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Christmas 2021 Trust Update - Message from our Trust Chair.

First a big hello to our newest trust members who have joined in the last few months - all using the new QR code (on the membership page) which enables you to pay the annual membership with just a few clicks! The Trust getting up-to-date and relevant to new potential members. Please feel free to share this email and therefore the QR code to friends and family and please ask them to join the trust using this method! It honestly is so easy.

Many thanks also to our monthly subscription members, your regular continued support means we can understand how much comes in each month so we better assess our budgets and planned expenditure, which will be to continue to support the Club. We also massively appreciate those who pay in that little bit extra, it all helps and is gratefully received. Those that pay annually by cheque, standing order or by cash are some of our most long-standing members and are equally a vital part of the team. Our new Membership Secretary, Stephen Johnson is keeping track on all of the above and will be keeping tabs on when your annual membership are due. We act a little differently to some other organisations in that we don't have a specific yearly start date for annual subs each year and just work on your anniversary of your joining as your renewal date. This needs someone to keep an eye on this throughout the year and is therefore a very important role at the Trust.

Speaking of our new membership secretary brings me to say another big thanks to our recently retired mem sec Sam Collier who along with help from his better half (!), Anne, has for many years kept on top of our membership numbers and we celebrated their contribution to the cause at the recent AGM at the Folly club, with some flowers and a voucher towards a meal at one of their local favourite eateries. Keep a look out for a write up and photo of their day.

The recent AGM held at the Folly club also made us realise that holding such meetings there should be a more regular occurrence. Look out for details (Covid allowing!) for future Trust meetings where we can mutually support each organisation. Maybe we need to "theme" a few of our meetings and as such we are open to suggestions as to what we can focus on during the year, all and any suggestions welcome.

The Trust during the close season have been continuing to fundraise by holding the very successful Bingo nights (ta Charlie), the Body Shop event and finally the Cheese and Wine evening which for those who attended know that they did not need to have eaten their tea beforehand as we were all certainly very full up by the end of the night. B is looking forward to organising another in 2022. Our Junior Lions enjoyed the recent Christmas Party where they were welcomed by our very own Dana the Lion, met Peppa and Chase who were friends of our Xmas DJ Glynn and last of all a visit by Santa with gifts for all.

The next fundraising event being run by Denise and her team is a Pride Builder Race Night on January 21st at Boothstown Legion. All at the Trust are looking forward to promoting, supporting and enjoying what has been in the past a great night (especially thankful that proceeds are split between PB and Trust). This next one is well overdue due to the pandemic and as such will be a success as we have all missed it. Tracey is continuing to raise funds with the facebook auction page and is always in need of any unwanted rugby or otherwise good quality or historic gems from the rugby world and beyond. Open to new suggestions for fundraising ideas, just throw them at us!

Trust members have been putting in the hours behind the scenes in helping the club manage and help organise the recent 2022 Season Launch, the online sales and production of the 2022 season tickets and assisting getting prepared for the new season where we welcome fans and our new Club Sponsors and Partners to Heywood Road.

Your continued support allows us to continue to support the club, the foundation, lionesses and our community linked clubs and in 2022 we will be promoting even more all we do and shouting about it a bit more loudly. Please get your friends and family to join us as this just allows us to do more. Did I mention the easy to use QR code on the membership page?

One final note as 2021 comes to a close. May I wish you all on behalf of my fellow Trust Board members, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Bring on 2022.....

in Lions we Trust

Stephen

PS Follow us and the Club on all of the many social media channels........just search Swinton Lions and Lionstrust.

October 2021 Trust Update - Message from our Trust Chair.

Well where has this year gone.....already the season has been and gone and the plans for the 2022 season are well in hand behind the scenes at the Club. Being on the Club Board representing the Trust, allows me to see first hand and be involved in the detailed preparations and see the massive amount of work being done by the others on the Board especially Steve and Stuart.

Next season will be a big one for the club and the Trust has to do it's part and be there to not only provide increased financial support but also critical personnel to ensure that things run as smoothly as possible. It really will be a time for us all to step up our efforts and trust me the things that we and the club have planned for next season, making match days a whole day experience for example are being put in place and we need you to help make it all a success.

