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Blue & Gold Trust News
The Live Update Service 2017-18

Since the Football Club was reformed, the Blue and Gold Trust have supplied a live match day update service on their website's home page. Free to the supporters, this valuable and well supported service has previously been funded by kind donations from fellow supporters, and from Trust funds.
We are delighted to announce that this season for the first time, the service will be sponsored by the corporate sector of the local community.
Our sincere thanks go to both The Lynn News and Evergreen Equity Release Solutions for their kindness and generosity in agreeing to sponsor the live updates for the 2017-18 season.
For those of you unable to make the visit to the Walks in person, we look forward to you joining us on line this coming Saturday.
I'm sure you will all join us in wishing Ian Culverhouse and his new look team, every success.
Although we have sponsors for the coming year we are still vulnerable to changes in the value of the pound and any increase in costs that our service supplier might make. Therefore, if you wish to contribute to the running of the service we would be most grateful.
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The Lord Napier

We are pleased to announce that for the forthcoming 2017-18 season, the proprietors of The Lord Napier will again afford Trust members a 50p discount on a pint of draft beer, lager or cider on production of a valid Blue & Gold Trust membership card. This offer only applies before, and for a period after 1st team home games.
All supporters home and away are welcome to view live BT and Sky sports whilst having a pre-match drink before heading off to The Walks.
Blue & Gold Trust News
Christmas 2016 Prize Draw
The Winners

£200:               Anne Lewis
£100:               S Goodwin
£50 :               Yvonne Granger
Bottle Haig Club Whisky:  David Wright
Bottle Teachers Whisky:   Steve Flint
Bottle Vodka:             Danny Johnson
1.5 Litre Bottle of Prosecco:  Sue Paris
1.5 Litre Bottle of Prosecco:  Tony Park
2 Tickets for Majestic Cinema: Nigel Link
£10 Love to Buy Voucher: Liam Booth
£10 Morrisons Voucher:   Ben Rose
£10 Morrisons Voucher:   Sybil Rutherford
We are please to report another fantastic response to this years draw. Many thanks to all who participated, we couldn't make it a success without all those that contribute in however small or large way.
Our grateful thanks go in particular to the following;
LANES MOTORS who sponsored this years draw.
ANDY FARR for printing the tickets and support.
THE LORD NAPIER management, staff and customers who helped sell tickets and hosted the draw. Also their hospitality on the draw day was exceptional for both King's Lynn and St Ives' supporters.
EASTGATE ACADEMY and THE BENTINCK PUBLIC HOUSE for selling tickets.
CHARLES REYNOLDS for his generous donation of prizes.
And most importantly to all members of the Trust for your continued support and belief in the purpose of the Trust.
And finally, we send our best wishes for 2017 to the management, staff, players and all those that support King's Lynn Town Football Club.
Blue & Gold Trust News
Trust Meeting with Stephen Cleeve
Friday 9th September

This evening, officials from the Trust held a meeting with Stephen Cleeve and Robbie Back. The meeting was mutually proposed and the purpose was to discuss the potential for the Trust to work with the Club in the future. This was a very positive and productive meeting at which many aspects of the Club were discussed. The Trust Directors now intend to hold a meeting early next week to consider these proposals.
If agreed by the Trust's Directors, a proposal made by Stephen will then be put to all Trust members for their consideration and to determine their thoughts on future action.
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The Lord Napier

The Blue & Gold Supporters\’ Trust are pleased to announce that the new proprietors of The Lord Napier have agreed to continue their support of the Trust. They have also agreed that on KLTFC first team home match days, they will offer Trust members a 50p reduction on the price of all draft beers and lagers for a period before and after each match. This will be on production of a valid Trust membership card.
The proprietors have also stated that from time to time they will run promotions on match days when the price of draft beers will be reduced for all customers. On such occasions the promotion will be well advertised at the premises, and the Trust only discount will not be offered on these promotional days.
The Lord Napier has been extensively renovated, and they now have three screens on which to view live sport. There are two screens in the pub, and one in the newly refurbished courtyard.
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Meeting with Stephen Cleeve
Saturday 4th June

The Chairman of the Blue and Gold Supporters' Trust has had an initial introductory meeting with Stephen Cleeve, the new custodian of King's Lynn Town Football Club.
This gave each the opportunity to express their vision for the future of the Football Club and potential community involvement.
Whilst no proposals were discussed, it is envisaged that this meeting has paved the way for more formal dialogue in the future.
Blue & Gold Trust News Trust meeting with Gary Setchell
Sunday 13th September
It has recently been reported in social media that the General Manager has had meetings with all supporters groups of KLTFC.
To avoid any confusion: there has been no formal meeting between the Club and the Trust, other than an informal conversation with one Trust official giving a personal viewpoint on the current state of the Club.
However, this has become a prelude to the possibility of a formal meeting taking place between the Trust and Gary. Hopefully this will be arranged in the coming weeks.
The Trust would take this opportunity to applaud Gary's desire to involve supporters and supporters' groups in the future of the Club.
For too long supporter opinions have been treated as irrelevant or largely ignored in the operation of the Club.
The Trust's objectives remain the same as in formation 6 years ago, to encourage the Club to take proper account of the interests of its supporters.
Let us hope Gary has the mandate from the owner to make this happen.
Blue & Gold Trust News Business Plan
29th July 2015
A revised business plan can be viewed in the documents section of this website.
This business plan has been circulated to, and approved by, the membership. It must also be noted that whilst the financial statement is only an estimation, the business plan is a living document that will of course be amended to suit any particular occasion when it may have to be implemented.
Blue & Gold Trust News The Linnets' Lotto - 5 years on.
Back in March 2010 the directors of the Trust were looking for ideas for fundraising when we were told about the Lotto which had proved very successful with other Trusts. After a bit of research it was decided to launch the Linnets Lotto which we felt would give people an excellent chance to win money whilst also raising valuable and regular funds for the Trust.
The Lotto is open to both members and non members of the Trust and to ensure fairness and openness each draw is made by a director and independent witnesses. The result of every draw is published on this website (subject to the winners agreement with publicity).
For as little as £2 you can win prizes of £100, £50 and £25 every month and obviously the more goes you have the more chances of winning!! Payment of the Lotto is made by standing order as this keeps running costs to a minimum but we are also happy to accommodate payment by cash or cheque (but this needs to be a minimum of 6 months in advance) Incredibly the Lotto has paid out £10,500 in prize money since its launch! For as little as £2 a month you too can become part of this success story. To join please fill in the form here or contact the promoter Ray Sherring on 07900001277 should you require any further details.
Blue & Gold Trust News Blue & Gold Trust Raffle winners
1st January 2015
Matt Williamson (Lynn Shellfish)   £200
Alison Watt (FC United supporter)  £100
Ken Rout                           £50
Mr D Featherby                     Free MOT Matt Lane Motors
Mr J Bunting (Dodmans)             2 Bottles of wine
Mr A Law                           £10 WH Smith voucher
Mr G Lebs                          £10 Van Pelts voucher
Ethel (Carousel Cafe)              2 Tins of Biscuits
A big thanks to everyone who supported this year's raffle with sales of over 1500 tickets.
The profit from this year's raffle takes the amount in the Trust's general account to over £40,000.
A fantastic achievement from all involved over the last 5 years, showing that the Trust goes from strength to strength.
Blue & Gold Trust News Community Update
Friday 19th December 2014
Your Trust has recently received two grants to start LUNCH CLUBS for the ELDERLY in areas of the town where we already have a presence through our youth work.
Loneliness and isolation among the elderly are the hidden illnesses and we are pleased to be able to use these grants to relieve these for those attending the clubs.

