SATURDAY 4TH AUGUST 2018 -
The date of the next combined club meeting & FREE special event has now been confirmed as the evening of FRIDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER. commencing at 6:45PM. The club is delighted to announce that members will be able to meet ex-Chelsea greats JOHN BUMSTEAD and GARY CHIVERS who are looking forward to spending time with members whilst providing an entertaining 'Stars on a Stool' evening that will follow the conclusion of the meeting's usual business.
The event has intentionally been arranged for the Friday evening of the international break week so that both Gary and John can enjoy a few drinks during the evening and spend as much time as possible with members before staying the night at the nearby Double Dragon Churchill's Hotel.
Double (6) internal loyalty points will be received by all members attending the evening, and as was the case with the last meeting's 'Gus Poyet & Neil Barnett' event this special event is also being provided free of charge to members. Please therefore plan ahead and support the club by ensuring that you join John, Gary and your fellow members for what will be a very special evening.
30TH JULY 2018 - Latest News Update …
1. Monies currently outstanding from members are itemised on the "Monies Owing" page. For members who have ordered Supporters Club Polo Shirts & Hoodies, my apologises as the previously requested (and pre-paid) amounts did not actually include VAT … so the outstanding VAT amount balances are itemised on the list.
2. Just a courtesy reminder that there is no need to text Mark B to advise of any match tickets that you have chosen to purchase online from CFC outside of an HDCSC ticket order, as these will not count towards your HDCSC Internal Loyalty Points total. From this new season onwards we will only be keeping track of the loyalty points that have been gained by requesting match tickets through the Supporters Club ticket order, as opposed to external purchases. As per the new rules, each of a Season Ticket Holder's prepaid 19 home PL matches (and/or a UK Away ST's 19 PL away matches) will still count towards your internal HDCSC Loyalty Point total though. Also just a reminder that if you originally asked to be included on a Supporters Club ticket order, but later missed out due to any subsequent HDCSC reduced ticket allocation, then please let Mark B know if you later purchased your ticket online because in these circumstances seeing as you originally tried to purchase through the HDCSC ticket order - those loyalty points will then be added to your internal HDCSC Loyalty Point total.
3. Community Shield match ticket issuing & club minibus arrangements, as well as Arsenal Home ticket issuing arrangements, are currently being finalised … and the relevant members will be advised accordingly within the next couple of days as to how they will be receiving their tickets.
4. The date of the next meeting is currently being confirmed and will be issued to members asap, as discussions are currently ongoing in regard to securing the presence of an ex-player(s) to join us for the evening. So just to confirm that there will be no August meeting this coming Wednesday.
5. And finally … apologies for their being a less than ideal start to the season at the moment communication-wise, as due to a total house refurbishment going on around us (that I now realise we really should have moved out for) we have effectively been living out of cardboard box for the last 2 months with limited access to anything approaching domestic normality. Normal service will hopefully return very soon though!
FRIDAY 20TH JULY - HUDDERSFIELD AWAY REDUCED TICKET ALLOCATION UPDATE …
HDCSC will receive a reduced allocation of 75% of the tickets that it asked for, meaning that we will receive 6 of the 8 that we ordered. As per the new rules for season 2018/19, in order to provide a cost effective club travel option for Supporters Club members ticket allocation priority will therefore be given to those members who indicated their wish to use club travel. Therefore with 6 of the 8 members on the order wanting to use club travel, the 6 tickets that the club will receive will be allocated to these 6 members (Les Hirsch, Mark Pullinger, Ella Garraway, Jon Garraway, Ian Coleman & Chris Higgins). Monies have been refunded to the two members who were unsuccessful (Martin Page & Liam Upton) so that both members can now self-purchase their tickets when they go on-sale online.
This has now demonstrated the benefits of the new rule change … as without all 6 allocated tickets going to those who requested club travel it would not have been cost-effective for the Supporters Club to run a minibus to the game, and this provision of club travel to matches (especially as far away as Huddersfield) has to be seen as a primary function of a Supporters Club. (The additional 7th passenger, and driver of the minibus, will be Mark B who is was not included within the club request for 8 tickets due to being a UK Away season ticket holder).
The club travel (£35 per person) will leave Hastings at 7am, and include a Polegate by-pass pickup for the benefit of the Eastbourne based members. Stop off arrangements will be arranged nearer the day, and as an official supporters club coach we will therefore receive allocated parking & assisted access to and from the stadium.
WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY - NEWCASTLE AWAY & BOURNEMOUTH HOME TICKET ORDER INFO …
Please text Mark B back asap but BEFORE NOON ON SUNDAY 22ND JULY if you would like to be included on the match ticket order for either the Newcastle Away game on Sunday 26th August, 4pm kick off or the Bournemouth Home game on Saturday 1st September, 3pm kick off. For the Bournemouth Home game please state in your text (i) your two choices of stand, and (ii) whether you would like club travel if the club were running a minibus. My reply will then confirm back to you the amount due that - again due to the short timescale - if you can't Bacs over before the deadline then you can still place your ticket order and sort the payment asap thereafter.
Remember that the new rule changes will give priority to those members wishing to use HDCSC's Club Travel arrangements, so depending on numbers whether this ends up being a hired 9 seater, 17 seater or 49 coach to either Newcastle direct or to London to connect with the Chelsea £10 subsidised train or coach … if you participate in the Supporters Club's arranged transport arrangements then it is likely that you will receive a match ticket.
THURSDAY 12TH JULY - HUDDERSFIELD AWAY TICKET ORDER INFO …
Please text Mark B back asap but BEFORE NOON ON SUNDAY 15TH JULY if you would like to be included on the match ticket order for the Huddersfield Away game on the opening day of the season on Saturday 11th August, 3pm kick off. Again due to the short timescale - if you can't Bacs over your ticket money before the deadline then you can still place your ticket order and sort the payment asap thereafter. This season's ticket prices are yet to be confirmed, but for info last season's ticket prices for this game were £30 Adults, £20 Over 60s, and £15 Under 18s.
Remember that the new rule changes will give priority to those members wishing to use HDCSC's Club Travel arrangements, so depending on numbers whether this ends up being a hired 9 seater, 17 seater or 49 coach to either Huddersfield direct or to London to connect with the Chelsea £10 subsidised train or coach … if you participate in the Supporters Club's arranged transport arrangements then it is highly likely that you will receive a match ticket.
FRIDAY 7TH JULY - Chelsea vs Arsenal (Saturday 18th August 5:30pm) Ticket Ordering Info ….
In addition to the below ticket order request for the Community Shield, could all members wishing to order a ticket for the above home game vs Arsenal please text back with their order asap but BEFORE NOON ON MONDAY 9TH JULY stating (I) their two choices of stand, and (ii) whether you would like club travel if the club were running a minibus. My reply will then confirm back to you the amount due that - again due to the short timescale - if you can't Bacs over before the deadline then you can still place your ticket order and sort the payment asap thereafter. 20 Loyalty Points from last season (2017/18) will be needed to be included on this ticket order.
Other matches that have now had their kick off times rescheduled for TV are as follows:
Newcastle Utd (AWAY) - Sunday 26th August, 4pm.
West Ham Utd (AWAY - Sunday 23rd September, 1:30pm.
Liverpool (HOME) - Saturday 29th September, 5:30pm. 10 Loyalty Points from this new season (2018/19) will be needed to be included on this ticket order - so as a reminder the 10 loyalty points needed for inclusion on the Liverpool ticket order could be reached by purchasing a ticket for the Community Shield.
FRIDAY 7TH JULY - FA Community Shield vs Man City (3pm, Sunday 5th August at Wembley) Ticket Ordering Info …
Welcome to the start of the 2018/19 season everyone, and all new & renewed members can look forward to another exciting season ahead of us.
Please text your ticket order to Mark B BEFORE NOON ON SUNDAY 8TH JULY if you would like to order a ticket for this match. Tickets will be Category 2, which will be £35 for Adults, and £25 for Juniors & Seniors. 5 Loyalty Points will be earned for this game, which as we know from last when added to the 5 loyalty points already gained from early renewal of your membership thereby proves to be a very cost effective way of achieving the 10 loyalty points that you'd need to be included on any ticket order for games taking place before 1st January 2019 that are being sold on loyalty points.
As this match is being sold on loyalty points you will also need to have gained 20 loyalty points from last season to be able to be included on this ticket order. Due to the short timescale, if you can't Bacs your ticket money over before this Sunday then you can still place your ticket order on the understanding that your ticket monies will need to be received asap please and your ticket monies will still be due for payment as HDCSC's ticket order to CFC is non returnable. A club coach or minibus could run depending upon the numbers of those wishing to use it …. so with your ticket order text please also say whether or not you would use Club Travel should this option be available. Thanks everyone.
