Tribute to CVSRT Richard Graves

17 Oct 2018
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…

CVSRT Steve Britton receives Life Membership Certificate

17 Oct 2018
On Tuesday 16th October, CVSRT member Steve Britton was presented with a Life Membership Certificate in recognition of his service to the team. Steve is stepping down from active duty to move ‘down south’ for work and to be nearer family. Steve joined the team in 2004 and has held the role of Equipment Officer for 7years and Vehicle Officer for 5years. CVSRT Leader Ben Carter said, “Steve and I joined the team at the same time and I would like to make special mention to his commitment to the team over the last 15 years. Steve has one of…

CVSRT mark end of an era

26 Sep 2018
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…

CVSRT Training with MP Holly Lynch

15 Aug 2018
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.

Technology in Mountain Rescue

22 Jul 2018
You may not immediately think that Mountain Rescue would be big users of technology, but over the last few years, Mountain Rescue and Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team have been introducing and trialing new technology to make rescues faster and safer for both casualties and team members. Over recent months, CVSRT has made a significant investment on digital radio technology thanks to donations from the community and local business plus a contribution from Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW). This now means that each CVSRT member has a digital radio providing wide area secure communications plus we can quickly…

Probationers trip to Croagh Patrick

04 Aug 2018
‘Flight FR6673 Liverpool to Knock is now boarding at Gate 32’. This was the start of the CVSRT trainees’ journey to Ireland to assist fellow mountain rescue teams at the annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage on Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. The next 48hrs were to be an opportunity to put into practice many of the skills we have developed during our first 6-months of training with CVSRT, and also an assessment before being added to the call-out list. With thousands, an estimated 6,000 this year, of people scaling Croagh Patrick in a single day accidents and injuries were inevitable. Pilgrims, some…

Help to prevent moorland wildfires

27 Jun 2018
Due to the very warm weather at present and with a forecast of more hot, dry weather and a large moorland fire on Saddleworth Moor - unsurprisingly there is an increased risk here in Calderdale from Wildfire. The Met Office warning for Wildfires over the next few days is very high. Please look after our moors as they play an integral part of the local wildlife, water quality and retaining surface water and carbon, as well as protecting livelihoods. Please be vigilant and help to prevent moorland wildfires. If you see anything suspicious report it to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111…

MREW Peer Review 2018

17 May 2018
“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…

CVSRT Richard Graves

12 May 2018
“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…

Search dog 'Nell'

10 May 2018
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…

CVSRT Honorary President

25 Mar 2018
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…

Snow Patrol (17th & 18th March)

19 Mar 2018
During the weekend of 17th & 18th March, CVSRT provided assistance to our emergency services: Saturday 17th March12:58CVSRT were alerted to an incident involving a hypothermic mountain biker at Warland Reservoir who required assistance. The rider had managed to find shelter but was unable to continue with his ride. Five members were deployed to locate the rider, provide casualty care and transfer him to a place of safety. During the day, weather warnings had been issued for the region and by early evening the wintery conditions began to take hold so CVSRT was placed on stand-by to…

Our Four-Legged Resources

11 Mar 2018
Since the late 1980’s, CVSRT has been fortunate to benefit from the additional support of our four-legged friend – the Search Dog. So far, 16 dogs belonging to Team Members have assisted the team with missing person searches. Search dogs are not restricted to their teams local area and can be called upon to assist with searches anywhere in the country - most notably our dogs have assisted with major incidents in Ireland, Scotland, The Lockerbie air disaster and in Machynlleth, Wales for the April Jones search. Until recently, CVSRT had five operational search dogs and three trainee dogs, however…

Snow Patrol

04 Mar 2018
It’s safe to say that the last few days have been busy for CVSRT and fellow rescue teams across the country with members working around the clock in shifts to provide support for the emergency services, local councils and associated agencies during the challenging weather extremes everyone has experienced and in some remote areas is still experiencing. It is worth remembering that the team is a charity funded entirely by donations with all team members volunteering their time freely. In most cases, members have full time jobs and families to support, as well as juggling their commitment to the rescue…

Calder Control, this is ‘Exercise Charlie One’ requesting Helimed 99 for a night air evacuation…

10 Feb 2018
High Brown Knoll, 21:30hrs “Calder Control; this is 'Exercise Charlie One' requesting an exercise helimed for a subject with a suspected MI at grid reference Sierra Echo 0098 3042. Over.”“Control to Exercise Charlie One, Helimed 99 is en route to your location. ETA 30 minutes. Over”“Control, just to confirm; actual Helimed 99 en route, not an exercise helimed? Over.”“Correct, prep a landing site. Out.” This was the point our evening suddenly became interesting. Tasked with finding four overdue Scouts and their leader, we’d trudged our way through the snow up to the trig point following their planned route. Our casualties…

CVSRT Trainees 2018-19

31 Jan 2018
There’s no denying that Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) wouldn’t exist without volunteers and during last year we received over 30 applications from members of the community wishing to join the team as operational full team members. These aspirant candidates went through a three-stage selection process (application form, open evening and a hill skills assessment), to check their suitability to progress onto our training programme. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Nicola, Matthew, James (back row), Trisha and Emily (front row), and Steve (not pictured) as our new trainees for 2018-19. We wish you every success…

Only look back to see how far you’ve come…

19 Jan 2018
It’s customary at this time of year to look back at the year that’s just past, but as the saying goes ‘only look back to see how far you’ve come’. With this in mind we’ve asked our longest serving operational members to reflect on their time in the team…(so far!) Clive Green (47.5yrs service), “In the early days our callouts were usually missing person searches and with about five callouts a year plus we only trained once a month at weekends – so the team today is unrecognizable. Anyone considering joining the team should be prepared to put in a…

Nat West, Halifax, Charity of the Year for 2017

30 Dec 2017
Huge thanks to Nat West, Halifax, who chose our team as their charity of the year for 2017. They raised money through various activities such as a static Tour de Yorkshire, cake and book sales, and collecting loose change from their customers. In total, they managed to raise a grand total of £1746.99.

CVSRT Christmas Street Collections

14 Dec 2017
It’s that time of year again! Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team will be out and about meeting Christmas shoppers in Keighley and Halifax Town Centres on Saturday 16th December between 10am – 4pm. This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet the search dogs and team, and also pick up some CVSRT merchandise, which will make excellent Christmas gifts!

Our community is in safe hands

10 Dec 2017
As the evenings have been drawing in the volunteers of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team have shelved their usual head torches, thermals and boots in favour of medical books, rescue equipment and secenario role play. Over the last three months the teams training time has been solely focused on how to care for any casualty they could encounter in the context of Mountain Rescue, whether they are injured or unwell. The ultimate aim is for team members to obtain their Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) Casualty Care Certificate. This qualification allows CVSRT members who are not medical professionals,…

Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA donate £1213.54 from Beer & Cider Festival

04 Dec 2017
On Thursday 30th November, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team welcomed members from Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA to The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd for a look round and to learn more about the team. During the evening, the team was presented with a cheque for £1213.54 from the proceeds of the recent Beer and Cider Festival held in Hebden Bridge. CVSRT member Wayne Ogden was on-hand to gratefully accept the generous donation and say a huge thanks for everyones support during the festival. Cheers!

Co-op Local Community Fund

01 Dec 2017
Fantastic Fundraising News Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are very pleased to announce that the team will benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund. #TheCoopWay Already a Co-op Member?You can now select CVSRT as your chosen local cause to receive 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services at the Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge stores and at J&C Warburton Funeralcare until the 27th October 2018. Click here >> To choose CVSRT as your Co-op local cause << Not a Co-op Member? Register and help raise funds for CVSRT: Become a Co-op Member Thank you for helping…

Mr Robert 'Bob' Uttley MBE

29 Nov 2017
Huge congratulations to our Honorary President, Mr Robert ‘Bob’ Uttley who received his MBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on November 10th. Bob was awarded his medal for Services to the Community of Calder Valley & Todmorden. Very well deserved and a proud moment indeed. Read more on the Halifax Courier website: CLICK

MREW Casualty Care Examination Results

26 Nov 2017
And the results are in… We are very pleased to announce that 35 members from CVSRT and 1 member from HVMRT successfully completed the MREW Casualty Care Examination (Theory & Practical) this weekend. For some this was their first time to take the exams whilst for most it was to recertify their qualifications. CVSRT would like to thank members of: Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) for providing a Senior Examiner and two training casualties, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) for providing an assessor and to Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA) for providing four casualties. Many thanks also to the four examiners who were in attendance from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) – from Halifax, Bradford Emergency Department,…

Joining the dots to build stronger bonds

12 Nov 2017
Having learnt from our experiences over recent years during the floods, we quickly realised the need to adopt closer working relationships with all the emergency services, partner organisations and the Environmental Agency. Floods by nature are often wide spread, devastating and generally will require immediate hands-on and intervention from many trained personnel to provide an effective response. As a direct result of Boxing Day floods, CVSRT received donations from various organisations, businesses, community groups and the public. These funds were specifically to buy specialist water rescue equipment and to train team members with new water rescue skills and knowledge. We…

Top tips to remain safe this winter in the great outdoors!

