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Deeside Orienteering Club Information

Deeside Orienteering Club (DEE) was founded in 1969 and is an affiliated club of British Orienteering. Geographically, DEE organises orienteering and draws its membership from the area of Cheshire west of the M6 and south of Manchester, the Wirral, the Sefton coast (Birkdale, Ainsdale, Formby, Altcar and Hightown), Liverpool and St Helens. Our neighbouring clubs are detailed on our Links Page.

The Club's Constitution was last updated at the Annual General Meeting on 22 November 2014.

Organisation

Orienteering is co-ordinated in the UK by British Orienteering, which employs a small professional staff for its administration. British Orienteering is controlled by representatives drawn from its affiliated clubs, such as DEE. Clubs are grouped into geographic regions and DEE is the southernmost member of the North West Orienteering Association (NWOA), which extends over England west of the Pennines from Cumbria in the north to Cheshire in the south. Communication within British Orienteering nearly always runs from Club to Region to British Orienteering and vice-versa; Regional Committees supplying members to British Orienteering's own Committees. All of the British Orienteering Clubs have a standard, up to six-letter, abbreviation of their name for convenience; Deeside Orienteering Club's is DEE.

Membership

DEE is open for and welcomes new members of any age or status. If you want to learn more about membership then the Membership Page may assist you with details,types of membership and membership rates. Alternatively you may prefer to contact the Membership Secretary.

The Club Membership List is published to all DEE members every March, which provides the contact details of all members so that Club Members can keep in touch and Club Officials can put together teams for relays and other events like the Compass Sport Cup and can establish event teams for the numerous Club events and activities.

Club Kit

Orienteering tops in the DEE colours (red, white and black) can be ordered from the club. Please see more details, photos and sizes on the DEE Orienteering Kit page.

There are also cloth and metal club badges and key Ring fobs all with the DEE logo. These can be obtained by visiting Enquiries at most DEE Events.

Newsletters and Magazines

All DEE members receive "Deeside News", the Club's Newsletter, which is published every two months, the Regional Newsletter "Norwest News" and the NWOA Fixtures List are also sent out at the same time. Full British Orienteering Members may also receive other materials, magazines and newsletters directly from British Orienteering.

Events

DEE stages several events throughout the year including a series of events during April, May, June and July known as the Summer League. The Summer League is held in association with one of our neighbouring clubs MDOC. Both clubs have found these events to be:

  • Ideal introductions to orienteering
  • Good training opportunities for all members
  • A great way to introduce members in how to plan, set-up and run an orienteering event
  • And most importantly, plain old good fun!

DEE also stages major events that attract in excess of 500 orienteers from clubs all over the UK.

During the Winter DEE stage the Cheshire and Merseyside Schools League. These events, held usually on a Saturday morning, are primarily for the benefit of the Schools and the Children taking part, but are open to all who want to take part.

Award Schemes

All events organised by DEE and other clubs are a part of at least one of the Award Schemes, namely:

  • The Deeside Colour Coded Scheme
  • The British Orienteering (BOF) Colour Coded Scheme
  • The British Orienteering National Badge Scheme

You can read about these schemes here.

Training

Our schools league and summer evening events are used by many members to train for bigger events around the country and abroad. Please come along if you want to learn and get fitter.

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Permanent Courses

Within the DEE area there are several Permanent Orienteering Courses that are available for use by anyone at any time once the requisite map has been acquired. The courses are in the following areas: Chester, Runcorn, Warrington, Northwich, Frodsham, Widnes, and the Wirral. More details about these courses and how to obtain their maps is available on our Permanent Orienteering Courses page.

Social Events

All of our club social events are advertised in both the "Deeside News" newsletter. As DEE covers a geographically large area there are a number of challenges involved in any such events, but our regular programme consists of:

  • The Summer League
  • The annual Club Championships held in October/November
  • The annual Club Social held shortly after the Club Championships
  • The Turkey Trot (a post Christmas fun event and social)
  • The Winter Weekend, held usually in February
  • And there is always the Club Tent to be found at many of the larger events the Club attends (the current tent is a red tunnel tent)

Contacting The Club

To contact the Club you can either:

 
 

DEE Committee and Officers

  • Chairman:Pete Owens ()
  • Secretary:Barry Barnes ()
  • Treasurer:Duncan Harris ()
  • Fixtures:Jean Payne ()
  • Deeside News Editor:Clare Crocker ()
  • Membership:Barbara Majumdar ()
  • Welfare Officer:Paul Jones () Tel. 01244 660819
  • Web:Bob Elmes ()
  • Committee members:
    John Embrey ()
    Edward Jones ()
    John Padget
    Jane Mockford ()
  • General Enquiries:General Enquiries ()
Dee Juniors coming home to win the Evette Baker Trophy 2006