Plough Lane Bond is now live!

We are delighted to be able to announce that the Dons Trust has launched The Plough Lane Bond.

This can make a massive difference to the current funding shortfall of £11m and help ensure that the stadium is built on time while maintaining the club’s fan-owned status.

Fans can elect to lend money over a 5,10 or 20 year period with a variable rate of interest from 0% to 4 %, paid annually*.

The more the Bond raises, the..

The Dons Trust logoSummary of January’s Dons Trust Board Meeting

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held its monthly meeting on Wednesday 15 January. This article summarises the main points discussed including the Plough Lane Bond, electing the Dons Trust Chair and Vice-Chair for 2020 and the upcoming AGM. 

Present from the DTB were Mark Davis, Tim Hillyer, Anna Kingsley, Hannah Kitcher, Edward Leek, Jane Lonsdale, Luke Mackenzie, Graham Stacey and Anne Williams.  

In attendance from the football club were Joe Palmer (Chief Executive) and Tom Rawcliffe (Financial Controller). 

Attending from..

The Dons Trust logoBoard revolution

Dons Trust Board chair Mark Davis explains the annual cycle of board activity.

After another Dons Trust Board election, the DTB has revolved again. This time last year we welcomed four newly elected members – Anna Kingsley, Hannah Kitcher, Luke Mackenzie and Rob Crane – and after this year’s election we have two brand-new members, Anne Williams and Graham Stacey, plus the returning Tim Hillyer, back after a year’s absence. If the DTB were a football team, that would be..

Dons Trust Board member, Jane LonsdaleJane Lonsdale, Dons Trust Board member, receives an MBE

Dons Trust Board member Jane Lonsdale has received an MBE as part of the New Year’s Honours.

The MBE is awarded for her contribution to public service and volunteering. Jane has worked in the public sector, at HM Treasury, for over 30 years and has volunteered at various charities, in the third sector, theatre and sport since she first started volunteering as a Girl Guide in the early 1980s.

Jane says:

“It is really lovely to be recognised in this..

A graphic showing a stylised calendarDons Trust AGM

Please note that the date of the Trust’s AGM will be 29 January 2020,  and not 8 January as had previously been mentioned.

The meeting agenda and associated papers can be found here.

The date of the AFCW PLC AGM will be announced in due course.

The Dons Trust Board would also like to take this opportunity to wish all Dons Trust members and AFC Wimbledon fans a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A graphic showing an envelope with two speech bubbles representing electronic communicationNew Dons Trust Members’ Forum

After three years of free access to Webjam, as a Board we have now come to the view to explore alternative means of engaging with other Dons Trust members and the Dons Trust Board.  

The Dons Trust Webjam will no longer be available as of 1 February 2020 and as we pursue alternatives, we have set up a free online forum with ProBoards. Go to donstrust.boards.net to register. As this is a Dons Trust members-only forum we will need to verify that you are Dons Trust member before we..

The Dons Trust logoPlough Lane Funding Survey

Since the Dons Trust SGM held on Monday 9 December 2019, we have been working closely with those fans who put this idea forward at the meeting. They have launched a survey to see how much appetite there is, and the results are very encouraging indeed, with over £3 million of potential support indicated so far. The terms fans have offered have been generous, so this money could make a real impact alongside other sources of finance. We will work hard..

Head-and-shoulders photograph of Mark DavisA message from the Dons Trust Chair

Dons Trust Chair, Mark Davis, gives an update following recent meetings with Dons Trust members and a meeting of the Dons Trust board on Wednesday.

There is a lot of speculation at the moment about the future of the club. These are complicated times and I understand why theories and rumours run thick and fast in such circumstances.

I shall attempt to set the record straight and to provide an update on some positive developments since the recent SGM and..

Dons Trust SGM December 2019Summary of December’s Dons Trust SGM

On Monday 9 December at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, the Dons Trust held an SGM with the primary purpose of bringing members up to date with the current situation on the financing of the new stadium and inviting them to discuss options available to us.

This came following an announcement from the Dons Trust Board (DTB) on 25 November of an £11 million funding gap for the first phase of the build of the new stadium at Plough Lane…

A graphic showing a stylised calendarAdditional Dons Trust Open Meetings

On Monday 9th December, the Dons Trust is holding a Special General Meeting at Kingsmeadow to update Dons Trust members on the current situation with the financing of the stadium and discuss options.

Register for the SGM

In view of the importance of this issue, we anticipate there will be high demand to attend and are therefore asking members who intend to come to indicate so via this Eventbrite page to help us judge numbers. This is not to limit rights..