SUNDAY 24TH JUNE - A big thank you to all members who attended the recent 2017/18 AGM and hugely enjoyable GUS POYET & NEIL "SPY" BARNETT evening that was provided FREE to members. Everyone who renewed their membership early enjoyed a free drink, and in the free draw Gus presented a signed shirt to John Farr and a signed ball to new member Howard Hawes. The memorabilia auction winners were John & Marie Stacey (Spy's book), Dave Trewin (Gus' shorts) and Shaun Stewart (Spy's programme). Pictures of the evening can be viewed in the website's Photo Gallery section or by clicking here.
Also with our membership renewal target of 110 now reached, HDCSC will now once again be a top level "Platinum" Supporters Club for next season and we will therefore soon be able to take ticket orders for the Community Shield and first few games of the season. Any further members wishing to renew both their CFC & HDCSC memberships have until this Thursday 28th June to do so, after which time the newly updated "text update list" to cover members for Season 2018/19 will replace last season's membership and text update list. Members old and new can still join the club at any time up until 21st December 2018, but would need to have renewed their True Blue membership with Chelsea by 5pm on 27th July 2018 in order to receive the additional 5 loyalty points for early renewal.
WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY - AGM @ 6:45PM ON 30TH MAY FOLLOWED BY FREE GUS POYET & NEIL "SPY" BARNETT STAR ON A STOOL EVENING AT 7:30PM
Could all members who have yet to renew for next season please view & submit the new and simplified renewal form. This will only take a couple of minutes to complete, but its early completion will greatly assist the club's renewal preparations for next season. With this in mind, all members who assist the club by doing so (asap please, but before noon on Monday 28th May) will receive the following benefits:
1) A Free Drink from the bar at the Star on a Stool Gus Poyet evening.
2) Your name entered into a draw to be made on the evening for a certificated Signed Shirt.
3) Your name entered into a draw to be made on the evening for a certificated Signed Ball.
As an added incentive and change to previous intentions, this special Star on a Stool event will now be FREE to all members who are intending to rejoin for next season regardless of whether or not they have renewed by 28th May. So whilst there will be no £10 cost for the event if you haven't renewed by 28th May, naturally the above incentives do make it very attractive for you to assist the club by doing so.
For the 2017/18 AGM if members could arrive at 6:30pm this will then enable the meeting to commence at 6:45pm and end at 7:15pm, thereby concluding the business of the 2017/18 season prior to Gus and Spy's arrival at 7:15pm. As members are aware, the primary proposed rule changes for next season have by necessity already been voted upon and accepted by a ratio of 6 to 1 in favour, and will therefore be in place for next season … but other business will include latest news updates from Chelsea, reminders of any CFC Policy changes for next season, the provision of the club's finalised annual accounts and the formation of next season's committee members.
In this regard, Mark B and Gary Lancaster will be standing for re-election to the committee, as will both Jim Kennett and Lyn Furnival who have expressed their agreement to make their temporary positions permanent in the absence this season of Tim Abbott (resigned) and Louise Purver (emigrating next month). Louise, Ed & Callum have as a family made an exceptional contribution to the club's activities - most especially in regard to the club's Xmas and monthly Raffle fundraising activities - and the club would like to thank both Lou and Tim for their past commitments. Whilst supporting both Jim and Lyn's prospective permanent appointments in Tim & Lou's place, the club would naturally welcome any prospective applications from members to stand for any of the four committee positions if these could please be received by noon on Monday 28th May prior to appointments being finalised at the AGM.
To conclude this update, last weekend's final game results in La Ligue whereby Nice lost and Gus Poyet's Bordeaux completed a run of 5 wins in their last 6 games has ensured that Bordeaux will be playing in the Europa League alongside Chelsea next season.
Thanks everyone, and my thanks again to all those who will make the running of the club so much easier by finalising their memberships prior to next Monday's deadline.
WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY - CFC AUSCHWITZ MUSEUM TRIP UPDATE
All HDCSC members who requested a place on Chelsea's Auschwitz trip will be able to go, and the trip will take place on Tuesday 5th June. Chelsea's chartered plane will leave from Stansted Airport at 7am and return to Stansted at approximately 11pm. If any members can no longer make the trip, please let Mark B know asap as CFC has a long waiting list and it would be a shame for any spaces not to be filled.
WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY - Members please text back to Mark B asap but BEFORE NOON ON FRIDAY 11TH MAY with your Passport Number if you would like to be included in HDCSC's response to the following invitation from the Club, which reads as follows ....
"As part of Chelsea's ongoing ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign, CFC is inviting fans groups to join the Club’s trip to Auschwitz on 5th June. The trip is free of charge and open to all members of fan groups and the Fans Forum/ CDSA. Please note that due to the layout of the site there is limited accessibility at the Auschwitz Museum. We would particularly welcome applications from fans aged 18-30 and all attendees would need their own valid travel insurance. We will also be extending the invitation to members of Chelsea staff. Timings are to be confirmed, however we will depart from Gatwick early on the morning of the 5th returning to Gatwick from Poland the same evening. We can arrange transport from Stamford Bridge upon request. The trip is an important part of our work tackling Antisemitism. Space, however, is limited and in the event of oversubscription we will allocate spaces accordingly."
TUESDAY 8TH MAY - CONFIRMATIONS OF RULE CHANGES, FUTURE INTENTIONS and AGM SPECIAL EVENT GUESTS
SUNDAY 6TH MAY - 2018/19 PROPOSED RULE CHANGE VOTE RESULT, and AGM DATE & RESULTING FUTURE DIRECTION UPDATE
(i) The result of the HDCSC 178 member vote is as follows ...
121 voted "YES" (68%),
21 voted "NO" (12%), and
36 voted neither "yes" or "no" (20%).
The voting outcome was always intended to be completely open and transparent, so as promised the detailed results by member are available to view on the Membership page.
I would naturally like to thank all those who voted to support the club's proposed future direction, and we can now move forward because numerically the club will therefore now exceed the level of 110 members that it will need in order to retain and renew its Platinum status for next season. As a result there are some exciting developments and new membership benefits that will now take place ... starting at this season's forthcoming AGM.
(ii) The date for the 2017/18 Annual General Meeting has now been confirmed for Wednesday 30th May 2018, A number of attractive incentives will be provided in order to encourage attendance at the AGM, early membership renewal and members' future engagement with the club. It is the club's intention to finalise as many of these admin matters before the AGM as possible, so that members can then spend what will be a very special evening with Chelsea's charismatic match day announcer Neil "Spy" Barnett compering an evening with a legendary ex-Chelsea player who will be our "Star on a Stool" guest for the event following the completion of his current managerial season abroad. Further updates on both this and other new membership benefits will be provided tomorrow once today's match and my Supporters Club meeting at Chelsea tonight is out of the way.
I would like to thank you once again for your support everyone, which as a result will enable ALL members to benefit from some exciting new developments that will now be put in place for next season. Mark B.
THURSDAY 26TH APRIL - IMPORTANT PRE-AGM FEEDBACK REQUEST
Due to the extremely high level of both "end of this season" and "start of next season" Supporters Club admin work currently being needed to be finalised prior to both the AGM and the commencement of the new season, the date of the AGM is yet to be finalised. A date during late May is anticipated, with a free drink and a free draw for a certificated signed ball for members attending, and a free draw for a certificated signed shirt for those members renewing their HDCSC & Chelsea memberships within the soon to be decided timescale. A confirmation text will be sent out as soon as possible.
The trialling of Season 2017/18's updated HDCSC Loyalty Points system has raised two main issues, therefore prior to the AGM agenda being set it is important that members please text Mark B back asap with a simple "YES" or "NO" response to the following proposed changes to the HDCSC Club Rules for next season.
PROPOSED CHANGE 1 ... is that IF the club is intending to run club travel to matches (home or away) in the form of a club subsidised mini bus or coach, then IN CASES WHERE THE CLUB RECEIVES A REDUCED ALLOCATION members purchasing tickets through the club will subsequently receive priority on the club's ticket order if they are requesting inclusion on club travel.
The main reason for this is that whenever possible the provision of subsidised travel to & from matches should be an important benefit of being a member of an official Supporters Club (in order to help anyone who misses out though, as people know from experience I will always do everything I can to obtain match tickets for members who are wanting to attend a match). .
