On Tuesday 16th October, 33 team members, Search dog Jack and Trainee Search Dog Tess were in attendance at The Rescue Post for our regular vehicle and equipment maintenance evening.
During the evening, the team paused to welcome Natalie Graves, accompanied by Sally Wright, who were invited along to mount a framed picture in memory of CVSRT Richard Graves. Yesterday was a significant date for Natalie and Richard as it marked the anniversary of their first date.
In an informal gathering, CVSRT Leader Ben Carter thanked our guests for attending and spoke of Richards contribution to CVSRT, then read a letter from our friends at DWMRT, which recounted with fondness Richards visit to Ireland and Croagh Patrick during his Probationary year, with special mention of his enthusiasm and passion to learn.
Natalie replied by thanking everyone for their kind words, support and friendship, and said that Richard loved being part of the team and couldn’t wait to throw on his red jacket, grab his rucksack and boots, and dash to a callout or training.
The picture was placed in our meeting room and Trainee Search Dog Tess was on-hand for photos and cuddles!!
Last night CVSRT members attended The Rescue Post to say thank you and bid farewell to a long time supporter of the team, Mr Ken Hill who is moving to Wales to be closer to family. Retired solicitor Ken first got involved with the team as a supporter helping out around the base and then moved into an incident control role. For a number of years, Ken also worked fastidiously in the background sharing his business acumen to develop a strong foundation for the team to build and grow.
CVSRT would like to thank Ken for his years of service and commitment to the team and wish him well in the future.
Also at the meeting the team marked the end of an era as husband and wife team, Mick and Hilary Newsome stepped down from active duty after nearly 30years on the callout list. CVSRT President David Whitteron presented Mick and Hilary with the Life Membership Award in recognition of their service to the team.
In 2014 they were both presented with a 25years Long Service certificate and Hilary recounted, “We first became involved with the team one Sunday at the Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge where we bumped into an old friend, Pete Smith - whom Mick had known for forty or so years. I (Hilary) had just completed the Mountain Leadership course and as the chat developed, Pete suggested we should join the Rescue Team. This sounded interesting so we thought we’d give it a go and become “Probies”.
Mick concluded, “Over the years, we have worked alongside many team members. Then, as now, it has been the camaraderie and trust among these people, both past and present, which has given us the support and strength to enabled us to survive hard times, both physical and mental. We are very proud to be part of an incredible group of selfless volunteers – Thank you!”
CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Mick & Hilary for being instrumental in the development of the team for nearly three decades. We wish them well with their retirement from active duty.
Following the huge success of previous events, CVSRT are very pleased to host a screening of this year’s Brit Rock Film Tour. Join us for an awesome evening of climbing films. This is a fundraising event hosted by CVSRT with a percentage from tickets sales going directly to the team.
VENUE: HEBDEN BRIDGE PICTURE HOUSE
DATE: Wednesday 31st October
TIME: Doors & Bar 7pm
SCREENING: 8pm – 10pm approx.
FILM CERTIFICATE: 12A
BUY ON-LINE: £12 each + £1.20 Booking Fee via >> WE GOT TICKETS
BUY OFF-LINE: £12 each
Tickers are also available from any CVSRT Member.
Please note: Tickets are not on sale at the cinema for this event.
A few words from the award winning filmmaker Alastair Lee:
The Brit Rock Film Tour is back for 2018 with its strongest line up to date.
The UK has arguably the richest climbing history and one of the strongest ethical codes of conduct in the world; Brit Rock is quite literally a no-nonsense celebration of this richness. Leading film maker and founder of the Brit Rock Tour Alastair Lee is collaborating with the best of the UK’s adventure film makers as well as his own new productions resulting in this stunning new line up of climbing films. Launching this October the tour is set for a run of dates across the UK.
Programme: Total running time approx. 90mins.
Brazilian Line – 20 mins, Dir Rob Johnson/Alastair Lee
A maverick bunch of Brits go big wall hunting in Brazil. Lead by pioneering legend Mike ‘Twid’ Turner with Steve Long and some youth in the form of the super-strong James Taylor and Angus Kille (just climbed Indian Face!), the team head for the giant monolith of 'Pedra Baiana’ dreaming of a new line on perfect rock. From the outset the plan begins to unravel with fuel blockages, wasp attacks, a shortage of equipment and time all pinning back progress in this spectacular and charming film.