The first application was to the local Community First panel representing St Margaret's ward for a grant to start a lunch club on Hillington Square. This was successful and the Trust has received a grant of £2,500 from the Government's Office for Civil Society. This club will be run with the assistance of officers working for Freebridge Community Housing and will take place every WEDNESDAY at the Olive Branch café on Hillington Square. It is open to residents of Hillington Square and those living in St Margaret's ward which extends to the South Gates along London Road, Queen Street, and Baker Lane amongst others.
The first session will be on the 14th January from 12.30 when club members will receive an introductory free meal as a welcoming gesture.

The second application was to the Warm and Well fund through the Norfolk Community Foundation to start a similar lunch club for the elderly in South Lynn. We have been awarded £2,070 for this venture which will take place on MONDAYS at the South Lynn Community Centre. The start date for this has yet to be confirmed and will be advised later.

Both clubs will be run by volunteers who will serve a hot meal and then provide social activities for those attending. We will also provide low impact fitness training,  a variety of sporting activities, and computer training for interested members.

All food will be prepared and cooked at the Olive Branch cafe by staff from the PURFLEET TRUST  who have been extremely supportive in the planning of both clubs. We see this as a win-win situation in giving the Purfleet Trust additional income whilst providing us with a convenient venue for Hillington Square and a food source for South Lynn.

The clubs are open to all elderly residents in each area and we welcome enquiries from Trust members and non-members alike who may have an older family member living in the catchment area.
 More information can be obtained by using the "Contact us" feature on this website or by texting 07850395422
Blue & Gold Trust News Community Update
Monday 8th September
The previous Community Update mentioned the Trust's evolving community partnership in South Lynn with MORSTON ASSETS, FREEBRIDGE HOUSING, and the ENABLE EAST charity.
South Lynn is officially a deprived area, listed in the top 8% of all local government wards in England, so any support that can be given to the local community is much needed and we are pleased to be 'making a difference' to the quality of life for residents.
The latest joint venture was a trip to Banham Zoo for 25 youngsters and 5 adults paid for by the BIG LOTTERY FUND through ENABLE EAST. Trust officials drove minibuses kindly provided by the DISCOVERY CENTRE for the trip which was thoroughly enjoyed by all those attending. In keeping with Enable East's remit to promote a healthy life style the youngsters spent 5 hours in the fresh air and enjoyed a wholesome picnic at lunchtime.
On Sunday 7th September a group of 15 youngsters enjoyed an afternoons sailing and BBQ at the Ouse Amateur Sailing Club's Saddlebow facility. It was a perfect day for the youngsters to have a taster session under supervision and our thanks go to the officials at the OASC for hosting the event, and for their continuing support for youth sport.
Our next trip is to Wolferton on 14th September for an Adventurous Activities Day organised by the local scout leaders and again funded by the Big Lottery. We anticipate taking 30 youngsters from South Lynn and Hillington Square who will take part in rifle shooting, archery, wall climbing, slack wire walking, and backwoods cooking.
On a more individual level we are taking a group of 8 to 10 young teenagers who have shown leadership qualities for a BOUNCE + day at Centre Parcs on 27th September. They will take part in a discussion on personal development in the morning followed by lunch and will then be free to take part in some of the activities on offer during the afternoon. This will be organised by ENABLE EAST using BIG LOTTERY funds
It has been our intention for some time to run age group football teams in South Lynn so local youngsters could play for 'their team' as opposed to other teams in the area. The stumbling block has been a problem with drainage on the field behind St Michael's school. This has finally been rectified by Balfour Beatty and Grounds Maintenance will now prepare and mark out a mini soccer pitch for our use.
We are planning a community and sports day to take place on the MUGA at St. Michael's school on Monday 27th October during half term and intend to involve as many outside agencies as possible to maximise our increasing engagement with the community.
 Its pleasing that adults are now coming forward to ask if certain activities are possible and we are in the process of  establishing a fishing club and a community allotment, both on ground owned by MORSTON ASSETS.
Finally, we have been successful in applying for funds from the King's Lynn Community panel for use in St. Margaret's ward and will be setting up a lunch and social club for the older residents of Hillington Square. This will start in the next few weeks and residents will be encouraged to organise menus and social activities.
Blue & Gold Trust News Grant Award
Friday 1st August
The Trust is delighted to inform you that we have received £870 from the MARS in the COMMUNITY FUND via the Norfolk Community Foundation which will go into the South Lynn pot.
This will enable us to continue our current sports sessions and to look at adding a variety of sporting activities for the benefit of the youngsters and the older age groups.

Also we had a BOUNCE session yesterday funded and run by Enable East using Big Lottery money. 18 youngsters and 5 adults from South Lynn attended for activities and games promoting healthy eating, physical activity, and emotional well being. The highlight of the day was to see the youngsters preparing and eating a healthy lunch of pasta, salad vegetables, chicken, and wraps...great fun!

