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Trust member Jack Gaches’ volunteer work captures the community spirit down at Champion Hill

One of our Supporters’ Trust members, Jack Gaches, recalls the day attending a game at Champion Hill led to local community volunteer work.

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” As some of you may remember, towards the beginning of the year a local charity, Link Age Southwark, set up a stall at the Dulwich Hamlet vs Needham Market game to raise awareness of the important services they provide to residents aged 60 and above living in Southwark.

Having chatted to those on the stall, I decided to look further into the volunteering opportunities with the charity and eventually applied to be a ‘befriender’, this role involves spending time each week visiting an elderly member of the Southwark community, many of whom are suffering from loneliness and isolation.

I have now been ‘befriending’ a man with dementia for around 7 months, we spend time each week doing a range of things; from simply chatting to one another, playing dominoes, looking at old photos, playing ping pong, or just watching TV. Feedback from his family members and carers has been very positive and I’ve found the experience to be very rewarding and is a great way to give something back to the local community. It has also significantly increased my awareness of dementia and the impact it has on those living with it.

Had it not been for seeing the stall at Champion Hill, there is a good chance that I would not have learned about, or become involved with, Link Age Southwark. The club can therefore take a lot of credit for raising awareness of this local initiative, and this is only one facet of a wide variety of work Dulwich Hamlet FC do in the local community.

If you are interested in becoming involved with Link Age Southwark, you can reach them by telephone  examen opciones financieras 020 8299 2623, email:  http://villageofcobb.com/?olko=come-si-accreditano-i-soldi-guadagnati-dalle-opzioni-binarie&1f2=bb volunteering@linkagesouthwark.org or simply visit their website. If you have any questions or want to find out a bit more about the charity I am at most home games and a fair number of away games so feel free to give me a shout”.

DHST Chair article from Tuesday’s match day magazine

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Over the past few weeks, the Club has entered a period of uncertainty. For those who are not aware, the operators of the Football Club and owners of Champion Hill (Meadow Residential) have announced the withdrawal of all financial assistance. They have handed back responsibility and payment of the players and staff to the Club’s owner, Nick McCormack. This action potentially threatens the Club’s ability to compete at a level which matches our ambition. The Trust Board has been working hard, alongside the Football Committee, to find a solution. However, this has been made harder by the fact that key information, and clarity on the situation, has not been forthcoming. We will continue to work hard and try our best to reach a positive outcome.

What has also become clear since the statement from the Football Committee last Monday, and the local and national media attention that has followed, is just how much people care about Dulwich Hamlet. The level of support for the Club has been overwhelming; not just from our own supporters and the local community, but from the wider football community around the world. This support suggests that, should the situation worsen, we will not go without a fight. The response to fundraising efforts has been terrific and we are very fortunate to have the 12th man scheme already in place. It provides a direct way of funding the team to make up any shortfall that has resulted from recent events.

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You can support the work we do by joining the Supporters’ Trust. I am pleased to say that over the last week we have had a fantastic response from supporters, with 50 new members signing up.  This takes us to well over 400 members in total, which is the largest member base the Trust has ever reached. Our 400th member was one of our youngest, thanks to Tim Glenn signing up his young son George. George was also a mascot against Staines Town earlier this season and attends most games with his Dad. You can join Tim, George and over 400 other members by joining the Supporters’ Trust at tonight’s match. Sign up in the shop or join us online via our website at http://clarionmusic.com/?kyzja=programma-affiliazione-opzioni-binarie&3a8=e9 www.dhst.org/join http://bda-online.com.au/franchising . It costs just £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for under 18s.

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Alongside many new members, the last week saw a huge surge in sales of merchandise at our online shop (www.dhfcshop.co.uk). This was partly fuelled by receiving the latest batch of replica shirts, which are now available to buy. Remember, by purchasing merchandise from the shop tonight, you are also helping direct funds back to the Football Committee.

If you are reading this after the match and did not have the opportunity to drop some money into the 12th man bucket, you can still contribute online using Paypal. The best way to donate is to log in to Paypal and send a ‘friends and family’ payment to dhfc12@hotmail.com. Of course, if online transactions are not possible for you, the 12th man bucket will be back at the next home game as usual.

Enjoy tonight’s game.

