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  1. The Heritage Trust is pleased to sponsor the hospitality table cards for the Purvis Suite, starting in the new season. Each of the 14 tables will feature one of the many great games played at East End Park since the first one on 19 August 1903.
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    Supporters' Council Thursday 16 May

    Part of me agrees with Buffy on this - airing it with such force in a public forum does lead to speculation, even though presumably the players involved and the previous manager will all have moved on. I had heard similar stories before, but equally I had heard stories about the previous management team's approach - I don't know what the whole story is, and perhaps no-one does. Ross and Stevie both admitted making mistakes (without going into detail), but I wonder if, perhaps unconsciously, there was an element of deflection in criticising the attitude of some players. They clearly felt strongly about it, but I'm a believer in keeping dressing-room problems in-house. Although it probably doesn't matter much now, an affair like this tends to hang around for years in supporters' minds, and it's a fair bet somebody will refer to it on a forum somewhere down the line.
  3. The Heritage Trust has access to 49 interviews (sometimes quite lengthy) with former DAFC players and staff, originally collected for the superb "Into the Valley" book.We would like volunteers from the Pars fanbase to listen to one or more of these, and pull out some suitable quotations for possible use in another format - fully crediting the “Into The Valley” project of course.If you are interested in helping, please send an email to "enquiries@daht.org.uk". Thanks.
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    DADSC - Bucket Collection on Saturday

    Thanks to all the Dunfermline (and Falkirk!) fans who contributed £663 yesterday to DADSC's 1st Floor Access Fund. HMRC will eventually add 25% to that through the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme. We also raised £82 on the merchandise stall, so we hope you think you got value for your purchases. Well done to everyone who helped, in particular bucket collectors Adam, Bob, Clover, Elaine, John B, John F, John S, Nicola, Paul, Roger, Russell, Stephen and Wullie ;our super salesmen Mike and Stuart; and our cash counters Jean and Jim.If you missed out on contributing, you can donate online at any time to the DADSC bank account at:Sort code – 80-06-55Account- 0602 8646Please mark the payment “DONATION”.
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    DADSC - Bucket Collection on Saturday

    Thanks Piracy. Hopefully you'll spot someone with a bucket somewhere to collect your money. Pars fans have learned in the last few years that going to EEP on a matchday is expensive, but it is amazing how a couple of quid from lots of people mounts up -
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    DADSC - Bucket Collection on Saturday

    Please remember to bring some spare cash with you tomorrow, to put in the DADSC buckets before the game and/or at half-time. If you would like to shake a bucket, please be at the Club Shop entrance between 1.45 and 2.15, where you will get your DADSC hi-vis vest and a bucket. You will be given instructions on where to stand to collect from supporters, and where to return the buckets. We'll also have a stall in the concourse of the Norrie McCathie stand, selling DADSC keyrings, candles, badges and other DADSC merchandise, all at knock-down prices.Every penny will go to improving the facilities at EEP for our fans with a disabilities. We're really appreciative of the generous support given by Pars fans in the last few years. Let's keep it going tomorrow.
  7. At the Falkirk match on Saturday, we are holding a bucket collection to raise funds for Dunfermline Athletic Disabled Supporters' Club (DADSC). But we need volunteers. The more collectors we have, the more money will be raised.If you can help, even for a short time, please be at the Club Shop entrance between 1.45 and 2.15, where I will issue you with a DADSC hi-vis vest and a bucket. You will be given instructions on where to stand to collect from supporters, and where to return the buckets.We would also like some people to help collect at half-time outside the catering stalls in the Norrie, North-West and Main Stands. If you are willing to do this, please let me know on the day.And even if you can't shake a bucket, please give generously on Saturday!
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    Contalmaison 2019

    For the past few years, the Heritage Trust has represented DAFC on 1 July at Contalmaison in France, when wreaths are laid at the McCrae's Battalion Trust memorial to those died in the Battle of the Somme, including Davie Izatt and Jimmy Morton of DAFC.If you would like to represent the Trust and DAFC this year, please email enquiries@daht.org.uk by Wednesday 20 March for more details.
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    Supporters' Council - The Future

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  10. A coffin which formed part of the Heritage Trust`s World War 1 Day in 2014 at EEP is now on display in the Military Museum Scotland, located at the Legion Hall, Louis Braille Avenue, Linburn Centre, Wilkieston EH27 8EJ.You can read the full story on the Heritage Trust website
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    Supporters' Council - The Future

