#Thank You

19 May 2023
#Thank You   A big thank you to everyone at St Andrews Methodist Church in Cowling.   They recently presented Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) a cheque for £500 which was raised through proceeds from their new2U shop which sell lots of items including clothes and electricals.   It was great to meet members of the church to collect the cheque and thank you again for the donation. 

#Piece Hall Emergency Services Day

18 May 2023
#Piece Hall Emergency Services Day   Thank you to everyone who came to see the team on Sunday 7th May at the Piece Hall, Halifax, as part of the Emergency Services Day.   It was an excellent event and was lovely to say hello and chat to so many people, the search dogs enjoyed all of the fuss too.    Thank you to everyone who donated to CVSRT and purchased some merchandise.  We raised over £400 on the day!   You may have seen one of the team vehicles disappear for a short while in the afternoon as we were…

Hebden Happy Hounds

12 May 2023
Hebden Happy Hounds   Calling all dog lovers! Hebden’s Happy Hounds returns on Saturday 13th May, with a fun-filled day of pups on parade and stalls from local businesses, organised by Hebden Royd Town Council and supported by the RSPCA.   Come along, anytime between 11:00 and 16:00 to watch the dogs in lots of different categories during the day, as well as browse the stalls in parks selling treats and useful equipment to keep your pup in shape!   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) will be there with a team vehicle on show and we may even…

Piece Hall Emergency Services Day

03 May 2023
Piece Hall Emergency Services Day   Building on the very popular day held during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, once again, the Police, Ambulance, Fire and other rescue services will grace the Piece Hall courtyard in a family orientated day of fun and interaction.   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) will have a team vehicle on show along with some of the equipment we regularly use and will be happy to talk about how we provide support to the statutory emergency services.  We will also have merchandise available to purchase.    The day will run between 10am-4pm on Sunday…

Wild Weather

10 Mar 2023
Wild Weather   The weather over the last 24 hours has been pretty wild, particularity on higher ground and more exposed areas.   Working with West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) provided additional rescue cover from Thursday afternoon, through the night and into early Friday afternoon.     The majority of our support was helping stranded motorists by digging out their vehicles, or if the vehicle was completely stuck transporting them to safety.    Over the period CVSRT helped 15 stranded motorists.    The team also spent some time helping…

International Women’s Day

08 Mar 2023
International Women’s Day   Today is International Women’s Day (IWD).  The theme for IWD2023 is #EmbraceEquity.   Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have.  A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's core and something to think about, not just today, but everyday.   To celebrate IWD2023 Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) are hosting ‘Women in Mountain Rescue’, an online event for MREW members to have the opportunity to connect to other teams in the organisation and hear from a panel of inspirational speakers.   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) are fortunate…

2023 New Recruits

23 Jan 2023
2023 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 the CVSRT to check candidates’ suitability to progress onto the 12-month training programme.  On Saturday 21st January, 14 candidates arrived at The Rescue Post ready for the final phase of the selection process.  This involved a challenging day…

#Congratulations Holly

20 Jan 2023
#Congratulations Holly   Congratulations to Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England (MRSDE) and Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) search dog Holly and handler Al Pepper who, over last weekend, passed their final assessment to become an operational Mountain Rescue Search Dog Team.   It takes years of hard work, training and plenty of treats to get to the level required to become operational.  This included their final assessment that took place over 3 days in the Lake District, where 5 mountain areas needed to be cleared and all the volunteers who where hiding, found.   Rumour has it celebrations…

He did it!

16 Jan 2023
#MontaneSpine   He did it!   Congratulations to Jonothan on completing the 108 mile Montane Spine Mountain Rescue Team Challenge.  With an elapsed time of 44:34:52 Jonothan tackled the route from 8am Saturday through to 5:54am Monday.   A massive achievement, made more impressive considering the particularly horrible weather over the weekend.    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 Jonothan well.  There…

And he’s off!

14 Jan 2023
#MontaneSpine   And he’s off!   Jonothan is on his way and on course with his attempt to complete the 108 mile Montane Spine Mountain Rescue Team Challenge.    You can track Jonothan (number 616) and all the competitors progress live by visiting the official Montane Spine Website https://thespinerace.com   Jonothan is also raising money for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) as part of this challenge, and if you would like to support him and the team you can do so by visiting his Givey fundraising page https://www.givey.com/spinemrchallenge2023


11 Jan 2023
#MontaneSpine   On Saturday 14th January 2023 one of our very own team members will be joining fellow Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) colleagues to attempt the 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 Jonothan can expect throughout the route the official website provides this description;    "This challenging and technical section of the…

Happy New Year 2023

01 Jan 2023
#Happy New Year   Reflecting on 2022 Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) received a total of 87 requests to assist the statutory emergency services over the year.  67 of these resulted in full team callouts and amounted to a total duration of 284hrs 49m.  The average length of these incidents was 3hrs 16m.   For CVSRT to remain operational throughout the year a lot more goes into training, fundraising, maintaining equipment and supporting our local community, and for 2022 this commitment totalled 10,942hrs 42m.   Even with this CVSRT could not do what we do without the support…


23 Dec 2022
Christmas Street Collection   £3,028.62! 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 teams operational and trainee search dogs and supporter dogs would also like to say thank you for the fuss and treats.    If you missed us you can visit www.cvsrt.org.uk for details on how you can support the team.     Thank you and we…

