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: www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk or via the in-store voting system. Vote online by… 1. Visiting: www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk 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 calderfornication@gmail.com 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…
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