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News of Trust events, away coach travel and other information will be posted here, on our Facebook page and on our Twitter page @SloughTownST.  Check back regularly on any of our pages for the latest news and any updates.

By Slough Town Supporters Trust, Apr 27 2017 11:48AM

As the season draws to a close, we have decided to look back on the homecoming season and the highlights of what has been a busy and very successful season for the Trust.

The Trust has been heavily involved in the match marking the return of Slough Town FC to the town, taking part in key planning decisions for making the Arbour Park experience so successful through the phase 1 and phase 2 construction. Many of the key volunteers that have established roles at Arbour Park are Trust members and/or members of the Trust board. The board is also represented in the new Club structure with chairman Mike Lightfoot taking roles on the Club committees. It has been truly amazing to see the Club attendances rise to over 600 in the league and so many new and returning faces.

Highlights of the homecoming season included:

- Promotion events at Foxborough Primary, Cippenham Infants, Langley Carnival and the Polish Club

- Many charity collections at Arbour Park, plus the car park permit collections, raising more than £3700 for Prostate Cancer UK, the Princess Alice hospice, Jamie Mines, London Frame football, St Joseph’s Mission to Thailand, Mark Scott and Cancer Research UK

- Presenting £920 to Sebastian’s Action Trust raised from the Sponsored Historical Walk last April

- Christmas prize draw raising just over £800 for the Trust

- The Winter Wonderland trip to Hyde Park

- Sponsoring and presenting a new set of kit for the older years of St Joseph’s School

- Sponsoring the Club through a new advertising board at Arbour Park

- Arranging the successful Sponsored Walk for the Wexham Park reminiscent room project where 22 walkers took on either a 14 or 6 mile challenge walking from Heatherwood to Wexham Park and Arbour Park for the last game of the season - you can still donate to the fund by going to our Sponsored Walk page

- The Trust sponsoring a coach for the new STFC girls team through the summer

Of course on the pitch it has been a fantastic season with the team riding high in the Southern League Premier Division for the whole season and a 5th placed finish seeing the Club travel in great numbers to Leamington. 63 Rebels travelled on our supporters coaches to the game as part of an upward trend that saw coach take up increase over the second half of the season including 46 on the coach to Kettering. We’d like to thank everyone who has used the coach this season and we hope to see you back on the coaches next season.

The season may be over, however there’s still plenty to get involved with. On Sunday there is the annual Stand Out for Autism match against the Arsenal charity team at York Road, where both teams play for the David Pearcy Memorial Trophy honouring one of our most dedicated supporters, so please get down there and support the match to raise money for charity.

Also coming up is our new curtain-raiser to the pre-season schedule, the Slough Town Open, a new community foot golf event to be held at Richings Park Golf Club. All details can be found on the poster on our Events page, so get a team together and get in touch to book your place. Some of the entry fee will go to the reminiscent room project fundraising, and it should be a great social event with all of the community welcome to join in including secondary schools, colleges, community groups and sports clubs.

Thank you also to our 145 members who signed up to support the Trust this season. It’s our fifth year of growth and we would love to keep that going with the increased crowds at Arbour Park. Membership will re-open around the start of pre-season so keep an eye out for future updates.

By Slough Town Supporters Trust, Apr 23 2017 06:49PM

On Saturday 22nd April, supporters of Slough Town FC and Trust members took to the streets in the 2017 Sponsored Walk.

The walk this year took the walkers from Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot to Wexham Park Hospital via Windsor Great Park and Windsor. The walk is raising money for the Trust and for the Reminiscent Room project on Ward 3 at Wexham Park Hospital which will help to benefit dementia patients at the hospital. We hope to be able to annouce the total raised next season once the money has been collected. £209.18 was raised from the half time flag collection.

At 7.45am, 12 walkers set out from Heatherwood, across Windsor Great Park, taking in the views of from the Copper Horse statue and then down the entire length of the Long Walk - a highlight of which was a huge herd of deer crossing their path. The group arrived at The Acre pub at 10.05, where the pub had laid on coffee, tea and biscuits to provide a break until the 12 became 22 with the addition of the short walk group at 11am.

After watching the changing of the guard parade, the group set off down into Eton and across the Eton College grounds. Entering Slough from the south, the group walked past the old Dolphin ground site and up Wexham Road arriving at Wexham Park Hospital at 12.30. The group was met by Slough Express journalists and after a quick break at 12:50 the group made the final short leg of the walk around to Arbour Park at 1.10pm.

We'd like to thank all of our walkers for taking part in this year's walk. We cannot do this without those who volunteer to give up their time and energy to take on the challenge in the name of the Trust and local charity. Also thanks to those who organised the walk and to the Acre and the Slough Express for their support.