Just Anna – 15mins, Dir Alastair Lee
In an era where searching out and developing new routes seems uncomfortably out of vogue: all is not lost as we meet Anna Taylor. This remarkable Lakes-based 20 year old is bucking all the tends with stunning new sport routes and bold traditional lines. Including a nervy introduction to Deep Water Soloing by climbing partner Neil Gresham, we face all the challenges and difficulties along with Anna on her journey to one of the great unclimbed lines.
North Base – 5mins, Dir Alastair Lee
The ultra pragmatic Tim Howell is a specialist in climbing cliffs and jumping from the top of them, commonly known as ‘climb to base’. This short film introduces us to Tim’s way of life and his long-term goal of being the first to climb and jump all six of the classic alpine north faces. This epic concept will surely test even Tim’s steely nerves and seemingly inexhaustible energy.
Whiz Kid: Rainshadow – 20 min, Dir Paul Diffley
In 2016 at the age of just 17, William Bosi became the youngest Brit to climb the ultimate magic grade: 9a. Whiz Kid: follows William’s journey to climb Steve McClure’s Malham test piece, Rainshadow. Documented in an observational style the film gently reveals what it takes to climb at this level.
Free Flow – 7 mins, Dir Paul Diffley
Hazel Findlay enjoys an epic day of mountain running and solo climbing in the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. Stunning shots combine with a considered soundtrack underpinned by a subtle environmental message.
Blood Moon – 20mins, Dir Alastair Lee
The film follows Robbie Phillips, Calum Cunningham and Alan Carne as they attempt to open a new climb, ground up, on a 700m Big Wall called Tsaranoro Atsimo in Madagascar. The walls of Tsaranoro are as wild and bold as the country, the rock beautifully carved as if by providential hand, and the story... that of a real adventure of friends taking the risks that come hand in hand with pushing boundaries. Once the free climbing begins disaster strikes, Alan takes a bad fall shattering his lower right leg, an epic ordeal unfolds to get Alan from the remote big wall to safety. From here the mood changes, Robbie and Calum are left with some big questions and bigger fears as they must decide whether to continue with their push or give in to their emotions as they learn the hardest way possible what it takes to open a Big Wall on one of the sheerest vertical faces in Africa.
Undiscovered – 10min, Dir Chris Prescott
Dave MacLeod has spent the past 25 years putting up cutting edge routes all over the world but most frequently on his native Scottish rock. ‘Undiscovered’ explores the passion for pioneering first ascents and examines the effort that goes into developing new routes as Dave unearths more jewels on the crags that seemingly just keep on giving.
- Date Wednesday, 31 October 2018
- Time 19:00
Enjoy running downhill? You'll love this!
On 8th September 2018 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are holding the inaugural Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial at Havok Mountain Bike Park, Cornholme, near Todmorden.
- Race info:Morning or afternoon time slots allocated in advance.
- First run:From 8:30am
- Last run:17:00pm
- Region:South/West Pennines
- Distance:1.5km / 0.9M
- Climb:40m / 131ft
- Descent:160m / 524ft
- Venue:Havok Mountain Bike Park, Nr Todmorden
- Grid ref:SD90402567 (OS map OL21)
- Skills & experience:Partially Marked
- Minimum age:14
PMBA Enduro Ambassador, Tom Wilson
The PMBA Enduro Series, have tried to appeal to grassroots riders, and especially the younger riders and women. Since 2013 they have been putting on grassroots enduro events and this investment into the future is really paying off, they have four fast young racers that are PMBA success stories. From starting their enduro racing with PMBA Enduro they are now looking at worldwide racing success, and the PMBA are supporting them as best we can. Following on from filming Callum Russell last week, here is one of the other riders, Tom Wilson onboard his Orange Bikes Stage 6 riding at a very icy and snowy Havok Bike Park. Vittoria UK Hope Technology LtdPosted by Whitenosugar Productions on Friday, 9 February 2018
- Date Saturday, 08 September 2018
- Time 08:30
At team training this week, CVSRT members had the opportunity to practice various techniques for casualty handling, medical kit protocol and radio communications at Blackstone Edge. 40 team members, Search dog Meg and Trainee search dogs Orion and Wynn were in attendance.