15 Oct 2017
The nights are now drawing in and the shorter days are with us for the next few months, and not forgetting the clocks going back on Sunday 29th October. But that doesn’t mean that the countryside is out of bounds, it just means you need to be properly prepared. Here are a few key safety considerations before venturing out onto the hills and moors. Firstly, be aware of the time. Make sure you start your journey early enough to complete the route in daylight, and be aware what time it gets dark, allowing plenty time to get home safely, even…

Father and son team up for mountain challenge

14 Oct 2017
Roland Arnison (Roly) and his 14 years old son James Elles from Thornton, Bradford, have set their goals high with a mountain of a challenge as they attempt the complete the National Three Peaks Challenge to help raise funds for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT). For those unfamiliar with the challenge, it involves climbing the three highest peaks, which are Ben Nevis (1345m) in Scotland, Scafell Pike (978m) in the Lake District and Snowdon (1085m) in Wales, all within 24 hours. To help them accomplish their challenge, they have enlisted Richard Quinn who will drive the pair between…

An evening of Love & Laughter

30 Sep 2017
Calling all lovers of lush harmonies and louche singers… Do you fancy an “Evening of Love & Laughter”? Well this event is just for you. Enjoy a charming evening at Hebden Bridge Golf Club on Saturday 14th October with music from Mozart to Manhattan Transfer via Cole Porter, all performed by Due Voci and Bright Shiners. With great food and licenced bar, this promises to be a brilliant evening…and what’s more it’s also a fundraising evening for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. Get tickets by emailing:  or visit the events page: Evening of Love & Laughter

Blazing Saddles & Orange Test Ride Day

28 Sep 2017
On Saturday 16th September, Blazing Saddles Cycles & Orange Bikes held a Test Ride Day with the kind support of Midgehole Working Men’s Club (The Blue Pig) Hebden Bridge. The event successfully forged friendships between Blazing Saddles, Orange Bikes and the Working Men’s Club, who went out of their way to make the riders feel welcome and made hot food and drinks available during the event. Anna Baker from Blazing Saddles' said, “Our intention is to link to routes around The Blue Pig to promote safer riding and hopefully improve relations between riders and walkers using the paths and trails…

Calderdale Beer & Cider Festival 2017 - “Beers of the Roses”

27 Sep 2017
Calderdale Beer & Cider Festival 2017 - “Beers of the Roses” held at The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge. This fantastic event is organised by CAMRA Halifax & Calderdale and will run from 28th – 30th September starting at 2pm tomorrow with a incredible selection of nearly 50 beers, ciders and perries from both sides of the Pennines and from around the UK. Many themed ales will be on offer with some specially commissioned for the festival so don’t miss the ‘Beers of the Roses’ Ale Trail and not forgetting to mention… back by popular demand the CVSRT 50th Anniversary Ale…

South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival 2017

12 Sep 2017
On Thursday 14th September (18:30-20:30), members of CVSRT and SARDA England handlers and dogs will be giving a talk and demonstration as part of the South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival 2017. There will also be an easy, family and dog friendly walk (4miles) with Calderdale Ramblers giving panoramic views of Cragg Vale and Stoodley Pike, before returning to Craggies Café and Farm Shop for refreshments. For more information and to get involved, please visit: South Pennine Walk & Ride Festival 2017

Proud to play our part in the community

09 Sep 2017
Some of you will be aware from reading our previous articles in the Halifax Courier, that all our members, whether they are operational full team members, trainees, active supporters, dogsbodies or training casualties – everyone volunteers their time freely. They all contribute precious time that could be spent with their families and instead they dedicate this time to ensure the smooth running of the team, allowing us to continue to provide a life-saving emergency response service to the community, all in support of the statutory emergency services. In the last 12months, CVSRT members and active supporters have voluntarily contributed an…

CVSRT Trainee Members Six-month Assessment.

28 Aug 2017
Reek Sunday, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland. A ballistic flight from England to Ireland. 50minutes in the air, barely enough time to get the trolley around let alone drink the two bottles of wine the woman beside me buys. We land at Knock International Airport with a runway built to 747 landing standards so the Pope could land to visit the Basilica. Welcome to Knock Airport, gateway to Croagh Patrick, Curach Phádraig, the mountain of Saint Patrick. To the locals, ‘The Reek’. Car hires collected, turn left off the airport grounds straight onto a single track road with passing places,…

Water Skills Training for Mid-Pennine Mountain Rescue Teams

20 Aug 2017
On Saturday 15th July 2017, Mountain Rescue members from the Mid-Pennine Region who are specially trained in water rescues techniques came together at the River Washburn in North Yorkshire to refresh their water rescue skills and to forge a stronger working relationship. Water First Responders and Swift Water Rescue Technicians from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team and Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team gathered in the river flow beneath Woodyard on the river. It’s worth mentioning that this training was made possible by a kind invitation from Halifax Canoe Club and Yorkshire Water. On limited occasions the…

Halifax Ladies Circle donate £3178.67

16 Aug 2017
At our monthly maintenance evening, CVSRT had the pleasure of welcoming Stacey McGowan and members of the Halifax Ladies Circle to our base in Mytholmroyd. Some of you may remember that the Halifax Ladies Circle kindly nominated CVSRT as their Charity of the Year last year and did a fantastic job raising funds throughout the year. The ladies kindly popped in to meet the team and present a huge cheque (literally) for an incredible £3178.67. CVSRT Leader, Ben Carter was on-hand to gratefully accept the generous donation and to thank everyone at Halifax Ladies Circle for their hard work and…

'Bearing Up!' with Paul Taylor

16 Aug 2017
If you’re looking for a challenge that’s a bit different, here’s an idea...“Bearing Up!” is an adventure in a straight line. Conceived by CVSRT member Paul Taylor, the concept is simple… to complete a set of wild challenges following difficult lines across the landscape. The challenge is open to anyone with suitable skills and experience and it is hoped that this might ‘bear fruit’ for the benefit of Mountain Rescue in England and Wales and Scotland teams. For those unfamiliar with the term, ‘bearing’ is the direction or position of something, or the direction of movement, relative to a fixed point. It…

How to remain safe whilst out and about in the countryside

12 Aug 2017
It’s safe to say that we are blessed with some wonderful scenery around our operational area, and now the summer holidays are in full flow we hope you are making the most of the great outdoors. There are many ways to explore the stunning countryside, and whether you're walking, climbing, running or cycling, the landscape is inspiring, but can also be hazardous. Here are several tips to keep you safe whilst you’re out and about, and before you even set off from home. Before you start and throughout the day, eat well and remain hydrated to keep your energy levels…

Hove Edge Scout Group visit

12 Aug 2017
As well as training, fundraising, attending public events and assisting the emergency services with searches and rescues, CVSRT members are often invited along to youth groups and schools to talk about the voluntary work we do within the community and to demonstrate some of the emergency equipment and rapid response vehicles we use. Recently Hove Edge Scout Group kindly invited several team members along to one such event based at Hove Edge Scout Hut. As you can see from these photos, it was a great evening and the perfect opportunity for the girls and boys from Brighouse with some parents…

Praise from lady involved in a 50ft car crash

12 Aug 2017
** Statement on the BBC from the young lady who was involved in 50ft car fall on Sunday evening. ** By Nick Wilmshurst, BBC Yorkshire Live Reporter A woman who had to be rescued after her car rolled down a 50ft ravine near the M62 in West Yorkshire at the weekend says she wants to thank "the amazing people" who rescued her.Rochelle Garner, from Ripponden, West Yorkshire, lost control of her car on Sunday on the A672 near to Junction 22 of the M62 as she was following her partner in the car in front. She said: "It veered off the…

