AGM 2019

Following last night's AGM and vote of members, the club can confirm Paul Beddow, Ray Morton, John Tough, and Neil Martin have been re-elected as directors. Paul Beddow and Ray Morton have been re-elected as Chairman and Secretary respectively. Following two expressions of interest it was decided that the board shall appoint a new Treasurer.

Below is the Chairman's Report in full:

"It is a privilege for me to have completed my first full season as the Chair of Billingham Town Football Club. In contrast to the previous year this year has been a huge success on and off the pitch and its pleasing to see the club come through what was a turbulent year in 2017-18.

As I stated in my last AGM report, the aim of this committee was to lead the club to more settled and productive times, build a quality team on the pitch and bringing much needed stability, real leadership and direction off it. I think we have achieved what we set out to do.

Financial stability was absolutely essential and the club is now on a much more secure footing. The financial report is to come later in the agenda.

I would again like to put on record my thanks to our main sponsors, who at our time of need, invested in the region of £10,000 in the club. They are, Utility Alliance Ltd, Drive Vauxhall (Hartlepool) and Chris Musgrave from Wynyard Developments.

Our current managers Barry Oliver and Paul Edwards and their team done a fantastic job last year in winning the second division title and getting this club promoted to the 1st division of the Northern League. They continued to bring experience to the club and we are also grateful for their contribution to the improvements to the facilities here at Bedford Terrace.

I would also like to put on record my thanks and gratitude to the volunteers around the club that help run match days and assist outside of our “match day” with events such as social functions, maintenance, income generation and closed season events. The club can only function and thrive if we have sufficient volunteers to help out so please get involved if you can.

The board and committee is settled, as much as a these things can be, and collectively have done a fantastic job last year. I would also like to thank them all for all the hard work that has gone on in and around the club, much of it unseen.

I’d like to give particular thanks to John Tough who has worked tirelessly on strategic issues and has written most, if not all, of the policies for the club and has been linking in constantly with the local authority.

Our policies in relation to our aims and objectives, discrimination, codes of conduct, safeguarding, emergency procedures, data protection and the roles and responsibilities of Directors are now in place.

We have negotiated a new 25 year lease with the local authority for the ground. That opens additional funding avenues with the FA and allows us to apply for and improve the club.

The legal status of the club has now been resolved with the dissolution of the Billingham Supporters Trust and previous Limited company and the club being registered as a new limited company by guarantee. That company is now called Billingham Town Association Football Club Limited which starts trading on the 1st August 2019. This brings all elements of the the club together as one as opposed to three separate entities that had no legal standing. The new articles of association have been completed.

To that end, we have appointed Alan Cousins Accountants (Middlesbrough) to be the designated accountant for the club going forward. Mr Cousins will register the club as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) which will make the club more tax efficient and open up other funding and tax saving opportunities to the club.

The club has also recently been successful in a funding application to the National Lottery. We have received £9850 to make improvements to the clubhouse.

The club and volunteers should also be thanked for their work in the closed season. The club opened its doors to various charities following our final game. Some of those charities were the John Clayton Fundraiser – Hearts with Goals, Butterfly Giving – Fight against Teenage Cancer, Child Cancer, the Bradley Lowery Foundation, Brain Tumour and Leukaemia Research and we also supported local people in their personal fights against illness. In 4 weeks we helped raise £10,935 for the charities. A fantastic achievement by everyone involved.

This report gives a flavour of the work that has been going on over the last year and you can see that a lot has been achieved as well as promotion. What a great year. The future is bright.

Finally, I would like to collectively thank all board members for their hard work and commitment, all other members and volunteers for their contribution over the last 12 months and last but not least our fantastic fans who are without doubt the best around.

Paul Beddow