CVSRT - Items filtered by date: September 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

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 around the area. Riders came from all over the West Yorkshire, as well as from further afield, including North Wales, Chesterfield and even Australia!”

CVSRT Fundraising Officer Ann Ogden recently called into the shop to gratefully accept a £270 donation which was raised during the event from subs and from the sale of CVSRT Giraffe® neckwear. Blazing Saddles have also come onboard as stockist for our giraffes!

Massive thanks to everyone involved and cheers for supporting the team.

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 ‘Search and Rescue’ by Vocation Brewery will be available too.

Hot and cold food will be available during each ‘session’ till 9pm so turn up, pay on the door and enjoy a tipple or few.

CVSRT would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the members of CAMRA Halifax & Calderdale for kindly naming us as their official festival charity. Many thanks also to all the attending brewers who have generously donated loads of merchandise and products for the team to sell on our stall to help raise funds. We are truly honoured to have been chosen as the festival charity and thank everyone for their support.

We wish everyone a ‘merry’ festival but please do us a favour, drink responsibly and don’t go wandering off into the wilds whilst under the influence!! Thank you.

For more information about the festival please visit or follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter. 

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

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 incredible 14,054 hours to help keep the team going. Of that figure, 3708 hours were on callouts, 5938 hours on training and the remaining 4408 hours were on public events and fundraising. Based on those figures you can see the team is kept very busy with Public Events and Fundraising, which is a massive part of what we do.

Throughout the year we’ve attended 169 community events and fundraisers ranging from; providing safety cover for outdoor activities in remote areas i.e. fell races, organised walks and mountain bike challenges, to Mountain Rescue awareness talks, presentations and base visits for community groups, schools and youth groups. We also got involved with helping the local council with debris and litter clean ups on hard to reach steep ground and waterways.

The popularity of outdoor activities, races in remote areas and extreme sports and challenges has seen our involvement rise rapidly over recent years. In 2010 the team covered approximately 25 events and in this last 12months we’ve covered 169. Obviously covering so many events takes time and commitment from our team of volunteers, and whilst we try and cover as many as possible, unfortunately it’s not always possible to fulfil every request or invite. Our apologies if we’ve had to decline one of your events.

To help our task of selecting which events to support and cover, we have a set of criteria, which we always refer back to. Our raison d'être or reasons for the team’s existence is; to relieve suffering and distress amongst persons affected by accidents or natural hazards. To provide search and rescue, primary casualty care, emergency equipment and person-power in remote areas or hard to reach locations, and to provide training or education to persons involved in outdoor activities. By following these simple guidelines, we hope maximise our members time, focus on activities which the team may realistically be called out to assist with should an incident occur, and for us to thank the community for supporting us.

Whilst all our team members give their time freely, we do request a donation for our services on events. It’s worth remembering that it costs approximately £40,000 per year to remain operational. CVSRT is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity and receives no direct funding from the council or government. This amount is raised entirely through fundraising and donations from the community and local businesses. All donations go directly towards keeping a roof over our base in Mytholmroyd, maintaining our emergency response vehicles, purchasing essential equipment and paying for training to develop specialist skills. None of this would be possible without our volunteers.

Are you planning an outdoor activity, sporting event or extreme challenge that would benefit from our specialist emergency services? If so, please contact our Public Events Officer to check the team’s availability and to discuss your requirements. Please help us to help you by checking our selection criteria first to avoid disappointment.

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