We were also pleased to welcome Halifax MP Holly Lynch who came along to meet team members and learn more about the voluntary work we do in support of the statutory emergency services and the local community.
On Saturday 14th July at 10am, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team will be hosting an ‘Active Supporters Group’ Open Morning at The Rescue Post, Mytholmroyd. We are currently looking for volunteers who may have some time to spare on their hands and would like to get involved with helping out with the search and rescue team.
The Active Supporters Group was originally formed in March 2014 with 10 members who initially joined the team to help with fundraising and public events. Over the last four years, the supporters group has evolved and now forms an integral part of the CVSRT family with support group members involved in almost every part of team life - with the exception of emergency callouts to incidents or safety cover for certain events, where team members are required to have technical expertise and casualty care qualifications to deal with potential incidents.
So what exactly is the Active Supporters Group and what do they do?
Our Active Supporters Group members are often called upon to be casualties during training exercises. They are placed in a remote location for the team to find and treat whatever medical condition or injury they may find during the scenario. They are then suitably packaged and evacuated to safety.
Active Supporters are also utilised during search dog training as a ‘dogsbody’, (although strictly speaking you don’t need to be an active supporter to be a ‘dogsbody’). For those unfamiliar with the term ‘dogsbody’, it involves hiding in remote locations for the search dogs to find. Supporters also get involved as a puppy/trainee dogsbody, which involves running around and ‘playing’ with the young dogs, so basically being the centre of the attention for the dogs.
Two of our Active Supporters, Denise and Tracy, have been dogsbodies for a number of years and Denise is also a regular dogsbody for the SARDA national training weekends. Anna, Gillian and Janet have recently joined the group having started out last year working with the dogs. CVSRT currently has 3 graded search dogs and 3 trainee search dogs, so as you can imagine, the dogsbodies, handlers and search dogs are kept busy with two training sessions per week.
Supporters also attend the annual open days at the police and fire stations. They help team members with kit demonstrations and showing visitors around the response vehicles. Four of our longest serving Active Supporters also hold various officer roles within the team.
Malcolm is our Fundraising & Public Events Officer and until recently was an operational team member and was also our Treasurer for a number of years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the group.
Tracy is our Archivist – a role that involves collating articles and documents and storing them electronically and physically. She certainly had her hands full in 2016 during the 50th anniversary celebrations when we produced a booklet about the team’s history. Tracy is also a member of our media group, which oversees all external communications that go to the press and on social media.
Sarah is our Newsletter Editor who produces a quarterly publication about the team. This can be accessed at www.cvsrt.org.uk or sent directly to subscribers via email.
Graham is our Building Officer. He’s a massive help around the base and does all our repairs plus he was responsible for the recent installation of a new access and alarm system at the base.
So if you are interested and think being an Active Supporter may be for you, pop along to our Open Morning on Saturday 14th July at 10am till 11.30am, and learn how you can get involved.
Venue : The Rescue Post, Thrush Hill Road, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, HX75AQ
- Date Saturday, 14 July 2018
- Time 10:00 - 11:30
“Professional is not a label you give yourself – it’s a description you hope others will apply to you”.
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team recently took the opportunity to undergo a peer review of all the operational aspects of the team. Three peer reviewers were invited to the Calder Valley from Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team (South Wales), Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (North Wales) and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team (North Yorkshire) and spent a weekend with the team.
CVSRT is a very proud team who strive to provide the highest level of search and rescue response to the community in support of the statutory emergency services. Each member is required to train, attain and maintain a set of core skills as outlined by Mountain Rescue England & Wales. All team members are volunteers who work (or are retired) and live within our operational area. Whilst members may be volunteers, it is extremely important that the emergency response we provide is completely professional with the care of the casualty as paramount and the safety of fellow team members at the heart of everything we do.
