dedicated cash bar throughout the afternoon.

The winner will also get a car-park pass, a complimentary match programme and teamsheet while enjoying impeccable service from a matchday host.

All existing Trust members will be automatically entered into the draw, while members who sign up online at robinstrust.org or via our matchday surgery on Saturday will also be entered.

One lucky winner will win tickets for them and a guest and a car park pass between them.

Trust membership is cheaper than ever before, costing just £5 to be a member for the 2018/19 season.

As well as the chance to win this superb prize, Trust members are eligible for reduced-price entry for Bishop’s Cleeve home games when the Robins aren’t playing and free entry to all Cheltenham Town Ladies home matches.

Join the Trust today by clicking here.

Programme Notes – Crawley – 4th August 2018

It has been a busy summer for the Robins Trust with a new membership price introduced, a new FED being put in place and a full and frank exchange of views with the Football Club after being called to act by our members.

TRUST MEMBERSHIP

We made some changes to our membership structure last season with the aim of becoming more inclusive and more representative of the club’s supporter base.
Robins Trust membership now costs just £5 and is for the length of the football season.
All single year memberships expired in mid-July and ALL members should have received an e-mail from the Trust advising on how to renew.
To join the Trust simply log on to www.robinstrust.org and follow the easy steps. Payment can be made by PayPal or by credit or debit card.
We will also be taking cash membership payments at our Saturday Surgery – more of which later.

NEW FED

Towards the end of last season our FED Murry Toms decided to stand down from his role on the Football Club board due to personal reasons.
Murry made an outstanding contribution during his time as FED, leading the Blue for Crewe campaign and providing the club with marketing ideas lightyears ahead of what it had done before.
The Trust Board moved quickly and decisively to appoint Dave Beesley as interim FED ahead of a formal election at our AGM which is scheduled for September.
Dave has been attending board meetings and contributing as much as he can as an interim member of the Club Board. We will confirm the date and details of our AGM in the next two weeks.

INTERACTION WITH THE CLUB

As part of the Trust’s remit to represent supporters, we took on board a number of comments of dissatisfaction with a stealth price rise on season tickets.
The Trust has always worked closely with the Football Club and we have always had a positive relationship. However, we will never be afraid to call them into account if we feel it is needed.
With this issue we had frank discussions with the Football Club board, leading to two members of the club board attending a Trust Board meeting.
We hope that this set a precedent for a closer working arrangement in the future, although we will never be afraid to speak frankly and honestly if our members ask us to.

SATURDAY SURGERY

Starting today, members of the Trust board will be in the main bar before the game to sort any membership queries and to listen to supporters’ suggestions.
One of the Trust’s core responsibilities is to represent the club’s supporters and through our FED we can raise gripes and make suggestions at Football Club board level.
The Saturday Surgery will be a regular feature throughout the season, so come and say hello. Your opinions and feedback are vital.
You will also have noticed that our friendly raffle sellers were not in place ahead of today’s game.
The Trust Board took the decision to stop the raffle ahead of this season and we are now looking into some new and exciting schemes that will entertain, raise money and give you a chance of winning.
Watch this space…

Footie for a fiver – Exclusive offer at Bishop’s Cleeve FC for Trust members

The Robins Trust is delighted to announce that we have linked up with Bishop’s Cleeve Football Club with a special offer exclusive to Trust members.

Trust members will be able to gain adult admission to Mitres’ home games for just £5 on Saturdays when the Robins aren’t at home.

The offer, which will see under-16s go free if accompanied by an adult, is also valid for midweek games when there is no fixture clash with games at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Cleeve are looking to bounce back into the Southern League during the coming season and Trust chairman Dave Jennings said the deal will hopefully be a winner for all.

“We would never want to discourage fans from travelling across the country to watch the Robins, but the reality is that for a lot of us, that is impossible for one reason or another,” Jennings said.

“When the Robins aren’t at home we struggle to get our football fix, but hopefully this offer will change that – with a bonus of supporting a local club who we all regard as our second team.

“We’re thrilled that the Cleeve committee and manager Steve Cleal were open to the idea and want to wish them all the best with their bounceback campaign – let’s hope you follow the Robins’ lead.”

Entrance to Hellenic League matches at Kayte Lane costs £8 for adults, so the saving for Trust members is significant, especially when it costs just £5 for a season-long Trust membership.

To qualify for the special rate you must show your Trust membership card at the Kate Lane turnstiles – with under-16s let in for free alongside a paying adult.

