Pennine Way Adventure

28 Apr 2024
One of our 2024 trainees is currently two days into an incredible adventure, walking the entire length of the Pennine Way.     The route starts in Edale, Derbyshire, and 268 miles and 11,225 metres of elevation later finishes in Kirk Yetholm, in the Scottish Borders.   An incredible challenge and an honour that Sue has chosen Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) to raise money for.   Sue has been making great progress and aims to finish by Wednesday 15th.   If you would like to support Sue and the team, please follow the link;   Every penny…

#Blazing Saddles Birthday Ride.

23 Apr 2024
#Blazing Saddles Birthday Ride.   The weather was kind and riders were out with smiles on their faces.   Around 100 riders joined in on the festivities, throughout Sunday 21st April, celebrating Blazing Saddles 30th birthday.     A really big thank you to Blazing Saddles for their generous support to both Calder Valley Search and Rescue (CVSRT) and Slow The Flow.   Happy Birthday and thank you again for all of your support.

2024 New Recruits

12 Apr 2024
2024 New Recruits   To ensure that we have enough operational members trained and ready for call-out cover, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) run regular recruitment programmes to look for members of our community who would like to apply to join the team.    All aspirant candidates go through a three-stage selection process; •           Application form •           Open evening •           Hill skills assessment   This selection process allows CVSRT to check candidates’ suitability to progress onto the 12-month training programme.    On Saturday 13th January, 14 candidates arrived at our base in Mytholmroyd (The Rescue Post) ready for…

#Quiz Night

26 Mar 2024
#Quiz Night   The second quiz night of 2024, hosted by the Shoulder of Mutton Public House, Mytholmroyd, takes place on Wednesday 27th March 2024 from 19:30.   The first quiz of the year, held in February, raised an amazing £110!   It’s £2 per person to enter, with teams of a maximum 4 people, each team will get a free pizza and all proceeds will go to Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT).   Thanks to everyone at the Shoulder of Mutton for their support and happy quizzing!

International Women’s Day

08 Mar 2024
International Women’s Day   Today, Friday 8th March, is International Women’s Day, this year’s theme is #inspireinclusion   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) are proud to honour the women members of CVSRT who play a pivotal part in running the team and help provide assistance in our community when called upon.   Today we are also taking this opportunity to take a look at the archives and revisit an interview one of our very own operational team members, Rebecca Freeman, gave a few years ago to the Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) magazine. If joining the team is…

#Team Leader

01 Mar 2024
#Team Leader   Over and above being an operational member there are various roles, within Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT), that members fulfil to ensure the success of the team.     One role in particular that has seen change this year, is that of Team Leader.    During our Annual General Meeting in January, Jonathan Cole (JC) summarised his time in the Team Leader role as he prepared to stand down.  Detailing his journey in the team that started over 26 years ago.  His speech also contained several special mentions to team members who have provided JC with…


18 Feb 2024
#Quiz Night   We are honoured that the Shoulder of Mutton Public House, Mytholmroyd, has chosen Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) as their charity of the year for 2024.   Throughout the year they are planning on hosting regular quiz nights along with other events.   The first quiz of the year will take place on Wednesday February 21st at 19:30.   It’s £2 per person to enter, with teams of a maximum 4 people, each team will get a free pizza and all proceeds will go to CVSRT.   Thanks to everyone at the Shoulder of Mutton…

#The Best and Worst of Times

07 Feb 2024
#The Best and Worst of Times   As the dust mud settles on another Montane Spine Race, Paul took the time to look back and ponder the good, the bad and the ugly of his time completing such a gruelling event.   Donations for Paul’s incredible efforts currently stand at an amazing £1,700, and there is still time to donate by following the link to Paul’s Givey fundraising page -    What the Dickens!? – Paul Taylor   It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, a gauge of wisdom, it was the age of…

#Trainee Assessment 2024

27 Jan 2024
#Trainee Assessment    Over Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th January 2024 the latest group of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) trainees took on their final assessment - the culmination of 12 months of training.    The 18-hour assessment brought together all of their learning over the last 12 months to tackle 4 scenarios that simulate real life examples of incidents that CVSRT attend.   All the trainees did brilliantly, and the final act of a team vote to officially welcome them as Operational Team Members, was unanimous.   As with everything we do, this assessment would…

Montane Spine He did it!