The review was spread over three days of a weekend in April, running from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. It is designed to be an interrogative experience, based on a set of 96 questions and subsequent coaching interactions, culminating on the third day with a simulated callout to demonstrate the team in action. The ultimate purpose of the review is to ‘hold a mirror’ up for teams to assess, evaluate and grow from constructive feedback from fellow mountain rescuers.
Tim Cain (peer reviewer from Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team) explains, “My vision is that peer review becomes the gold standard culture of continuous improvement within and between rescue teams.”
Despite the peer review, CVSRT obviously remained available for callouts to assist the emergency services.
At 04:26am on the Friday morning (prior to the review), CVSRT members received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with an on going search for a high-risk vulnerable person who was reported missing in the Wyke area.
15 team members plus Search dog Meg assisted the police with searching and clearing areas of interest for six hours with no conclusion. The missing person was later found safe by a member of the public, outside the search area.
On Sunday just as members were concluding the peer review, CVSRT were alerted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to an incident involving a walker who had slipped on a moorland track at Goose Green near Wainstalls, sustaining a lower leg injury. 35 team members (plus 1 peer reviewer) responded immediately and made their way to the location whilst Sarloc Rescue was used to pinpoint the casualty's exact location.
Within 20 minutes, the team had located the casualty, provided pain relief and box splinted her leg. Once comfortable, the lady was packaged and stretchered off the moors and handed over to the ambulance crew. Whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive on scene, Search Dog Meg with handler Pete Farnell provided additional casualty care (pet therapy), which had a notable affect to reduce the casualty’s pain score. Well done Meg!
CVSRT Chairman, David Warden concluded, “Even though the peer review weekend with two callouts was a challenging process, it was worthwhile and enjoyable, and we hope to see the benefit in the coming months and years. Whilst the weekend was rigorous, that was probably the easy bit. The next step is to receive the written feedback from the reviewers and then for the team to analyse and apply any recommendations into our procedures and, hopefully, continually improve the teams effectiveness.”
“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.”
On the 3rd May we told you about a heartwarming story of an incredible young lady - 6year old Amelia Graves, who had decided to have her lovely long hair cut off to help raise funds for two charities.
Amelia donated her hair to Little Princess Trust – a charity that creates real hair wigs for children and young adults who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses. Amelia was also fundraising for CVSRT, as her dad Richard was an active team member. She raised an incredible £800 from the event.
It is with heavy hearts today that we announce the heartbreaking news that Amelia’s dad Richard sadly lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Friday morning.
CVSRT member Richard Graves was in his own words: Shy, retiring, polite and happy. Likes the outdoors (loves t’Yorkshire Moors and t’dales!!) and his favourite quote was… “Life is for living and living is free”.
Richard was indeed a true gentleman - honest, genuine and a funny chap who brought warmth, compassion and a cheeky smile to any occasion or situation, be it training, fundraising, social events, or at a callout to help a member of the community. He also worked for Lloyds Bank so used his business knowledge to assist the team as Treasurer until his illness restricted his spare time.
Despite battling cancer, Richard (with the help of his children, Jack & Amelia) successfully completed his MREW Casualty Care examination in November to the delight of his family and the team.
At the request of the family, we've been asked to share "Amelia’s Charity Chop" page again for anyone wishing to support her fundraising and donate in memory of Richard.
DONATE > "Amelia's Charity Chop"
CVSRT would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Natalie, Jack, Amelia and all his family and numerous friends at this very difficult time. Richard’s caring nature and happy smile was contagious and we will always remember him with fondness.
“All Calder stations... all Calder stations, this is Calder Control…Stand by for the last call message for Calder Richard…”
“Calder Richard... Calder Richard this is Calder Control. Although you may be gone, you will never be forgotten. We ask that you look over and protect us. Our team mate, our friend, our family...
Calder Richard still on the hill. Listening, Out.”
It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of Search dog ‘Nell’ (a border collie handled by CVSRT Chairman David Warden).
Nell retired recently on her 13th birthday having given over 11 years of service to Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team and SARDA England. She was always a confident dog, happy to work at great distances from David and thereby searching and clearing large swathes of moorland or mountainside very efficiently.