Generous donations gratefully received

24 Jul 2017
During last week’s monthly maintenance evening, CVSRT members were very pleased to welcome three guests along to The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd. The first of our visitors were Wilma Downs and Jeni Wetton representing Hebden Bridge WI, who called in to meet the team and present a cheque for an incredible £1200. CVSRT President Bob Uttley MBE was on-hand to gratefully accept the very generous donation, which will go directly towards helping upgrade the teams radio equipment. Many thanks also to Matthew Harding from Calderfornia Clothing, pictured here with CVSRT Treasurer Matt Greaves. Matthew recently raised £450 from the sale…

CVSRT Trainee search dog 'Orion'

16 Jul 2017
WARNING: CUTENESS ALERTCalder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) are very happy to announce that a new addition will start training very shortly in the hope of eventually joining the team!! 11weeks old Springer Spaniel ‘Orion’ with his owner and handler CVSRT Gary Smith from Todmorden, have dived straight into training which is expected to take approximately 2years to achieve the standard set by the Search and Rescue Dog Association. The pup has three distinct markings on his back that look similar to the stars in the constellation of ‘Orion’s Belt’. Orion is also known as ‘The Hunter’ in Greek…

CVSRT duo to climb The Matterhorn

15 Jul 2017
“The greatest danger in life is not to take the adventure.” George Leigh Mallory Next month, two members of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are swapping the Pennines of Calderdale for the Pennine Alps and challenging themselves to climb a truly iconic mountain - The Matterhorn. This huge and near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the Monta Rosa area of the Pennine Alps is 4,478metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe.  Whilst Jacques and Rich are both competent climbers, it is still a daunting climb as they intend to make their way…

Mr Robert David Uttley MBE

17 Jun 2017
It is with great pleasure we can announce that our president of 23years, Mr Robert (Bob) Uttley has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and will be awarded the M.B.E. for services to the community in Calder Valley and Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Bob, who is a retired chartered accountant and financial director, has been a stalwart supporter for 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…

CVSRT to benefit from charity skydive

16 Jun 2017
On 27th January 2017, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was alerted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to an incident [Incident 990] involving a 21yo mountain biker who had fallen off his bike whilst riding near Otley Chevin sustaining chest and shoulder injuries. 17 team members were available to respond immediately and made their way in team vehicles or directly to the casualty’s location. Once on-scene, team members quickly packaged the injured rider in a vacuum mattress and transferred him to the ambulance nearby for onward journey to hospital. After the team hands over the casualty to the ambulance service our…

So how do volunteers make a difference within our communities?

10 Jun 2017
This last week was Volunteers’ Week, which celebrated the contribution millions of volunteers make every single day across the UK. It takes place every year from 1st – 7th June and is organised by The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. So how do volunteers make a difference within our communities? Well, it’s not an overstatement to say that Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) wouldn’t exist without them. All our members, whether they are operational team members, trainees, active supporters, dogsbodies or…

CVSRT shortlisted for Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year 2017

10 Jun 2017
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are very pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the ‘Local Charity of the Year 2017’ scheme at Sainsbury’s Brighouse and at the convenience store in Mytholmroyd. Each Sainsbury’s supermarket and convenience store has shortlisted a maximum of three charities to put forward for the customer vote. Customers can vote online by visiting: or via the in-store voting system. Vote online by… 1. Visiting: 2. Searching: 'Brighouse' and 'Mytholmroyd' 3. Voting: Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team4. Sharing and Telling: All your family and friends!   Or you can vote at your local supermarket…

‘Navigate your way around… South Pennines’ by Cathy Dyson

10 Jun 2017
Back in 2015, an author called Cathy Dyson contacted the team asking for assistance with a book she was writing. We were happy to help and provided some advice on how to remain safe whilst out exploring the remote regions of the countryside, and also what to do in the event of an emergency and you require urgent medical assistance. In return for our contribution, Cathy is kindly donating a percentage to CVSRT from the sale of the book. ‘Navigate your way around… South Pennines’ has now been published and is available to purchase online. >CLICK HERE< About the bookThe South…

“Welcome to Calderfornia” t-shirt raise funds for CVSRT

10 Jun 2017
Special thanks go to Calderfornia Clothing for donating all profits to CVSRT from the sale of their “Welcome to Calderfornia” t-shirt. T’s are selling fast with only a few left so email for availability and more details.

CVSRT vs Calderdale Way Relay

21 May 2017
On Sunday (21st May), CVSRT provided safety cover for the annual Calderdale Way Relay, which is organised by Halifax Harriers AC and is generally attended by over 1000 club runners from across the country. At 09:15, team members were called to assist a runner who had fallen and sustained a dislocated shoulder. (See Incident 1014). The runner received pain relief whilst his injury was dealt with. Whilst dealing with this first incident, team members were made aware of a second incident where a runner had fallen against a barbed wire fence sustaining minor wounds to a hand. Later in the…

CVSRT receive new harnesses from Partnership Funding Team

09 May 2017
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are the latest group in the District to benefit from money returned under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). The district’s Partnership Funding Team bought 10 specialist harnesses using money seized from criminals. The harnesses were presented to the Equipment Officer Richard Smith and Deputy Team Leader Jonathan Cole from CVRST at Halifax Police Station. Superintendent Vince Firth said; “We are delighted to be able to support Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team through money that has been taken from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This money is going directly back to…

In memory of Will Sutcliffe

26 Apr 2017
Last week, CVSRT welcomed relatives of founder team member Will Sutcliffe to The Rescue Post.  Will was a well respected member of the team and sadly passed away recently. He always followed the team with interest and often attended business meetings and our AGM. One of his two daughters, Hazel Stobbs, and his grand daughter Rosie attended our base last Tuesday to present the team with the proceeds of a collection from his funeral (almost £500).  In addition to this, Rosie recently came third in a National Bouldering Competition in Reading, and has donated her prize of a £20.00 DMM…

Core Skills Training Day 2017

09 Apr 2017
Specialist training for the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team is a weekly requirement to maintain the essential skills needed to operate safely as an effective emergency response service. Whilst we are all volunteers, team members are highly trained to guidelines set by Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW). At the heart of these guidelines is a set of 10 core skills, which ensures a high level of capability, but also a respect for personal and team safety as well as the care for the casualty. Skills include; search and rescue planning and management, specialist medical treatment, technical steep ground…

CVSRT New Recruits 2017-18

01 Feb 2017
Following an information evening attended by 25 people on 17th January, 12 arrived on Saturday for a hill assessment in the hope of gaining a place as one of this year's trainee members. The day started with a check of personal hill kit followed by a quick ascent of Daisy Bank to warm everyone up. The candidates were split into small groups with 5 operational team members and set off into the wind and rain to demonstrate their navigation and hill skills. All groups met at Withens Clough reservoir at lunchtime and were treated to well deserved pies, cakes and…

Probationary Assessment 2017

01 Feb 2017
On the evening of Friday 20th January, five nervous but excited CVSRT Probationary Members arrived at the Mytholmroyd base to find out what the weekend entailed. This was a date that we had been working towards since joining the team 12 months ago. We had spent all day racking our brains as to what potential scenarios were in store for us. As it turned out, we were no wiser other than our Proby Training Officer, Al Day saying, “Grab a full fell party kit, load into the vehicle and follow me”. As we headed towards Burnley and proceeded to join…

CVSRT Probationary Members pass final assessment

24 Jan 2017
This weekend saw our current Probationary Members (2016-17) take their final assessment - a non-stop 24hr test of attitude, aptitude and ability – the perfect opportunity for our five ‘probies’ to demonstrate what they have learnt. CVSRT would like to thank Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT) for their excellent hospitality this weekend and assistance with putting the probies through their paces. During their assessment in Gisburn Forest Bike Trail, the teams came across an injured biker who required assistance for a shoulder injury, and later they were called to another incident on the trails to assist North West Ambulance…

CVSRT receive £1000 donation from Halifax Freemasons (De Warren Lodge)

23 Jan 2017
On Monday evening, CVSRT had a visit to The Rescue Post from members of the Halifax Freemasons (De Warren Lodge) who enjoyed a slideshow presentation and talk about the team, followed by a demonstration of rescue equipment we use. De Warren Lodge member David Whitteron, thanked the team for a charming evening and presented CVSRT Deputy Leader, Jonathan Cole with a donation of £1000, which was gratefully accepted on behalf of CVSRT. After the visit, team members and their guests retired to the Shoulder of Mutton in Mytholmroyd for refreshments.