Alex Crane

DHST Chair

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November 2017 – 100 Club Draw

The winners of this month’s draw were Philip Baker who won £67.50 and Jack Bagnall who won £40.50. Monthly contributions are running at £270 and the total raised now stands at over £33.8k. 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 Ongoing Developments

Earlier today the Football Committee issued a statement outlining the current situation following Meadow’s confirmation that, as of 1 November they would be withdrawing from processing payments and managing the finances of DHFC Ltd (company that owns the Football Club).

Clearly, these are worrying times for everyone associated with the Club. DHST is working hard to help major stakeholders reach a stable resolution as soon as possible. We would echo the Committee’s point that there are a number of pre-requisites to be met before they can consider taking on the responsibilities of the Club’s owner, Nick McCormack. DHST will continue working toward its objectives and for the best interests of the football club and our supporters.

Planning Update: Appeals withdrawn

DHST are aware of a letter from Meadow’s legal team to LB Southwark’s planning officer confirming that following last week’s lease hearing on Green Dale, they have decided to withdraw their planning appeals. In the letter it states:

As you are aware, we act for the above Appellant [Greendale Property Company] and have today notified PINS of the withdrawal of the above linked appeals [3164823 & 3166766]. 

This decision has been made in light of the outcome of the hearing on Monday in relation to the lease proceedings and what our client considers to be subsequent defamatory statements made against it by the Council. With that background our client regrettably considers it cannot continue with the appeal.

The stance that has been taken by the Council generally is extremely disappointing due to the impact on the deliverability of housing and the future of DHFC. Without the ongoing support of the Council our client’s continuing intervention is, with regret, futile.

DHST are in discussions with Meadow to confirm how they plan to proceed in terms of their support of the Club generally and what they intend to do with the land. We will update as soon as we have further news. 

DHST supported the proposals because it offered the Football Club an opportunity for a sustainable future in East Dulwich under the ownership of its fans. We stand by that model of ownership as the preferred option and will continue to act in the best interests of its members and the Football Club. We continue to maintain dialogue with all major stakeholders and will review all available options to ensure the future of the Club is secure.

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October 2017 – 100 Club Draw

The winners of this month’s draw were Shaun Dooley who won £67.50 and Lee Shailer who won £40.50. Monthly contributions are running at £270 and the total raised now stands at over £33.8k. 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.

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Embroidered patch badges now in stock

In time for Non-league day tomorrow, we have taken stock of a number of new items in the mega-container.  Don’t forget if you cannot make it to a home game then you can visit our online store which is the only place to buy all your Dulwich Hamlet merchandise online.

We have now added a couple of embroidered patch badges to our vast range of supporters merchandise, the first one features the Dulwich Hamlet crest and is priced at £4.

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Continuing our preparation for the 125th anniversary shared by both Dulwich Hamlet and Altona 93, we also have a couple of new items featuring this season’s new friendship logo design.

The first of these new items is our second embroidered patch badge, priced the same as our new club crest patch at £4.00.

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Following our tweet this week announcing the arrival of the two embroidered patches, we have already received numerous request for both these items from our friends in Hamburg.  With only two patches available at this time, it may be a little premature to be looking to remove those sleeves from your favourite demin jacket (like our friends from Altona have done below), but we are sure they’ll look equally as good on your pink and blue bar scarf for now.

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The second anniversary item is a metal pin badge, featuring our 125 friendship logo, priced £3.  This is currently available to purchase online and will be in available the mega-container soon to buy on home match days.  As with our 125th anniversary mug, half of the profits from these two items will be going towards the Intercity 125 fund to help get the first team over to Hamburg to play Altona 93 next July.   If you have not already purchased this mug, you can buy these from the mega-container or online priced at £5.00

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imp source Kappa Teamwear

As you may have read via the Football Clubs official news outlets, we agreed to stock a number of items from the Kappa teamwear range in the Mega-container.  On sale tomorrow will be the teams official Kappa polo shirts and rucksacks, both featuring the club crest.  The polo shirts are priced £25, with the rucksacks £18.

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Get More Info Replica shirts

Home + Away Shirts

Unfortunately we are still awaiting information on the date of delivery for our second order of home replica shirts. We will publish availability once we have them in stock. Please note the sizing of the replica shirts is still small like last season and we are suggesting that fans select the next size up when they purchase their shirts.