Author: Mark Scoltock

The Hamletter

The Official Newsletter of Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust

Welcome to our latest members’ newsletter.  We hope that you are all keeping well.

Since the season halted, the Supporters’ Trust has been in constant communication with the football club and we are working together to ensure that the Club not only gets through these difficult times, but is able to plan for when football can eventually resume.

A lot of hard work has been taking place behind the scenes to secure the Club’s short term finances and many of you will have seen the Club Chairman’s statement a few weeks ago last week regarding this.  If you haven’t read his statement yet, you can find it here.

The premature end to the season has a significant impact on the Club’s finances, and the Trust Board has agreed to invest £30,000 in additional shares in the Club.  This will provide an important financial cushion to the Club and it is thanks to your support, through your membership of the Trust, the 100 Club and of course your merchandise purchases that we are able to inject these funds.  The additional shares acquired will take the Trust’s ownership in the Club to just over 25%.  These shares are held on behalf of our members and the wider community.

As you will be aware, National League clubs have now agreed to end the current season, so it is likely to be as you were when the National League resumes.  There was also an early end to the Women’s team’s season, which was on course for an exciting climax between themselves and QPR for the only promotion spot.  It has been a successful introduction for the team into the Dulwich Hamlet family and we look forward to seeing them running out in pink and blue colours for many years to come.

AGM 2020

Discussions are currently taking place on the date and format of this year’s Trust annual general meeting, which is due to take place during the summer.  A date for our AGM will be sent out shortly alongside a call for nominations to the 12 person Board.

Join the Trust board!

Being on the DHST Board is a great way to volunteer time to help the Club, meet new people, and learn new skills.  Nominations are welcome from anyone who is over the age of 18 and is a paid up member of DHST.

For many years, the Trust has played a vital role in supporting Dulwich Hamlet and raising the profile of the Club, and we’ve been fortunate to attract candidates with a diverse range of backgrounds and skills.  Everyone has something to contribute – it doesn’t matter where you sit or stand, or how long you’ve been coming to Champion Hill, and if you don’t know anyone on the current board, don’t let that put you off (many of us were in the same position when we started).

Reflecting the Trust’s growing shareholding in the Club, board members now have the opportunity to play a part in the running of both the Club and the Trust, and Trust board members have been invited to sit on all of the various subcommittees responsible for the Club’s operations.

If you’d like to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.  Current board members will be very happy to arrange a chat to answer any questions you have and tell you more about the role.

There will be at least four vacancies available for new elections to the Board.  Please do contact us via email (info@dhst.org.uk) to indicate your interest or if you have any questions.

Merch update

We are pleased to announce our online store is now open!

On 23 March, our online store closed due to the pandemic.  This week, after discussions with our online provider, we have been able to reopen!

We are working closely with our provider to ensure the Government guidelines are followed while processing your orders at their warehouse.  Orders are dispatched via Royal Mail and may take slightly longer than usual to reach you due to current circumstances.

Online you will be able to purchase DHFC teamwear, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, scarves and mugs.  In March we launched an end of season sale and the 2019/2020 replica shirts have been reduced.  We have the following sizes available:

  • Home shirts – adult sizes from large to 3XL, junior sizes 3/6 months to 14 years of age.

  • Pink away shirts – adult sizes are small and large, junior sizes 3/6 months to 14 years of age.

  • White away shirts – adult sizes from small to 2XL, junior sizes 3/6 months to 7/8 years of age.

Until we know when football will resume, we will be continuing to update the online shop with more items which were originally only available to buy from the Mega-container on match days.

Planning Update

The Trust is grateful to all supporters and members of the wider community who have responded to requests by the Club and the Trust to submit representations to Southwark’s planning department.

Prior to the lockdown, there had been significant progress in establishing a date for Southwark Council’s planning committee to consider the Club’s application for a new stadium.  Wednesday 22 April – towards the expected end of the season – had been earmarked as the date when the application was due to be determined.

