HAHO (Hartshill and Harpfields Occasions)
Hartshill and Harpfields Residents' Association held a event in 2010 to celebrate the Federation of the six towns to form the County Borough of Stoke-on-Trent. In 2012 the combination of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics encouraged a larger attempt to hold a series of community events which proved a great success. It was then decided that the planning of these events could be best achieved through a new devolved organisation which could concentrate on providing a series of events throughout the year. This is HAHO.
HAHO now has its own website, with full details of all events at haho.org.uk/
These events include games, based on the Olympic legacy, though with a fun element, for which medals are awarded. A series of Pub Quizzes, again with medals and a Green Summer Fair, with an environmentally friendly theme. This year too HAHO is supporting the centenary of the 21st City (1st Hartshill) Scout Group. The Chair of HAHO is Joe Andrew.
The remaining events in 2013 are:
Saturday 22 June Scouts Centenary - Scout Hall Boundary Street and adjoining playing field 2pm to 6pm. A full range of activities.
Sunday 30 June Canine Capers - Hartshill Park 1pm onwards - games for dogs.
Saturday 27 July Green Summer Fair - North Staffs Medical Institute 10am - 2pm.
Letter in The Sentinel Tuesday 6 August
Wonderful spirit at this fun day
What a wonderful community spirit we experienced on Saturday July 27 at the third annual Green Summer Fair at the North Staffs Conference Centre in Hartshill.
We had a wonderful "free" time at the Hartshill and Harpfields Fai. Wonderful entertainment for the children - puppet show, free balloons - so much to see and do. Children were able to establish their self-esteem by taking part in skipping and hula-hoops. They received a certificate and a medal.
We would like to thank everyone involved in this super event. We look forward to next year.
DT and SA BALL
Barbara Andrew of the HAHO Committee, Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Majid Khan, Deputy Lady Mayoress Sameeya Khan, Councillor Andy Platt, Cabinet Member for Environmental Issues and partner Ruth Wright.
Hartshill Heritage Walk 14 September
As part of National Heritage Weekend Jordan White repeated his Hartshill Heritage Walk. 24 people came on the walk. This time we were able to visit Hartshill Church where we examined the tiled memorials, the saddest of which were those of Colin Minton Campbell's children, who had died at very early ages. We also visited The Mount, where we were allowed to enter and see the vestibule and the staircase leading to the upper floors. One of the walkers pointed out the house in Quarry Road which was bombed during the Second World War (by a strange coincidence a photograph of the damaged house appeared in that day's Sentinel).
Christmas Fair - Minton Centre 16 November 10am - 4pm
Amongst activities and information scheduled for the day are a table giving information about what's on locally over Christmas; Christmas crafts and gift fair; Christmas-themed refreshments; sale of cards and goods for good causes; foodbank; demonstrations on how to make your own Christmas cards, decorations, gift wrapping and food and the telling of the Christmas story. The theme is delivering a Christmas message which is traditional, simple, thrifty, thinks of others and benefits the community.
In addition HAHO is looking into the possibility of having a local Christmas tree with lights; the local delivery of cards and the sale of cards for good causes at a variety of venues.
Planning for 2014
We shall re-run all our Community Games and alongside the Pub Quizzes have a Quiz night with invited teams from for example local churches, community groups and schools. We intend to hold the Midsummer Fair, in the Minton Centre. There is scope for an expanded Canine Capers with stalls promoting dog-centric items. This year also we have planned to have the Hartshill International event on 3 May in the North Staffs Medical Institute. As we remember that 2014 is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and its attendant horrors we have a sub group investigating its impact on Hartshill and hope to research biographies of those who served then. There are 103 names on the memorial in Hartshill churchyard and another has been erased. There are also 91 graves in Hartshill Cemetery listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, the majority of whom would have died of injuries while in the War Hospital at the City General.
Here is a copy of HAHO's annual review of the year for 2014 giving details of the events which were organised:
HAHO in 2015
A list of the Events planned for 2015 which you can download:
The Richmond Street Park Games on the Programme scheduled for Sunday 17 May have been postponed until Sunday 5 July.