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  1. Update from the Foundation Chair: https://thejagsfoundation.co.uk/update-on-discussions-with-three-black-cats/ Good evening fellow Jags fans. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update on some recent activity from the Foundation Board. We can confirm that on 20 June representatives of the TJF Board met with the Directors of Three Black Cats. The meeting was considered to be constructive by the TJF board members present and we are grateful to 3BC for the face-to-face meeting. As a result of the meeting, TJF agreed to submit a follow-up document which has now been actioned. We are committed to providing members an update on progress on 16 July. There can be no further comment until then. Best Sandy Fyfe, Chair and Negotiations Sub-group Lead
  2. An utterly glorious one, correctly remembered. I watched the Club's official highlights on QuickTime player of that game in the weeks after several times because the red card was very ******* funny.
  3. As per Sandy's update from last night, as soon as there is anything substantive to report from the dialogue with Three Black Cats, we will seek to update members as fully as we can. It would be unwise to infer anything from that about matters of process.
  4. The short answer is that we aren’t a charity and aren’t registered as a charity. We are simply a private company limited by guarantee. The slightly longer answer is that this was looked at by the old board and I understand they concluded that we would struggle to meet the eligibility conditions to obtain charitable status.
  5. We're pleased to announce that we will be lifting the payment pause on members subscriptions effective Friday 1 July. Find out more here: https://thejagsfoundation.co.uk/were-lifting-the-payment-pause/ Any questions, drop me an email at [email protected]
  6. I always found Tom and Jerry at their most charming when they worked together.
  7. I'm not saying that your questions aren't legitimate; I'm just trying to explain why I'm not in a position to answer them immediately and here on this forum. And you'll get that, when there is something to report! Of course they do. But our negotiations sub-team has not yet met with 3BC. So there is nothing "agreed" to report! Of course it would. It's completely inconceivable that the Foundation would take ownership of the Club without first putting the matter to its members.
  8. Thanks BowenBoys. I don't want to be cagey about this, but there's a proper chronology we need to follow here and as you say we are keen to build a strong position of trust with 3BC early on.
  9. As I've already said, we will update members as fully and as frequently as confidentiality allows. It would not be appropriate to play out a blow-by-blow account of negotiations in the public domain. When there is something substantive to report we will report it. Patience, kemosabe!
  10. Like I said before, I'm not going to give an off-the-cuff running commentary on this, but please bear in mind that: (a) we took office barely two weeks ago (b) that period has included a bank holiday weekend during which several people were on holiday (for example, I have been managing membership subscriptions and enquiries while literally on holiday in Egypt) (c) a reasonable period of time had to be allowed for the new TJF Board actually to meet one another and to agree our approach (we have our second TJF Board meeting next week) Basically, patience, kemosabe!
  11. As you’ll have seen from the Chair’s message last week, dialogue is open with 3BC (they’re willing to meet with representatives of TJF) and the Foundation has set up a negotiations sub-team (consisting of Sandy, Andrew, Heather and Gary) for precisely that purpose. There isn’t yet anything substantive to report but that’s because a face-to-face meeting hasn’t (yet) taken place. We will provide as full and as frequent updates as confidentiality allows. We understand entirely the clamour for information, but as with any professional business transaction, it wouldn’t be right to provide a running commentary. Mutual trust between 3BC and TJF will be vital if this is going to work. I hope that reassures. We will be in a better position to update you on this some point within the next fortnight.
  12. A wee update on Foundation membership: Today we reached 530 members, and there have been new and returning members joining every single day in the last fortnight. Membership is up more than 7% since the new board took office a fortnight ago. Well over 100 people have joined or rejoined since The Open Letter went out on 13 April. We want to hit our next milestone, 550 members as soon as possible and really push on. If you’re not a member, take the plunge and sign up. If you are a member, tell your friends and family to join. Follow us on Twitter @Jags_Foundation Follow us on Facebook (The Jags Foundation) Follow us on our brand new Instagram (@thejagsfoundation) Follow us on our new LinkedIn (The Jags Foundation) If you’re a member, post on your socials why you support The Jags Foundation. Let’s spread the word!