She was a quick learner and took to search work very enthusiastically. Nell passed her search dog assessment in Snowdonia and joined CVSRT in March 2006, a few months before her second birthday. Her first assignment was to the Lake District a couple of weeks after passing her assessment and a few months later located a flood victim in the River Swale in North Yorkshire. She was instrumental in locating a despondent adult on Ilkley Moor, with David providing emergency care to the casualty.
CVSRT would like to thank 'Nell' for her many years of dedication and commitment to the team and the community. She was an adorable character and will be sorely missed.
History was made this week when CVSRT honorary president, Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley MBE retired from the position he has held since 1994 and handed over the reins to president elect Mr David Whitteron.
A presentation evening was held at The Rescue Post where Bob was presented with the MREW Long Service Certificate, by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Squadron Leader David Dinmore MBE DL RAF (Rtd). He was also offered the role of Lifetime Vice President by CVSRT Team Leader Ben Carter, which Bob gratefully accepted.
At an earlier presentation, Bob was also awarded a Certificate of Loyal Service in appreciation and recognition of service to Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team by West Yorkshire Police. The certificate was presented by Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead on behalf of Chief Constable Dee Collins. At the same presentation Mr Whitehead also presented CVSRT with a donation of £2000, which the team gratefully accepted.
During the evening, invited guests and the team enjoyed tributes to Bob from a past Team Leader, Mr Peter Smith OBE and the current Team Leader Mr Ben Carter, followed by a response from Bob. The evening concluded with a formal handover of the role and a ceremonial ice axe to president elect, Mr David Whitteron. Refreshments were served afterwards at the Dusty Miller in Mytholmroyd.
Bob Uttley has been a stalwart supporter of the local community for many years with strong connections to various organistions in Todmorden including; the Choral Society, St Mary’s Church Choir and Walking Groups and is a keen Walsden and Todmorden cricket follower. He was also the captain at Todmorden Golf club in 1973, club president in the early 1990s and ground officer between 1974-1987. Most recently, Bob was awarded the MBE for his services to the community in Calder Valley and Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
His connection with CVSRT was sadly borne out of tragedy when his son Robert was killed whilst climbing Annapurna III in the Himalayas during a whiteout in 1983. Robert had been a member of CVSRT for a number of years. During his tenure, Bob was instrumental in fundraising £100,000 to help build the team’s current base - The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd, for which we will be eternally grateful. CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob for his incredible support over the years and wish him a very long and happy retirement from the role.
We would also like to welcome and introduce Mr David Whitteron as our new honorary president. David is only the third president since the team’s formation in 1966 - Miss Phyllis Oakley was the first.
David is a retired Police Chief Inspector with over 47years with the Police Service – a career that started in 1965 as a Police Cadet and he retired from the service in 2013. He is also no stranger to CVSRT or the area as he was an operational team member during the 1990’s.
During his long and distinguished career where he moved through the ranks from a patrol Sergeant in 1974 and after 18 months in uniform he was appointed Detective Sergeant, where he served on the Drugs Squad in Bradford, CID in Dewsbury, Burglary Squad in Mirfield and on the Western Area Task Force. During that time he was seconded to a number of murder investigations including that of the Yorkshire Ripper.
In 1982 he was promoted Detective Inspector and served in the CID at Huddersfield, before being seconded to Police Headquarters where he was responsible for computerising Crime Reporting then for the computerisation of Major Crime Enquiries. Between 1985 and 1988 he was responsible for the establishment and management of computerised Major Incident Rooms throughout West Yorkshire, utilising the HOLMES system. (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System.)
As a result of his vast experience in this field he was seconded, as a Detective Chief Inspector, to the Home Office, where he became National HOLMES adviser. This work took him around most forces in the British Isles advising them on many murder investigations. During this time he also lectured at the Police Staff College at Bramshill.
He returned to West Yorkshire and resumed uniform duties at Brighouse for a number of years where he was the Local Section Commander. He was transferred to Millgarth in central Leeds in 1996, where amongst other matters he took command of the football Euro 96 Policing Operation in the city. He was initially in charge of uniform policing followed by a period in charge of the CID.
CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome David back into the team and wish him well as our new president.