below are the summaried highlights of the WST members meeting that took place at the Centenary Club on December 4th.
Mark Williams announced that we now have £220,000 available and that we could well reach our 250k target by Christmas, if you include payment for shop stock that we are noiw owed by the club and expected sales from Raffle tickets for the Christmas draw.
We currently have 1032 members with a big renewal time coming up at the end of the month. He also highlighted the Sweet concert and the Yearbook project as major revenue earners for the Trust since the last meeting.
Junior Dragons Update
Kevin Baugh updated members that we now have 570 Junior Dragons and that the Christmas party at Brymbo Cricket Club would be attended by at least 170 of them. He mentioned that we were looking for sponsorship for the Junior Dragons and that if anyone has any suggestions to please forward them to us.
Pete Jones highlighted some upcoming events. The Trust Christmas party at Changing Rooms is sold out, but tickets are now on sale for the Arsenal reunion on January 7th.
The trust currently have Christmas cards on sale and were taking orders for Bennos lager and Tommy beer at £6 for 4 bottles.
Bruce Clapton announced that now the 250k target was in sight the Trust have decided to extend this by trying to raise 300k by the end of the season. He explained the role of the consultation committee and encouraged other supporters groups, members and non-members alike to channel any feedback to the club through this group.
He mentioned that the Trust had recently met with Trust representatives from Lincoln and would be looking to meet with Trust representaives from other clubs throughout the season.
The plans were presented by Anthony Fairclough - chief executive of Wrexham Football club, Paul Roberts - chief executive of Wrexham Council and Wrexham legend Barry Horne who is chairing the Vision 2012 group.
Anthony distributed some copies of the Vision 2012 document to members and stated that these would be available to all shortly via websites and paper copies from the club. Some of the early plans can be seen here.
The project is very much a collaboration between the council and the club, but will be dependant on grant funding to a large extent. There are thre phases to the project - phase 1 is already complete and that was the Mold Road Stand. Phase 2 will see a new all seater Kop stand replacing the existing terracing and Phase 3 is a wrap around to join with the existing Yale stand.
A presentation on Friday to Welsh Assembly minister Alan Pugh, FAW representatives and funding bodies was well received.
Paul Roberts iterated that the council were very much on board with these plans and that outline planning permission was already in place. He described how they will go about trying to attract grant funding forom various bodies and that this will take some time to complete the applications. The Kop is likely to be closed for 2 complete seasons once development is underway.
Barry Horne explained his role as chairman, and how happy he was to be helping out at Wrexham FC following his days as a player here. He mentioned that he had spent over 4 years as PFA Chairman and this stood him in good stead to perform this new role. He praised the Vision document but made it clear that he had not been involved in the production of it.
Mike Ingham stood in at late notice for Darren Ferguson who could not attend for family reasons. Mike described the ups and downs of his career, which have ranged from being 1 of 11 keepers at Sunderland to being part of the N. Ireland squad that recently beat England in Belfast.