Brackley Town Football Club Stand Together campaign to raise £50,000 to help with the re-development of the club’s clubhouse that was destroyed by fire earlier this year.
The initiative, which is supported by the club’s board, has been formed by a group of supporters and is being led by Graham Shaw, the club’s commercial manager. The campaign, which is expected to last through to June of next year, will feature a number of initiatives to raise monies to help with the re-development of the clubhouse.
Shaw commented: The loss of the clubhouse has been a tremendous shock to all of us in Brackley. The clubhouse has been a pivotal part of the local community for the past forty years. It has held christenings, birthday parties, wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations as well as, for the past three years, hosting our award-winning Community programme.
Whilst the clubhouse was insured, we know that in addition to any recovered sums we will need to raise a substantial sum to provide a clubhouse that not only meets our current needs but which can also stand as a great community asset for, at least, the next forty years.
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Stand Together – update, 2 March 2020
We wanted to update supporters and the wider community about progress in the Stand Together Campaign which is working to support the club’s efforts to re-build the clubhouse after last Summer’s fire.
While news about the insurance claim is still awaited, there is plenty to report from the campaign.
When we set out, the aim was to raise £50k towards the clubhouse re-build. This has proved immensely challenging but the resolve remains and work goes on. After a raft of events and fund-raising activities through the Autumn, we had raised over £10k. The sale of bricks continues with 177 bricks sold as of last week. We have received sample bricks engraved with the donor’s name and message – they look great. The sale of individual bricks at £25 each remains open for a little longer – see the link on the club website. We are now moving on to invite local businesses to “Buy a Brick” and have their name and message forever embedded in the new clubhouse. We hope that lots of shops and businesses will want to support this.
We have also spent time investigating and following up possible sources of grant funding. This has been both hard toil involving pursuing some awards that end in a blank but we are hopeful that at least one significant award will be achieved even if we remain some way off realising this. This work continues behind the scenes.
After successful social events through the Autumn we are now ready to announce a further series of events and fun activities that we hope supporters and people around the town will want to support.
First up is an evening with former Premier League referee and current SKY pundit, Dermot Gallagher. This takes place at 7pm on Friday 27 March in The Cabin at the football club and will certainly be of interest to everyone with any interest in top class sport. Dermot has plenty of lively anecdotes and his customary strong opinions to share. Tickets are priced £10 and are available via the club website or in person at forthcoming home games – ask in The Cabin. We have a licensed bar and it will be an entertaining evening.
On the evening of Saturday 4 April we have a Casino Night in The Cabin. Look out for details of tickets for this special event.
Following November’s successful Quiz Night at The Chequered Flag, we are going to do it again. Tuesday 7 April will see Andrew Bannard again as quizmaster with the full services of The Flag and their great staff available to us to make this another successful evening.
On Saturday 11 April we will be hosting our first ever Football Programme and Sporting Memorabilia fayre. This will be at the club from 10am. We are expecting to attract a range of stalls with both indoor and outdoor pitches available, a hearty offer of refreshments throughout the day and, we hope, a great buzz as professional collectors and those of us who are just interested in all things sporting get together on a Saturday at St James Park when neither the first team or Brackley Town Saints have a game. Again, look out for further information shortly.
So the work goes on. Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign in some way to this point. Please help get everyone behind these efforts to raise funds but also to get people together to enjoy social events that help keep us together as a club through these challenging times without a clubhouse.
Stand Together Committee
2 March 2020
Stand Together: update 5 Jan 2020
As we enter the New Year we wanted to keep everyone updated on progress with the Stand Together campaign to raise funds to help with the re-build of the clubhouse.
In the six short months since the campaign was launched, a great deal of activity has been generated. Thank you to everybody who has offered your ideas, enthusiasm, help and support. We are delighted to announce that the total of funds in the bank as of today stands at £10,141.46. This is the result of a terrific effort and we are gearing up now for the next push – watch this space.
The sale of bricks has given the campaign a big boost. Brian Martin has done much of the work on this and continues to collect monies promised. Rod’s bingo raised a tidy sum and was another good evening – thank you Rod. Two Under-7 teams ran sponsored goal events and their contributions have been gratefully banked – thank you boys! We also received a donation of £100 from supporters of Curzon Ashton following their recent visit to St James Park – this was a fantastic gesture.
Some small sums remain to be banked from sales of calendars and web-sales of merchandise but in any case, breaking the £10k barrier marks great progress.
The club hopes to announce very soon progress in its insurance settlement after the fire following long, difficult and protracted dealings with the insurers. This will hopefully help to clarify next steps in terms of what kind of structure can be afforded and how the fund-raising by the Stand Together campaign can help.
Once again, thank you to every single person, supporter or resident, who has attended one of the events or contributed in whatever way. Let’s continue to Stand Together!
Stand Together committee
Latest on Stand Together Campaign 4th Nov 2019
This is the latest in our updates to keep supporters, the wider community and everyone involved in our Stand Together campaign to raise funds to support the re-build of the club-house fully abreast of the campaign and progress towards the ambitious target of raising £50k in 12 months.
The Stand Together campaign had a real boost last week with Take-over Week at The Chequered Flag. Thanks go to Jeanette who runs The Flag for allowing the campaign to “take-over” the pub as our venue for two big events. Special thanks also to Andrew Bannard, “Banny”, who organised the events.