CVSRT Jonothan Wright takes 3rd place on Montane Spine Race Mountain Rescue Challenge

17 Jan 2017
We are delighted to announce that CVSRT member Jonothan Wright completed the Montane Spine Race Mountain Rescue Challenge in 3rd place, finishing in 36hrs 38mins 36secs. What a fantastic result and incredible achievement – Very well done. Commiserations to CVSRT member, Howard Barton, who retired at Gargrave due to a leg injury sustained near East Marton. He had completed 71miles in 31hrs 58mins 22secs and was in high spirits, but made the wise decision to retire rather than continue and cause serious damage. Excellent effort Howard. CVSRT would like to thank everyone who supported the runners and donated to their…

Vocation Brewery donate £805.00 to CVSRT

07 Jan 2017
Earlier in 2016, Vocation Brewery kindly launched a limited cask ale called ‘Search & Rescue’ to mark our 50th Anniversary and to help fundraise for the team. Yesterday, the team gratefully received a cheque for £805.00 from sales of the ale. Many thanks to John Hickling and the Vocation Brewery staff for their fantastic support. This generous donation will go towards purchasing some waterproof radios. Cheers!

CVSRT invest £13,000 improving flood water rescue capability

20 Dec 2016
With the sounds of the flood sirens heard recently in the Calder Valley, we are all constantly reminded of the risk of flooding remains real. CVSRT remains vigilant, always prepared ready to deploy when and wherever needed. Our commitment to the safety of the community is paramount and we endeavour to continue to increase our water rescue capabilities. This has been made possible by the continued support and generous donations from the community, local organisations and private companies throughout the Calder Valley. Thanks to this fantastic support, our water rescue team has managed to train three new Swift Water Rescue…

Christmas Collection raises £2941.91

20 Dec 2016
On Saturday 19th December, CVSRT members and supporters were out on the streets of Halifax and Keighley for our annual Christmas Collection to help raise funds to keep the team operational. The weather was kind to us and remained dry although chilly at times, but your heart-warming messages of support and very generous donations were gratefully received throughout the day in both towns with a grand total £2941.91 raised. Please accept our sincere thanks and we wish you all a Wonderful Safe Christmas and Happy New Year.Thank you.CVSRT If you missed supporting the team and search dogs on Saturday, you…

£60,000 donation from Community Foundation For Calderdale

02 Dec 2016
WOW! Something happened last night in Halifax and the shockwaves are still being felt today within Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. Yesterday evening, CVSRT Leader Ben Carter, Deputy Leader Jonathan Cole and Chairman Pete Farnell attended an event at Dean Clough Halifax with 250 guests to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Community Foundation For Calderdale, but little did they know what was about to happen. For those unfamiliar with the work CFFC does, they are a philanthropic advisor to individual donors and businesses locally, a strategic grant making foundation and community leader. Each year they identify priority local…

Summer 2016 Newsletter

06 Nov 2016
Our latest Newsletter is now available to read online: During the last six months, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team have been extremely busy with our 50th Anniversary celebrations and numerous fundraising events. The team has also attended 46 callouts from March to August, which equates to 2416 voluntary hours and 30 members of the community rescued. In March we had chance to catch up with BBC Look North (Yorkshire) presenters Harry Gration and Paul Hudson during their grueling three-legged challenge for Sport Relief. They looked thrilled to receive a 50th Anniversary branded neckwear!! Perfect for wiping the sweat…

Whoosh Mountain Biking donate to CVSRT

22 Oct 2016
On Tuesday evening, CVSRT had a visit from Chris Kilburn from Whoosh Mountain Biking based in Hebden Bridge, who contacted us saying he’d like call in to our base in Mytholmroyd with a donation for the team. As a mountain bike guide and instructor, Chris explained that he had recently organised a Mountain Bike Skills Course, and all the riders decided the course fee would be donated to charity and CVSRT was their chosen recipient. Chris said, “We all love riding our biking on the trails around the area, and some the routes can be quite technical. At Whoosh, I…

Keeping on the road

22 Oct 2016
One of the biggest expenditures for the team is maintaining our fleet of four vehicles so they are ready to deploy at a moments notice. Calder Mobile 1 & 4 are stationed in the centre of the Calder Valley at our main base in Mytholmroyd. Calder Mobile 3 is based at Copley in the Lower Valley and Calder Mobile 2 is based at Todmorden in the Upper Valley. These strategic locations enables us to provide a rapid emergency response anywhere within our operational area. All our vehicles have an active service life span of about 15 years (where possible). This…

Helicopter ER

16 Oct 2016
Those of you who follow the incidents we are called to are well aware of the essential service the Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides for the Yorkshire community, and in most cases they are the casualty’s only hope of reaching hospital quickly to receive the urgent medical assistance they require. This week, several CVSRT members gave up their spare time to assist Ascent Productions with filming several scenes for the new series of Helicopter ER, which follows the work of our friends at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. So far this year, CVSRT has attended 62 incidents, of which…

CVSRT & RNLI benefit from generous donation

06 Oct 2016
On Wednesday 5th October, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team members welcomed a local family to The Rescue Post, who had been in touch wishing to make a donation of £465. This generous amount was part of a £930.00 collection raised at the funeral of Michael Boyle of Elland, who sadly died on 8th September 2016, aged 73. £465 was also kindly donated to the RNLI by the family. Whilst at our base, the whole family enjoyed a light-hearted evening learning more about what we do and the essential voluntary service the team provides within the community, supporting the other…

Mountain Rescue Dolomites Rescue Race

01 Oct 2016
*** UPDATE: CVSRT Members win Bronze Medal (3rd place) in the International Category.  Well done guys. *** The spirit of adventure is strong with four CVSRT members, who flew out yesterday to northeastern Italy to join fellow Mountain Rescue volunteers from Europe and around the world. The purpose of their trip (which was funded entirely by the team members themselves), is to compete in the 6th Mountain Rescue Dolomites Rescue Race (Pieve Di Cadore, Belluno Italy), which is held this weekend (Sept 30th - 2nd October). Team members Al Day, Alistair Morris, Paul Taylor and probie member Dan Kelly, accepted…

Sir Fred Hoyle rescued by CVSRT

31 Aug 2016
To mark our 50th Anniversary, we’ve collated a selection of notable incidents from over the 50 years which have been published in a limited edition booklet. One such incident was the search and rescue of Sir Fred Hoyle on 24th November 1997, who went missing whilst out walking near his childhood home at Eldwick, Bingley. Sir Fred was a famous physicist and arguably the most important astronomer of the last century, after Albert Einstein. Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were called to assist with the search for Sir Fred who had been missing for over 10hrs. He was eventually…

Robinwood Activity Centre Charity Open Day sadly cancelled

27 Aug 2016
Today CVSRT would normally be attending and supporting the annual Robinwood Activity Centre Charity Open Day at Dobroyd Castle, Todmorden, but as some of you may be aware the event has been unfortunately cancelled due to the recent fire that has sadly caused damage leaving some of the activity areas out of action. The Robinwood Activity Centre Manager has released a statement:“The Robinwood Open Day at Dobroyd Castle on Saturday 27th August has been cancelled, due to activity building fire damage. Robinwood, Dobroyd Castle, will open for school groups from Friday 2nd Sepember 2016 as scheduled. We have, with regret,…

UPDATE FOUND: Granville Muir, 75yo from Halifax

10 Aug 2016
** UPDATE ** GRANVILLE MUIR FOUND Thankfully Granville Muir was found alive but fragile by his granddaughter on Wednesday 10th August at 7.45pm.  Here is a message of thanks from West Yorkshire Police:  West Yorkshire Police would like to thank everyone who helped in the massive police search for a Halifax grandad. Granville Muir, 75, was reported missing on Saturday morning and concerns were growing for his well-being. A massive police search was launched to try and find him involving district officers as well as specialist search and rescue resources including the mounted section, dog unit and NPAS helicopter. Partners…

