The Monarchs Fans Trust committee would like to wish everyone a happy new year. We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and prosperous 2018. The 70th year of the Edinburgh Monarchs should be a good one as we wait to see our 7th signing and what the new season will bring.
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!
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|
|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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 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.