The Dons Trust logoMarch’s board meeting summary

The Dons Trust board (DTB) held its monthly board meeting at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Wednesday 27 March 2019. Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, this article summarises the main points discussed.

At the meeting were DTB members Mark Davis (chair), Rob Crane, Colin Dipple, Roger Evans, Cormac van der Hoeven, Anna Kingsley, Hannah Kitcher, Jane Lonsdale and Luke Mackenzie (Luke via speakerphone). Apologies were received from Trust secretary David Growns, who was unwell; volunteer Terry Langford..

A graphic of a ballot box with 'Vote' written above itAre you thinking of standing for election?

Our next elections may not be until towards the end of the year, but it’s never too early to think about standing for election to the Dons Trust board.

The board runs the Trust on a day-to-day basis on behalf of its members, working closely with the football club’s own board to set the strategic direction of the club.

Elections to the Trust board are held every year on a one member, one vote basis. The elections take place in..

'We need your help' signWanted: Volunteers to support Dons Trust membership section

Help needed to ensure we support Dons Trust members applying for and renewing their membership.

Since its formation 17 years ago, the Dons Trust has grown to an organisation of over 3,500 members, spread across senior and junior sections. Throughout that period, the task of servicing members’ applications to join and renew annual membership has fallen to our loyal membership secretary, John Stembridge, with occasional support from volunteers on mailing out membership cards.

The Dons Trust now..

AFC Wimbledon badgeWally Downes thanks Trust members and volunteers

First-team manager Wally Downes has issued a special message of thanks to Dons Trust members and volunteers for the support given during our run to League One survival.

(If the video above doesn’t play on your device, you can see the video on the AFC Wimbledon YouTube channel.)

On behalf of all Dons Trust members and volunteers, we’d like to officially extend our own thanks to Wally, assistant manager Glyn Hodges, the players and all the backroom support staff for..

Dons Trust SGMDraft SGM minutes

Members can now see the draft minutes of April’s SGM.

These are being shared while the meeting’s fresh in your memory, but keep a note of any amendments you might have until we send out the official notification of our next SGM, which is when these draft minutes will get amended, if necessary, and approved.

The Trust Webjam currently offline

The Dons Trust Webjam is currently offline – the company that runs it were doing some tweaks “under the bonnet” this weekend and now one of our volunteers needs to do some tweaks of our own.

We’ll let you know as soon as it’s back up. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Update 9 May: we’re pleased to say that the Dons Trust Webjam is now back online. 

Valley Parade fire commemoration

Our visit to Bradford City tomorrow (4 May) coincides with their annual memorial fixture for the 56 supporters who died in the 1985 Valley Parade fire disaster.

A minute’s silence will be held before kick-off to remember those who sadly passed away almost 34 years ago.

Earlier in the day, the Dons Trust will on behalf of our club join Bradford City to lay a wreath at a memorial outside the ground.

As well as those who died, more than..

A supporter watches football on TV while holding a beer bottleAcademic survey on alcohol and football

The Football Supporters’ Federation has forwarded us the following text from a group of academics who are researching the links between alcohol and football:

Are you a football fan who regularly attends matches or watches the game on TV?

Would you be willing to take part in a survey on the importance and role of alcohol for football fans in Scotland and England?

Researchers from the universities of Stirling, Loughborough and Edinburgh are running..

Holding the club board to account

Dons Trust Board vice-chair Rob Crane explains how the Dons Trust works with the Football Club Board to keep everything moving along on the correct course.

Most Wimbledon fans, I would hope, know that the Dons Trust is the organisation that owns AFC Wimbledon. But on a day-to-day basis, how does the elected Dons Trust Board hold the (unelected) Football Club Board to account?

Traditionally, the split has been that the DTB looks after the strategic direction of the club,..

Strategy marks on a football pitchStrategy review: help shape our future

The Dons Trust Board are starting a conversation with you about where you want our club to be in 9 years’ time.

During May the Dons Trust Board are putting on a series of events. Please come along to as many as you can. It’s your chance to share your thoughts with us about the future direction you want AFC Wimbledon to go in. We want to hear from you.

We are kicking off with a meeting on Wednesday 1..