Enable East have kindly agreed to pay for a trip to Banham Zoo on the 14th August for youngsters and parents from South Lynn. We will be taking a minibus supported by one or two cars so we hope to be able to take a party of 20 to 25 for the day out. Encouragingly we are now seeing the parents coming along and asking to be involved which what we hoped for when we started the football sessions two years ago.

We also hope to be working further with Enable East to lay on other activities during the Summer holiday and through till Christmas.

Finally we have just started a 6 week session of Street Dance for girls at Providence Street with the support of Sam Gaughran.
Sam is organising an increasing number of sporting activities in West Norfolk, the latest being Basketball sessions on the court in the Walks which start shortly.
Blue & Gold Trust News COMMUNITY UPDATE
Tuesday 22nd July

Since we gave the Community Update a few months ago we have strengthened our relationship with MORSTON ASSETS and FREEBRIDGE COMMUNITY HOUSING and are delighted that representatives from both organisations are now actively involved with running the Girls Club in South Lynn.

 We are also meeting on a weekly basis to discuss other initiatives that will benefit the youngsters immediately, and the wider community over the coming months.

 We reported earlier that we are providing transport, with the help of Jimmy Yallop at the Discovery Centre, to groups of youngsters to attend the Activity Days organised by the area scouting movement funded by a grant from the Big Lottery. Our involvement in this has led to an approach from the ENABLE EAST charity asking us to suggest and organise activity sessions in South Lynn aimed at individual and group development, all to be funded through a Big Lottery grant.

 The working partnership with MORSTON, FREEBRIDGE, and ENABLE EAST will raise our profile in South Lynn and enable us to do so much more by giving us access to an increasing number of families and, importantly, having the funds to make things happen.

 ENABLE EAST run a BOUNCE programme which is designed to produce positive outcomes for local communities in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity, and emotional health. Sessions are run by a team of experienced coaches for all age groups and we look forward to engaging with a wide cross section of the community in the coming months.

 On a day-to-day basis we continue to run the Saturday morning and Monday evening football sessions plus the Energy Club and tennis coaching sessions. We have had feedback from the local PCSO's as to the positive effect these sessions have on the youngsters. The resulting reduction in anti-social behaviour is exactly the sort of outcome we set out to achieve when we began our involvement in South Lynn 2 years ago.

 We have been asked by FREEBRIDGE if girls from Hillington Square could join the Girls Club on Monday evenings and we are more than happy for them to do so. Initial attempts to persuade those girls to walk through to South Lynn have proved unsuccessful so we are changing tack by taking the Club to them for 6 weeks in the shape of Street Dance sessions to be held at Providence Street.

We have also arranged for a group of youngsters to try their hand at sailing on the relief channel behind the Power Station on 7th September and are grateful to the Ouse Amateur Sailing Club for their assistance in providing dinghies, instructors, and a safety boat for the afternoon.


 Finally, we are about to receive STREET MARK accreditation for the South Lynn Sports Club. This is awarded by Games Changers, the body set up to promote sport as the legacy of the London Olympics which will open up another funding stream for us. This will enable us to introduce a wide variety of sporting activities in South Lynn, initially as taster sessions but with the intention of moving on to regular sessions.
Blue & Gold Trust News COMMUNITY UPDATE
Tuesday 3rd June

It has been some time since the Trust notified members of its involvement with the local community  so we thought it proper that we give you an update on current and planned activities.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?
1.   We provide transport and other support to the West Norfolk Young Carer  and the Terrington Young Carer groups We are grateful to Jimmy Yallop at the Discovery Centre for the use of his minibuses free of charge.
2.   We continue to provide twice weekly football sessions for youngsters in South Lynn. The under 11 session is attended by an average of 24 youngsters and the 11 to 16 session averages 30. We use the Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) behind St Michaels school on Saturday mornings  and midweek during the Summer, moving to the Sports Barn at Lynnsport during the Winter.
3.   We organise tennis sessions on Thursday evenings throughout the year, attended by 12 to 15 youngsters of all ages.
4.   We run an Energy Club on Mondays in the South Lynn scout hall. This gives a structured exercise programme with a healthy eating message to youngsters ages 4 to 11.
5.   We were invited by the Games Changers Charity, which promotes the legacy of the Olympics, to participate in a scheme to re-cycle used sports equipment for the benefit of disadvantaged youngsters. This is being run by students from the Pre-uniform and Public Service course at the College of West Anglia with the retail outlet being the Big C shop in Norfolk Street. Student's participation in this scheme has given them the confidence to do additional voluntary work for the Big C charity which is a pleasing extension to the original idea of offering them retail experience. We are always looking for additional stock for the shop so please ring 07850395422 if you have anything suitable. Collection can be arranged.
6.   The area scout leader has been successful in obtaining a grant from the Big Lottery to run several "Adventurous Activity  Days" for local youngsters. As always transport is a problem and we are pleased, again with the co-operation of the Discovery Centre, to be able to help out with this. Youngsters take part in archery, rifle shooting, wall climbing, slack wire walking and other activities over a 6 hour period with not a Gameboy or Xbox to be seen!

HOW ARE WE ABLE TO DO ALL THIS?
We have been awarded grants totalling nearly £11000 from the Co-op Community Fund, Norfolk Community Fund, Love Norfolk and Safer Norfolk Funds over the last two years and this money is spent on the youngsters in South Lynn.
We are now beginning to engage with the wider community in South Lynn and its encouraging when parents and passers-by stop for a chat and give us feedback and ideas for the future.