PROPOSED CHANGE 2 ... is that (with the exception of ST Holders' x19 PL home games for which STs will receive an assumed 47 HDCSC Loyalty Points throughout the season as if they had purchased their PL home match tickets through the Supporters Club) only match tickets purchased through the "Supporters Club" ticket order will thereby gain "Supporters Club" loyalty points.
This will obviously not affect Members' and ST's "Chelsea" Loyalty Points totals for tickets that they may wish to purchase online outside of a Supporters Club ticket order. Apart from situations whereby the club's reduced allocation would benefit from the club instead purchasing some high pointed members' tickets for them online, it would be incorrect to continue to reward "external" ticket purchases with "internal" loyalty points (as members choosing to instead purchase their tickets externally then leads to the club receiving fewer tickets in the event of a reduced allocation). HDCSC Loyalty Points will naturally still be received though from such "club loyalty" aspects as raffle tickets, meeting attendances, etc..
It is important for members to be aware that :
(i) For matches sold on Loyalty Points, high pointed members (be they STs or TBs) will still be assured of obtaining match tickets online outside of the HDCSC ticket order on merit anyway, and
(ii) Where at all possible, minibus or coach club travel will be organised to provide a travel option for members living outside of the Hastings area.
In summary then, if you could please text Mark B back asap (but before Tuesday 1st May) with a single straightforward "YES" or "NO" response to the above proposed change to the HDCSC Club Rules for next season then that would be very much appreciated. Naturally for the purpose of transparency the voting results will be published upon the website following the voting closure deadline..
It is important to ensure that there is no ambiguity and that members have every opportunity to affect changes to the running of the Supporters Club as they see fit. With this in mind prior to the setting of the AGM agenda, it is only fair to relay to members that from a personal perspective due to my considering these changes to be a necessarily fair and reasonable inclusion to the running of an official Supporters Club, for the benefit of any members who may prefer a change in leadership (and as I need to know that the work that is being put in for the club's benefit is actually what the majority of members want to receive from their membership and involvement with the supporters club) then in the event of a majority "no" vote - or even in the absence of a majority "yes" vote - prior to the forthcoming AGM I will subsequently stand down from the stewardship of and membership of the Supporters Club.
Thank you in advance for your valued involvement and feedback everyone,
THURSDAY 12TH APRIL - NEWCASTLE AWAY TICKET ALLOCATION
HDCSC will receive 13 of the 19 match tickets that it ordered for the Newcastle Away game. Could all the below 13 successful members please confirm back to Mark B asap but before 8pm this evening that they would still like to be included amongst the top 13 and thereby receive a match ticket. Also if the below 6 unsuccessful members could please confirm that they would still like to go if they could, then I look for a way to try and source those 6 people with match tickets outside of the HDCSC ticket order.
THURS 6TH APRIL - LIVERPOOL HOME TICKET ORDER UPDATE
The Liverpool Home fixture move has now been confirmed for Sunday 6th May, 4:30pm k/o. In the event of HDCSC receiving a reduced allocation tickets will be allocated on merit to members as per the below current HDCSC Loyalty Points totals. As this is a Category AA game, tickets will be sold on loyalty points, so members will therefore need a minimum of 20 points to be included on the Supporters Club ticket order (which all of the below original members have).
The original ticket order list is below, but if anyone on the below list now cannot make the new date and would instead like to receive a refund of their original ticket payment, then please let Mark B know ASAP but by Noon on Saturday 7th April (i.e. tomorrow) at the latest. (HDCSC received all of the below 18 tickets that it requested, so if anyone would like to be newly added to the list then feel free to ask ... but as no new additions to the total of 18 are allowed, then any new additions will only be possible as replacements for any of the below members should they withdraw from the ticket order).
WEDS 5TH APRIL - HUDDERSFIELD HOME TICKET UPDATE
The Huddersfield Town Home fixture has now been confirmed for Weds 9th May, 7:45pm k/o. As this will now be the last home game of the season, tickets will be sold on loyalty points and members will therefore need a minimum of 20 points to be included on the Supporters Club ticket order.
The original ticket order list is below, but if anyone would like to be newly added to the ticket order (or removed from the order in order to then receive a refund) then please let Mark B know ASAP but by Noon on Saturday 7th April at the latest.
Similarly, should you wish to be either newly added to - or removed from - the NEWCASTLE AWAY TICKET ORDER that is being submitted this weekend then please let Mark B know by the same Noon 7th April deadline.