CVSRT Trainees’ Weekend and Croagh Patrick Reek Sunday 2016

09 Aug 2016
Words by CVSRT Trainees 2016: Ben, Dan, Jess, Jonothan and Keith Friday 29th July 2016 We were three minutes into a ‘gentle stroll’ from our accommodation heading up to the summit of Croagh Patrick, County Mayo when CVSRT Paramedic and Recruits Training Officer Al Day asks the passing Mayo Mountain Rescue Team driver, on her way to an incident near the foot of the hill, “Calder Valley Search and Rescue – can we be of assistance?” So much for a gentle warm up to our training weekend, and mountain rescue support for Reek Sunday - the annual pilgrimage to Croagh…

£1500 donation from Rotary Club of Todmorden

03 Aug 2016
Following on from yesterday's fundraising news, we have another fantastic announcement to share. Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are very pleased to announce that we recently received a donation of £1500 from the Rotary Club of Todmorden. The cheque was presented by Ian Bantham, (Rotary Club of Todmorden President) and was gratefully received by CVSRT members Clive Green and Dave Astley. These funds will go directly towards purchasing rescue equipment and keeping the team operational. CVSRT would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

West Yorkshire Round Table Groups donate £2000

01 Aug 2016
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team would like to take this opportunity to say a quick thank you for all the support and kind donations the team has received from our community, local groups and businesses since the beginning of the our 50th Anniversary year. Over the next few weeks we will be making several announcements how these donations and funding will be used or has been spent. On this occasion, CVSRT is extremely pleased to announce we have received a donation of £2000 from Round Table Groups of Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Elland. These funds will be used to…

50th Anniversary Ale "Search & Rescue" from Vocation Brewery

14 Jul 2016
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are extremely hoppy to announce the launch of a limited production 50th Anniversary Ale, “Search & Rescue” from Vocation, the world-class brewery based in Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire. “Search & Rescue” is a pale 4.5% beer, brewed in classic Vocation style using a ‘MOUNTAIN’ of hops called MOTUEKA from New Zealand. These have a very distinctive sharp citrus tone with big aromas of pine and orange. The flavours are perfectly complemented by the right level of bitterness, layered over a slightly malty backbone - ideal after a day up ont’ hill or down int’ dale! Vocation…

Beth & Alex’s fundraising Mountain Challenge

09 Jul 2016
Quick shout out to Beth Emberton and Alex Deltenre who competed in the Saunders Mountain Marathon in the Lake District on 2nd-3rd July, to help raise funds for CVSRT. As part of the challenge, competitors must navigate between checkpoints carrying all their own equipment, including overnight camping kit and food to spend the first night wild camping, before pushing to the finish line on day two. We can announce that they both successfully completed the challenge and managed to raise £670.00 (£816.25 with Gift Aid) for the team. If you still would like to sponsor them and support the team, Beth…

Prince's Charity Event 2016

04 Jul 2016
On Saturday 25th June, team members from Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team along with fellow members from Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team hosted this year's Princes' Charity Day. 45 children and young people from WellChild - the national charity for sick children, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint and Place2Be, together with their parents and carers attended the event with everyone taking part in activities such as Off Rd driving, Zip wires, Rope swings, Water rescues, River crossings, Search Dog handling and more. Please…

Missing Person Appeal: Kizzy Whitehurst

09 Jun 2016
Missing Persons Appeal: Kizzy Whitehurst Torporley near Oulton Park Yesterday (8th June), CVSRT/SARDA Search Dog ‘Jack’ and handler Dave with navigator Gary were deployed to assist with the ongoing search for a 14yr-old teenager, Kizzy Whitehurst, who is missing from the Tarporley area near Oulton Park. Enquiries are still ongoing despite the massive efforts of multiple rescue teams and search dogs from Cheshire, Bolton, Woodhead, Staffordshire and Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service. Kizzy is described as being around 5ft 1ins tall, slim, with bob-style hair and wearing glasses. She may be wearing a pink coat and carrying a large…

Early Rescue Stretchers

31 May 2016
A dramatic photograph from the teams archive showing CVSRT member Clive Green demonstrating the NOSSAC stretcher and a Whillans harness at Heptonstall Quarry in 1974. The NOSSAC was named after Don Casson (deceased) who was a team leader in the early days. Don set up a training exercise at Blackstone Edge where he placed himself in one of the narrow "crevasse" holes at the top of the crag. He was a big bloke and the team couldn't get him out! The NOSSAC stretcher was developed to extract casualties from inaccessible places that couldn't be reached with a conventional stretcher. Sadly…

Huge thank you to all the ladies…

20 May 2016
Huge thank you to all the ladies at Mytholmroyd Marmaladies, Ladies Circle (Halifax) and Hebden Bridge Women’s Institute, who have chosen Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team as their Charity of the Year. We are extremely honoured to receive this support and look forward to fundraising together throughout the team's Golden Jubilee year. All donations are gratefully received and go directly towards our running costs and purchasing essential life-saving equipment and maintaining our vehicles, base and training team members new skills. CVSRT is entirely voluntary and it costs approximately £35,000 a year just to keep the team operational. We receive…

CVSRT chosen by Mayor of Hebden Royd as Charity of the Year

20 May 2016
On Wednesday 18th May, CVSRT members were kindly invited to Hebden Bridge Town Hall to attend the Mayor Making ceremony, where the new Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Tony Hodgins was voted in, along with the incoming Mayoress, Hazel Scriven, Deputy Mayor Pat Fraser and her consort Cllr John Dunford. Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were also named as the new Mayor’s Charity of the Year 2016/17. Team Chairman, Pete Farnell was on hand to gratefully accept and say a few words about the voluntary service the team provides to the local community. After the formalities, the evening concluded…

Commemorative Walk

04 May 2016
On Saturday 30th April 2016, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team members, ex team members, supporters, families and friends gathered for a commemorative walk as part of the 50th Anniversary year. The walk was particularly significant because it reflected part of the ill-fated route taken on the 29th November 1965 by Robert Akrigg, the reservoir keeper who set out in blizzard conditions with his son Donald, to check rain gauges in the catchment area. Parting company at the junction between Reaps Water and Dicken Dyke, Robert set off towards Raistrick Greave. Donald returned to the rendezvous having completing his tasks,…

Latest CVSRT Newsletter

18 Apr 2016
The latest CVSRT Newsletter is now available online.  Many thanks to Sarah Sharps, our Newsletter Editor (and one of our Active Supporters Group) for another cracking job.  Click here to read… CVSRT NEWSLETTER …Happy reading! In this issue: Callout Reports (Sept 2015 – Feb 2016) Citadel world premier and Brit Rock Film Tour 2015 Emmerdale appearance New pup and trainee Search Dog ‘Wynn’ Fundraising and events Spine Mountain Rescue Challenge Probationary members pass their final assessment Fundraising boost from SSP donation Life Membership for Les Wilson Donations & community clean up 25yrs Long Service Award for Ellie Sherwin New Mobile…

CVSRT supports the BANFF Mountain Film Festival

16 Apr 2016
It is with great pleasure that we can now announce that CVSRT has been chosen to be the charity partner for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (UK & Ireland) at the Hebden Bridge Picture House screening on Tuesday 26th April, 2016. The Banff Mountain Film Festival features an exhilarating selection of short films that will take you to the most captivating places on earth. A perfect opportunity to raise essential funds for the team, sell our 50th Anniversary merchandise and raise awareness for Mountain Rescue. Through the big screen, be transported to the world's last great wild places, follow…

Pastures new for Mobile 3

12 Apr 2016
CVSRT made the decision late last year to replace one of our Land rovers with a new vehicle, after much deliberation a Toyota Hilux Pickup was chosen and that new vehicle joined our fleet in early February. The Land Rover still has plenty of life in it though and following a tradition within Mountain Rescue of passing on vehicles to other teams, CVSRT put out the word that a vehicle would soon be available. Avon and Somerset S&R Team contacted us with a view to taking the vehicle as one of theirs is very soon to be taken off the…

£2,500 donation from Lancashire Mark Masons

17 Mar 2016
Last month, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were kindly invited to attend a cheque presentation at the Rochdale Masonic Lodge, along with fellow Mountain Rescue Team representatives from Oldham, Rossendale & Pendle, Bolton and Bowland. The very generous donation was in recognition of the MRTs voluntary services and assistance provided to the emergency service and local communities during the recent devastating floods that hit the region and surrounding areas. Provincial Grand Master Alex McLaran presented the regional mountain rescue team with a cheque for £2,500 per team - that’s an incredible grand total of £12,500.00 donation. CVSRT members, Steve…