15 Jan 2024
#MontaneSpine   He did it!   Congratulations to Paul on completing the 108 mile Montane Spine Mountain Rescue Team Challenge.  With an elapsed time of 34:27:10 Paul tackled the route from 08:30 Saturday through to 18:57 on Sunday.   A massive achievement, with Paul also finishing second in his category.    Congratulations also to all the other competitors who attempted, suffered, completed and maybe even enjoyed this years event.   A thank you to all of the event organisers, marshals and support for the event and a huge thank you to everyone who has wished Paul well.     There…

#MontaneSpine Only 2 days to go.

11 Jan 2024
#MontaneSpine   Only 2 days to go.   At 08:00 on Saturday 13th January 2024 one of our very own team members will be joining fellow Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) colleagues to attempt the Montane Spine Mountain Rescue Team Challenge.   You will be able to track Paul (dot number 625) and all the competitors progress live by visiting the official Montane Spine Website   Paul is also raising money for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) as part of this challenge, and if you would like to support Paul and the team you can do…

Charity of the month 2024

08 Jan 2024
Charity of the month   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) are delighted to have been chosen by Harveys of Halifax as one of their charities of the month for 2024.   There are so many worthwhile charities supporting the Calderdale area and it is an honour to be thought of amongst them.   CVSRT are the charity for October and you can check out the photograph or visit Harveys of Halifax social media pages for information on who they are promoting each month.   Thank you.

Christmas Street Collection

23 Dec 2023
Christmas Street Collection   £2,643.70! Amazing.   Such an incredible amount.     Every year we are amazed at the generosity shown by the people we meet during our annual street collection and this year was no exception. Thank you to all the shoppers out in Keighley and Halifax last Saturday.    All of the team’s operational and trainee search dogs and supporter dogs would also like to say thank you for the fuss.    If you missed us you can visit for details on how you can support the team.     Many thanks also to the lovely…

Annual Christmas Street Collection

11 Dec 2023
Annual Christmas Street Collection   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) will be out in Halifax and Keighley town centres on Saturday 16th December.     The team will be in both town centres between 10am and 4pm, and if you see us please pop over and say hello.  We will be happy to talk to everyone about the work we do.  We will also have some of our Search dogs with us too!  Who can resist the chance to pet some cute doggies.   We are proud to call this area our home and each year are humbled…


10 Dec 2023
#JoinTheTeam   Each year, typically over the depth of winter, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) hold a recruitment assessment to get to know those looking to join the team.   Scott, Matt, Nick, and Sarah, joined in January, following our 2023 assessment, and we asked them to take a look back over their first six months in Mountain Rescue, which culminated in a July visit to Ireland supporting our friends in Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team.   __________   Why did you put yourself forward to join CVSRT? Sarah - I have always been very keen on the…

#Bairwise Wood Sheep Rescue

25 Nov 2023
#CALLOUT    At 09:10 on Saturday 18th November 2023, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a request from West Yorkshire Police (WYP) to assist with the extraction of two crag fast sheep on the hillside opposite the Staff of Life Inn, Cornholme.   This is an unEWEsual call for CVSRT as we do not often rescue animals. However, we had several team members out for the day completing rope training, so a limited callout was initiated.   While the weather was not as poor as it has been through the recent storms, the conditions were not BAAlmy so…


13 Nov 2023
#MontaneSpine2024   On Saturday 13th January 2024 one of our very own team members will be joining fellow Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) colleagues to attempt the Montane Spine Mountain Rescue Team Challenge.   This is a 108-mile race along the Pennine Way between Edale in Derbyshire and Hawes in North Yorkshire with a time limit of 60 hours in a category specifically for members of Mountain Rescue teams.   To give some idea as to what competitors can expect throughout the route the official website provides this description;   "This challenging and technical section of the Pennine Way…


