FOUNDATION
 
 

A big pile of documents - including Harlequin newsletters from the earliest days has been delivered. These provide conclusive proof of the date and location of the founding of Harlequins and the the winding up of Halesowen & District:




The Foundation of Harlequins Orienteering Club


THE HARLEQUINS ORIENTEERING CLUB

INAUGURAL MEETING
AREA YOUTH OFFICE, KINVER
MONDAY, 1ST APRIL, 1968 AT 7.45 P.M.

Present:

A.B.Bartlett, P.Oakley, B.Shaw, D.Matthews, W.M.Poulton, W.H.Pardoe, P.G.A.Pardoe, A.C.Burton, H.T.Price, A.W.Byde, H.Allen, J.B.Westwood, R.M.Walton and C.Schaanning.

1. APOLOGIES:
Apologies were received and accepted from:
Miss M.E.Monks, County Youth Officer,
Messrs. C.Maynard, W.Thomas, J.Garner and G.F.Temple.

2.
Mr. H.T.Price took the Chair.
From the Chair it was proposed that 'An Orienteering Club be formed'.
This was carried unanimously.

3. A NAME:
It was decided that the Club be called The Harlequins Orienteering Club.

4.
A Draft Constitution was submitted based on the Halesowen & District Orienteering Club's. After discussion, the attached Constitution was adopted.

{the draft has gone missing}

5. ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
Chairman - Mr. P.G.A.Pardoe
Vice Chairman - Mr. A.B. Bartlett ?
Secretary - Mr. H.T.Price
Treasurer - Mr. W.H. Pardoe
(Auditors - to be decided at a later meeting)
Two General Committee Members - Mr.P.Oakley ?, Mr.A.Burton
The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and two others constitute the General Committee.

6. PROGRAMME:
It was agreed to hold an exercise on Monday, 22nd April, 1968 at Kinver. The meeting place would be the Area Youth Office at 6.30 p.m. A General Committee Heeting to follow at 9.00 p.m.

The West Midlands programme Event discussed and the Halesowen Event on Sunday, 28th April was advertised.

7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Annual Subscription
It was agreed that for:-
Senior and Intermediate Members - 15/-d
Intermediate Members in Full-time Education - 5/-d
Junior Members - 5/-d
Affiliated Groups - 2
Annual Subscriptions to be due on 1st January each year.

8. DATE, TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING:
To be decided by the General Committee at their next meeting.

Signed: {P G A Pardoe}

Chairman

Date: {7th October 1968}

{A scan of the original document can be found here)

So this is pretty much conclusive proof of Harlequins' independent foundation - and a suggestion of the date and location of our first training event (22nd April at Kinver)




The proposal to amalgamate HOC with HDOC


Harlequins and Halesowen Orienteering Clubs
Minutes of the Meeting held at Plough and Harrow, Kinver on Monday, 1st December, 1968
1. AMALGAMATION OF CLUBS

It was unanimously agreed by Executive Committee Members from both Clubs that Halesowen Orienteering Club and Harlequins Orienteering Club should formally amalgamate on 13th January, 1969. This move was proposed because of the close geographical proximity of the two clubs and the relatively small numbers in each which tended to reduce the potential for the sport of Orienteering.

2. AGENDA

The Agenda for Meeting of both Clubs to be held 13th January at 8.00 p.m.. at Area Youth Office, High Street, Kinver.
(i) Halesowen and District Orienteering Club will propose dissolution of the club at the A.G.M.
(ii) Halesowen and District members will be invited to join the Harlequins Orienteering Club.
(iii) Election of Officers for the newly formed Harlequins Orienteering Club.
(iv) Any other business.

Signed . . . . . . . . . .
Date . . . . . . . . . . .


{A scan of the original document can be found here)

So here we have both Harlequins and Halesowen existing at the same time, a proposal to dissolve HDOC followed a second proposal inviting former HDOC members to join HOC. This sounds pretty clear cut but wait... Confusingly the enlarged club is referred to as 'newly formed' - as if the intention was this would be a new club - but using the same name as the former HOC.



Minutes of the amalgamation meeting



MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD AT
THE AREA YOUTH OFFICE, HIGH STREET, KINVER
ON MONDAY, 13TH JANUARY, 1969

Mr. Bert Pardoe
Mr. B. Hickman
Mr. P. G. A. Pardoe
Mr. M. Griffin
Mr. A. Burton
Mr. E. Ostle
Mr. C. Schaanning
Mr. H. T. Price
Mr. C. Maynard

1. APOLOGIES

Apologies were received from Mr. P. Pay and Mrs. M. Duggan.

2.

It was proposed that Halesowen & District Orienteering Club be dissolved.

Proposer - Mr. E. Ostle
Seconder - Mr. C. Schaanning

This was agreed.

3.

It was proposed 'that the Halesowen & District O.C. members be invited to join the Harlequins O.C.'

Proposer - Mr. H. T. Price
Seconder - Mr. C. Maynard

This was agreed.

4. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Chairman Tony Pardoe
Secretary Harry Price
Memb. Sec/Treasurer Bert Pardoe
Eqt. and Map Secretary Eric Ostle

5.

It was agreed to hold informal meetings on the Monday night of any month at The Plough and Harrow, Kinver. Members to arrive by 8.30 p.m.

Signed...... {P.J.A.Pardoe}

Date........ {6/4/70}

{A scan of the original document can be found here)


So the answer is HOC was founded on April 1st at the Area Youth Office, Kinver and strictly according to the minutes HDOC was dissolved and then, the (now former) members of HDOC were invited to join HOC on 19th Jan 1969. So the clubs were not amalgamated.

BUT... Confusingly there were members of HDOC present at the HOC foundation meeting... were these observers? Were they members of both clubs? Who knows? Does it really matter?

 
 
Site Meter