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Welcome to Octavian Droobers, celebrating 50 years! 1965 - 2015

The Droobers, Octavian Droobers or OD as they are known are the local orienteering club for Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull in the West Midlands, UK.

  • Unlike most sports clubs we do not have a fixed weekly meeting point, but instead organise events on a regular basis around the area. See the Events page for details.
  • Walkers, joggers and runners of all ages 5 - 85 years are invited to explore our local woods and parks. We offer help and guidance on how to read maps and use a compass and electronic timer for newcomers at each event.
  • To see a short video explaining what the sport involves, have a look at the Beginners page.
  • For further information about the club please call 01926 632189 or email
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Orienteering - The adventure sport for all.



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Latest Club News


Barossa, near Camberley in Surrey, was venue for the annual Concorde Chase event organised by Berkshire Orienteers. Harrison McCartney was 1st M18 and 2nd overall on the Black 11.8km, the longest course, taking 1.02.03mins just over a 1 minute behind Oxford University’s Jegor Kostylev M21. Dave Marr was 1st placed M65 on the Brown 8.3km course taking 1.16.30mins and Carolyn Marr 3rd placed W65 on the Green 4.5km course in 55.52mins.

The East Midlands ranking event at Hicks Lodge near Ashby de la Zouch, organised by Leicestershire Orienteering club, proved quite a muddy challenge but Octavian Droobers club members had some good runs. Bruce Bryant M55 was 1st on the Green 4.4km course taking 38.53mins and Richard Gardner M60 was 5th in 40.40mins. Sian Gardner W55 was 5th in 48.16mins on the Light Green 3.4km course. On the Orange 3.3km course new member Danny Kelly M45 was 2nd in 47.47mins, Rachel Alexander W55 3rd in 52.45mins and Diana Hailey W70 4th in 54.36mins. New junior club member Bethan Dunn W12 was 2nd on the Yellow 2.1km course in 21.38mins.continued.....

02 February 2016


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Alistair Powell, club captain, receiving the Laurie Bradley Trophy from West Midlands Orienteering Association Chairman Ray Collins




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Jill Emmerson, Liz Phillips, Club Chairman, Kirsten Strain at Club Championships presentations.



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Rough Close overall handicap winner, Harrison McCartney M18 




Orienteering Foundation - article for Club/Assoc newsletters/websites - Dec 2015


Who we are

The Orienteering Foundation is a registered charity, independent of British Orienteering. It was set up with money from a bequest from Bertie & Elsie Ward and is now raising further funds and awarding grants. The objectives are to promote the sport of orienteering through enhancement, innovation, and alleviation of hardship.

The Orienteering Foundation is built on your generosity. We welcome all donations, no matter how large or small, and there are many ways you can contribute. 

Many grants have been made, for example supporting national teams at the World Schools Championships, regional squads training at home and abroad, and enhancing the Junior Home Internationals. There has been a historical focus on juniors, but we welcome grant applications for any projects that meet our objectives. 

There have been some recent changes to the Orienteering Foundation and this article give you the up to date news.

New web site

The Orienteering Foundation has substantially revised its website

 (www.orienteeringfoundation.org.uk) which now includes details of how to donate, how to apply for funding, and reports from funded projects - let us know what you think.


 New Orienteering Foundation Chair

At the Trustees' meeting in September, the Trustees elected Neil Cameron as Chair for the period until early 2018.

Making grant applications

The process for making grant applications is under review but full details of the current process and an application form can be found on the new web site.  We are keen to have new applications by January 2016 so that they can be considered at the next Trustee meeting on 1 February.  Deadline dates and the application form are on the website.



Thank you to all those who continue to support us, or have recently started a regular donation.

We are of course always happy to receive donations (this can be done directly from the web site if you wish) and to discuss the work of the Foundation with potential new donors (contact the Chair or any other Trustee).  Donation methods and sources include:

ñ  Regular monthly or yearly donation

ñOne-off donation

ñA bequest left in your will

ñProceeds from fund-raising activity

ñDonation of volunteer expenses: instead of ignoring expenses, claim them and give them to charity (the Orienteering Foundation)

 Orienteering Foundation and Contacts

You can contact the Orienteering Foundation be e-mailing

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FOUND:  A set of (car?) keys found in an EMIT box. Contact Rob for their return.