The lockdown meant that the April planning committee meeting had to be postponed.  The government, with cross-party support, has now introduced regulations that allow Councils to conduct meetings remotely.  Southwark has operated a number of meetings in this way – including a full planning committee in early May.  This was observed remotely by members of the Supporters’ Trust board.  The meeting was “attended” by well over a hundred people and the proceedings were clear and easy for any observer to follow and scrutinise.  In light of this, the Supporters’ Trust and Club chairman, Ben Clasper, are actively seeking to establish a new date when the application can be determined by the planning committee.

Although the application is now formally closed for public comments, any comments submitted before the eventual planning committee meeting must be taken into account.  If you haven’t already done so, we would strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to submit comments via the planning portal here.

100 Club update

For as little as £1 per month, you can join our 100 Club lottery.  The 100 Club pays out two cash prizes every month, and these have grown significantly over the past year as contributions have increased.  Currently, first and second prizes are around £175 and £100 each month.

One of our recent winners donated their winnings to King’s College Hospital and the Trust Board had no second thoughts in matching this donation, recognising the amazing efforts of the staff at King’s who are serving our community brilliantly during this present crisis.

To date, the 100 Club has raised over £40,000, the majority of which has been invested in the football club.

Head here to fill in a quick and easy form to be in with a chance of winning next month’s draw.

LGBTQ+ history month

In February, for the third year running, the Supporters’ Trust produced a limited edition Dulwich Hamlet Rainbow scarf to celebrate LGBT History Month.  Alongside the scarves we also produced beanies and trucker caps that feature the Club crest in the colours of the LGBT+ Rainbow Flag.  This year we donated £600 each to this season’s scarf charity partners, AKT and Football v Homophobia (FvH).

FvH was originally conceived and launched by the Justin Campaign in 2010 to raise awareness of the homophobia that was prevalent in both grassroots and professional football.  The Trust and football club have been supporting FvH for many years and on Saturday 1 February, when the Men’s team played Chelmsford City at Champion Hill, the Trust presented a cheque for £600 to Brian Stokes from FvH.

Our second charity to receive profits from the rainbow scarf was AKT, which was formed in Manchester in 1989 to offer support to LGBT+ young people facing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.  It now has additional offices in London and Newcastle and in addition to finding safe accommodation provides support with employment, education and training.

Helping the community

The Supporters’ Trust donated prizes to the Save East Dulwich community raffle that was set up to help and show support for all the brilliant local independent businesses in East Dulwich.  All 10,000 raffle tickets were sold in both raffles held so far and 50 local independent businesses received money from the sale of the raffle tickets.  The organisers’ hope is that as well as financially supporting the local businesses, it also raises awareness of the difficulties they face during the pandemic and encourages everyone to support them during the pandemic and beyond.

 This is a challenging time for us all, and we know lots of you want to continue to help our community, and volunteering or giving to a food bank is a great way to help.  All foodbanks in Southwark are asking for donations and they are working hard to maintain the provision of emergency food to those in crisis.  There are different ways to donate including financial contributions, ordering products to be sent directly to foodbanks, or dropping off products if you can do so safely and within current government guidance (for instance as part of daily exercise). Southwark council are also working with local charity United St Saviours who have launched a crowdfunding appeal to support the COVID response in Southwark.

You can also donate your old smartphone to help local people via Community Calling, a partnership between O2 and environment charity Hubbub, which asks people to donate their old and unused phones so they can be passed on to help other people stay digitally connected.  In a trial, 800 handsets are being distributed to Southwark residents who have been identified as someone who would benefit most from a smartphone – from the elderly to people escaping domestic abuse.

Sustainability update

The usage of single use plastics during match days, and more generally around the Club, is something that the Trust has been passionate about for some time.  As such, over the past year we have taken a number of steps to reduce our plastics footprint.  For example, over the past 12 months we have worked with our suppliers to reduce the amount of plastics used for merch deliveries and we have moved from glossy membership forms to matt paper, as this is suitable for composting and easier to recycle.  We are also aware that the Club has worked to remove plastics from all food offers during match days (e.g. introducing wooden cutlery and removal of plastic straws) and their community lead has been working with Plastic Free East Dulwich to understand how we can best tackle other plastics usage within the Club – particularly on match days.

The Trust has worked with the Club to establish a plastics working group, the most recent meeting of which was held in February before the Covid-19 outbreak.  The group currently comprises representatives from the Trust’s communities group, the Club’s communities lead, management from the Club Bar, and fans who have a background and expertise in environmental waste management.

