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Twelve Years of Service and on to a new life.

After twelve years of faithful service the team’s old Control Vehicle has been sold to Severn Area Rescue Association where it will start a new life with the water rescue unit.

The Ford Transit started life with Buxton MRT in 2003 when, following an appeal, the vehicle was donated by Macro Motor Services.  It served eight years as a minibus based at Dove Holes with a primary role of transporting team members from the rendezvous point to the nearest access gate on to the moors.  In 2011 it took on …

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Channel 4

During the winter the rescue team was approached by a film production company working for Channel 4 television.  The company, RAW Television, was making a program about how bad weather effects peoples lives in Britain.  As a result Buxton Mountain Rescue Team will be featured in the finished program going out Sunday night 12th, at 8.00 pm.

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Ready for the Bank Holiday

The myriad of skills necessary to part of a mountain rescue team means that Buxton Mountain Rescue Team trains every Thursday evening throughout the year.   Whether you’ve been in the team just four days of forty years, keeping up to speed with new developments demands that every member attends regular training.

Much of the training requires a classroom environment and is a bit like being back at school.  However, having learnt skills in class then they need to put in practice in a realistic situation.  Time on a Thursday evening is …

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In Memory of Ted Martin

Donations totalling nearly £400 have been made to The Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation in memory of the late Ted Martin from Codnor, Derbyshire who died in January this year.

Ted and his beloved wife, Barbara, spent many years cycling and rambling in the Peak District and his family decided to nominate The P.D.M.R.O. as a beneficiary from collections made at is funeral.

The gifts were handed to members of Buxton MRT at its Dove Holes base on Wednesday night and will be passed on to the P.D.M.R.O. for the …

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The Langley Lectures

Organised by Langley Methodist Church, The Langley Lectures are a series of talks aimed at providing an opportunity for people to come together and learn more about the locality and the world.  The lectures present a wide variety of subjects from politics to health and from faith to science and the natural world.

For the final talk of the winter series Buxton Mountain Rescue Team was invited to give a presentation on the work of mountain rescue in the Peak District providing an insight to the challenges and rewards of being a member.

Three team members went to the small village …

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Trefoil Support

Chapel Trefoil Guild is probably the smallest organisation to ever make a donation to the team but £100 is still a very generous and welcome gift.  Just five ladies form the guild which meets monthly and one of their key aims is to raise money for local charities.

The ladies meet at each others house to plan their fundraising activities over tea and cake and despite being such a small group are very successful at raising cash.  The £100 donation will be going towards the final push to replace the …

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Fifty years and still an Operational Member!

At the rescue team’s Annual General Meeting last Thursday night a special presentation was made to the longest serving member of the team.  John Mayer joined the rescue team in 1965 and has now clocked up Fifty Years of unbroken membership as a Full Operational Member.  Whilst no longer climbing the hills on call-outs, John continues in an active role as Senior Team Call-out Officer.

Nearly all the current team attended the meeting as Mike France, Chairman of Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and Ken Blakeman, Chairman of The Peak …

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Team remembers Leek Supporter

The rescue team was sadden to learn of the death of one of Leek’s best known characters at the age of just 58.

Chris Brown, pictured, who ran a mobile burger van in Derby Street for many years was a keen supporter of the rescue team and raised a substantial sums for the charity with a collection box on his burger van.  When the team held its annual street collection in Leek, Chris was always encouraging and provided refreshments for team members.

He passed away last week after a short …

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LONDON MARATHON

Team member, Darren Hunt, has just ten weeks to get fit following notice that he has been chosen to represent Mountain Rescue England & Wales in the 2015 London Marathon on Sunday 26th April.

Darren has only been a team member since 2013 but he’s no stranger to long distance running having completed three previous marathons and fifteen half marathons.  That’s not to mention his longest event which covered 75 miles in 36 hours.   The psychology of the  event should be no trouble either as …

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Tarmachan Ridge

Not content with beautiful snow conditions in the Peak, a large contingent of team members headed North last weekend on the team’s annual winter skills training event.

They based themselves in Crianlarich, Scotland for two days on the slopes of Meall nan Tarmachan and Beinn Challuim.  Lady luck shone on the team as did the sun, with two days of glorious weather.  Day one saw wall to wall sunshine and no wind – not a typical Scottish winter mountaineering day at all – as the group ascended a …

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