Cleeve boss Steve Cleal added:“ I am hoping that the Robins Rrust members get themselves down to The Lane asoften as possible this year when Cheltenham aren’t playing or away.

“We will welcome all the support in what should be a good season with our bounceback campaign.

“When I met up with Dave to discuss this idea and others it was a no brainer and hopefully be a partnership that we can build on in the future.”

Membership Renewals: Join or Renew now!

It now costs just £5 to help shape the future of the Robins Trust and our Football Club.

Our agenda is simple:
The more members we have – the louder our voice can be
Cheltenham Town Football Club is going through a period of change for the first time in more than two decades.

With long-standing chairman Paul Baker standing down at the end of the season after 21 success-filled years, there is not only a new chairman but a new role for the Robins Trust.

The Trust holds the largest number of shares on the current club board, but that’s not enough. We want our mandate to be bigger and bolder than ever before.

Our FED will always call the club to account when needed – putting the fans first.
But our voice is only as loud as the number of members we have in our corner.

And that’s where you come in…

HOW TO JOIN

At our AGM last year, Trust members voted in a proposal to make membership more affordable than ever before, slashing yearly subscription costs from £12 to £5.

Trust membership now also runs alongside the football season – officially running through to May 31 for all members.

All annual subscription membership accounts therefore expired last month and all yearly members will need to re-subscribe.

Visit Join the Trust to pay either by credit or debit card (with no administration fee) or by Pay-Pal, or to find out how to pay by cash, cheque or bank transfer/standing order

EXISTING 10, 25 or LIFE MEMBERS

Please e-mail members@robinstrust.org with your preferred contact e-mail address or telephone number, so we can comply with the new GDPR legislation.

Your continued support will help the Trust have a stronger, louder voice on club matters and help drive the club forward in a new era under a new chairman.

A strong Trust will make our club stronger.

Trust and Club agree to appointment of interim FED

The Robins Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Beesley as interim Fan Elected Director.

We are also delighted to confirm that after constructive discussions with members of the Cheltenham Town board, Dave will be able to take up his post immediately.

That will ensure that the voice of the Robins Trust – and therefore that of the regular Cheltenham Town fan – is heard during the process for picking a new chairman for our Football Club.

The past month has seen an extraordinary set of circumstances conspire and led to a period of confusion and uncertainty for the Trust – and more importantly the role it plays.

After our former FED Murry Toms resigned, it was expected that the Trust could take its time and go through the detailed election process in full to appoint a new FED.

However, following Paul Baker’s decision to stand down as Cheltenham Town chairman after 21 fantastic years at the helm, the need to appoint a new FED became urgent.

In accordance with Trust rules, the appointment of an interim FED can be made by the Trust board and not the full membership but only on a short-term, interim basis.

The Trust board met for a scheduled monthly meeting last Thursday where Dave Beesley was the unanimous choice to take on the role.

Football Club vice-chairman David Bloxham and board member Clive Gowing attended that meeting after the Trust business was concluded and a consensus was reached about the next steps.

Following a meeting of the Cheltenham Town board on Friday, Dave Beesley’s appointment was approved and he will be welcomed to the next scheduled Cheltenham Town board meeting.

Trust chairman Dave Jennings said: “We had a full, frank and constructive meeting with both David Bloxham and Clive Gowing where both sides were able to speak freely about what comes next.

“We are pleased that they respected the Trust’s position that the FED role belongs to the Trust and not any individual and are delighted that they will be welcoming Dave Beesley on to the board.

“The Trust will now take steps to initiate a formal election process to appoint a permanent FED early in the new season.”

Until then and because Dave Beesley will not have undergone the full Fit and Proper Director Test as stipulated by the EFL, there will be decisions from which he will be unable to take part.

However, the Trust has received assurances from the Football Club board that he will be able to take a full role in the discussions around appointing a new chairman.

Cheltenham Town club secretary Paul Godfrey said: “The Board of Cheltenham Town AFC Ltd has held some constructive discussions with the Robins Trust over the past few days.

“EFL regulations require the office of director at a Football League club to be held by an individual and not an organisation so it became necessary for the Trust to nominate a new Fan Elected Director and this has been conducted in accordance with the Trust’s own regulations.

“On behalf of the Board I’d like to welcome Dave Beesley as the interim Fan Elected Director.

“He will have a hard act to follow after the excellent work done by Clive Gowing and Murry Toms but we very much look forward to working with him.”