    The timing and administration of Supporters' Council meetings is now the responsibility of Drew Main as the club's Supporter Liaison Officer, and the notes of all meetings are still published on the club's official website.
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    Supporters' Council - The Future

    @Adam101 Thanks for the offer of help. If you can send me a message with your real name and contact details I'll be in touch. TBH, in between the quarterly meetings there isn't really anything the Supporters' Council does - up to now we've just had an ad hoc group of about half-a-dozen who have a pre-meeting about a month ahead to arrange the content and speakers. You're welcome to join in and pehaps come up with some new ideas. That's all that's involved - unless you are helping at the meeting or an action point emerges. It's really up to supporters how they want to see the Council develop - there are several supporters' groups who each do their own thing and there is no desire to change that, but (I think) only the Supporters' Council offers a regular opportunity to meet and challenge the Board. I think a lot of the ideas put forward in the last few weeks can be easily incorporated into the present arrangements. But if supporters want it to become something quite different from what it is, either in style or content, eg a body with more teeth, or a completely different way of holding the meeting, eg using then there have to be volunteers willing to take it on. One thing that concerns me slightly is the idea that some fans are not attending because they don't see any benefit to themselves from what they would get out of being there. That may be true, but we should be looking at it from the other direction - ie, what benefit can we bring to the club by taking an active part in setting its direction? Surely as Pars supporters we have learned the bitter lesson of what happens when there is a disconnect between the Board and the ordinary fans.
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    Supporters' Council - The Future

    Thanks for pinning this, Piracy. It would be good if anyone could chip in the occasional idea - there have been lots of good suggestions, both here and in "the other place" and we'll certainly look at all of them before arranging the next meeting. But what would be most helpful would be some new blood, who might organise things differently - we all tend to arrange things in a certain individual way, so somebody doing something completely different might be beneficial. (Maybe we should have a one-off organiser, like magazines have a celebrity editor now and then!) I'm sure Paradox is correct - many fans just want to get back to being ordinary supporters and not have to worry about the mechanics of how the club is run - I understand that, but I think it's vital to embed the Supporters' Council NOW into the way the club works. Otherwise, there is a risk that somewhere down the line, perhaps when the present BoD etc have moved on, the gaps that existed in the past between Board and Supporters may reappear. There's really no point at all in having a "supporter-owned club" if over 95% of the supporters don't want anything to do with how it's run.
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    Supporters' Council - The Future

    I'm not saying "non-traditional" ways of holding/transmitting meetings are necessarily a bad thing, and maybe that's the preferred option for a generation who often choose to watch football on TV rather than to attend in person. But anything other than a standard presentation-type meeting will need the involvement of someone with more technical knowhow than any of us currently involved in organising the meetings! But again, that's no bad thing - we won't be around for ever and it would really make sense for someone younger to take things to the next stage, if that's what people want.
  15. The Supporters' Council is part of the fabric of DAFC and aims to offer a genuine chance for fans to hear from the Board of Directors regularly (and to quiz or challenge them on anything they say.) But it will only work if fans turn out in sufficient numbers to do so. There were about 40 people in the Purvis Suite last night. We have 3000 season ticket holders, so if you take away the Board members and those involved in organising the meeting, we only attracted about one supporter in a hundred to last night's meeting, and we simply have to do better. It is unfair to expect the Board to turn out in numbers, and the club to employ hospitality staff etc, if fans do not turn up (and I know there will be hundreds of genuine individual reasons why people couldn't do so.) So at last night's meeting, we opened a debate on what shape the Supporters' Council should take in future. There were some excellent ideas put forward from the floor, particularly along the theme of having a top-rated guest speaker from outwith the club, to go along with the local DAFC information and updates. Some of the ideas were: - referee supervisor - member of DAFC football management team - TV/radio pundit - former DAFC player - someone from SPFL/SFA - someone from another football club - someone from another club's equivalent of Supporters' Council - include a stadium tour, particularly undercroft etc (apologies if I've missed any, they'll all be picked up in the official minutes.) But it would be great if everyone on this forum would pitch in with their own ideas. Think outside the box as well: - do you want something different from a conventional meeting? - should there be a formal membership and committee? - how can supporters better challenge the Board's decisions? - do you want different people to do the organising? - does the online reporting actually reduce the number attending? - are there too many (or too few) meetings? - how should meetings be advertised/promoted? - do we even need the Supporters' Council if we have supporters' clubs? Not everyone's ideas will be practicable, but to begin with, but let's get them out there in a non-judgmental way and see what diamonds we get. There is a genuine desire at the club for the Supporters' Council to succeed, but it's up to u̶s̶ you ....
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