3-legged challenge for Sport Relief

13 Mar 2016
Earlier today, CVSRT members managed to catch up with BBC Look North (Yorkshire) presenters Harry Gration and Paul Hudson on Day 4 of their gruelling 3-legged challenge for Sport Relief. They’re walking 120 hilly miles across South, West and North Yorkshire over nine days – tied together throughout. Follow their progress:…/3-counties-on-3-legs

52 Races in 52 Weeks

06 Mar 2016
A lovely lady called Diane Waite recently contacted the team to tell us all about her amazing fundraising idea that she’s doing this year to help raise funds for CVSRT.  Diane is a keen runner with Stainland Lions Running Club and has basically set herself the target of completing 52 races in 52 weeks during 2016!! As it says on her fundraising page, “After much consideration, I decided that as this will be my 52nd year I will challenge myself to complete 52 races in 2016 to raise funds for Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. (Yes, that's one a week). I will be…

Core Skills Training Day

06 Mar 2016
On Saturday, CVSRT spent the day at the Castle Carr Estate focusing on Core Skills Training. During the morning session, members were divided into groups and worked through five skill stations including; casualty care, timed stretcher circuits, rope system evacuation, search techniques and water rescue safety. In the afternoon, teams put these core skills to good use and were deployed to various search and rescue incident scenarios within the estate.  CVSRT would like to thank a few people who made all this possible. Firstly, thanks to the owner of Castle Carr estate, Mr Frank Schofield and Yorkshire Water for their…

HVMRT Rescue RockClimb 2016

18 Feb 2016
Our friends and neighbours, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team are hosting a climbing fundraising event called ‘Rescue Rock Climb 2016’ at Huddersfield Climbing Centre on Sunday 6th March. Pop along and enjoy the day climbing and helping to raise funds for HVMRT, what ever your style or ability, there’s something for everyone and you might even spot a few Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team climbers there too! More details and to support the team visit:

Official launch for Golden Jubilee year

15 Feb 2016
Over forty Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team members and supporters gathered this week at The Rescue Post in Mytholmroyd to raise a glass to remember the formation of the rescue team which occurred 50 years ago. During the evening, CVSRT President Bob Uttley read the original minutes from the very first meeting held on 15th February 1966, before cutting the 50th Anniversary cake. The informal celebration marked the official start of the teams Golden Jubilee year. To help celebrate this monumental milestone, a series of special events have been planned. There will be something for everyone, so we hope…

New Vehicle

05 Feb 2016
As we begin to celebrate the teams 50th Anniversary year, it seems perfect timing to introduce the newest addition to the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team family. You may remember last year that the team began the process of fundraising and researching a suitable replacement for our aging Land Rover Defender 110 - Calder Mobile 3. After much consideration, research and talking to fellow Mountain Rescue teams, the team made the informed decision to purchase a Double Cab Pick-up. CVSRT can now welcome our new custom-built Toyota Hilux Mountain Rescue Ambulance. It will join our fleet of emergency response…

Probie Assessment

05 Feb 2016
The Best Weekend Since the Invention of Toast by Richard Quinn On 22nd - 23rd January 2016, our six Probationary Members (2015-16) were put through their paces over a 24-hour period. This was to assess whether they met the required standards to join the team as full team members. Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are delighted to report that all passed the assessment and did themselves proud. Here’s what took place…from the Probies perspective. ------- You know that feeling when you go for a drive with some mates on a Friday night and then they dump you at an…

Ellie Sherwin receives 25yr Long Service Award

31 Jan 2016
At our AGM last week, CVSRT & SARDA member Ellie Sherwin was awarded with her 25 years Long Service Award with Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.  What an excellent achievement and incredible commitment.  Well done Ellie, from all at CVSRT.  (pictured here with Search Dog Pepper). Ellie has kindly written a synopsis of her time with the team so far… “I have always been an outdoor person and over 25 years ago I was acting as a “body” for the search and rescue dogs.  At this point I decided I would like to be more involved in the nitty gritty…

Community Clean Up

31 Jan 2016
On Saturday, CVSRT were out and about helping to clean-up a steep section of wooded gully on the Calderdale border at Blackshaw Beck between Fairfields Avenue and Halifax Road in Shelf. The aim of this was to clear litter, fly-tipping and debris that had built up over many years and was becoming an eyesore in the area. Our team of enthusiastic volunteers and supporters donned heavy-duty gloves and old clothes to extract the ‘hard to reach’ rubbish for the Council to dispose of. Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are very proud of our links with the local community and…

New tow bar donated by MUD UK

30 Jan 2016
Many thanks are in order for long-term supporter of the team, Kevin Baldwin at MUD UK for kindly donating and fitting the new tow bar on Calder Mobile 2 (Land Rover Defender 110).  Kevin heard that we were considering purchasing a trailer to transport water rescue equipment and he offered to supply and fit the tow bar for free. He has also recently supplied 2 LED blue light repeaters for Calder Mobile 1. Great support. Thanks from CVSRT.  Meanwhile, elsewhere in the news, it was great to see our fellow Mountain Rescue team members from Glossop MRT on BBC One: The One…

Life Membership for Les Wilson

29 Jan 2016
Earlier this week, CVSRT member Les Wilson was presented with a 'Life Membership' award for his service to the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. Les joined the team in 2010 after enjoying 16 years as a combat engineer in the Royal Engineers and finished his army career in the forces as a recce sergeant. It became apparent soon after joining CVSRT he was a natural leader and quickly accepted a role as one of the Assistant Leaders in 2012, and then in 2014 became Team Leader for 12 months. Les accepted the award and said, “Being part of a…

Halifax business supports Calderdale flood relief effort

27 Jan 2016
CVSRT are extremely happy to announce that the team has received a very generous donation of £5000 from SSP, a leading insurance software provider, whose head office is based at Dean Clough Mill, Halifax. This substantial sum is part of an incredible £20,000 going towards efforts to help local people and businesses affected by the recent Boxing Day floods in Calderdale. Many SSP employees have been directly impacted by the recent floods, and Mr Laurence Walker, Chief Executive at SSP, was keen to find ways to support them and other local people as well as local businesses. “When a local tragedy like…

Javed Bhatti

22 Jan 2016
By now, most of you will be familiar with the recent Spine Challenger event and the inaugural Spine Mountain Rescue Challenge which covered 108miles from Edale to Hawes. Then there was the ‘Spine Race’ – dubbed Britain’s most brutal race, which encompassed the entire 268miles of The Pennine Way…but it doesn’t stop there! One of the Spine Race competitors, a gent called Javed Bhatti, completed the epic winter ultra-marathon, finishing the route in 7-days at Kirk Yetholm on Saturday morning. But after a short rest, he’s turned around and began the journey back along the Pennine Way to Edale… an…

Probationary Assessment

22 Jan 2016
We are often asked, “I want to join the team… what are you looking for from an Operational Full Team Member?” Team members come from all walks of life, from every part of our operational area and from any age group and background. To be considered for our training programme, you must first meet our essential criteria before being considered for the ‘hill skills assessment’. Successful candidates are then invited to join the 6+ month trainee phase followed by a 9+ months probationer phase. Yes but what exactly are we looking for? Simple really, we require commitment and teamwork. There…

CVSRT Steve Westwood completes SPINE Mountain Rescue Challenge 2016

11 Jan 2016
That's one happy and relieved chap. CVSRT Steve Westwood, presented with his Spine Mountain Rescue Challenge 2016 finishers t-shirt. Thank you to everyone who has supported our four runners this weekend at home, on social media or meeting them along the way at checkpoints or road crossing to top up with water, jelly babies or moral support. It's been an incredible challenge with brutal weather, unforgiving conditions and sleep deprivation.  There is obvious disappointment for Alistair, Howard and Tim who unfortunately had to retire at Checkpoint 1 (50 miles) due to injury, and jubilation for Steve who managed to complete the…