WHAT NEXT?
1.   Our membership of the West Norfolk VCA and Momentum provides us with information as to new grant funding opportunities and application to these funds is a constant, on-going process. We have funds at the moment to take us through to the end of July but are hopeful of receiving a positive outcome to our application for a years money to the Norfolk Foundation.
2.   A support group for Young Adult Carers ( 16 to 25 year olds ) has just started meeting in the Community room at the Tesco Hardwick Road store. An approach to the group leader has been well received with a further meeting planned to discuss ways in which we can help them to get maximum benefit from their sessions.
3.   We are meeting with a representative from Games Changers to discuss the setting up a grant aided Door Step Club in South Lynn. Grants are aimed at areas in the top 20% of the Government Deprivation Index ( South Lynn is in the top 8% )  and are designed to offer taster sessions in a wide variety of sporting activities. These are  aimed at 16 to 25 year olds and, importantly, also at a female only groups which is a particular need in South Lynn.  Whilst we await the outcome of this meeting we have responded to this need by starting a girls only section of the South Lynn Sports Club which meets for an hour every Monday evening doing a variety of sports including a trip to the local swimming pool, Street dance and cycling.  This venture is being supported by a £500 grant from Active Norfolk.
4.   We have been asked if we could run age group football teams in South Lynn. Several youngsters currently play for teams in other parts of the town and it would promote community cohesion if they could have their own teams. To achieve this we are talking to the Council regarding the lease of the Community Changing rooms at the rear of St. Michaels school and the use of the field behind the MUGA. We will, however, need grant money to enable this to happen.
5.   Everything we have mentioned thus far has been aimed at youngsters. However, we have identified the need for a lunch club for the elderly in South Lynn to cut down loneliness and isolation, and to provide a hot meal and some social activities. A bid was made to the People's Health Trust ( The Health Lottery ) for a grant to enable us to set up such a club to be run by helpers from the area, but unfortunately due to the overwhelming number of applications for financial assistance, our bid was unsuccessful.  Funding is being pursued through other sources.
Blue & Gold Trust News TRUST IN THIRD GEAR
Sunday 4th May 2014
The Blue and Gold Supporters' Trust had several roles for the 10th GEAR in King's Lynn. This Gold standard event has achieved this accolade due to the well organised and superbly marshalled running of the event.
Trust Members turned up at the crack of dawn to put all the route signs up around the 10k course and then organised and ran the athletes village baggage tent. Making the athletes do as little as possible was the remit and thanks to the efforts of Trust Officials the athletes were never waiting more than 30 seconds to either deposit or collect their personal belongings.
The Blue and Gold Supporters Trust were delighted to have been asked to return to assist for a third year and will do so again in the future.
Feedback from athletes can be found on the GEAR facebook page.
Blue & Gold Trust at GEAR 2014

Blue & Gold Trust NewsTrust backs launch of support project at CWA
Friday 24th Januuary 2014
The employment prospects of young people can be improved if they are provided with the appropriate customer-facing skills. A partnership between the Blue and Gold Supporters' Trust and the College of West Anglia intends to do just that. Under the umbrella of the Blue and Gold Supporters' Trust the aim is to raise funds for both the Big C Charity and Games Changers, the latter providing sporting activities in deprived areas of the town, whilst giving students valuable experience.
The money raised will be used to get the communities involved in a variety of sporting activities to improve health and wellbeing.
It will be run by volunteers from the Partnership, which brings together uniformed services students and staff from the College of West Anglia, the Blue and Gold Supporters' Trust, Big C, and Games Changers.
Students have already been given induction training by Big C to help them work in a retail environment.
As well as helping serve in the Big C shop on a rota basis the 16 students involved will be collecting used sports equipment to be sold in the shop with proceeds split between the causes involved.
Contacts: Pat Kavanagh, College of West Anglia 07958328656.
Tonia, Big C shop manager, 07500 887616.