In the meantime, to ensure that we keep the Trust and the Club firmly at the forefront of your mind during the off-season there are numerous events planned with something that will appeal to each and every supporter. These events are either Trust, Pride Builder or Club organised events or a mix of all 3. We need your support, join and for you to share these with your friends and families; it will be great to see you.

Autumn/Winter 2021 Events

Please put these in your diaries and keep an eye on all Club, Trust and Pride Builder social media for latest news.

Monday 8th November - Bingo at the White Swan from 7.30pm with Charlie W - This is going to be a very special evening as we revealed recently as a 2022 player signing will be exclusively taking place, top secret until the night. We will also be joined by our Club Head Coach, Allan and some of our new signings also. A night surely not to be missed.

Friday 12th November - Body Shop Party by Rachel at the White Swan from 7pm - a perfect opportunity to get your xmas pampering gifts sorted out for you or your loved ones all in the company of friends and family.

Sunday 14th November - Remembrance Sunday - where Club and Trust will lay wreaths in memory of those from the Club lost in conflict. We will be looking to choose a special trust member to lay our wreath on our behalf.

Monday 15th November - Trust AGM at the White Swan from 7.30pm - All members should have received their AGM paperwork by now and we look forward to get the formalities for the last financial year done and dusted. This meeting is a time for new folk to join the board and bring something different to what we do. If you want any further details please email our Chair Stephen.

Monday 22nd November - Bingo at the White Swan from 7.30pm with Charlie W.

Friday 26th November - Cheese and Wine Evening at the White Swan with Barbara - tickets are now on sale for this fantastic evening of food, wine and merriment amongst friends.

Saturday 11th December - Junior Lions Xmas Party at Folly 12-3pm - Get your U12's signed up so they can see Santa and our very own Dana the Lion, plus some other special guests also. Email tracey.swintonlions@yahoo.com to book your place.

Friday 21st January - Race Night at Boothstown Legion from 7pm - a Pride Builder run fantastic event now in it's 3rd time of being run. Further details later.....

Don't forget that Tracey is also running the successful facebook auction page, details about this are at the top of the page, go and join it. If you have any items that can be donated then please get in touch.

How's all that? Something there that is of interest to you? If not and there's something you think we should be doing and you can help with it, then contact me.

One final note, here's a job for you now. Do you know of one other person who you know should be a member of the trust and who isn't? If so, then get them! Joining is so easy now, please go and see our membership page for details. It is all now as a simple click of a button or a scan of a QR code!!

Thanks Stephen

We were glad to be part of the successful Salford Histories day event at Fletcher Hall, Swinton in October.

Here's a couple of pics of our stall

Lions’ Tales

Documenting the Voices of Swinton RLFC

Swinton Rugby League Football Club has a rich sporting history dating back to its formation in 1866. The club has also played a central part in the social and cultural environment of the local community. Lions’ Tales is a project co-ordinated by the Swinton Lions Supporters’ Trust which aims to bring together the sporting and cultural heritage of Swinton, Pendlebury and Clifton as well as further afield by documenting the voices of the players, officials and supporters from Swinton RLFC.

So, if you are willing to be interviewed or write about your Swinton memories; or if you have Swinton RLFC memorabilia that can be made available, then contact the numbers presented below. In particular, any of the following items would be useful for the project and please note all items will be copied and recorded before being returned safely.

  • Programmes (especially pre-1960)
  • Photographs (action shots or team line-ups)
  • Medals and/or caps
  • Scrapbooks, yearbooks etc.
  • Swinton RLFC playing shirts etc.
  • Season ticket, match-day passes etc.

This project is supported by Supporters’ Direct and the Federation of Stadium Communities (FSC) with the view to establish how an area can connect with a local sporting club. So far, permission has been granted by the British Film Institute (BFI) to use images of Swinton RLFC from the Mitchell and Kenyon Archive from 1901. Also, research is underway to identify the numerous rugby-related drawings and paintings of LS Lowry who lived close-by to the former Station Road ground in Pendlebury. It is hoped to display all the material and memories in local schools and libraries for educational purposes and publish the results in a book.

For further details please email Ian Jackson.