After the match, during the Club presentations on the pitch, the Trust presented the following awards:

- the Chris Sliski award for Clubperson of the year - Kay Lathey, Club Secretary

- Joint Supporters' Player of the Season - Simon Dunn and James Dobson

Congratulations to the winners of our annual awards.

As we reached the final home match of the homecoming season, we'd also like to thank those who give up so much of their time to run the Club and the Trust, and also those who help to make the Arbour Park matchday experience work. It's been an amazing season and we are so pleased that the volunteers have been able to provide such an experience for the vastly increased attendances following the homecoming back in August.

The season is of course not over yet, so please come and back the team in the playoffs. We're running coaches to the playoff semi final at Leamington on Wednesday from St Joseph's School at 5pm, costing £15 for members. We do require more people to make the second coach viable so please get in touch on social media, by email or phone to book your place in advance of the evening.

By Slough Town Supporters Trust, Apr 20 2017 01:01PM

Ahead of Saturday's Sponsored Walk we'd like to make one further plea to supporters, family and friends to sponsor the walkers before they undertake the 14 or 6 mile challenge. The full list of confirmed walkers can be found here.

We can also confirm all the final details and acknowledge those who are working hard to make this day happen...

Most of the walkers doing the long walk will be making an early start, arriving at St Joseph's School to drop cars at 6.45am before departing at 7am for Ascot. We'd like to thank Dave Carpenter, Mark Hunter and Gary House for offering to drive the 9 who required lifts to Heatherwood. This means that the walkers will travel to the start for free instead of by taxi.

We have 12 walkers starting from Heatherwood Hospital, along with 12 who will be starting from Windsor. The long distance walkers will trek through Ascot and across Windsor Great Park, past the Copper Horse and down to the Long Walk towards Windsor. They will be treated to a break in Windsor and we'd like to thank The Acre on Victoria Street for offering to open early to provide our walkers with tea, coffee and biscuits.

After the break, at approximately 10.45, the walkers will head out again to meet with the short walkers who will have assembled (by around 10.45am please) by the Irish Guards statue on Sheet Street/HighStreet. From here the group will leave at 11am, walk into Eton, across the Eton College grounds and into Slough to Wexham Park Hospital and Arbour Park.

The group should be arriving at Wexham Park around 1pm, and at Arbour Park at around 1.30 so if you are around, please give them a welcome as they reach the end.

We are grateful to the Club for offering non-season ticket holding walkers the chance to get into the game for free, and also for agreeing to provide each walker with a soft drink from the kitchen. Vouchers for these will be provided to the walkers during the morning.

If you should see any of our walkers during the morning, please give them some support. We're fortunate that the weather forecast is currently looking favourable however it is a long way to walk!

We're being joined by Peter from the Ward 3 staff. Ward 3 is where the day room is being transformed into the reminiscent room. We're also going to be joined at Wexham Park Hospital by Alex, who is heading up the plans to create the dementia-friendly room. We'd like to extend our thanks to Peter for joining us and to Alex and the hospital staff for being so welcoming during our publicity for the walk.

We'd also like to thank the Slough Express for offering to send a photographer to meet the group at Wexham Park Hospital.

There will be a flag collection on the pitch at half time as is traditional with the Sponsored Walk, so please give generously. You can also give sponsorship to our volunteers at the match - see Alan Harding, Ollie Hayward or Dan Brench - or you can donate online using our PayPal button which is a very easy way to donate via our Sponsored Walk page.

A final thank yous go to those who have made arrangements for the walk, and of course a massive thank you to those who are taking part. We'd welcome anyone else who wishes to walk with us on the day.

Please keep sponsoring and supporting the walkers and this amazing work by NHS staff to improve the care of dementia patients!

By Slough Town Supporters Trust, Apr 13 2017 07:47AM

Ahead of the Sponsored Walk on Saturday 22nd April we can announce our initial list of walkers. Thank you to those who have agreed to support the walk this year.

If you're looking to sponsor a walker please get in touch with them or, to sponsor the group, see Dan Brench or sponsor online via the website PayPal button.

We're grateful to Dave Carpenter who has agreed to be a support driver, all walkers will be given his phone number on the day in case there are any issues requiring someone to drop out.

We are also pleased to offer the long walkers a break in Windsor at The Acre pub who are going to open early to offer some refreshment, so thanks to them for supporting the walk.

It's not too late to sign up so please get in touch either at the Cirencester or Chesham games or by email if you're planning to do the walk, especially if you require a taxi from St Joseph's to Heatherwood Hospital.

Meeting points:

Long walk - either meet at Heatherwood Hospital main entrance 7.30am or St Joseph's School 6.45am for 7am taxis, if pre booked with us (approx £5-10 each), for a 7.45-8am start.

Short walk - Irish Guards statue, Windsor, at the junction of Sheet Street and High Street, 10.30-45 for 11am start.