Websites: Games Changers
College of West Anglian Uniformed Services
Big C
Blue & Gold Trust NewsNeeded Unwanted Sports Equipment and kit
Friday 17th Januuary 2014
Over the last six months the Blue & Gold Trust in partnership with The College of West Anglia, the Big-C charity in King's Lynn and Games Changers has been involved in the local setting up of a project called "Games Changers" In essence the "Games Changers" social enterprise strand tasks students to set up their own micro-businesses, trading in unwanted sports kit and equipment.
The outcome creates more accessible sports kit for all and profits made go towards building and sustaining community sport.
More on Games Changers can be found here - http://www.gameschangers.org.uk
The kit is being sold through the Big-C Charity shop.
http://www.kingslynnonline.com/2013/10/extra-support-for-cancer-patients-in-kings-lynn Therefore, between us we need your unwanted Sports Kit and Equipment.
Can you help ? Initially we will collect the goods from you.
Please contact 07958 328 656
Leave a message and we will get back to you to arrange collection.
The official launch of the project is Thursday January 23rd
Thanks in advance for your help in Supporting the Local Community.
Blue & Gold Trust NewsTrust helps young Linnet
Friday 17th Januuary 2014
Shaun Stocker's selection to the England Colleges Under 19's was great news for the player, the club and all young local aspiring footballers.
With every success, however, there are invariably expenses to be met.
Over the last three years the Blue and Gold Trust has developed a very positive working relationship with the Borough Council Sports Development Officer, the Football in the Community scheme, and the College of West Anglia.
Therefore we are delighted that an approach to the College on behalf of Shaun has resulted in the award of a substantial grant to further his football career. We wish him every success at the forthcoming tournament and will follow his progress with keen interest.
Blue & Gold Trust News Blue & Gold Trust Nominate The Walks
Monday 16th December 2013
The Trust have today submitted a nomination to the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk to have the Walks Football Stadium listed as an asset of community value under the Localism Act (2011). The Council now have 8 weeks to make their decision. Following our recent members' survey, there was overwhelming support and desire from members to encourage the Trust to make the nomination.
The Trust believes the Walks Stadium should continue to be the home of King's Lynn Town Football Club and be protected for the future generations of supporters. Furthermore, if the Council were to make decisions regarding the future of The Walks, that this should involve the community and the supporters through the framework of the Assets of Community Value Regulations.
Blue & Gold Trust News WINTER PROGRAMME FOR SOUTH LYNN SPORTS CLUB
The Trust is pleased to announce that arrangements have been finalised to allow the youngsters from south lynn to take part in sport over the winter months.
The programme is:-
SATURDAY 10 TILL NOON FOOTBALL ON THE MUGA IN SOUTH LYNN
MONDAY 4.30 TILL 6.15 ENERGY CLUB - SCOUT HALL SOUTH LYNN
WEDNESDAY 6PM TILL 7.15 PM FOOTBALL U11's - LYNNSPORT BARN
WEDNESDAY 7.45PM TILL 9PM FOOTBALL U16's - LYNNSPORT BARN
THURSDAY 6PM TILL 7.30 PM TENNIS - DISCOVERY CENTRE
Our thanks go to Jimmy at the Discovery Centre for providing transport to and from the venues.
All sessions are free to the youngsters thanks to the grants the Trust has received from the Co-op Community, Norfolk Foundation, Love Norfolk, and Safer Norfolk funds
If you require any additional information about these sessions please use the 'contact us' facility on this website.
Blue & Gold Trust News Website Sponsors
The Trust would like to welcome Richard Hearn of RH Engine Centre as this year's sponsor of www.thelinnets.co.uk.
Richard has been a regular supporter of the Club and Trust. His business covers a wide range of motor engineering needs and by clicking on his logo on this site you will link to his own site which lists the full range of services he offers.
Please support Richard when you need any of his specialist skills.
Blue & Gold Trust News Coaching sessions begin
The Trust held its first midweek football coaching session in South Lynn last evening ( Monday 22nd April ) which was attended by 34 boys and girls whose ages ranged from 6 to 13. We were absolutely delighted by the response and by the enjoyment shown by those taking part.
It was also encouraging to hear youngsters asking if they could have their own team playing in South Lynn, which is perhaps something we could try to facilitate if there is enough community interest. Sessions will be held every Monday from 6 till 8 ( weather permitting ) except for Bank Holidays.
Once again our thanks go to the Love Norfolk fund and the Norfolk Community fund whose grants have made these sessions possible.
Blue & Gold Trust News Norfolk County FA Level 1 coaching course
NCFA are running a Level 1 coaching course for 16 to 18 year olds in Terrington St Clement during the May half term holiday.
Those attending must have had their 16th birthday before 31/8/2012 and not have reached their 19th birthday before 28th May 2013 when the course starts.
The programme is as follows:- 28th and 29th 9am till 6pm Theory and practical 30th 10am till 4.30 pm Safeguarding of children plus first aid 31st Assessment 9am till 6pm.
The recent grant awards to the Blue and Gold Trust contained an element to cover the cost of youngsters and adults attending level 1 courses and we would like to hear from anyone who is interested in joining this particular course. Participation is obviously FREE but individuals will need to make their own way to and from Terrington.
For further information please PM me via this forum.
This offer is NOT restricted to Trust members or their relatives.
Blue & Gold Trust NewsCash boost for South Lynn
THE BLUE AND GOLD SUPPORTER'S TRUST is delighted to announce the receipt of two grant awards which will enable it to expand the sporting initiatives which it is carrying out in South Lynn.
Grants of £2840 from the LOVE NORFOLK fund and £5000 from the NORFOLK COMMUNITY fund will be used to provide midweek football coaching sessions in addition to the regular Saturday morning sessions held on the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) behind St. Michael's School, South Lynn.
Click for full article and information on how to take part..
Trust News Christmas Draw 2012
The following are winners in the draw that took place in the Lord Napier on 1st January 2013
Thanks to everyone involved. Superb on all levels.
Over 1440 tickets sold , early shout is £1100 in the bank.
Thank you again.
Winners are
J.Flowers: £200
O.Hay: £100
S. Hayes: £50
L.Rout: Deers Leap voucher
Vinders: Nandos voucher
L.Flanagan: Next voucher
D.Rose: HMV voucher
M.Bradley: Costa voucher
Rhys: Kings Butchers voucher
B.Rose: Donaldsons voucher
N & J Dyson: Strikes/Planet Zoom voucher
Sally: Greyhounds voucher
L.Morrow: KLTFC DVD.
M.Skerritt: KLTFC DVD
J.Watson: Trust mug.
Blue & Gold Trust NewsBlue & Gold Trust and King's Lynn Town FC joint statement
Blue and Gold Trust and King's Lynn Town Football Club are pleased to have concluded preliminary meetings which were held with a view to building a meaningful relationship.
Both parties would like to report the following:
• The Club have offered the Trust a chance to give a monthly summary of their members' views and comments regarding the operation and management of the Club.
• The Trust has agreed to meet the Friends of the Linnets to discuss the possibility of running a joint fund-raising event.
• The Trust will continue to hold their meetings at their current venue but thank the Club for offering their facilities.
• At the request of the Club the Trust have increased security and moderation of the forum on www.thelinnets.co.uk
• The Club has offered the use of the Community Hub to the Trust for their community work.
• Both parties will meet again in six months to review the relationship.
Phil Ellis, Chairman of the Trust said " We welcome the news that the Trust and Club have begun discussions about building a structured relationship.
It is, and always has been, our belief that when the views of supporters are recognised by the Club it is to the benefit of all concerned".
Blue & Gold Trust NewsBlue & Gold Trust Gets Grant Award
We are delighted to announce that a recent application to the Co-operative Group Community Fund for a grant to support the provision of weekly football coaching sessions in South Lynn has been successful.
The grant totals £1,942
This will enable us to buy some additional equipment and to run the sessions on the MUGA at St Michael's school for the next 9 months or so.
Our thanks go to the Co-operative Group for their generosity and support.
Trust News Annual General Meeting 2012
