Bulletin 23

BULLETIN 23 – OCTOBER 2014

As work on the facility nears completion, we need to keep up the efforts on our fund-raising. For news on all of this please read on.

Sportsman’s Dinner – Friday 21 November

The tickets are going and there are just about 100 sold now. We are not surprised. Last year’s event was a sell-out and it was a great evening. With speakers this year, such as Frank McAvennie and John Bacigalupo, at no increase in the ticket price from £25.00, we are not surprised. There are still tickets remaining but we think you should hurry. You can get them from Craig, Ken or from behind the bar. 

Friday 7 November – Club Night – See You There

In the last Bulletin we told you about the evening of Friday 7 November. We are sure that many people are itching to see inside your spanking new facility, especially now the gap in the wall has been closed up.

Come along to the Club House on that evening and have the chance to go round. We thought it would be easier to organise those interested into groups so we are planning that groups will go round at half-hourly intervals beginning at 6.30. We expect the last to be at 8.00 but, if there is considerable interest, we shall keep these going.

Make it a social evening. There will be nibbles and a finger buffet and the bar will be open. So, as well, as seeing the new training area, enjoy your Club House and look at how the refurbishment is progressing. There will be two raffles, one for adults and one for children, as at the St Andrews Day Coffee Morning plus, at 9.00, the quarterly and annual draws for the 100 Club.

Construction

We warned last week, that, as we are in the last weeks of the project, any hiccup now would result in a slight delay but we had our fingers crossed! They remain crossed and we are still looking at completion by the end of this month. We are being visited again by sportscotland in week commencing 20 October, as they are understandably keen to see how it is all looking.

External Fund-Raising 

We are waiting for news on a few grant applications – to Cash4Clubs, the Rotary and Round Table. We have also applied again for a West Lothian Council Sporting Grant but, as they suggested, not, this time, for gym equipment.

STOP PRESS

Talking of the gym, you will be glad to hear that the equipment for it has been ordered

Story of the Pigs 

The piggy banks have been one of the talking-points of our major effort to raise funds within the Club. Events like the Gala Dinner will live long in the memory but the pigs always raise a smile, from people outside the Club as well.

You might be interested to know that, excluding pigs from the bar and from “anonymous” plus a super-pig that came from the Wee Reds Café, since Andrew Begarnie handed in the very first pigs getting on for two years ago, 143 people (including groups of people) have handed in a total of 265 pigs.

Thanks to everyone who has done so. Two people have handed in eight pigs and one couple has handed in seven. There are 81 people who have handed in one pig and we are very grateful for this but, if all of those people could hand in another one, it would give our total a good nudge. See if you have a pig lying around that needs filled. Or, maybe, you forgot to pick an empty one up when you handed your last pig in. 

Let us keep this going. The new pigs total is £5,580. If you have not yet filled one, we would urge you to join in. If you have never seen one, go into the referee’s room in the Club House, to the right of the main door, and collect an empty one. Our original target was £8,000 for the pigs and we thought then we were being over-optimistic. It looks as if we could make it. Let’s do it! 

ONE LAST HEAVE!

I hope that everyone now knows our target for this season’s One Last Heave is £30,000 and we need to reduce this all the way down to £0.00. There has not been a great deal of activity since the last Bulletin but some more pigs and the Minis Tournament programme sales have nudged this season’s total up to £7,861. Our £30,000 target has now reduced to just above £22,100. We need to keep it moving down.

All-Club Event

For reasons of space we shall hold back, until the next Bulletin, information on the All-Club Event that the Fund-Raising Group is planning. We are hoping that it will be another event for us all to remember, just like the Gala Dinner was for those who could go. We have a date – put the morning/lunch time of Saturday 14 March 2015in your forward planner.

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For news of much fund-raising in November and of the All-Club Event – and the final stages of construction look out for Bulletin Twenty-Four