Weekly board meetings
The Trust Board normally get together once a month about a week before each members’ meeting. Since the football season was suspended, though, we’ve held a conference call every week. Our board has eight members and for all sorts of reasons we haven’t yet managed to get all eight together at once. Martin Ramsbotham, for example, is a key worker in food retail and has a great deal on his plate at work, but he’s still made a couple of the calls. Others have to look after their children for longer each day while schools are closed. But overall attendance has been good and we usually have five or six board members.
We’ve spent time planning our membership offer for the coming season (whenever it comes) and working on our vision for a community owned Chorley Football Club. We’re in regular contact with the club, of course. But beyond that, the meeting has become something for us to look forward to: something different when every evening is spent in the same place with the same people. It’s no substitute for the football, of course, but I really think we’ve got to know each other better these last couple of months, and that we’ll work together better as a result.