  13. Good news. This seems to have been a partnership that’s worked well for all concerned.
  14. To be clear I mean purely from the new Foundation Board’s perspective. Maximising memberships makes clear to all involved that we are the support’s preferred fan ownership vehicle. Nothing more or less than that.
  15. It would be remiss of me not to remind folk that it's really easy to sign up to The Jags Foundation. Just click this link and fill out your details: https://thejagsfoundation.co.uk/sign-up/ Remember you can do this by Direct Debit or regular card payment, on either a regular membership (£10 per month) or a concessionary one (£5 per month). If you'd like to, you can also make an additional monthly contribution to the Foundation while signing up. More than 100 fans have joined, or rejoined, the Foundation since a group of us published The Open Letter on 13 April. It's a numbers game right now, so every additional member counts. Join today, tell your friends and family to join today, and spread the word. If you feel unable to make a regular contribution at the current moment, please still sign-up as a Friend of the Foundation. This is also open to those under the age of 16. You can do this here: https://thejagsfoundation.co.uk/sign-up-2/
  16. We're hopeful we can bring you more on this fairly soon. I don't want to prejudge anything but lines of communication are open, which I consider to be significant progress on where we might have been.
  17. For Thistle fans who are not already members of the Foundation, or whose memberships might (understandably) have lapsed, I hope we can persuade you to join or rejoin. It's really easy to do and you can sign up for either a recurring Direct Debit or a recurring card payment on our website at this link https://thejagsfoundation.co.uk/sign-up/ Building momentum in numbers is going to be really important in the coming weeks and months and I hope we can count on your support. If you have any questions about your membership or membership status, please email [email protected]
  18. I think it's fair to say that Norge and I the most active on here, and @jaf (Sandy Fyfe) is also an occasional poster. More of us are on the main Thistle Facebook groups and some (but not all) of us are also contactable on Twitter. For my own part, happy to be a point of contact if people prefer to speak with us through the forum, but you can also email the Foundation at [email protected]
  19. Derby Jag, As far as I’m concerned, Jags for Change has served its purpose. We got together to engage the support on the continued viability and importance of The Jags Foundation in this fan ownership journey, to make clear that there would be plenty enough candidates to run the TJF Board to fill most of the positions, and to encourage others to run to work with us to make it a success. The Open Letter was an organic process, but obviously there was some initial discussion between its original signatories about its content before we invited others to sign it. We are like minded and aligned about the way forward and there’s really nothing more to it than that. We ran a slate because we think it’s better that the members know we’re aligned and buying into the same approach than that they’re left to work that out from short candidate statements. But now we’re just 7 of the 9 individuals in whom the membership has put its trust. Time is obviously of the essence, which means we will need to take some swift decisions, but as far as I’m concerned there is no distinction now between JFC and non-JFC candidates; there is just a board of 9.
  20. There was a formal board meeting this evening to confirm the hand-over from the old board to the new board. We are in the process of carrying out the admin associated with the handover. Obviously we want the opportunity to meet as a new group and we have arranged our initial meeting for this weekend. Once we've had a chance to talk through our next steps we will of course communicate as much of that as we can.
  21. Thank you to everyone who voted. I'm really excited to work with the other 8 new board members and to try and make a difference to this process. It's also heartening to know that people are engaged with the Foundation and want it to succeed. We have still to be formally appointed (that will happen later today) but I hope we are in a position to share some information about concrete action and positive developments in the coming days.
  22. https://thejagsfoundation.co.uk/election-results/
  23. If this process becomes about personalities, and people's actual or perceived views about personalities (on whatever side) then it goes absolutely nowhere. If it is recognised as a business transaction between end-goal aligned custodians and would-be custodians of the Club, it has a chance of getting over the line. Three Black Cats does not have one director. It has two. And I'm sure that whatever the composition of the TJF Board following the election result on Thursday, they will be willing to work with both of them, and the Club Board, in the interests of our football club. Everything else is just noise.