Waiting to Launch

The speedway year kicks off tonight (Tuesday 20th March) for the Edinburgh Monarchs with the 2018 Season Launch Show at the Cairn Hotel in Bathgate. This was a brilliant night last year and it’ll be great to see what the club has in store for us this time around. It’s great to see the event sell out sop we are set for a room full of Monarchs fans desperate to hear from the riders in the 2018 team and a lot lot more I’m sure. It’s not long now to the start of the season with an away visit to Glasgow on Friday before the first meeting at Armadale on the 30th March to decide the winners of the 2018 Scottish Cup. Remember if you are going to Glasgow to purchase your tickets through the official Edinburgh Monarchs website as ticket money will be paid to Edinburgh.

There will be Monarchs Fans Trust committee members at the launch event and we are happy to speak to all members and non-members if they have any questions about the Trust. Raffle books for the 70th Anniversary Draw will also be available to buy or sell, so please come and get your tickets or if you have any to be returned we can collect them tomorrow as well. There are 7 prizes of £70 up for grabs and the draw will be made on Friday 27th April. Draw tickets can also be purchased online.

Easyfundraising Donations Reaches £3,000

Donations to the Monarchs Fans Trust from Easy Fundraising have now passed the £3,000 mark, a fantastic total for what is essentially free money. Thank you to everyone who supports us in this way, we have had over 150 people use the website for the Trust since we signed up for it 3 years ago. In the 70th season of the Monarchs it is crucial that we raise as much money as possible to ensure the future of Edinburgh Speedway. Every penny counts.

So please remember when you are booking any summer holidays or trips to follow the Monarchs away from home to use websites like hotels.com for your hotel, Raileasy for trains, Europcar for car rental or Expedia for holiday packages. For car insurance Aviva or buying a mobile phone from Carphone Warehouse donates up to £30 to the Trust. There are many high street names like M&S, John Lewis, Debenhams or George at Asda are also signed up. These are just a few of the 100s of retailers signed up to help worthy causes and you can donate to the Monarchs Fans Trust without spending a penny more than you were intending to. This week is Double Donation week where some retailers increase the percentage raising more money to save speedway in the east of Scotland.

It’s quite straightforward and only costs you a few extra mouse clicks when making purchases online. Instead of going straight to your favourite websites visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk first, then select the retailer you want to buy from. Make your purchase as normal (at no extra cost) and a small percentage of your payment will be donated back to the Monarchs. You can also use an app on your phone or tablet to make donations.

More information can be found here or on the Easy Fundraising website. If you have any problems then contact us by email and we will be there to help. Thank you again to everyone that has made a contribution.

Speedway action on the big Screen

There is a chance to see Edinburgh speedway action on the big screen tonight (Friday 23rd February) at the Monarchs Away Video Night, usual format at the Thomas Morton Hall starting at 7.30. On the night we will hear the latest news from the promotion, get information about new initiatives like the Blue Membership and there could even be team news.

Whilst it has been a relatively quiet winter for the Trust we do continue to sell tickets for the 70th Anniversary Draw and they will be available for purchase tonight. We have 7 prizes of £70 for the draw in association with Duddingston Private Hire. Committee members will be at the video night if you have any questions about the Trust so please come and say hello and take away a book or two of tickets to sell. Tickets can also be bought online here.

The news last night that Parsons Peebles are not going to continue to sponsor the club was a big blow especially so close to the start of the season and it does emphasise how important the fans are to the continuing success and existence of the club. One way to help in this time of need is to sign up and join the Monarchs Fans Trust or if you are an existing member to increase your contributions. More information about joining the trust can be found here. As always thank you for your continued support and hopefully see many of you tonight.

Monarchs 100 Burns Supper and 70th Anniversary Draw

This Saturday (January 20th) the Monarchs 100 Support Group have a Burns Supper at Danderhall Miners Club in Midlothian, it is sure to be a cracking night with “Burns Lite’ poetry and readings, dancing and special guest Alun Rossiter. The Monarchs 100 is another example of how the Monarchs fans rally together to support the club and with nights like this ensure they enjoy themselves whilst doing it.

Monarchs Fans Trust committee members will be there on the night at which we will have tickets available for our 70th Anniversary Draw. 2018 is the 70th year of the Edinburgh Monarchs and with the support of Duddingston Private Hire the draw will have 7 prizes of £70. Tickets cost £1 and will be available at all events between now and then including all home matches up to and including the night of the draw.

7 x PRIZES OF £70

More information and online tickets sales can be found HERE

Home Video Night Tonight

The Home Highlights DVD show will take place tonight (Friday 1st December) at the Thomas Morton Hall Ferry Road at 7.30pm. Mike Hunter always puts on a great collection of video from all of the home matches of the 2017 season for the Edinburgh Parsons Peebles Monarchs. In a long winter a chance to get together with your fellow Monarchs supporters and watch some speedway.