The group’s meetings have focused on the usage of plastic glasses during match days.  A range of options have been discussed, from the possible introduction of stackable, reusable cups to the use of plant and/or starch based products, and initial discussions took place with a range of suppliers.  Within these discussions the group has considered at length what would work best for the Club in its current set up and, most importantly, what would genuinely be the most sustainable option for the Club to adopt.  Some of the options, which would seem to be easy wins, do in fact have significant environmental impacts alongside logistical issues that a non-league Club with very high attendances such as ours will be unable to practically manage.  In carrying out this assessment the group have liaised with other non-league clubs who have introduced a range of schemes, as well as potential suppliers, Plastic Free East Dulwich (PFED) and Southwark Council.

The outcome of this assessment was a recommendation to adopt a closed system for match day disposables (i.e. cups, cutlery and food containers) to deliver a single bin solution.  This is the very successful approach taken by Forest Green Rovers (the Group had been scheduled to arrange a visit to The New Lawn to understand how the Club has delivered and manages this approach) and one which has the support of PFED.  In coming to this recommendation the group assessed: ease of adoption for our fan base; sustainability and environmental impact; match day logistics; and cost.

Following this recommendation it was agreed that the Group would look to develop a more detailed and fully cost proposal with suppliers and sponsors, with the aim of introducing the new system for the 20/21 season.

Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic this work has necessarily been paused.  We hope that with the easing of lockdown we will be able to progress this work later in the summer, however the sustainability and viability of the Club must rightly be the focus of all stakeholders at this time.  Therefore, we will resume this work at the appropriate time and will engage with our membership and the wider fan base then.

Please be assured, this is something that we know is very important to many fans, a large number of our members, and individuals working within the Club itself.

We are pleased to announce our online store is now open!

On 23 March, our online store closed due to the pandemic.  This week, after discussions with our online provider, we have been able to reopen!

We are working closely with our provider to ensure the Government guidelines are followed while processing your orders at their warehouse.  Orders are dispatched via Royal Mail and may take slightly longer than usual to reach you due to current circumstances.

Online you will be able to purchase DHFC teamwear, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, scarves and mugs.

In March we launched an end of season sale and the 2019/2020 replica shirts have been reduced.  We have the following sizes available:

  • Home shirts – adult sizes from large to 3XL, junior sizes 3/6 months to 14 years of age.

  • Pink away shirts – adult sizes are small and large, junior sizes 3/6 months to 14 years of age.

  • White away shirts – adult sizes from small to 2XL, junior sizes 3/6 months to 7/8 years of age.

Until we know when football will resume, we will be continuing to update the online shop with more items which were originally only available to buy from the Mega-container on match days.

Show your friendship to Altona 93

You must be eleven friends” said Sepp Herberger and “Nobody can separate good friends” sang Franz Beckenbauer.

But the covid-19 virus is currently putting a big damper on these good intentions. Players are not allowed to play, fans are not allowed to support their teams, officials are only busy behind the scenes.

Like Dulwich Hamlet, friends of Altona 93 don’t see or meet each other at the moment, the most beautiful trivial thing in the world falls completely flat.

This is not to mention the financial problems that this interruption of the season brings with it. In order to show the great solidarity with the club and the team and the friendship among each other – and in order to let a little money flow into the club’s empty coffers, a bunch of volunteers have started the campaign “Show your friendship to Altona 93”.

On Saturday evening, to encourage donations, Altona 93 supporters hosted a live Dj stream from the bar at the Adolf-Jager Kampfbahn with money being raised by supporters’ purchasing a virtual beer or two.

You can continue to donate by purchasing virtual match tickets, beer, sausage and fish rolls!  Hopefully you can help too make sure, that Altona 93 gets through this crisis and that we can travel to Hamburg to see the team play again and have a great time with our German friends in the near future.

What are the donations being used for?

Donations will be distributed to different departments within the football club, but it will mainly be used to secure the budget for their mens team.

In addition to supporting the club, they will be passing part of the donations to the “Seebrücke Hamburg Initiative”.

