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DVO celebrate 50 years as a club

DVO is 50 this year. You may have picked this up from conversations, attending the New Year’s Day event with its free raffle, seeing Ben O’Donnell’s winning celebration logo on the DVO website and on flyers, or you may have been in at the beginning ……

We think this is an achievement to celebrate, and celebrate we will with additional events and entertainment put on throughout the year. What follows is an outline. More detail is available elsewhere in this Newstrack and in subsequent editions later in the year.

Our first celebration will be dinner at the Mainsail restaurant at Carsington Water on Friday evening, 10th May. Our special guest will be Carol McNeill MBE, author of Orienteering and four time gold medal winner in the World Orienteering Championship. Further details and a booking form will be available in the next edition of Newstrack and are on this website.

Our next event is a retro club championship at Carsington Pastures on Saturday 15th June, with prize giving, special prizes, giveaways and a picnic. Challenges will include drawing your own map and pin punching. Please hunt through your old sports gear for any of the clothing you were wearing in 1969 because there will be an award for the best (worst?) dressed man, woman and junior.

Later in the year we are planning a family ceilidh at Wirksworth Town Hall, with annual prize giving and brief AGM on Saturday 26th October. You will be entertained by Rum Ram Ruff, who have been told that we are all athletes and to work us hard, and fed by the masters of the chilli, Viv and Ranald

In addition we have designed and ordered buffs and thick, warm fleeces which use Ben’s logo to highlight our special anniversary. The fleeces are cosy and wind resistant with a full zip and zipped pockets. They will be available to try on and order at DVO events including Birchen Edge, to order using the order form in the next Newstrack or on the website. Buffs will also be available at events or from Jane Burgess (janeburgess50@yahoo.co.uk). Fleeces cost £22 and buffs are £8 each or £15 for two

Please join in and make this a year to remember. It’s going to be a long time before we can celebrate another 50 years!