2018 Here we go

With the conclusion of the BSPA AGM at the weekend it was officially confirmed that the Edinburgh Monarchs will run again in 2018, great news ahead of the Trust’s AGM this Friday evening. This will be the 70th year of the Monarchs and we are already looking forward to another exciting season.

As a result of this we are able to announce more prizes for our end of season Draw, first prize in the draw is £500 cash. Two sets of 4 hospitality tickets for a Monarchs match of your choice has been added to the list of prizes already announced. You can buy tickets online or find out more information about the draw here. Please make sure you get all tickets returned to a committee member before Fridays draw, contact us via the mailbox if you need assistance with this.

At a recent committee meeting the club again reiterated that the Monarchs Fans Trust is one of the reasons it is able to function and commit to racing in what is a turbulent time for the sport. It was an expensive end to the season for the club but thanks to the contributions of our members we have been able to help soften that blow and cover some of these costs. The Trust donated £2,000 more than our normal monthly contribution during September and £5,000 more in October. The committee discussed this at length at the last 3 meetings with the motivation being that we can help the club start preparations for 2018 with a clean slate so the board can focus on making our 70th Year another successful one.

It is our members who make this happen and the committee of the Trust and the club can’t thank you enough for the getting behind speedway in the east of Scotland. All donations large and small add up to some fantastic numbers and at the end of the 3rd year of the Trust we are so pleased with the progress we have made. We encourage all members to attend the AGM on Friday to find out more, 7.30pm in the bar at Armadale Stadium. Please come along and get involved, it is your Trust!

2017 End of Season Draw and AGM

The official invitation to all our members to the Monarchs Fans Trust Annual General Meeting was sent out earlier this week, it will take place next Friday 24th November in the bar at Armadale Stadium starting at 7.30pm. All members are welcome to attend, if you have not received an email then please get in mailbox with us and we will ensure your details on our member list are correct. This is the best place to find out what has happened this year, hear about our plans for next year and have your say on how the Trust operates going forward.

At the AGM we will also find out who will win the prizes in our 2017 End of Season Draw. The first prize is £500 cash and all the other prizes can be seen here.  There is still a chance to get your name in the hat for these fantastic prizes as you can BUY TICKETS ONLINE using our GoCardless Direct Debit system.

If you picked up tickets during the season and still have to return them then please get in contact with our mailbox and we can advise you an address to send them to or arrange to meet you.

Thank you for all your support over the year and we look forward to seeing you next Friday at the AGM.

Have an EasyFundraising Christmas

Well the Christmas decorations on the Dome in George Street are up which means it is still ages until Santa comes a calling however we know elves across the country are already helping plan for the big day. Whilst you are in that stage of ordering gifts can we remind you that if you sign up for EasyFundraising the Monarchs Fans Trust can benefit from many purchases you make. Just click on the website https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/monarchsft/ and sign up, nominate the Monarchs Fans Trust as your supported cause then find your favourite retailer and click on the link to their website and make your purchase as normal. That is all you have to do, there is no extra cost or admin for you to do and the Trust will receive a small percentage of the cost of your order.

There are 1000s of websites that are signed up from Amazon to Screwfix, Bookings.com to Dominos Pizza, Now TV to Aviva Insurance and many more sop lots of opportunities to get money for nothing. We would like to thank everyone who continues to use this service, it has raised over £2,700 for the Trust and more details can be found here.

 

Get Involved with Your Trust

100th member Sam Boon meets members of the committee – photo courtesy of Jack Cupido

It is exactly a monthe to the 3rd Monarchs Fans Trust Annual general Meeting and we are very keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in joining the committee.  No special skills are required, just an interest in the well-being of the Monarchs.  We meet once a month so it needn’t be too time consuming.  If you are interested, please get in touch with us either by emailing info@monarchsfanstrust.co.uk or speaking to one of the existing committee members.

In addition, if anyone would like to propose a resolution at the AGM, please let us know and we will add it to the agenda which will be posted out with the formal notice of the AGM later this week.

At the AGM we will also draw the winning tickets for the 2017 End of Season raffle. There is still plenty time to buy and/or sell tickets for this. Tickets can be bought online here or speak to a committee member. Lots of amazing prizes to be won including the £500 cash first prize.

From Cinder to Shale open 5th November

From Cinder to Shale arguably the best collection of Speedway bikes and paraphernalia in the world will be open to the public on Sunday 5th November from 10am – 4pm. It is a must see for all speedway enthusiasts and an opportunity for members of the Fans Trust to get together during the close season. Members of the Monarchs Fans Trust will be visiting the Museum on Edgefield Road, Loanhead (EH20 9TB) at about 11am. Hopefully see you there.

One of the many classic speedway bikes stunningly restored at Cinder to Shale

Draw Tickets Available Online

Tickets for the 2017 End of Season draw are now available to be purchased online. This payment will be made by Direct Debit using our GoCardless partner. Please note that tickets sold online will NOT be sent out instead will be stored by the Fans Trust on your behalf. You will receive an email with your ticket numbers before the draw and the list of prize winners will be sent on Monday after the draw is complete.

Tickets can be purchased here. Details of prizes can be found at the bottom of the page.