First, on Tuesday the pub was packed for Quiz Night. With Banny at the mic it was a brilliant evening enjoyed by 18 quiz teams and raising over £140 for the fund to re-build our club-house. Then on Saturday it was Race Night. This was another successful event. Despite the wet weather outside, inside everyone enjoyed eight races and an auction which together raised more than £800 on the night.
Earlier in the evening on Saturday a team of doughty volunteers withstood awful weather of wind and rain to staff a stall at the town fireworks selling merchandise, largely hats and scarves, and collecting donations. This raised the further sum of £203 and gave the campaign further presence across the wider community. Everyone is still drying out but huge thanks to the team.
On Sunday Andy Thompson and the junior coaching team put on a mini-tournament with a share of the proceeds going to the Stand Together campaign. The event was very well attended showing again the appetite for junior football in the area and with some teams travelling considerable distances to take part on our AGP. Lots of parents and grandparents enjoyed the event with coffee and bacon rolls the order of the morning. This will make a further contribution to the campaign funds once the entry fees and car parking donations have been counted up.
Local primary schools have been terrific. In particular, the children of Bracken Leas and Waynflete Infants have raised over £500 between them for the campaign and had great fun in the process wearing football shirts to school and getting involved. This is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Two further strands to the fund-raising campaign are now up and running. We have a Christmas calendar in preparation that will be on sale soon and we hope will make a nice festive gift. We hope to announce further details shortly. And we have now launched Buy a Brick. Thanks go to Brian Martin for his work in getting this underway with over 60 bricks sold already. For £25 a single brick, or £50 for a double brick, a name and an accompanying message can be inscribed and eventually the bricks will be incorporated into the construction of the new clubhouse. The current plan is that they will form part of the new bar area and will thus be lasting recognition to supporters who have helped the club rise again after the fire of June 2019. Bricks can be purchased on-line via the club website or in person at home games from Brian or another member of the team.
We have needed to postpone the Fun Run originally planned for early December. This is because of other running events locally on that weekend and because the logistics and health and safety requirements are more complex than one might imagine.
A further social event for your diary is Rod’s Prize Bingo. This takes place on Friday 29 November. This Christmas special event will be held at the Cricket Club with eyes down at 7.15pm. Do come along and join in the fun!
We are now 3 months into the campaign. It is clear that fund-raising is far from easy. We knew this of course and so it is proving. But real progress has been made and the current running total raised is over £7000. This represents a terrific effort from lots of people and literally hundreds of supporters and people in the town who wish the club well and want to support the re-building of the clubhouse. Thank you to every single person who has come along to one of the events or contributed even a few coins when we come round at games shaking the bucket.
Again, thank you for your support. We keep going. Let’s Stand Together.
Stand Together Committee; 4 Nov 2019
Latest on Stand Together Campaign 1st October 2019
While ground developments are there for everyone to see with the new covered area in place already and plans for the new stands and terracing well advanced, the latest news on the clubhouse remains that the insurance pay-out is still to be settled and there will be no white knight riding to our rescue. However, the club has drawn up exciting plans for a new clubhouse which the work of the Stand Together campaign will support.
There is lots of activity underway under the auspices of the Stand Together campaign and plenty of activities coming up that we hope lots of supporters and other people in the wider community will want to support.
In this bulletin we wanted to keep everyone updated with the latest news on the campaign.
First, we have raised £4,105.95 so far and this sits in the Stand Together bank account. Thank you to everyone who has helped reach this point.
We hope to have a stall to run a bucket collection and sell club merchandise at the town fireworks display on Saturday 2 November so look out for further news on this.
Huge thanks to Andy Bannard and The Chequered Flag who have kindly offered to run a quiz on 29 October and then a race night in on 2 November, all proceeds to the campaign. Brilliant!
For all first team matches supporters now have the opportunity to choose ten songs to play before the game at £25 per match. This has already proved popular. The play-list at last Saturday’s home game was fab and the next three home games are already booked out.
A group of supporters have organised their own football competition and the proceeds from the ticket sales go to the campaign – thank you!
Waynflete Infant School has held a mufti-day in support of the Campaign and Bracken Leas will be hosting a similar event on 18th October. This is brilliant!
Thanks go the organisers of the Chicken Run who are assisting in planning our own event to be held on Sunday 1 December. We have applied to South Northants for closure of the Buckingham Road, High Street and Market Place and will shortly be publicising the event to get runners signed up. First team players and management will be running and we hope all junior sides will be able to join in a team event led by a first team player. More news on this soon.
Several junior teams are holding cake sales and running competitions so lots of our young players are getting involved as well as raising some funds. Every little helps!
A golf day and a sportman’s dinner are at the planning stage but without fixed dates yet and there are yet more events in the pipe-line. Further updates are to follow.
We hope you will agree that so many people are getting involved in support of re-building the clubhouse and hopefully replacing it with something even bigger and better that everyone at the club and in the wider community will benefit from for years to come.
Out of adversity comes energy and passion for our club and our Brackley community. These are exciting times. Please get involved by supporting activities in whatever way you can. Spread the word. Let’s Stand Together.
Stand Together Committee
1 October 2019