They hope that they can thank all donators personally in the nearer future and start a “real polonaise” with all at the Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahn.  At the moment none of us know when this will happen, but be sure, we will inform you as soon as possible.

Donate here

 

Supporting East Dulwich Businesses – Community Raffle

The Supporters’ Trust are supporting a  community raffle that has been set up for people to help show support for all the brilliant local businesses in East Dulwich.
The way, the raffle, works is that tickets are being sold online for £1 each and every penny received will be used to buy raffle prizes from local shops, restaurants, cafes, gyms and independent businesses.
So, for every 50 tickets sold a new prize will be added, and there are up to 10,000 tickets available – the more tickets bought, the more prizes on offer and the more we can all support local businesses in East Dulwich.  As of today just over 5000 tickets have been sold and all money raised will be shared with 50 of the local independent businesses.
Lots of local businesses are getting involved to spread the word, and the organisers hope is that as well as financially supporting them by buying raffle prizes from them it also raises awareness of their business, their plight and encourages everyone to support them and do whatever they can to help during the pandemic.
Tickets can be bought until Easter Sunday when the draw will be made.

Purchase your raffle tickers here

 

Mega-Container Shop and March Update

For todays fixture, the decision was made to not open the Mega-container but it will be open before and at half-time for tomorrow’s women’s Capital Cup semi-final against fellow South London club Crystal Palace.

2019/20 replica shirts
We still have stocks of this season’s shirts if you wish to buy and here is a list of the current stock available on match days from the mega-container or from our online shop. If you wish to reserve a shirt to pay and collect on a match day please email Mel at merch@dhst.org.uk
Mega-Container 
Home shirts – adult sizes from small to 2XL, junior sizes 3/6 months, 1/2 years, 10 years, 12 years and 14 years of age.
Pink away shirts – adult sizes are small, large,2XL and 4XL, junior sizes 3/6 months to 2/3 years, 12 years and 14 years of age.
White away shirts – adult sizes form small to large, 2XL and 4XL, junior sizes 3/6 months to 7/8 years of age, 12 years and 14 years of age.
Online Shop
Home shirts – adult sizes from large to 3XL, junior sizes 3/6 months to 14 years of age.
Pink away shirts – adult sizes are small and large, junior sizes 3/6 months to 14 years of age.
White away shirts – adult sizes form small to 2XL, junior sizes 3/6 months to 7/8 years of age.
LGBTQ+ history month
We still have a limited stock of this seasons LGBTQ+ scarf, as worn by Megan Rapinoe and well done to Gen Williams for spreading the word of DHFC to America. The scarf is available to buy online store or from the Mega-Container and we have donated £600 each to this season’s scarf charity partners AKT and Football v Homophobia.
International Women’s Day
The Trust produced specially designed scarves in the colours of the Suffragette’s organisation to raise money for Football Beyond Borders Warriors, The Red Box Project and last year we also donated money to the women’s team.  We still have a limited number of IWD scarves available and these can be bought from the Mega-Container today.
Adidas team-wear
We have now sold out of the Adidas team wear jackets but we still have a limited stock of the Adidas team wear polo shirts in medium and large.
Rabble posters
Made to order rabble posters designed by fellow fan, Paul Hamilton are still available to order from our online shop.
Mega-container
On match days the shop is run by Volunteers from the DHST board and fans.
 
Tuesday fixtures – open 7pm to 7:45pm and at halftime
Saturday fixtures – open 2pm to 3pm, halftime and at full time
Sunday fixtures – open 1:30pm to 2pm and at halftime

Statement From the Trust and Football Cub Regarding the Planning Application for Champion Hill

The Club and Dulwich Hamlet Supporters Trust are pleased to announce that London Borough of Southwark have confirmed the date of a planning committee in which we can expect our application for a new stadium to be determined.

The council last week informed the club that they are targeting the committee meeting on April 22nd, subject to the completion of all reports, to decide the outcome of what has been a long journey for the club.

Since the original consultation there has been positive engagement between all parties involved in the process and as a result some changes have been made to the scheme to incorporate the feedback from stakeholders.

As a result, the application is subject to a short re-consultation period where public comments can be submitted again until March 12.