Monarchs Fans Trust representatives will be available on the night if you would like to ask anything about the Trust or our recent AGM and we will also have prizes available from the End of Season Draw for winners to collect. The full list of winners can be found here.

We also heard yesterday that Sam Masters has decided not to race in the SGB Championship next season, everyone at the Fans Trust would like to thank Sam for all of his efforts in the blue and gold and wish him well for the future. It has been a pleasure watching him race and we will continue to watch on with interest and hope to see him back at Armadale as often as possible. Thanks Sam!

Captain Sam Masters helps display the new Monarchs Banner – photo courtesy of Ron MacNeill

AGM and Draw Update

The 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Monarchs Fans Trust took place at Armadale Stadium on Friday night. Despite the icy conditions a good number of members turned out to hear about the Trust. In another very positive meeting committee members gave a review of our progress in 2017 promoting the sport and fund raising. The Board report and minutes of the meeting will be sent out to members as soon as possible but here are some of the highlights:

  • Even including the fantastic sponsorship of Parsons Peebles as sponsors Edinburgh Speedway is an expensive outfit to sustain and the Fans Trust is fundamental to the survival of the club
  • The audited accounts were accepted by the membership and detailed that the Trust donated £19,500 to the club during 2017 taking the total donations since we formed to over £50,000
  • To date we have collected £2,264.31 from EasyFundraising, literally free money, so remember to use this when purchasing online as we approach Christmas, some of this money is used to fund initiatives like free posters and #EdsTravels
  • Scott Somerville who is moving abroad has stepped down from the committee and was presented a Quaich as a thank you for coming up with the idea of the Trust and all the hard work he put into it, Paul Strachan will join the remaining members
  • Chairman Len Jones outlined some of the plans for 2018 including a drive to try to increase membership and to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh Speedway
  • John Campbell gave us an insight into the BSPA conference and Alex Harkess took the opportunity to thank the Trust and all its members for the invaluable contribution it makes, saying without the Trust we wouldn’t be here.

Following the meeting the 2017 End of Season Draw was made, the winner of the £500 first prize was Alex Harkess. He was presented the prize by Trust treasurer April Beveridge.

Thank you to everyone that bought and sold tickets, another amazing effort from everyone involved raising just under £1,700 for Trust Funds. The other prize winners are listed below.

Monarchs Fans Trust End of Season Draw 2017 Prize Winners

Prize Description Donated by: Winning Ticket No Winner
1 £500 03206 Alex Harkess
2 Apex Hotel – overnight stay for 2 Apex Hotels (Dundee) 00276 Calum Donald
3 Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Champagne and Thorntons chocolates Lloyd Technology 03197 Ann Dunlop
4 Quad Biking for 2 Blacklaw Quad Trekking 00921 Ross McQuarrie
5 Jam & Marmalade Hamper Craigie’s Farm 02108 Terry Stone
6 Two bottles of single Malt Whisky IP Integration 01757 David Bell
7 CBT Voucher Saltire Motorcycles 01378 Alan Lough
8 Bottle of Champagne Bob and Morag Miller 03590 Gillian Smith
9 4 Hospitality Tickets for an Edinburgh Monarchs match in 2018 Edinburgh Speedway 03522 John Tulloch
10 4 Hospitality Tickets for an Edinburgh Monarchs match in 2018 Edinburgh Speedway 00027 Jeroen Snitcher

For the 2nd year in a row Ken Lewis sold the most tickets and received a t-shirt as a thank you for his efforts.


AGM Tonight

The 3rd Monarchs Fans Trust Annual General Meetings takes place tonight (Friday 24th November) in the bar at Armadale Stadium. The bar will be open from 7pm with the meeting scheduled to start at 7.30pm. All members are welcome and we hope to see lots of you there.

The 2017 End of Season draw will also take place when we find out who wins the £500. Make sure those tickets are bought, got to be in it to win it.

Still Time to Buy Draw Tickets Online

The Monarchs Fans Trust 2017 End of Season Draw takes place tomorrow night (Friday 24th November) after our AGM at the bar in Armadale Stadium. Tickets can still be bought online from the draw page of the website. Online sales can take place up until 5pm on Friday night.

All paper tickets must be handed in at the AGM on Friday at the latest in order to enter the Draw. If you have any problems making this deadline please contact a committee member or email the mailbox.

Thank you to everyone that has bought and sold tickets for this years draw it provides vital funds for the Trust. A massive thank you also to the companies and people who have donated prizes: Apex Hotels (Dundee), Lloyd Technology, Blacklaw Quad Trekking, Craigie’s Farm, IP Integration, Saltire Motorcycles, Bob and Morag Miller and Edinburgh Speedway.

Good luck to everyone in the draw.

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!