Who We Are

 

HAHO (Hartshill and Harpfields Occasions) is a Community Organisation that was founded in 2012.

It exists to improve the quality of life of the people of Hartshill and Harpfields, in the city of Stoke on Trent.

 

Our key aims are:

1. To arrange a series of events and activities on an annual cycle.

2. To seek to promote community cohesion and diversity through these events and activities.

3. To promote Hartshill and Harpfields to the wider community.

 

We seek to do this in a variety of ways, always striving to provide community involvement. Events are run on an annual cycle, and details of them can be found on our Events page. They have included Community Games, Green Summer Fairs, and a Fun Dog Show (Canine Capers).

 

In 2012, our first year of independent operation, we celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and launched a series of events inspired by London 2012. In 2013 we hosted the legendary BBC Radio programme, Gardeners’ Question Time; that year we also launched a Local Heritage Trail with guided walks.

In 2014 we inaugurated Hartshill International, as well as launching a series of events to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, funded by a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

This year also saw us receive a grant from the Arts Council to develop a venture with local community arts group B Arts, entitled ‘Lights on the Hill’. 

 

Since HAHO was founded we have received generous support, financially and in other ways, from Stoke on Trent City Council, especially through the Ward Budgets of Councillor Randy Conteh and Shaun Pender.

 

Almost all our events are open to all, and are free. All work for HAHO is done by volunteers; most of our events are run in partnership with other local groups. In 2014 an estimated 2,000 people attended HAHO events.

 

In 2015 we plan to run again about a dozen events, as in 2014: see Events page for details.

 

HAHO is grateful to many people for their help this year and in previous years: Councillors Shaun Pender and Randy Conteh for generous funding from their Ward Budgets; Hartshill resident Royce Bambrick for designing all HAHO publicity materials; Hartshill artist Sally Mancell for kind permission to use her ‘Hartshill High Street’ design; Stoke on Trent City Council’s Reprographics Department for printing leaflets and posters; and all the people, businesses, services and organisations who have given HAHO their support, sponsorship, practical assistance and valuable advice - it is very much appreciated.

Equality Policy

 

At HAHO we are committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our personnel. Our aim is that our members will be truly representative of all sections of society and that each person involved with HAHO feels respected and able to give of their best.

To that end the purpose of this policy is to provide equality and fairness for all involved with HAHO and not to discriminate because of sex, gender reassignment, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or age.

All persons involved with HAHO, at whatever level will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability. All members of HAHO will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential and the talents and resources of all members of HAHO will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.

Our commitment:

·    To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all our members are recognised and valued.

·    Every member is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated.

·    Training, development and progression opportunities are equally available to all members

·    Equality in the working environment is good management practice and makes sound business sense.

·    We will review all our practices and procedures to ensure fairness.

·    This policy is fully supported by all those involved with HAHO.

·    The policy will be monitored and reviewed annually.

The Constitution for Hartshill and Harpfields Occasions (HAHO):

 

Date of meeting at which the Constitution was formally proposed and adopted:

12 December 2012.

 

1. Name

The name of the organisation shall be Hartshill and Harpfields Occasions (HAHO).

 

2. Area

The area represented by the organisation shall be Hartshill and Harpfields, North Staffordshire.

 

3. Membership

Membership of the organisation shall be open to all those who have an interest in the life of the local area (Hartshill and Harpfields). Membership is therefore open and flexible.

 

4. Mission Statement

HAHO exists to improve the quality of the life of the people of Hartshill and Harpfields.

 

5. Aims

1) To arrange a series of events and activities on an annual cycle

2) To seek to promote community cohesion and diversity through these events and activities

3) To promote Hartshill and Harpfields to the wider community.

 

6. Meetings

There shall be 12-15 meetings a year, open to all members of HAHO, as defined at 3 above. An Annual General Meeting shall be held in the months of September / October at which the Officers will report on the year’s activities and achievements.

 

7. Officers

HAHO shall elect three Officers consisting of a Chair, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. Othe posts shall be created as and when necessary.

 

8. Sub-groups

 

HAHO shall have the following sub-groups:

 

a) Scouts

b) BBC Gardeners’ Question Time

c) Community Games

d) Hartshill International

e) Green Summer Fair

f) Walks

g) History

h) Christmas Activities

 

The number and names of the sub-groups will vary from time to time.

 

9. Monies

Any monies held by the organisation will be held in a discrete bank account entitled HAHO. Signatories to all cheques will be any two of the three officers. The statement of this bank account will be open to public scrutiny at each Annual General Meeting. Prior to this it will be checked by an independent person. Any sub-committee which needs a bank account may have a separate account entitled HAHO account no.1, 2, 3 etc. Cheques will be signed as above. Within the bank account £100 will be reserved at all times to cover the cost of winding-up the organisation.

 

10. Dissolution

If at any time it is considered that the stated aims of the organisation cannot be met or that there is insufficient interest to fill the offices of the organisation and/or its committee to enable it to function, or it is desired or considered necessary to create a successor body to enable the work of the organisation to be better performed, then an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting shall be called to vote upon a resolution that the organisation be wound-up. Should such a resolution be approved then any monies accruing to the organisation after the payment of due debts and the realisation of any assets shall be applied in the following manner as agreed at the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting:

to be given to any other organisation which acts for the general benefit of the area of Hartshill and Harpfields or to the benefit of any successor organisation.

 

 

Signed:

 

Chair Joe Andrew

 

Treasurer Reg Edwards

 

Secretary Angela Merryweather

 

Other Management Committee Members: Val Bambrick, Jayne Fair, Janet Wright

 

All HAHO events are organised by Planning Group which currently has 12 members; this includes three officers, Joe Andrew (Chair), Janet Wright (Secretary) and Reg Edwards (Treasurer). The group meets about once a month, for about an hour, usually in the local pub, the Jolly Potters. In 2014 we organised about a dozen events, almost all of them open to the public. In addition to the Planning Group about 50 volunteers from the local community helped run these events.

 

Contact

While we have a very lively and active group, we’re always looking for new members: please see our Contact page for details of how to get in touch.