2015 in Summary

31 Dec 2015
During 2015, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team has experienced some incredible high points, but sadly we finish the year witnessing first-hand the utter devastation that has ruined so many homes and businesses with the recent floods. No matter what the situation though, one word resonates throughout… ‘COMMUNITY’…and we are proud to be part of this community. On behalf of all the volunteers who make up the team; from supporters, dogsbodies and training casualties, probie members and operational full team members, may we take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last twelve months, because without…

Get Carl the Snail #Home4Xmas

21 Dec 2015
As some of you may remember, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team were recently deployed to Cumbria to assist emergency services during the terrible flooding that hit the region at the beginning of December. Whilst evacuating local residents from the streets of Carlisle, our swiftwater rescue team spotted a very special character floating by.  He was saved and affectionately named ‘Carl’ before becoming the mascot for the rescue boat.  He remained with the boat and returned to the CVSRT base at the end of our deployment.  Now the floodwaters have receded, Carl wants to return home.  He was found floating along Petterell Street,…

Christmas Collection

19 Dec 2015
On Saturday saw the deployment of the team en masse to the streets in Halifax and Keighley for our annual Christmas Collection to help raise essential funds to keep the team operational. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to few individuals who helped throughout the day. Thanks to Christian Scott Hairdressing who supplied water for our Search Dogs and made hot drinks for team members and gave us a box of chocolates towards the end of the day. Thanks also to Liquid Lens, Wright Angle Marketing and Elysium Screens for producing a 10 second digital…

Latest CVSRT Newsletter

14 Dec 2015
In this issue: Callout Reports (Feb – Aug 2015) Fundraising News and Donations Public Events, Visits and Presentations Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year HM Coastguard Helicopter Training Yorkshire Air Ambulance Training Croagh Patrick Reek Sunday Pilgrimage Hot Air Balloon Crash Scenario Our 50th Anniversary Celebration Plans Aim Higher Stoodley Pike Challenge Probationary Training How to support the team Click to view: CVSRT NEWSLETTER   Would you like to recieve the CVSRT Newsletter direct to your email inbox? Simply complete the ‘contact us’ form on the homepage and remember to tick the newsletter subscription box, and then we will add you to…

CVSRT assist #CumbriaFloods

06 Dec 2015
CALLOUT UPDATE: CVSRT Swiftwater Rescue Technicians remain in Cumbria to assist local emergency services with the #CumbriaFloods #StormDesmond More details later:

Final calendar image

01 Dec 2015
It’s December already, which means the final photograph in the CVSRT Fundraising Calendar 2015 is ‘Snow Defender’ featuring Search Dog ‘Meg’. This particular calendar page was sponsored by the Memory Care Store Photographed by Anne Farnell, the picture was captured whilst out with CVSRT Chairman Pete Farnell, as he and Meg checked abandoned vehicles to make sure they were unoccupied, during the snowdrifts on Thorney Lane at Midgley, a few years ago. We are pleased to announce that all the vehicles were empty and also all the calendars sold out with a final total raised of £5000. Thanks to…

On this day… 29th November, 1965

29 Nov 2015
On this day… 29th November, 1965, Mr. Robert Akrigg, a 55 year old reservoir keeper set out in treacherous conditions to check the water gauges from the Gorple Cottages near Hebden Bridge, but never returned. Water Board employees accompanied by the police, local farmers, estate keepers were joined by Mountain and Fell Rescue Team members from across the north of England to begin the search in earnest. As the week progressed, the search mounted in intensity and by the third day, more than 300 people were searching the moors and stayed from first light until dark without success.  With the…

New CVSRT 50th Anniversary logo

19 Nov 2015
As some of you may be aware, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 2016, and to help mark this very important milestone, we’ve designed a new logo.  Inspiration for the CVSRT 50th logo came from the original 1966 Calder Valley Moorland Rescue badge and will be adopted by the team during the year.  Our aim throughout 2016 is to:• Remember our origins, previous members and incidents• Celebrate team successes and achievements• Reinforce our commitment to the community through training and education• Raise funds for the future• Celebrate and have some fun! We hope…

Todmorden Brownies Visit

19 Nov 2015
Yesterday, four CVSRT members spent the evening visiting the 7th Todmorden Brownies who had expressed interest in learning about the team as they are working towards their ‘Out and About’ Badge. Firstly the pack watched a Mountain Rescue DVD and then had the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with the fell party kit and our vacuum mattress. The Brownies were given instruction on; how to dress appropriately for walking and rambling, how to pack a rucksack, what precautions they should take against being caught out in bad weather or in darkness without a torch. A fun evening with some…

MREW release a new 60 seconds fundraising film

29 Oct 2015
Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) have released a new 60 second fundraising film. Please take the time to watch the video here or view the full 6minute version and support MREW if you can. Remember you can support CVSRT directly simply visiting our ’Support Us’ page: Thanks for helping us to help you.

Wet and Wild(ish) by Jacques Crowther (CVSRT Probie)

25 Oct 2015
The weekend of the 10th of October saw the first MPSRO regional Water First Responder course. Principally organised by CVSRT members, with hosting and additional tuition from Rossendale and Pendle MRT and team members from Bolton, Calder Valley and Rossendale & Pendle in attendance. Conscious of a global trend towards more extreme weather events and having been called upon to assist during the flooding of recent years, Mountain Rescue Teams nationally have begun to ensure that they are properly trained and equipped to meet the challenges of operating in flood and swift water environments. Every member of a mountain rescue…

900th Incident

12 Oct 2015
CVSRT reach 900th Callout… On Friday 9th October at 10pm, CVSRT received a callout from West Yorkshire Police to provide assistance to Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) with a driver who had taken a wrong turn and ended up getting stuck down a very steep and narrow, dead end unmade road. Whilst the driver was unhurt in the incident, he was actually in considerable pain following a recent back operation. Therefore, due to his awkward location, the YAS crew requested help to safely evacuate the driver back to the main road. Once on-scene, team members used Mobile 3 as an anchor…

New Addition

12 Oct 2015
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) are very happy to announce that a new addition will start training shortly, in the hope of eventually joining the team! ‘Wynn’, a 10 week old Border Collie bitch, with her owner and handler David Warden from Shibden Valley, Halifax, will start almost immediately the training for mountain rescue search work. The training, which is expected to take about 2 years is undertaken to the standards of the Search and Rescue Dog Association. David, has been a member of CVSRT and Search And Rescue Dog Association England for 20 years and ‘Wynn’ is…

Brit Rock success

14 Oct 2015
Well, we think you can safely say that the Brit Rock Film Tour 2015‬ was officially launched last night with a capacity crowd of nearly 500 attending the Hebden Bridge Picture House and enjoying 3 beautifully unique and visually stunning films. They were absolutely outstanding. Firstly, CVSRT would like to thank Alastair Lee for choosing us to launch the tour and to screen the world premiere of ‘Citadel’. We would also like to thank Matt Helliker for flying in especially for the night and to Claire Jane Carter for embellishing the evening. Cheers to all the companies and individuals who…

Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team at Emmerdale Film Set

09 Oct 2015
Whilst most of our CVSRT members and supporters were at the cinema yesterday, several other members were enjoying their 15seconds of fame on the small screen during last nights episode of Emmerdale on ITV. So how many of you eagle-eyed buffs spotted Calder Mobile 2 (Land Rover 110) on-screen during the scrambling incident involving Pete, Finn and Andy? If not, here’s your chance to see it again via the ITV Player:

Hardcastle Crags

26 Sep 2015
In-between callouts this week, CVSRT received an unexpected telephone call from someone wishing to make a donation to the team. Last year, whilst out walking at Hardcastle Crags, a lady had slipped and tumbled down the banking sustaining a head injury in the process. At the time, 15 team members responded to the scene and once assembled placed the casualty onto our stretcher and carried her gently up the steep bank and to the waiting ambulance. Incident 818 (1/7/2014): CVSRT would like to thank the lovely lady for her generous donation and glad she made a full recovery.