29 Oct 2023
#MountainRescueAwarenessDay   Every year, Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) use Mountain Rescue Awareness Day to promote their work. For this and the last few years, the date has been set for the last weekend in October, just as the clock change heralds cooler days and earlier nightfall.    To help prepare for your adventures during the winter months there are some specific hints and tips to make sure we can remain safe when it goes dark, and covers areas including; Planning your trip Thinking about your gear Developing your skills.   Please visit to read more.   Remember,…


01 Oct 2023
We hope everyone enjoyed last weekend’s #CalderdaleTractorRun. Thank you to all those who came along to take part, to all who made the event possible, and to the hundreds along the route who cheered and waved us on. It was a great event to be a part of. It was fantastic to hear that £1300 was raised for the team. An amazing amount. Thank you again to those companies who supported the event. Craggies Farm Shop | Craggs Energy | MUD UK | Vocation Brewery #charity #fundraiser #tractorrun#caldervalley#communityevent

Calderdale Tractor Run 2023

22 Sep 2023
#CalderdaleTractorRun   Only days away!   The Calderdale Charity Tractor Run 2023 takes place this Sunday, 24th September 2023.   The start and finish is at Craggies Farm Shop, New Road, Cragg Vale HX7 5TT.   The convoy will be leaving at 11:30 and there will be music, BBQ and a bar afterwards.   We hope to see lots of you there!   @craggiesfarmshop @vocationbrewery


15 Sep 2023
#SowoodWI   It was a privilege that Sowood Women’s Institute chose Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) as their charity of the year.  Throughout 2022 they hosted several events, including books sales, quiz evenings and show stalls, all raising money for the team.   We recently met some of their members as they presented CVSRT with a cheque of the money raised over the year, an incredible £10,500.   Thank you so much to everyone at Sowood WI for choosing us as their charity for the year and the efforts in raising such a fantastic amount.  They even found…


23 Aug 2023
#Thankyou    It costs over £50,000 per year to keep Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) running and without the amazing support of the Calder Valley community we genuinely wouldn’t be able to remain operational. There are countless amounts of people we would like to say thank you to, however, we would like to take the time to recognise some amazing organisations and individuals who have recently supported the team.   #CraggFest2023 The weather did not stop a great weekend at the Robin Hood, Cragg Vale with a weekend of live music and entertainment.  The team joined throughout the…


10 Aug 2023
#CraggFest23   Craggfest 2023 takes place this weekend, 11th, 12th and 13th August, at The Robin Hood Inn, Cragg Vale.     The event is a 3 day music festival featuring live local bands, beer, food and a few members of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT).   Previous events have been fantastic so why not head over and join in with this years fun.   Music starts from 3pm on Friday, 1pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday.   Entry this year is £8 for one day, £14 for two days and £18 for all three days.   The event…


03 Aug 2023
#HebdenBridgeVintageWeekend   This weekend, the 5th and 6th August 2023, the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge are holding the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend at Calder Holmes Park.     It is open to the public from 10am to 5pm each day and Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) will be at the event on Saturday 5th.  We will have team members you can talk to about what we do, merchandise available to buy and maybe even a search dog to fuss.   If you’re visiting the show please come over and say hello.    For more information on the…


03 Jul 2023
#CommunityDonation   In 2022 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) assisted in the rescue of a casualty who is an employee of British Recycled Plastic (BRP).  One of the products BRP produce are benches and as a gesture of thanks the company kindly donated one to the team.   In agreement with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) the location of the bench was chosen to be Broadhead Clough nature reserve, Cragg Vale.   On Wednesday 21st June CVSRT team members were joined by Helen Pedley of the YWT to compete the installation.   Thank you to BRP for the kind…
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