On 29th September 2016 the Tudors Supporters Club was made aware of a prospect of The Tudors re-signing former club captain Jordan Parkes from Ebbsfleet United. With many Hemel fans keen to see Parkesy return to Vauxhall Road, a brief chat between TSC committee members ensued and some fans opinions were canvassed – and the TSC decided to propose a hastily arranged budget boosting initiative (which was nicknamed “Beard Tax” due to the clubs links to King Henry VIII and his own fund raising initiative) for fans to contribute financially, with the aim being for Hemel FC being in a better position to re-sign Jordan. Within ten hours, the original target of £50 a week was pledged by generous Tudors fans; the Football Club was informed of our intention and our gratefully received involvement supported efforts from the club itself and sponsors Underwoods and O’Rourke Personnel to secure the signature of Jordan Parkes later that same day.
As it stands, the combined pledges amount to slightly more than the target amount of £50 per week; not so much that we can send Hemel FC’s management team out scouting further marquee signings… but an amount that may come in handy should some of the fans who pledged donations change their mind or have a change in personal circumstances further in the season that prevents them from being able to continue contributing. Furthermore, we’d still accept new contributors to the scheme at any stage as the season progresses. A Sub Committee will be established to manage the “Beard Tax” scheme and make relevant decisions; Article 5, Paragraph 7 of the Tudors Supporters Club constitution is in effect… (5.7 The Committee may appoint such sub-committees as it may from time to time decide are appropriate and determine their powers. Such committees may co-opt non-executive members.) This Sub Committee will consist of a Chairman (TSC Vice-Chairman Kevin Patterson), a Treasurer (TSC Treasurer Marc Willmore) and three further TSC Members, who have contributed to the scheme, to make executive decisions about how the scheme is run (volunteers required).
- The “Beard Tax” initiative was set up with the hope that fans who pledge to donate funds, do so with commitment for the remainder of the season (until the end of April 2017).
- Beard Tax will be banked in the TSC account, with the agreed wage contribution (£221 a month, which over the remaining seven months of the season averages £50 a week) paid to Hemel FC on the final day of each calendar month.
- The initial aim of Beard Tax was to secure the signing of Jordan Parkes for the 2016/17 season; if he didn’t join Hemel then the initiate will likely have ceased. Now the scheme is, to an extent, functional – it will be for the existing contributors to decide how the scheme progresses and whether there is a willingness for it to continue next season, for it to grow, for it to target other new signings, etc.
- The amount of funds fans contribute individually is discretionary; contributions of any value are considered to be very generous and we want to avoid a situation of any fans feeling obliged to participate – whilst it’s preferable for fans who pledge to see it out for the whole season, any fans who feel they cannot afford to continue contributing or simply just don’t want to, can cease their involvement without any pressure from the TSC.
Whether you agree to pay weekly, monthly or up front – your payments can be by any means you prefer. The TSC can accept payments by BACS, PayPal or cheque, contact Marc Willmore for relevant details. Otherwise, TSC committee members Marc Willmore, Kevin Patterson or Danny Green can take your cash payments on Match Days (and will respectfully chase you for payments once the scheme is underway).
It is not the current intention of the TSC to conduct fundraising activities specifically for the Beard Tax; we were forced to cease the Last Man Standing competition last season and the monthly prize draw we attempted to run this season didn’t take off, so as it stands no funds are being raised for the travel fund which is the original intention of the TSC being formed. Establishing new fund raising initiatives to subsidise fans away travel remains our priority and the Beard Tax budget boosting scheme will run solely on donations at this stage.
For enquiries, including existing contributors and fans interested paying Beard Tax, please email firstname.lastname@example.org