If you have not commented before it is really important that you take this opportunity to support the club at this crucial time. If you have supported the application before, please do so again during this further consultation period to demonstrate  your continuing support. Remember the deadline is only a week away.

We would like to thank everyone that has supported the club during this long process and has worked towards the goal of securing a decision on the development of a new stadium and sporting hub for the community. Should the application be rejected the club will not be able to continue in its current form at the heart of its community so it is important that everyone’s voice is heard.

PLEASE support the club, the community, and East Dulwich as a whole. Details of how to leave a comment are below.

Feedback can be submitted by following three steps.

  1. Click on this link: https://planning.southwark.gov.uk/online-applications/
  2. In the ‘Simple Search’ section enter ‘19/AP/1867’ and click on Search
  3. Click on ‘Comments
  4. Click on ‘Make a Comment’
  5. Complete the form

Please note the form has changed since the last consultation and if you are commenting to support the application you need to click on ‘Support’ in the ‘Stance’ field and also there is only one option in the ‘Reason for comment’ field which is ‘Reasons for Support’.

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club

Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust

Programme Notes – Dulwich Hamlet Women’s v Leyton Orient

LGBT history month

For the third year running the Supporters’ Trust have produced a limited edition Dulwich Hamlet Rainbow scarf to celebrate LGBT History Month.  Alongside the scarves we have produced beanies and trucker caps that feature the club crest in the colours of the LGBT+ Rainbow Flag.

The scarves are priced £10, with beanies £10 and Truckers £12.  A percentage of the profits from the scarf sale are being be split and donated to Football v Homophobia and AKT (Albert Kennedy Trust).

In addition, Club rainbow crest button pins (50 pence each) and Rainbow laces in stock. Only £3 per pair with all profits donated to Stonewall.

On Saturday 1 February, when the Men’s team played Chelmsford City at Champion Hill, the Trust presented a cheque of £600 to Brian Stokes from Football v Homophobia (FvH), FvH is an organisation that all football supporters in this country will be aware of.

FvH was originally conceived and launched by the Justin Campaign in 2010 to raise awareness of homophobia, that was prevalent in both grassroots and professional football. The Trust and football club have been supporting FvH for many years and it was great to meet Brian on the day.

Our second charity to receive profits from the rainbow scarf is AKT who were formed in Manchester in 1989 to offer support to LGBT+ young people facing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. It now has additional offices in London and Newcastle that also offers support in finding safe homes in addition to support with things like employment, education and training. We will be present a cheque of £600 to AKT representatives at the next home fixture in March.

Save the date

On Thursday 27 February the Trust will be holding a quiz in the clubhouse on behalf of the club’s charity partners Redthread and Football Beyond Borders. The evening will begin at 7pm with the quiz scheduled to start at 7.30pm, entry is £5 per person with a maximum of 6 people in a team.

 

Enjoy the match today and we look forward to seeing you in the clubhouse later for post-match chat.

 

 

Mel Hughes

Co Vice chair DHST

Programme Notes v Tonbridge

Welcome to today’s game against Tonbridge Angels who sit only two points below Dulwich with a number of games in hand, so let’s get behind the team today in this good old fashioned six pointer.

Thank you to everyone who attending our fundraiser quiz on Thursday and I hope you all had an enjoyable evening.  The event raised money for this season’s club charity partners Redthread and Football Beyond Borders and was brilliant hosted by Dulwich Hamlet comedy club’s Alexandra Haddow.  If you have not been to the comedy night at the club bar, then I would highly recommend it and the next night is tomorrow at 18:00 (comedy starts at 19:00).  Tickets priced £8 or £5 for concessions and are available on the night.

Myself and fellow Board member Mel Hughes attended the Football Beyond Borders Annual Showcase event at Tottenham’s new White Hart Lane stadium on Wednesday 12 April.  What an amazing evening it was and it was great to see how much this great organisation has grown over the years, positively effecting more schoolchildren than ever before.

Following their victory in the Capital Senior Cup last weekend, against a strong Leyton Orient team the women’s team now face Crystal Palace on Sunday 15 March at Champion Hill.

In front of a very vocal crowd of 222, Jo Gibson’s one goal was enough to secure a one – nil victory and a place in the semi-final.