Following the recent Blue and Gold Supporters' Society Ltd AGM the following were confirmed as Directors of the Supporters' Trust . . .
New Directors with a tenure to November 2014: Mrs S Barber, Dr R Britton, Mr W Kercher and Miss L Rout.
Joined incumbent directors with a tenure to November 2013: Mr P Ellis,Mr J Flanagan, Mr J Gamble, Mr R Last, Mr M Lane and Mr R Sherring.
Mr K Rout has a support role and was co-opted as Supporters Trust Secretary at the next committee meeting.
At the committee meeting that followed the AGM, the following roles were filled:
Chairman - Mr P Ellis
Secretary - Mr K Rout
Treasurer - Dr R Britton
Lottery Promoter - Mr R Sherring
Raffle Coordinator - Mrs S Barber
Membership officer/Data Protection officer - Mr J Gamble
Membership communication - Mr J Gamble
Website Advertising/Sponsorship - Mrs S Barber & Mr M Lane
Website communication - Mr W Kercher & Mr J Gamble
Community Project Coordinator - Mr K Rout, Mr W Kercher & Mr J Flanagan
Fundraising Coordinator - Mrs S Barber, Mr R Sherring & Mr K Rout
Trust News Annual General Meeting 2012
I would just like to take this opportunity to remind all Trust members that the AGM will take place this Thursday, 16th February at the Conservative Club on London Road, beginning at 7.30pm.
A Supporters Trust is a democratic organisation and any member can come forward to seek election as a Director and have their say in the future direction of the Trust.
It is not a supporters' group without membership participation in its management.
Our Trust has had considerable support and success with fund-raising and is actively involved in community projects with schools and youth organisations.
The Trust membership has remained high with many members renewing for 3 or 4 years since inception.
The Trust aims remain to encourage the Club to take proper account of all its supporters (Trust members are also long term supporters of KLFC) and to promote the principle of meaningful supporter representation on the board of the company owning the club.
In this regard it is therefore disappointing that supporters are being forced to choose which event to support this coming Thursday, as I am sure that supporters have questions for both the Club and the Trust.
I wish the Club every success with their forum on Thursday and hope that important dates such as these do not clash in the future.
Phil Ellis, Chairman of the Blue & Gold Trust
Trust News Christmas Draw 2011
The following are winners in the draw that took place in the Lord Napier on 1st January 2012
£200 - Ian Coleman (ticket number: 1165)
£100 - Kevin Ash (1514)
£50 - Mr. Painter (2726)
£20 Beers of Europe voucher: Russell Howlett (2564)
Maltings Snooker voucher: Wayne Kercher (1359)
£20 Grants voucher: Kathy Flanagan (914)
£10 Donaldsons voucher: Mal Ely (2258)
Strikes voucher: Mrs J. Page (2234)
Greyhound Racing voucher: Martine Wiggs (362)
£10 Kings Butchers voucher: D. Yardley (847)
Total number of tickets sold: 1,661
The Trust would like to thank all sponsors of the prizes, all those who helped to co-ordinate the draw and everyone who supported the draw by either selling or buying tickets.
Happy New Year!
Trust News Eastgate Primary School
The Trust is pleased to announce that it is assisting the school in its programme to improve pupil fitness levels, beginning on Tuesday 27th September.
This will take place at an after school sports club and will use activities such as Kwik cricket and Multi Skills to increase children's fitness levels and to instill the benefits of competitive team sport on a social and personal development level.
Multi Skills concentrate on Agility, Balance, and Co-ordination. They are not sports specific so have the advantage of involving children in a wide range of activities at an early age.
Trust News Blue & Gold Trust
Two years old
The Blue and Gold Trust has now been in existence for two years and in that time much has happened for all supporters' of senior football in Lynn. It's fair to say that the Trust was originally conceived due to supporters concerns regarding the management and ownership of the club.
Cast your mind back to mid-2009, when we, the fans, had just learnt that the club had been relegated due to ground grading issues, even though the Council had allocated £150,000 for ground improvements long before the club was forcibly relegated.
At the fans' forum at the start of the 2009/2010 season, the fans were asked to draw a line under the relegation issue by the then chairman, rather than answer questions from the Trust as to the mismanagement of the ground improvements. Furthermore, on the same evening we were told that the winding-up order (already issued) was in fact a mistake by HMRC and there was absolutely nothing to worry about. We were asked to trust the owners and assured the debt would be repaid. However, by December 10 2009 our worst fears had become true and the club ceased to exist. In the press, the then chairman told us "we're truly sorry", and walks away from the whole mess. But in that same press report there is a first mention of the new owners interest in the club saying that money was in place to save the club but is quoted as saying "I've never had a limited company, never owned a limited company and don't intend to, so that really blew everything out of the water". Bear in mind that the club was playing football in the Northern Premier, were fifth, ten points behind the leaders with four games in hand. Within a few short weeks a limited company was formed to successfully win the bid to own the lease to the ground and form a new club, albeit playing three leagues lower in the football pyramid. Many would like to believe that if the Trust had £70,000 in the bank two years previously every effort would have been made to keep the existing club afloat.
So a supporter trust is there to try and safeguard the future of the club and had one been formed years previously who knows what league we would have been playing in, but I would like to think it wouldn't be in the UCL with no disrespect to the league or teams currently in it.
A supporters club can never fulfil this guardian's role as we found with the old club when the supporters club were impotent and incapable of averting the winding-up order as all the money they had raised had been handed over to the owners to do with as they decided. However, it's great to see a new supporters club has now been set up to assist with the day-to-day tasks, such as the match day programme, away travel etc.
Of course, many club owners dislike supporters' trusts due to their aims of supporter ownership or board representation, but there are also others that have found that supporter power can push a club onto greater things, like Swansea in the premiership with a 20% ownership by the Swans Trust. There are many also other success stories with supporters' trusts involved at all levels of football.
Mistakes have been made in this new club environment and let's hope that the club never suffers the problems of the past. In fact, I am sure the current owners would never get the club into financial difficulties, but trust is a big word in football and if anything the past tells us about football in Lynn, owners have come and gone with great regularity and constant change is always a possibility.
With the support of its members the trust will always be there in the future to help ensure football in Lynn continues for another 130 years.
Trust News Trust Statement
The Trust yesterday (13th June) received a personal letter from Keith Chapman confirming that the club did not at this time want to consider working with the Trust and raising some issues they had in regards to the Trust sponsored website.
We are therefore extremely disappointed that before the Trust had an opportunity to reply to the club that parts of the letter have been released and published in today's Lynn News.
This would appear to be yet another attempt to show the Trust as acting against the Club on its concerns without the chance to respond. On several occasions during the last year we have made positive suggestions to assist the Club, such as the Player of the Month awards only to be discouraged or ignored.
The Trust is today taking advice through Supporters Direct in regards to the Club's concerns relating to the website and will reply in confidence to Keith in due course.
We can only reiterate that the Trust has no desire or seek to be in dispute or disagreement with the owners of the Club but will continue to be an independent voice for supporters of Kings Lynn Town FC. We are always willing and open to talk with the owners of the Club.
In the most recent season the success of clubs who have welcomed the involvement of Supporters' Trusts are there for all to see, with AFC Wimbledon promoted to League 2 and Swansea to the Premiership with a 20% ownership of the Swans Trust. . A successful club with long term stability is all we are working towards with our local football club.

