Chairmans Chatter

                                                             Chairman’s Chatter July 2018

Hi Heanor Branch members,
The new season draws ever closer and whilst most have been taking a break from football (apart from the World Cup). The Heanor Branch committee have been hard at work behind the scenes, getting everything prepared.
At the AGM the membership elected two new committee members in Geoff Marsden and Zoe Bellamy. Geoff is responsible for the Heanor Rams website having volunteered a year ago to take over the task. Zoe needs little introduction to many of us as she has served on the committee in the past. Both are very welcome additions to the committee and I know will be a big help in the coming season.
Membership renewals and applications from new members will be processed over the first few weeks of the new season, membership fees remain at £1 per adult and free for under 16’s.
If you are one of our ‘away’ supporters and wish to purchase tickets through the branch, we will need some specific details from you such as DCFC customer number and we will ask you to complete a form specifically for ‘away members’. This is now a requirement of the Football Club and is in line with the new data protection regulations. Members only wishing to use home transport can simply provide a name and contact number as normal.
Look out for the Branch newsletter which will be out in time for the new season, it will appear on this website and paper copies will be available on the first few buses. The newsletter will detail many activities, trips etc planned for the new season.
You will find below my report which was presented to the AGM in June, outlining the branch activities over the past year.
I have noted some comments and grumbles regarding the delay to buses leaving Pride Park after home matches. Whilst I understand that some are not happy, if we wish to park inside the ‘controlled zone’, we have no option but to follow the instructions of the Traffic Management team who are employed by the Football Club on match days. The only way to escape their jurisdiction would be to park outside of the controlled zone which is too far for a number of our members to walk. Having travelled to many away grounds over the years, what I will say is the delays we experience are quite short in comparison. We are always back in Heanor around an hour after the final whistle blows, I think that this is reasonable.
We provided a bus for the Southampton game at the weekend unfortunately it ran virtually empty but we will always try to get people to the match if we can. When the Southampton fixture was announced, we had already arranged a branch outing for the same day, this inevitably cost us a number of passengers. A bus will again run on Saturday for the Wolves game and I hope we get one or two more members using the transport following the encouraging performance of the ‘new’ team.
Let’s hope that the initial upturn in performance level continues and that Frank Lampard and his team continue to blossom and give us a team which we can once again be proud of. An end to some of the dire football we were subjected to last season will be very welcome I’m sure.
Wishing you all a great season, let’s get behind the team and please continue to support Heanor Branch by using the transport provided and attending the functions and fund raising efforts of our very hard-working committee.

Cheers for now
Martin Plant