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AGM minutes published

The annual general meeting (AGM) of the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust took place on 5 July. The minutes of the meeting are here. Thank you to all those who attended.

These minutes are published in draft form and are subject to agreement by Trust members at next years AGM.

100 Club Winners – August 2018

The winners of this month’s draw were Christopher Campbell who won £78.00 and Miss E Collar who won £46.80. Monthly contributions are running at £312 and the total raised now stands at over £37k. 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.

Fund Raiser Quiz This Thursday!

The East Dulwich Tavern’s popular PUB QUIZ this Thursday (16th August) will be raising funds in support of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club

Every penny raised will go to the club and you can also try your luck with a Raffle, full of prizes from local businesses, breweries and of course from the Supporters’ Trust.

The Quiz will be run by Treehouse Quizzes and kicks off 8pm. £2 per person, and Raffle will be £1 a ticket.  Doors open from 7pm.

Did we mention, East Dulwich Tavern are offering a £30 Bar Tab for winners, or a bottle of wine for second place?

Supporter Coach Travel This Season

The Supporters Trust will be organising coaches this season for distant away games and fixtures that may be affected by rail closures. This year the Trust will be trialing subsidised coach travel to ensure that travelling to away matches is affordable for as many fans as possible. In the event that any profits are made on coach travel the Trust will donate these to the 12th Man fund.

Our first coach will run to Bath City on the 18 August, leaving Champion Hill car park at 10am and will travel directly to Twerton Park.

Tickets are priced at £20 for adults, £15 for concessions (Pensioners and U18’s). Trust members will benefit from a £5 reduction on their ticket.

There will be a raffle on board with a range of prizes, so please do come along with some spare change. As part of our commitment to supporting both the club and other local causes all profits from the raffle will be split between the 12th Man fund and the clubs’ official charity partner for this season, Redthread, who work with young victims of serious violence across the UK (www.redthread.org.uk).

Bookings can be made online by emailing Info@dhst.org.uk. Alternatively, you can book a ticket directly if you are attending the 12th Man quiz night at the East Dulwich Tavern on Thursday evening. Please speak to a Save Dulwich Hamlet or DHST representative on the night.

We are currently finalising our plans for travel to a number of other away games. At this time we intend to run coaches to:

Truro City (Torquay) – 10th November
Gloucester City – 22nd December
Eastbourne Borough – 1st January
Concord Rangers – 2nd February
Torquay United – 23rd February
Oxford City – 23rd March
Chippenham Town – 6 April
Weston Super-Mare – 27th April

We are aware the announcement to run a coach this Saturday to Bath City may have come after a number of supporters had made other arrangements.

We will confirm prices and travel times for coaches at least two weeks in advance of matches.

Finally, many thanks to Shaun Dooley who has been organising the supporter coaches for many years.   You can enjoy a few more beers on your travels this year Shaun!

Can you help? – DHST recruiting new Secretary

After two years in the role, Darren McCreery is standing down from the position of Trust Secretary. 

DHST is therefore looking to appoint a new Secretary of the Trust.  This is a vitally important role within the DHST, one which along with responsibility, will be a tremendous addition to any person’s CV. In addition, the successful candidate will be helping to guide the Trust as it takes on the challenges of ensuring the sustainability of the football club with a particular focus on our return to Champion Hill.

Ideally the person would be able to take up the position from September. There would be a handover period throughout the first month, with Darren.  The position is voluntary and full details of the position are available here.

Every Community Benefit Society must, by law, have a Secretary (The ‘Society Secretary’).  The Secretary of DHST must be a member of the Trust.  The Secretary is appointed by the Board.

It is the Secretary’s role to monitor the Trust’s affairs and ensure that matters are dealt with in accordance with the Rules, legislation, Supporters Direct policies, additional DHST policies, good practice and to the benefit of the Members.  The Secretary protects the members’ interests and ensures that the constitution is followed and that the organisation is functioning properly.  The Secretary must be able to attend all Society Board meetings (currently monthly).

You will need to be able to manage the work to a high standard, be well organised, reliable and conscientious together with abilities to communicate and collaborate with other Trust members.  You should also be capable of being able to change or improve the workings of the Trust Board.  Knowledge of the work of the Trust, together with its aims and objectives would be of benefit.  Training for some aspects of the role will be available from time to time from Supporters Direct.

The work of DHST has expanded over the last few years.  The Trust works closely with Dulwich Hamlet Football Club (particularly the Football Committee and Directors), Southwark Council, Supporters Direct, other Supporters’ Trusts and a large number of community organisations.  The role of DHST Secretary offers an opportunity to be involved with the Trust at an exciting time for all involved in the Club.  For an informal conversation about the position please contact info@dhst.org.uk.

To apply, please send a statement (of no more than 600 words) as to why you are interested in the position, and how you meet the personal qualities and skills required in the job description.  Applications should be sent to info@dhst.org.uk no later than Sunday 19 August.  All candidates must be a member of the Trust, or join the Trust by 19 August.

If there is more than one application, then the current Trust Secretary will invite a small group, including at least one current Board member and one Trust member, to review the applications.  This group will decide whether to appoint on the basis of the written statement.  If you are a Trust member and wish to volunteer to review applications, then please do also get in contact.

The Beautiful Game

Dulwich Hamlet supporter and official club photographer, Duncan Palmer has teamed up with Sam Mellish to host an exhibition of photographs from last year’s promotion winning season (2017/2018).

The exhibition, to be held at Brick Brewery in Peckham, opens this Wednesday (1 August) with a launch party at 19:00 and runs until 6 September.

“Last season was a momentous and at times unbelievable season for Dulwich Hamlet – a true rollercoaster ride. There were highs and lows for everyone associated with the club and to have it end with a penalty shootout to secure promotion at last followed by celebrations on Promotion (née Goose Green) Roundabout was the icing on the cake.
Leading up to those last few weeks of the season, I started to think about some way to showcase my work and the club’s story in some way other than social media. I would one day like to make a photo-book, but I had no real idea how long that would take to get published. It was when I spoke with Sam (Mellish) that I realised he was thinking the same way as me. We shared a desire to put on an exhibition of our work to mark the club’s achievements. His photos from Dulwich Hamlet games last season are really beautiful, and offer a different perspective to mine, which are generally focused on the action on the pitch.
The Beautiful Game exhibition at Brick Brewery is a wonderful way to allow people to see our work in an exhibition environment and it will bring our photos to life. It’s also a brilliant way to keep Dulwich Hamlet in the minds of people in East Dulwich and Peckham. The club’s current situation means that it is not as visible in the local area (where we belong) as it has been in the past. This show will hopefully remind people that we’re still going, temporarily in a different location, and that we will be back! Ideally it will give people a nudge to go to watch some games next season at our temporary digs sharing Tooting & Mitcham’s ground.
It has been really difficult to whittle down my initial selection of images to the 20-or-so that will be on display, which is always a good problem to have. I’ve tried to select a good variety of photographs of players, management and fans.
I hope as many people as possible can get along to see The Beautiful Game between 1st August and 6th September. A big thank you goes to Brick Brewery for their cooperation and to Sam for his wisdom re: exhibiting our work and for sharing his awesome images!”
Brick Brewery is located in Arch 209, Blenheim Grove SE15 4QL and is open Tuesday – Friday from 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12noon.

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.