Trust News Friends of the Linnets
The Blue & Gold Trust would like to congratulate all involved in the setting up of the Supporters' Club initiative, a good step forward for fans of King's Lynn Town FC.
The Trust looks forward to working with the Supporters' Club in the future.
Trust News Blue & Gold Trust AGM
I am pleased to be able to confirm that the Trust have now received the Accounts from the auditors which allows us to give notice of the AGM.
This will be held at The Queens Arms, London Road, King's Lynn on Thursday 24th February at 7.30 pm.
Everyone who was a Trust member on the 31st August 2010 will be invited to attend and we hope as many of you as possible will be able to be there on the night.
After the AGM, a full report of the evening will appear on the website with a copy of the accounts.
The nominations received to become Trust Directors for the forthcoming year are :
P Ellis
M Lane
J Flanagan
J Gamble
N Timms
R Sherring
R Last

Phil Ellis
Trust Secretary.

A copy of the Agenda for the AGM can be downloaded here.

Trust News Christmas Draw Results
Ticket No.  Winners Name  Prize   Donated by
132         Ms B Chasney - £200
3332        Mr J Lynch - £100
483         Robert White - £50
3432        Andy Wilson - £40 Grants Restaurant Voucher
2730        John Lake - £20 Beers Of Europe Voucher
142         G Bailey - £20 Van Pelt Butchers Voucher
2550        Keith Bramham - Snappy Snaps Photo Album Voucher
253         Sarah Rose - £10 Kings Butchers Voucher
3014        S Bunting - £10 Pizza Hut Voucher
3559        N Lewis - £10 Love 2 Shop Voucher - kindly donated by Marcus Rose
502         Ron Collins - Bottle Of Champagne - kindly donated by Richard Watson
Total tickets sold 2002 (20% increase on last year)
Profit from sales £1652 (40% increase on last year!)
Thanks to all members who helped with selling such an amazing number of tickets.
Special thanks to Barrett Batchelor Mortgage Services, Guyan Transport and Premier Bars who generously sponsored the raffle tickets and postage of tickets to members.
This terrific result will contribute to the Blue and Gold Trust's efforts to achieve our aims. This shows that you really can "Achieve More Together"

Trust News
I am pleased to be able to confirm that the Trust has now recieved a draft set of accounts from Osbornes Accountants Ltd, and subject to answering a few minor enquiries, the accounts should soon be finalised. Once this has taken place we will be in a position to give the required 14 days notice to its members, to hold the AGM.
I would also like to advise members that Len Candlish has decided to resign as a Director of the Trust. A close member of Len's family has recently suffered a serious illness which will involve Len in regular visits to Scotland.
When Len took on the Chair in May this year it was his stated aim to hold office until the AGM. Whilst Chairman, Len made great strides in bringing the Trust closer to the Club with the appointment of a Club Liason Officer, and also with regular meetings. These efforts seemed to be undermined at the recent fans' forum where the club used the opportunity to raise issues in a public forum, rather than in the meetings that were being held with the Trust's Liasion Officer. Len was obviously disappointed at this. On behalf of the Trust's officials and its Members, I would like to thank Len for all the hard work and consdierable effort he has put into the Blue and Gold Supporters' Trust since it started.
Finally, I would like to re-iterate that The Trust or any of its Officials will not engage in debate on the forums when matters of the Trust are raised. Any questions should be forwarded via a link on the website and will be answered in due course.

Phil Ellis
Trust Secretary

Trust News The Blue & Gold Supporters' Trust Player of the Month Award
Jack Defty The award for August/September goes to Jack Defty.
During that time Jack notched his one hundredth goal for the club. He has scored 21 competitive goals already this season - passing his previous best of 16 which he recorded in the 2003-04 and 2006-07 seasons.

Steve Spriggs The October award goes to Steve Spriggs. having missed the start of the season Steve soon established himself in the starting line-up scoring five goals during the month.

The Trust would like to thank Barrett Batchelor Mortgage Services for their sponsorship of this award.

Trust News Blue & Gold Trust Statement
Following the recent letter to all Trust members regarding nominations to become a Director of The Trust for the coming year, I am pleased to confirm the current position.
After some interest on the forum we have now taken advice from Supporters Direct to allow us to clarify the situation. The Trust has been constituted to have a maximum of twelve Directors and vacancies therefore exist for these twelve positions. Nominations have been received for eight of these vacancies and subject to final ratification at the forthcoming AGM, these eight individuals will become Trust Directors.
I would like to take this opportunity to confirm that The Trust accounts for the year ending 31st August 2010 are now being audited. We thank our contacts at Supporters Direct, who have introduced us to a suitably qualified individual. This person is involved in the running of Leyton Orient Supporters Trust and has offered to complete the audit for a nominal sum. Furthermore, we are delighted that a Blue and Gold Trust member has agreed to make a donation to help with the cost of the audit, from his own pocket. Once again, this shows the great support The Trust has and continues to receive during what has proved to be a difficult year since its inception.
I hope to advise you of the date of the AGM in due course.
Phil Ellis
Secretary, Blue and Gold Supporters Trust.

Trust News Blue & Gold Trust and Tax
Some people have queried the mention of the Trust's tax liabilities in the most recently published minutes.
The following is a quote from Supporters Direct literature which may help clarify the situation,
"Industrial and Provident Societies are treated as a corporate entity for tax purposes and as a general rule they are liable for corporation tax in respect of profit or surplus computed in accordance with normal rules applicable for companies".
Inland Revenue Form IR46 details which elements of our funds are taxable. The key to the Trust and most other Mutuals, is that any profit accrued goes back into the organisations funds. No Trust official or member take any profit from the organisation.

Trust News The Lord Napier supporting the Trust
Saturday 7 August 2010
The Lord Napier Public House, the pub closest to The Walks, is the latest business to be added to the website's rolling banner.
The Trust would like to thank the landlord for his generous and welcome support.
As a bonus for Trust members, he is offering 30p off the price of a pint of draft beers before and after 1st team home matches.
Trust membership cards must be produced to take advantage of this offer.