Last weekend we ran a supporters coach to Bath City to watch the league’s second place team come out late winners three – two.  Before the game, a number of the Trust Board meet with fellow Bath City Board members.  Over recent years, the Trust has built up a great  friendship with them and we often share ideas and the odd pint.

In May 2017 the club completed its transition into being a community ownership football club and have been giving us advice regarding our future fundraising as we seek to continue of percentage of ownership on Dulwich Hamlet, which currently sits at around 20%.   Bath are also going through the planning process with the local Bath Council as they seek to redevelop their stadium starting with a new main stand.  We wish them well with their future plans.

The last planned coach of the season will be to our last fixture of the season when we visit Concord Rangers on Canvey Island.  More information regarding this will be published shortly, but in the meantime do please let us know if you would be interested in traveling with us for the game by either popping into the Mega-container shop or email info@dhst.or.uk.

Reaching the final few months of the season, we are already looking forward to the next Board election in summer 2020.  As always, we are always keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in standing for Trust board.  If you are interested, or maybe just want to get more involved by volunteering, do come and speak with us to find out what future opportunities there are in helping the Trust and football club.

Enjoy the game

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

Programme Notes v Welling United

Welcome to Champion Hill for the league fixture against fellow South London club Welling United.

Rainbow Scarves

For the third year running the Supporters’ Trust have produced a limited edition Dulwich Hamlet Rainbow scarf to celebrate LGBT History Month.  Alongside the scarves we have produced beanies and trucker caps that feature the club crest in the colours of the LGBT+ Rainbow Flag.

The scarves are priced £10, with beanies £10 and Truckers £12.  A percentage of the profits from the scarf sale are being be split and donated to Football v Homophobia (FvH) and AKT (Albert Kennedy Trust).  In addition, Club rainbow crest button pins (50 pence each) and Rainbow laces in stock. Only £3 per pair with all profits donated to Stonewall.

These items went on sale when Chelmsford City visited Champion Hill at the begging of the month.  On the day the game was attended by Brian Stokes from FvH and at HT he accepted a cheque for £600 for this organisation, which was the Trust’s donation from the sale of the rainbow scarves.

FvH was originally conceived and launched by the Justin Campaign in 2010 to raise awareness of homophobia, that was prevalent in both grassroots and professional football. The Trust and football club have been supporting them for many years and it was great to meet Brian on the day.

We were due to welcome representatives from AKT at last Sunday’s women team fixture that sadly got postponed due to bad weather.  AKT formed in Manchester in 1989 to offer support to LGBT+ young people facing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.  It now has additional offices in London and Newcastle that also offers support in finding safe homes in addition to support with things like employment, education and training. We hope to invite them to the re-scheduled fixture later in the year and we have also donated £600 to this organisation.

Coach Travel

We hope to be running a supporters coach to the fixture at Bath City next Saturday (22 February) and a number of people have already booked their places on the coach.  The proposed coach will leave Champion Hill at 10.30am costing £19 for adults, £14 concessions.  Booking can be made at the Mega-contianer shop at today’s game or online at DHFCshop.co.uk

Save the date

We are hosting a pub quiz on Thursday 27 Feb at the Dulwich Hamlet FC Clubhouse to raise funds for the Club’s charity partner Redthread and Football Beyond Borders.

The Quiz will be compered by Alexandra Haddow (Dulwich Hamlet Comedy Club) and there is a £30 bar tab for the winning team.

Quiz starts at 7:30pm. £5 per person, maximum of 6 people per team. Doors open at 6pm with happy hour from 6pm to 7pm. The Pie Hole will be selling food on the night.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Enjoy the game

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock

DHST Joint Chair

Quiz Night – Thursday 27 February @ Champion Hill

The Supporters’ Trust will be hosting a pub quiz on Thursday 27 Feb at the Clubhouse to raise funds for the Club’s charity partners Redthread and Football Beyond Borders.

The Quiz will be compared by Alexandra Haddow (Dulwich Hamlet Comedy Club) and there a £30 bar tab for the winning team.

Quiz starts at 7:30pm. £5 per person, maximum of 6 people per team. Doors open at 6pm with happy hour from 6pm to 7pm.

The Pie Hole will be selling food on the night.

We look forward to seeing you there.