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: http://www.sportrelief.com/whats-going…/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: http://rescuerockclimb.org.uk

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…
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