14 miles (t next to the name indicates taxi required)

Aidan Shiel t

Dan Brench t

Keith Hampton

John Elliott t

Keith Bryant t

Chris Price t

Eddie Hensley t

Lorna Hensley t

Ollie Hayward t

Kevin Comber t

Rob Anderson

Leigh Hunter

6 miles

Alan Harding

Mark Bevan

Chris Ashley + 1/2

Alan Greenaway

Martin McCabe

Lawrence Poulson

Andrew James

Mark Simpson

Mike Pearcy

Peter, staff member from WPH Ward 3

Mark Kelly

By Slough Town Supporters Trust, Apr 12 2017 07:33PM

The Trust is pleased to announce a new event for 2017.

We have been working with Richings Park Golf Club to set up the Slough Town Open, a community foot golf event. Richings Park has a dedicated 18 hole foot golf course alongside it's golf course and it will host the event on Saturday 1st July from 9.30am.

The event is open to supporters of STFC as well as the general public including secondary schools/colleges, businesses, sports clubs and community groups. Teams are entered with 4 or 5 players, with the best 3 scores from each team contributing to the leaderboard and many trophies and prizes on offer on the day. Teams can be all adult or all children (over the age of 11) or mixed.

The cost for the day is £40 per team, which includes a £5 donation to charity to boost our donations to the Wexham Park Hospital Reminiscent Room project that is being supported by this year's Sponsored Walk.

To sign up, email trust@sloughtownsupporterstrust.co.uk with your team name and number of players.

We would like to thank Mark Scotchford, the UK's 6th ranked foot golfer and Footgolf World Cup team member, and Richings Park for suggesting the event and for their continued support in the organisation.

So get involved with our newest community event, help us to give more to charity and bring your friends, family, colleagues and classmates for what will hopefully be a great community social event!

The poster is on our Events page, so spread the word, all are welcome!

By Slough Town Supporters Trust, Apr 12 2017 12:30PM

Trust junior members are in for a treat this Easter with gifts of chocolate eggs to be given to the 13 young Trust members at Friday's game against Cirencester at Arbour Park. If your child is one of our Trust junior members please come and see one of our board members by the turnstile to collect an egg.

Trust junior members receive an Easter and Christmas present along with a birthday card for their £5 per season membership, along with £5 coach travel to away matches. So don't miss out and sign your children up for Trust membership when the membership re-opens in the summer! Keep an eye on our website and social media pages around the start of July for the opening date as the Trust looks to beat this season's total of 145 members.

By Slough Town Supporters Trust, Apr 8 2017 06:47AM

Following the visit of Trust members to the Reminiscent Room project at Wexham Park Hospital a few weeks ago, we have been sent some images of the progress made since the visit. As you can see from the photos below, the room now has wallpaper and a new specially made fireplace surround.

This is the project that will be further supported by our 2017 Sponsored Walk. The funds raised will be used to help buy infection-control friendly furniture that can be wiped clean while still fitting in with the 1950s theme, and also to provide memory boxes of 1950 memorabilia.

Thanks to Andrew House, Head of Fundraising at WPH, for sending us the photos. We're looking forward to getting further updates in future.

We are pleased to say that two of the members of staff from the ward will be joining us on the short version of the Sponsored Walk from Windsor. With two weeks to go, we have 13 walkers on the long walk and 12 on the short walk. There is of course still time to get in touch at a match or by email to book your place. You can turn up on the day if you wish however we would prefer to have numbers in advance so if you're interested please get in touch, especially if your require a taxi space to the start at Ascot from St Joseph's School (7am)

We'd like to thank board member Ollie who has spoken to The Acre in Windsor who have offered to provide our long walkers with some refreshment on arrival in Windsor. Our thanks go to them for offering to provide this service before their usual opening times. After the break, the long walkers will join up with the short walkers who will be meeting by the Irish Guards statue at the junction of Sheet Street and High Street aiming to start at around 11am.

The Sponsored Walk is shaping up to be another successful event, but we can always make it better, so sign up today to help us raise as much money as possible for the Trust and the Reminiscent Room project. You can find all the details by clicking here to go to our Sponsored Walk page.

By Slough Town Supporters Trust, Mar 30 2017 03:04PM

As is traditional as we approach the end of the season, the Trust will be running it's usual supporters vote for the Supporters Player of the Season award.

Voting will take place at the Good Friday game against Cirencester (Friday 14th April) which kicks off at 1pm, with forms available from the Trust table inside the turnstiles.

This year it has been requested to hold the end of season awards on the pitch immediately following the game against Redditch on Saturday 22nd April, in order to offer more supporters the chance to see it. The Trust will present the award for Supporters Player of the Year, along with the Chris Sliski 'Clubperson of the Year' award which is given to someone associated with the Club who goes the extra mile to make our Club work. Other awards will also be given from the Club, managers and players.

So don't miss your chance to vote at the Cirencester game.