You will be able to pick up draw tickets at the track, please see a committee member at the Gazebo (weather permitting) before the meeting tonight or in the bar after the meeting. They will also be continue to hand out mini Ed the Monarchs for our #EdsTravels competition and posters of 2017 team members. These are all free as we use the money collected from EasyFundraising to help promote the speedway.

The 3rd prize to be announced is a wonderful bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Champagne and Thorntons chocolates very kindly donated by Lloyd Technology. Lloyd Technology offer managed support services and solutions that benefits companies of all shapes and sizes across Scotland.

The 4th prize is a voucher for 2 people for a quad biking trek at Blacklaw Quad Trekking based at Piperdam, Angus, Scotland. Experience the thrill of quad biking in Scotland, driving round hills and farmland, over dirt tracks, up and down steep slopes, through muddy banks and water splashes as they take you on a real quad biking adventure day in Scotland. Full safety clothing and helmets will be issued before setting off on your quad biking adventure. Participants need to be over 14 years old to ride; however, they do have 2 quad bikes for children over 12 years old but an adult (parent or guardian) must accompany them. No experience is required, so if you have never been quad biking in Scotland before then not to worry, they’ll have you revving it up off road in no time.

Monarchs Fans Trust End of Season Draw 2017 Prizes (announced so far)

Prize Description Donated by:
1 £500
2 Apex Hotel – overnight stay for 2 Apex Hotels (Dundee)
3 Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Champagne and Thorntons chocolates Lloyd Technology
4 Quad Biking for 2 Blacklaw Quad Trekking

#EdsTravels

Tonight (Friday 4th August against Sheffield) we begin our Ed’s Travels competition: pick up your little mini Eds on the way into the stadium, take them away and send us your photographs of him wherever you go. We are looking to see who can come up with the best or most unusual location that Ed will appear on his Travels.  Using social media send us your photographs of Ed by tagging them #EdsTravels and add the Monarchs Fans Trust’s Facebook page or Twitter tag @MonarchsTrust. We will feature the best photographs on our website and there will be a prize for the best one each month.

This is the latest in our Fans Trust giveaways done in association with the speedway club, the bugs will be available (whilst stock lasts) at every meeting between now and the end of the season. We also continue our rider poster giveaway so please come along and get the riders missing from your collection.

We also continue to distribute end of season draw books so please come and get them, the 3rd prize will be announced later…

2017 End of Season Draw Launched

Following on from the fantastic success of last years end of season draw where the members of the Trust and fellow supporters raised over £2000 the decision was made to make this an annual event. The Fans Trust are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 End of Season Draw with a brilliant top prize of £500. We have secured bigger and better prizes than last year with at least another 9 quality prizes which will be revealed on a regular basis in the programme and also on the Fans Trust web site. As per last year the emphasis has been on finding non-speedway related prizes to make the draw appealing to all so we are looking for Trust members and fellow supporters to sell tickets to family, friends, work colleagues, etc. As per last year there will be a prize on offer for the supporter that sells the most tickets.  The tickets will be available from tonight either at the Fans Trust Gazebo or in the Bar after every meeting so please come and take some books to sell. Please speak to a committee member if you have any questions about the draw or if you would like to help in any way. The draw will be made at our Annual General Meeting on Friday 24th November, more details will be sent out in due course. Tickets will also be available to purchase here.

Please help us to make this a bigger success than last year, remember every penny we make goes towards ensuring the long term future of the Monarchs and speedway in this part of Scotland.  The second prize to be announced is………..

 

A one night stay for 2 people at Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa in Dundee. This prize entitles you to a one night stay for two people inclusive of accommodation in a twin or double room with full Scottish Breakfast.  From a family staycation in the UK to a relaxing weekend break or even a short business trip, Apex Hotels has your stay covered. The four-star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee is the perfect balance with impressive perks like complimentary parking and an airport or train station shuttle service available, free of charge, but also modern and contemporary rooms with Wi-Fi, views of the River Tay, spa facilities, family rooms and suites available.  This hotel in Dundee city centre is located in the up-and-coming Quayside area next to the Waterfront and V&A Museum opening in 2018. It’s also just a short walk to anywhere in the city centre including the shopping areas, RRS Discovery and Caird Hall.

Monarchs Fans Trust End of Season Draw 2017 Prizes

Prize Description Donated by:
1 £500
2 Apex Hotel – overnight stay for 2 Apex Hotels (Dundee)

Children’s Evening Tonight at Armadale

Edinburgh take on the Workington Comets at Armadale tonight in a close looking match and the Parsons Peebles Monarchs will also host a children’s evening including representatives from Armadale Gala day. There will be face painting, inflatable fun and much more as well as a free poster of Ed the Monarch. The Fans Trust are happy to help club with promotions like this and this should be the first of a number of posters and other giveaways this season.

Ed the Monarch

Committee members will also be active around the 4th bend before the start of the meeting with a display and happy to answer any questions anyone may have about the Trust, drop by and say hello.

Auction Winner

Peter Fernie has won the auction for a 2017 Edinburgh Parsons Peebles Monarchs Season Ticket, this was originally given to the Trust by the speedway club. Thank you to everyone that made a bid and special thanks to Ross Green for donating the prize to the auction.

The first fixture available for the season ticket is tonight’s match against the Berwick Bandits. The Bandits will be out for revenge after our win in the borders last Saturday night and have a few riders who could cause a problem or two. However the Monarchs looked good in the first two matches and will be looking to build on this on home shale so should be a good night.