Trust News Trust meeting with KLTFC
Wednesday 4 August 2010
The Chairman and Secretary of the B&G Trust met with Keith and Jonathan Chapman on Thursday 29th July 2010.
A list of topics discussed can be found here.

Trust News The Trust updates its logo
Tuesday 3 August 2010
The Blue and Gold Trust are adopting a new logo as can be seen above. This decision was taken in an effort to give the Trust an image that is both modern and one that can be reproduced on merchandise which will soon be made available.
Our thanks go to young Charlie who designed the original logo which has served us well since the launch. His logo will still be used for the Blue and Gold Juniors section. Finally, a great big thanks to Fred Popp of SME Branding www.smebranding.com, who has been extremely generous in supporting the Trust with his time and advice.

Trust News Statement by Trust Chairman
Friday 23 July 2010
The Chairman of the Blue & Gold Supporters' Trust has issued a statement regarding the proposed meeting between representatives of the Trust and the owners of King's Lynn Town Football Club to halt any further ill-informed speculation.
The statement can be found here.
Trust News Steering Committee Minutes
Minutes of a Meeting of the Steering Committee held on 29th June are available for perusal.
See Trust Documents > Minutes.
Trust News Blue & Gold Trust Update
Tuesday 6 July 2010
The Blue and Gold Trust is pleased to announce that new membership applications are still being received. After nearly 8 months since the launch date, the 226th full member has just been registered. Along with 155 junior members, 7 associate members and 3 corporate members, this brings the registered strength of the Trust up to 391.
The Trust Chairman Len Candlish commented: " this is great news, and the increasing membership of the Trust proves that it represents a large section of the supporters of football in King's Lynn and the local area".
The Trust can also report that there is now in excess of £10,000 in the bank, thanks to the financial support of members, friends and commercial partners. These funds will only increase through continued support, and ongoing fundraising activities.
Many thanks to all who have joined or supported the Trust to date, and it is hoped that this support will continue to grow and prove that The Trust is a true representative of our football fans. If you wish to join the Trust or support any of its activities, please contact us via this website or alternatively contact any Trust official.

Trust News Conference Report
Wednesday 16 June 2010
Blue & Gold Supporters' Trust chairman Len Candlish attended the Supporters Direct Annual Conference on Saturday
His report on the day which was themed "A Better Vision for Football" can be found here.
Trust News Praise for outgoing Trust Chairman
Saturday 29 May 2010
The Supporters' Trust new chairman, Len Candlish paid tribute to his predecessor Neil Timms as he takes over the chair until the Trust stages its first Annual General Meeting.
The complete statement can be found here.

Trust News Neil Timms steps down
Wednesday 26 May 2010
Chairman Neil Timms has stepped down as Chairman of the Blue & Gold Supporters' Trust.
He said in a statement:
"It is with great regret and after a lot of thought and soul-searching that I have decided to resign as chairman of the Blue and Gold Trust.
The reasons are 4-fold and as follows
1. Living in Norwich and possibly moving to Lowestoft in the next 3 months means that it will become increasingly difficult to attend meetings and functions on a regular basis.
2. I have become increasingly aware that my strengths are not as being chairman and this is having a detrimental effect on the direction of the Trust, moving forward.
3. When Julian Gamble, Ray Sherring and I first started the process of setting up a Supporters' Trust, our goals were to achieve a well supported trust with at least 100 members by the end of 2009. This has been achieved and I am very proud of what we have all managed to do. No one could have believed what we have been involved in over the last 6 months and I have been extremely proud to have been a part of it.
4. I am also sensitive to the fact that as Chairman of the trust, pre-Chapman era, there are a number of supporters that view me as having a personal vendetta which reflects negatively on the wider picture. I would like to finally state that this is not the case and I have always offered our new owners my full support.
The directors of the Trust met last night and it was agreed that Len Candlish take the role of Chairman until our first AGM. I will give Len my full support and am happy that the post of Chair has been left in safe hands.
It only leaves for me to thank you all for your support in the last year and I hope to still be involved at some level in the strategic direction of the trust in the future."
Trust News Trust bid for The Walks Lease unsuccesful
Thursday 14th January 2010

The Blue and Gold Trust were unsuccessful in the bid to obtain the lease of the Walks Stadium for the creation of a new King's Lynn FC.

A press release can be found here.

Trust News Press Release
12 December 2009

The Trust have issued the following statement following the demise of King's Lynn FC. Click here to view.

Kings Lynn FC Wound Up in the High Court: 130 Years of History will not end today

Like all supporters, the Blue and Gold Trust (Kings Lynn Supporters Trust) are devastated at the news that the King's Lynn Football Club have been wound up in the High Court in London today.

We have worked hard on behalf of all fans to prevent this, and as late as Wednesday morning we were hopeful of finding a way through the problems with the tax authorities and other parties.

If this decision is to be reversed, an appeal needs to be lodged within seven days by the board of directors of the football club.

Because of these circumstances, it is clear that there are two choices for us all:

1. To try to save the existing Club by taking it out of the hands of the existing directors, successfully appealing to the High Court to reverse the winding up order, paying off the debt it owes, settling with other creditors, and continuing the season

2. To form a new Club as soon as possible, negotiate a new lease with the Council for The Walks, and apply for a new league in May

We believe it’s critical that we don’t give up on the existing Club if it can still be saved; although the situation appears hopeless at the moment, we also know that circumstances change very quickly. We will continue to actively seek ways to save the existing Club, and we appeal to anyone in Kings Lynn to approach us if they think they can help us achieve this. Please email klfcsupporterstrust@gmail.com if this applies to you.

But we would be equally foolish to ignore the need to make sure that if the worst does happen, and if any appeal is unsuccessful that we have a Club to support, and so with our advisors Supporters Direct we are working on a Plan B to reform the Club.

Although this is the saddest of times for all of us, it is also a time where we all need to be focused as supporters on the outcome. Whatever happens today, in the next seven days, or the next seven months, a football club in Kings Lynn will live on, and we must all be focused on ensuring that outcome, proudly continuing the history of the last 130 years.

Date added: 25 Nov 2009

Trust News Trust Launch
Thursday 19th November 2009
The Blue & Gold Trust was officially launched. The evening saw informative presentations from Jess Ibrom from King's Lynn Community Football and James Mathie from Supporters Direct in the first half of the evening