Sainsbury's (Wade Street Halifax), Charity of the Year

25 Aug 2015
It is with great pleasure that we can now announce that the grand total raised from the team being chosen as the Sainsbury's (Wade Street Halifax), Charity of the Year is…£10,678.04. CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all the Sainsbury’s colleagues at the Halifax store for their continued support and enthusiasm, and most importantly, a massive thank you to all the generous shoppers who have donated throughout the year. This incredible amount is the culmination of: collection buckets on every check-out till, three fundraising days at the store, proceeds from a Quiz…

Kilimanjaro Challenge

30 Jul 2015
Drew Whitworth, who lives in Hebden Bridge, recently contacted the team to say he had a great idea to help raise funds for Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. Obviously we were intrigued to find out more!!  On the 28th July, his epic journey began to climb Kilimanjaro - the highest mountain in Africa (19,340ft/5,895m) and he expects to reach the summit on 2nd August. He also hopes to raise £1500 from the challenge, which will be donated to CVSRT.  Drew said, “Having spent a considerable amount of time walking in remote places, I’m well aware that being prepared with the right…

Dementia Friendly

18 May 2015
On Saturday May 9th, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team members were at the official launch of 'Dementia Friendly Todmorden'. The group, which aims to provide help for those who have been diagnosed with the condition and their families, hosted a special event at Todmorden Town Hall with a range of exhibitors on-hand to answer questions and provide helpful advice. Top QC Cherie Blair CBE, was one of the guest speakers. Cherie's father (and actor) Tony Booth, lives in Todmorden with his wife Steph, and has the condition. Other speakers included Mark Burns-Williamson, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner…

Welcome to the Team

05 Mar 2015
Recently, after completing a gruelling training programme, the probationary team members finally faced their assessment weekend. Designed as a test of stamina and aptitude, they spent 24hrs putting the last 15 months of training to the test. Experienced members of both CVSRT and Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (who came over especially to help) guided the 5 intrepid members through a variety of scenarios involving medical, trauma, rope work and navigation pushing them to their limits. We are pleased to announce they performed extremely well in what can only be described as ‘testing’ weather conditions! So from all at CVSRT we’d…

Water Awareness Training

23 Jan 2015
Even in the depths of winter, CVSRT are out and about training and developing new skills as we never know when our services will be required to rescue someone in wild and remote places. Last weekend was no different with several CVSRT members heading down to the river at Hardcastle Crags to attend a Water Awareness Training Session [Module 1], delivered by our qualified Swiftwater Rescue & Flood Technicians inline with the national MREW guidelines. Once briefed and fully kitted up with the necessary protective equipment for the wintery conditions, the team members entered the water. The group experienced several…

40 Years of Mountain Rescue

24 Nov 2014
Last Tuesday was our regular monthly vehicles and kit maintenance evening. Nothing untoward there you may think but for one of our long serving members, it marked 40 years unbroken service with Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. Pete Farnell joined the team on 24th November 1974 as a young lad, aged 20. Through the years he has held numerous key roles from; Radio Officer to Team Leader to our current Team Chairman. Most recently, Pete is also a Search And Rescue Dog Association England Search Dog handler with ‘Meg’, his trusty sidekick. As you can imagine, 40 years service…

BRIT ROCK Film Tour 2014

04 Oct 2014
CVSRT hosts BRIT ROCK FILM TOUR 2014­ (Thu 6th Nov) FILM CERTIFICATE (TBC asap) Join us for an, adrenalin filled evening to help raise funds for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.  This is a charity event hosted by CVSRT with all proceeds going to the team. Multi award-winning filmmaker Alastair Lee presents the Brit Rock Film Tour on the big screen. The first homegrown adventure tour to emerge from the vibrant UK filmmaking industry. BRIT ROCK comes right from the heart of the UK adventure scene, with liberal splashes of the inimitable British spirit. Adding to the program are…

Sleep, who needs it?

22 Sep 2014
Some Rescue Team members have had a challenging week this week as several night time calls resulted in a loss of beauty sleep. Here is how it all developed; 03:17 am on Monday 15th September and the Team Leaders were called to assist Halifax Police with a search for a male who had left the scene of a car accident. Damage to the vehicle and the location suggested the young man may have been injured and could be in fields or woods nearby. Leaders attended Halifax Police station to support the investigation and make search plans. Fortunately the man was…


06 Sep 2014
After nine months of hard work and numerous long sessions spent on location in and around the Calder Valley, the time has finally arrived to announce that our first ever CVSRT Calendar is due for release next week. The theme for the calendar was inspired by the Mountain Rescue motto, “Saving lives in wild and remote places…” and thankfully not by the ‘Calendar Girls’ – so therefore, we can also confirm the Team WILL be keeping their clothes on!! CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to thank Tony (Hanners) Hanranhan, our main photographer on this project, who volunteered his…

Sainsbury's "Charity of the Year"

27 Aug 2014
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team is very proud to announce that we have been selected to be Sainsbury's Halifax ‘Charity of the Year’ and receive a year’s worth of support through fundraising and awareness. Sainsbury's ‘Local Charity’ Scheme is now in its 6th year, and has raised over £6million to support local charities since 2009. Halifax Store Manager, Simon Noble said: “We’ve had a great response this year from both customers and colleagues alike, who were asked to vote in-store and online for their favourite local charity. Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team proved to be the most popular…

Croagh Patrick

18 Aug 2014
Reek Sunday - Sunday 27th July, 2014 - A Probies Perspective “It’ll be a real eye opener” they said…Well, I have never seen anything that could have prepared me for what I saw on a cold dark morning on the west coast of Ireland.  Normally shrouded in mist and blasted by the Atlantic, Ireland’s “holy mountain”, Croagh Patrick isn’t a pretty thing to look at nor is it a particularly pleasant climb, but that wasn’t going to stop 20,000 people pilgrimage up it from midnight on Sunday 27th July, 2014.  In attendance we had three of the ‘CVSRT Probies’ intake;…

Tyre Clean Up

27 Jun 2014
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team have once again been working hard on behalf of other agencies to clean up some of our beautiful countryside. Yorkshire Water and Calderdale Council requested our assistance and technical expertise to remove an illegal deposit of tyres and other rubbish, which had been tipped and were blighting our moorland. Initial estimates of 80 to 100 tyres were soon surpassed as the team set to work. An eventual haul of over 200 tyres and a van full of other debris was soon retrieved. It was a filthy job, with the dreaded midge ever present but…

El Gato Negro

26 Jun 2014
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team is absolutely delighted to announce the launch of a new fundraising campaign by the award winning Spanish Tapas restaurant, El Gato Negro Tapas based in Ripponden. The initiative aims to raise awareness and much needed funding for the team. The campaign, which launched this week encourages an optional donation from all diners and will help the team to continue to provide the essential life-saving emergency services to the local community and visitors whilst out and about in our operational area. Headed up by chef and proprietor Simon Shaw, El Gato Negro is an award-winning…

Long Service Awards

20 Jun 2014
Pictured: Team Leader Les Wilson presents Mick and Hilary Newsome with their 25 Years' Long Service Awards. As some of you may know, CVSRT have been saving lives in wild and remote places since 1966…and whilst Mick & Hilary Newsome haven’t been team members for so long, it still seems fitting to mark their 25 years’ service with an award. Husband and wife team, Mick and Hilary received the 25 years Long Service Award at a recent team business meeting. When asked how things had changed over the years, they reflected with fondness how they got involved with CVSRT and…

Commendation Award

20 Apr 2014
It was a case of double delight for members of the team as we were commended and given a cheque by the West Yorkshire Police.  Pictured left to right - Team members John, Ann, Pete, Les & Bryan attended the annual Calderdale Police Awards to accept the District Commander’s Commendation for the life-saving voluntary work carried out during last year’s snow storms. And, just as important for the teams’ volunteers the police presented team members with a cheque for £2,000 which will help significantly with the annual £35,000 running costs. Team leader Les Wilson said: “The award makes us feel…

Supporter Appeal

07 Feb 2014
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team are currently seeking to enlist the help of more 'active' supporters to assist the team. We are looking for people who have some time to spare to provide active support to the team with the various demands including: fundraising, maintenance, assisting with training and general practical support - people who can be our ambassadors at the many local community events we are requested to attend and support each year. If you are interested and think this may be for you, please visit our supporters page and get in touch. We are organising an open…

New Team Leader

02 Feb 2014
A new Team Leader for Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. After 5 years as Team Leader of Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team, Al Day (pictured right) is handing over the reins and responsibility for the team to his deputy, Les Wilson. Al said, “When I moved to the Calder Valley team in 1999 from Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, CVSRT were responding to around 20 incidents per year and operated two response vehicles from the newly built Mytholmroyd base. Fifteen years later, the team has undergone a dramatic transformation; responding to over four times as many incidents with 4…

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