Statement from KHIST chairman
Following recent letters submitted by KHIST to the directors of KHFC, a response was received on the 20th March 2008 from the club.
It is now public knowledge that the club have decided to reduce admission prices for the Ebbsfleet match and KHIST strongly applaud this move. We did put forward a number of ideas and each had their own positives and negatives, however, the principle here is that the board are listening to supporters and trying to generate either more interest or more money for the club (or both!). In addition, the reduction of Under 16 prices for the remaining home games is also a positive move due to kids being the future of the clubs support, not to mention the likelihood that they often attend with paying adults.
At time of writing this statement, KHIST are working on advertising these concessionary rates in the Kidderminster Shuttle on the 27th March. Full details will be shared, but currently it is intended to share the cost of this advertisement between KHIST and one of our corporate members.
A common complaint from supporters of Kidderminster Harriers was the lack of communication coming from the club. We are pleased to see recent developments, namely the “Question Mark” initiative, and now the beginning of regular communication from Barry Norgrove.
There are a number of issues that remain outstanding that KHIST will continue to pursue. Two that are towards the top of our agenda are the resumption of bucket collections for every home game (there was a collection prior to the Rushden game and this was the one game we were permitted to collect at this season) which is a valuable source of regular income for KHIST, not to mention the fact that it maintains our visibility. The other strong desire is for KHIST to have a manned stand inside the ground during matchdays in order that supporters can come and have a chat and find out what KHIST are doing. We see this as vital in increasing our membership and trying to unite the fan base, as we are aware that KHIST are still not yet publically as visible as we would like.
The club have told us they wish to delay further discussion on these issues until the close season. KHIST would have preferred to have moved forward with these and other activities immediately but given that the season is rapidly coming to a close there is probably little point in trying to push for resolution of these issues in the next few weeks.