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Radio 4. Thursday 3.00pm

In late June this year BBC Radio 4′s “Open Country” program met up with team members at Pooles Cavern, Buxton.

The team was about to embark on one of its regular evening training exercises, on this occasion, in Grinlow Woods, Buxton.  Willing “victims” were secreted about the country park waiting for enthusiastic rescue members to find them and treat their injuries.  Especially recruited to help for the night were Open Country presenter, Helen Mark and producer, Martin Poyntz-Roberts.

It was a chance meeting at one of the local village fete’s which the team attended that resulted in the BBC asking if they could come along …

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New Tea Room cooks up support

Local couple, Tegg and Laura, (yes, Tegg is his real name!), have opened a tea room in the warden’s building at Tegg’s Nose Country Park near Macclesfield.  They have given up secure, well paid, jobs to begin a new adventure providing tea, coffee, cake and pork pies to walkers, runners, cyclists, mountain bikers and anyone else who happens to pop into Tegg’s Nose.

On their own initiative, the new teashop owners chose Buxton Mountain Rescue Team to benefit from their opening day. Local companies donated …

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Choir hit the right note for the team.

Chapel en le Frith Ladies Choir has been singing together in the High Peak for over forty years and now has a considerable reputation for its quality and harmony.

However, it was pound notes rather than musical notes which the ladies brought to Buxton team’s base last Thursday night.  The choir had adopted the rescue team as its charity of the year and managed to raise a magnificent £851 through various events and concerts.  Three ladies represented the choir for the presentation and were probably surprised to be met by …

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Mayor Commissions New Vehicle into Service

Last Thursday night at the Dove Holes base of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team, the official commissioning of the team’s new response vehicle took place. The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of High Peak, Cllr Stuart Young and Miss Charlotte Young and David Coleman, Deputy Lord- Lieutenant for Derbyshire, President of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation and former Derbyshire Chief Constable. Several representatives of major donors to the team also came along to the informal gathering.

The new mobile Incident Control Vehicle replaces an older version …

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BBC North West Tonight drop by.

Suzanne Hailey, Broadcast Journalist with BBC North West Tonight, approached the team in relation to a series of short articles the BBC are recording about mountain rescue.

The team was honoured to oblige and three members met Suzanne and her cameraman one evening last week with Mam Tor providing a suitable backdrop.   Reports had already been recorded by Patterdale team in the Lake District and Oldham team in the north of the Peak.   The theme of Buxton’s contribution was to be based on the question, …

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Just One Small Step for the team.

When a small local business was about to celebrate four years of trading the owner decided  to help the rescue team.

Buxton business, ‘One Small Step’ is a small shop on Hall Bank trading in quality kids’ shoes and accessories.  To start the celebrations owner, Nichola Seargeant, held a raffle for her friends and customers with the proceeds going to the team.

Team member Darren went along on behalf of the team to receive the £45 donation and offer the team’s sincere thanks for the generosity of all the customers who participated.

Nichola said, …

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Team remembers Edith Oulton

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team members were sad hear of the passing of Edith Oulton who died peacefully at her home on 16th July, shortly before her 94th birthday.
Edith, a Buxton resident, was an avid supporter of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.  She made regular donations over a great many years and enjoyed keeping up to date with team news.  She even bought lottery tickets on occasions in the hope she may win money for the team.  She was therefore delighted to hear that the team had achieved its funding …

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BMRT helps the National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a scheme open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England and is aimed at building skills for work and life.  Candidates take on new challenges and meet new friends.  It runs in the spring, summer and autumn each year and usually involves taking part in a team project that will help the local community.  NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork …

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Munros – all 282 of them!

Long time Buxton team supporter and Associate Member, Ian Hodgson, has just joined a select number of people who have completed all the 282 Scottish Munros.

Munros are Scottish mountains over 3,000 foot high (914 metres) and are named after Sir Hugh Munro who first produced the list in 1891.  In the next 124 years only about 5,700 have completed the lot so, when Ian climbed An Socach in Glen Affric (944 meters) in June, it was the summit of a long held ambition.

Ian’s started “bagging” in 1995 when he had …

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Former Derby Team Leader Honoured at Windsor

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team sends its sincere congratulations to Steve Hilditch of Derby Mountain Rescue  Team who has been awarded the Member of the British Empire Medal.

Steve was presented with his medal, “For services to Mountain Rescue in the Peak District and to Scouting in Derbyshire”  by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, The Princess Royal at Windsor Castle on Tuesday 14th July 2015.

Photo credit:  Derby MRT.    Steve & Kim Hilditch in the castle grounds.

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