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100 Club Winners July 2018

The winners of this month’s draw were Jonathan Barnes who won £76.25 and Timothy Naik who won £45.75. Monthly contributions are running at £305 and the total raised now stands at over £36k. Many thanks for your continued support. Head here to fill in a quick and easy online form to be in with a chance of winning next month’s draw.

Board Election Results

After last night’s AGM upstairs at the East Dulwich Tavern, we announced the newly elected members to the Trust board.

We were delighted that 15 Trust members submitted nominations to be on the board.  As there were only 6 available seats on the board this year an election was held.

Re-elected to the board were Mel Hughes and Isaac Parnell.  They are joined by four new board members Alexandra Smith, Paul Griffin, Mark McGann and Michelle Chapman

We would like to thank all 15 members who submitted nominations.  All the applicants had a great variety of skills to offer and we hope to be able to draw on these in future Trust activities.

Thank you also to all those who attended last nights AGM and voted in the election. 91 members cast valid votes, which makes this DHSTs biggest election ever!

Special thanks also go to the East Dulwich Tavern for hosting us and setting the room up so brilliantly. 

Meadow Residential – Update

We published two statements in March shortly after the announcement that Meadow had terminated the Club’s licence to play at Champion Hill. This is a brief further update.

In late April we wrote to Meadow, seeking clarification of their position on a number of issues. You can read our letter here.

We hoped to receive a constructive response from Meadow, but they have not acknowledged or replied to our letter, or a subsequent email.

In particular, we put it to Meadow that there is no good reason for them to prevent the club from playing at Champion Hill while their planning dispute with Southwark Council continues. All that their strategy appears to achieve is to inflict serious financial loss on the club and to inconvenience supporters. This assessment, like all the other points made in our letter, has not been challenged by Meadow.

We understand that Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and Southwark Council have also attempted to engage with Meadow over the last three months, without success. We remain willing to engage in constructive dialogue with Meadow with a view to safeguarding the interests of the Club.

Whilst Meadow’s attitude is disappointing, there has been progress in other areas. Southwark Council has made an offer to acquire Champion Hill and has indicated that it will consider a compulsory purchase if necessary; the SaveDHFC campaign rally on 17 March showed the strength of support for the Club within the community; Helen Hayes MP and Lord Roy Kennedy have taken the issue to parliament; and the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, has made a generous and constructive offer to facilitate a mediation between the parties. DHST will continue to work with other parties towards a resolution of the matter.

DHST Board Election Details

Following our call for nominations to the Trust Board we were delighted that 15 Trust members submitted applications. As there are only 6 available seats on the board this year, an election is being held.

All adult Trust members who were of good standing at 23:59 on Tuesday 5th June are eligible to vote for the 6 individuals they wish to join the Board and represent them. The results of the election will be announced at the AGM on Thursday 5th July which all Trust members are welcome to attend (starting at 19:00, upstairs at the East Dulwich Tavern).

Voting forms and candidates’ statements have been posted and emailed to all Trust members and must be returned by 23:59 on Saturday 30th June. While every effort is made to check email addresses, any member who has not received the election material in the next few days is asked to contact the Trust at info@dhst.org.uk.

100 Club Winners June 2018

The winners of this month’s draw were Jenny Mitchell who won £76.25 and Al Crane who won £45.75. Monthly contributions are running at £305 and the total raised now stands at over £34k. Many thanks for your continued support. Head here to fill in a quick and easy online form to be in with a chance of winning next month’s draw.

Do you want to help the Club build on its recent success?

We recently announced the date of our AGM (5 July) and call for nominations to the Trust Board. As a reminder, the cut off date to submit nominations to join the Board is 23:59 Tuesday 5 June.

If you’re interested in developing personal skills, helping the Football Club progress, and would like to contribute to our objectives then we would recommend you consider joining the Trust Board. Continue reading “Do you want to help the Club build on its recent success?”

April Board Meeting Minutes Published

The full minutes of the Board meeting that took place on 19 April 2018 are now available to read here

Topics covered include: the latest developments with Meadow, DHFC trade marks, Debate featuring DHFC in the House of Commons, Football Club structure, DHST Consultation and the DHST fundraiser.

100 Club Winners May 2018

The winners of this month’s draw were Glenn Marston who won £76.25 and Michael O’Shaughnessy Snr who won £45.75. Monthly contributions are running at £305 and the total raised now stands at over £34k. Many thanks for your continued support. Head here to fill in a quick and easy online form to be in with a chance of winning next month’s draw.

DHST statement regarding phoenix club speculation

We are aware of some recent speculation suggesting that the Trust favours, or is working towards, the formation of a “phoenix club” – rather than concentrating on saving the existing Club.

This speculation is unfounded.  The Trust and its board members are fully focussed on working with the Club, and others, to ensure the continued existence of Dulwich Hamlet FC.  We have carried out no work towards the formation of a phoenix club, and in the present climate we would not do so other than in co-operation with the existing Club.

The past seven months has been an exceptionally busy period for the Trust and its board members, as has been the case for so many others.  Some of our work is visible, but much of it necessarily takes place behind the scenes.  Helping to keep the Club afloat, and supporting the fight against Meadow, has been the sole focus of our work.  There is, of course, a worst case scenario in which the existing Club does not survive – but all our efforts are directed towards the avoidance of that scenario.  We are not contemplating a future in which the possibility of a phoenix club would arise.

Whilst one of our primary objectives is for the Club to be fully owned by its supporters, this doesn’t require the formation of a phoenix club.  For example, the Club has signalled an intention to issue new shares to raise funds, and this is something the Trust would like to explore further, to ensure that fans have a more meaningful stake in the Club (the Trust currently holds 90 out of 300,000 issued shares – 0.03%).

Supporters Direct (who provide advice and support to Trusts like ours) have never recommended going down the route of forming a phoenix club.  They have been incredibly supportive during this difficult time, both in terms of the independent advice they have given, and also by using by their influence within central Government departments and access to Ministers to promote our cause – and the Club’s.

Central to the aims of DHST is the belief that supporters are best placed to make decisions that affect the future of the Club; that decision making should be open, transparent and inclusive; and that financial sustainability for the long term must be ensured.  We hope the Club will work closely with DHST and other supporters to ensure that these aims are central in any plans for the future.

Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust – 5 May 2018