Christmas Celebrations

16 Dec 2022
Christmas Celebrations   On Tuesday 13th December Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) took the opportunity to let their hair down and enjoy an end of year holiday celebration.   Team members and partners headed to Craggies Farm Shop for an evening of wonderful food, awards, raffles, a team slide show and perhaps one or two beers.   The evening would not have been a success without the efforts of several team members, who spent the time to prepare and arrange the event.   Thank you to Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT) for being on standby to support…

#Christmas Fair

18 Nov 2022
#Christmas Fair   This Saturday, 19th November, the Todmorden Hippodrome will be hosting a Christmas Fair and Christmas Tree Festival.    There’ll be lots of local producers and craft stalls with hot drinks and tasty treats, a fabulous opportunity to get those Christmas presents bought and support local makers at the same time.   14 Christmas trees will be decorated by local groups and schools, all raising money for charity plus you can see their giant knitted and crocheted tree.    The £1 entrance fee will give you 5 tokens to vote for your favourite 5 trees. The proceeds from…

#Charity of the year

10 Nov 2022
#Charity of the year   It was fantastic to hear that Coun Jane Hoyle, who became Mayor of Hebden Royd in May, has chosen Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) as her charity of the year.    On Sunday 9th October the team were honoured to be invited to the Mayors Civic Service, with 9 team members in attendance.   CVSRT team leader Johnathan Cole added; “A large part of the teams effort is supporting the local community and to be selected as the Hebden Royd charity of the year, considering how many fantastic charities operate in the area,…

#Mountain Rescue Awareness Day

29 Oct 2022
#Mountain Rescue Awareness Day   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.    MREW have partnered with the Adventure Smart initiative which provides helpful information on how to make sure you are prepared for heading out and now is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves how to stay safe in the hills.   In light of the clock change there are…


19 Oct 2022
#999Day   Today marks the official #EmergencyServicesDay   Approximately 2 million people work and volunteer across the emergency services in the United Kingdom. The Emergency Services Day provides an opportunity to take a moment and thank all of the incredible people who work for organisations including   Yorkshire Ambulance Services, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Services, Yorkshire Air Ambulance.    Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) work extensively with our local emergency services and witness first hand the amazing work they do.    Thank you    

CVSRT New Team Member Open Day

15 Sep 2022
CVSRT New Team Member Open Day   Saturday September 24th 10:00 – 14:00 @ The Rescue Post, Thrush Hill Road, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, HX7 5AQ •Interested in joining Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team (CVSRT) as an operational team member? •Keen to know more about what it takes to be a team member? •Interested to learn what skills are required to join the team?   On Saturday 24th September CVSRT will be holding an open day for anyone who is looking to join the team as an operational member.   The open day will allow aspiring recruits to meet team…


11 Aug 2022
#CraggFest   Craggfest 2022 takes place this weekend, 12th, 13th and 14th August, at The Robin Hood Inn, Cragg Vale.     CraggFest is a 3 day music festival featuring live local bands, beer, food and a few members of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT).   Entrance is £5 which will be shared between CVSRT and Cancer Research, with under 12’s free.   The weather forecast predicts sun all weekend so why not head over and join in with the fun.   Music starts from 3pm on Friday, 1pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday.   CraggFest is a long…


05 Aug 2022
#HebdenVintageWeekend   Sowood WI have chosen Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) as their charity of the year and have been fundraising throughout 2022.   This weekend they have a stand at the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend, hosted by the Rotary Club and we have members of CVSRT joining them. If you’re visiting the show please come over and say hello.    To find out more about Sowood Wi please visit their website - https://sowoodwi.com   And for more information on the Vintage Weekend visit - https://www.hebdenbridge-vintageweekend.org.uk

Moderna Mot

15 Jul 2022
#Thank you Moderna Mot   A huge thank you to Moderna Mot's who recently completed the MOT on two of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) vehicles.     Not only did Moderna Mot’s complete the work for free, they were really flexible with working on the vehicles as we took them away during the test to attend a callout.   To allow us to transport team members and all required kit when called to assist the emergency services it is essential we maintain safe and roadworthy vehicles and the support given by Moderna is such a great help.

#Probie Assessment 2022

13 Jul 2022
#Probie Assessment    Over Friday the 8th and Saturday 9th July 2022, and the culmination of 12 months of training the current batch of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) trainees took on their final assessment.   The 18-hour assessment involved killer wasps, stampeding cattle, helicopters, and a great effort by the trainees bringing together all of their learning to tackle 4 scenarios that simulate real life examples of incidents that CVSRT attend.   All the trainees did brilliantly and all that is left is the formality of a team vote, during our next business meeting in 2 week’s…


19 Jun 2022
#Thankyou    Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) recently welcomed to our base of operations (The Rescue Post) captains of Bradley Hall Golf Club, Graeme Britteon and Sue Smallburn.     They had chosen CVSRT as their charity to support during their captaincies, in part because the team had attended three call-outs to the club's grounds in recent years.  CVSRT treasurer, Peter Haigh, was delighted to receive a cheque for £2600, raised from various events including a competition where each hole featured the food and a local tipple of a different country.   CVSRT would like to thank the Captains…


08 Jun 2022
#PlatinumJubilee #lightupthepike #celebration   Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) enjoyed a busy Jubilee weekend as we joined in with celebrations happening across the Calder Valley. __________   On Thursday 2nd June, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) held a low key event to present eligible members of the team the Platinum Jubilee Medal in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's 70 year reign. As part of the celebrations we joined over 1700 Mountain Rescue volunteers who are honoured to be recognised and included among the frontline emergency, armed forces and prison service workers across the UK.  Congratulations…
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