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Magpies: Heritage geared up as corporate partner for Dorchester
HERITAGE of Dorchester have been unveiled as the Magpies’ latest corporate partner, to the delight of the club’s joint-chairman Shaun Hearn.
As part of the partnership, Heri-tage, formerly known as Loders, painted their courtesy cars in the Magpies’ iconic black and white stripes.
“We’re thrilled to have Heritage of Dorchester on board with us,” said Hearn. “Heritage Automotive are one of the biggest and fastest growing traders in the South West, so it’s a sign of the growing stature of the club that we’ve signed them as corporate partners.”
The deal follows a strong summer for the club, where both the Patrons’ Draw and season ticket sales were up on the same time last season.
Almost 70 local businesses entered this season’s draw, where Concord Flooring & Ceilings were pulled out as winners, and Hearn believes that the increase in entrants is a sign the club is moving in the right direction.
“There was naturally a degree of apprehension when we announced plans to head towards the community-ownership route, but the support we’ve had from local businesses early on has been hugely encouraging,” he added.
“The Patrons’ Draw has been one of the most successful in recent years and, on top of this, the amount of local businesses taking up the corporate and executive packages has been superb. It’s great to see everyone backing the club.”
He continued: “In the last month we’ve launched a new website, topped 2,000 fans on our excellent Facebook page and produced a full-colour corporate brochure for sponsors.
“They’re all small in the grand scheme of things, but were only achievable thanks to supporters stepping up and offering their time.”
Patrons’ Draw winners (from first prize to 10th): Concorde Flooring & Ceilings, Mantle Media, Stag Fencing, Matt Lucas Funeral Directors, AJR Accounting, The Royal Oak in Milborne St Andrew, Stockley Builders, Poundbury Plastering, Weatherbury Roofing, SE Tyres.
Meanwhile, all of the officers and committee of the Dorchester Town FC Supporters’ Club were re-elected at the fans’ group’s AGM.
Treasurer Terry Spracklen reported an operating deficit of £176.74 in 2012/13 compared to £700.69 in 2011/12 and told members that just over £4,000 had been donated to the club in the last year – the supporters’ club has now raised a total of £344,363 for the Magpies.
Secretary Harold Gill hailed the success of the match day cash draws and Christmas Draw, as well as the visit to the children’s ward at Dorset County Hospital last Dec-ember.
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