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Buxton Rambling Club in a Stew

We walk the peaks and dales

Members of Buxton Rambling Club meet every weekend and most Wednesdays for walks in the Peak District at various distances and levels of ability.  Each year in October the members hold a Hot Pot Supper at St Ann’s Church Hall in Buxton and invite a guest speaker.   This year, on seeing the Buxton Well’s Dressings in July, the club decided to invite Buxton Mountain Rescue Team and hear more about the team’s Golden Anniversary.

Team member, Roger Bennett, …

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Fifty Years Old. It’s official!

Founded in 1964, Buxton Mountain Rescue Team is fifty years old this year and the Golden Anniversary was made official at a black tie dinner on Saturday evening.  The team was officially “Off Call” for twelve hours whilst team members could relax with friends and family.  The last time the team was declared Off Call was for the 25th Anniversary celebrations in 1989.

Ninety members, past and present and some travelling from abroad, celebrated at the Palace Hotel with a formal dinner.  The meal was followed by speeches from the Charity Chairman, Richard Doran and Operational Team Leader, Neil Carruthers.

The Chairman …

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Athletic Support

No, it’s not a bandage!  

It was the fifty-five runners who took part in the Buxton Athletic Club’s five kilometre run last weekend.  Following the event club members sold homemade cakes and raised a magnificent £88. for the rescue team’s funds.  This was added to a great donation of £125 as a reward for assisting with the marshaling on the annual Buxton Half Marathon race held earlier in the year.

Team member, Darren Hunt (the one with the knobbly knees and strange pedal disease) was on hand to receive the gift …

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Trefoil Guide the Way

Buxton Trefoil Guild, has made a very welcome donation to Buxton Mountain Rescue Team after hearing about the 50th Anniversary Appeal.  The guild is only a small group but its members held an auction on behalf of the rescue team and raised an amazing £128.

The team sends a great big “Thank You” to all the Buxton Guild members for their great support and has awarded the group a Certificate of Appreciation.

Team Chairman, Richard Doran said, “It’s always great to receive donations but it means something special when a small group of locals …

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Winsome Dogs

Back in April this year, a number of friends who walk together talked about doing some fund-raising for their local Mountain Rescue team to help celebrate its 50th anniversary. The bare bones of a fun dog show took shape.

What with the added attractions of a cake stall, a book sale, a raffle, and a bottle game it proved a popular event at the park in Oakamore, Staffs. The organiser, Karen Landon of Churnet Valley Dog Training, advertised with such gusto that around 70 dogs with their owners joined …

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Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

The team sends its sincere condolences to the Cavendish family following  the passing of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire at the age of 94 years

The late Duke, Andrew, and the Duchess of Devonshire had long supported the work of mountain rescue in the Peak District.  The family had been particular supporters of Buxton team which has had the privilege of attending the Chatsworth Country Fairs for many years and raising many thousands of pounds.  The Duke and Duchess often called in at the team’s display stand to wish …

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Thank You Buxton Folk!

Last Saturday was a grey, drizzly day in Buxton but despite the miserable weather the good people of the town were in a generous mood.

A total of £450 was raised in a Flag Day collection on Spring Gardens.  That’s another very valuable contribution towards keeping the team operational.  This year Buxton Mountain Rescue Team needs to raise its usual £30,000 annual running costs plus an extra £50,000 to replace an aging vehicle.

Thanks to the generosity of many local people the team is well on its way to achieving the targets …

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Team Visit Derbyshire Police Control Room

The police have the ultimate responsibility to preserve life and therefore are always central to any mountain rescue call-out.  Although mountain rescue is now regarded as an emergency service it has no central control room of its own.  All request for the services of a mountain rescue team are initially handled by either the police or the ambulance service for the region in which the incident occurs.  When brief details have been obtained the Peak District Duty Incident Controller is contacted who will make the decision as to what the …

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Start of a New Training Year

Making sure team members are up to speed with all that might be expected of them at an incident is a bit like painting Blackpool Tower.  It’s a never ending process involving every Thursday night and occasional weekends.  (Although they probably paint Blackpool Tower on other days as well!)  Only in August is the official training program relaxed but that is traditionally one of the busiest operational months meaning time has to be concentrated on checking and replacing worn out equipment.

So, it’s back to school and the new term started last week!

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Money from the Well!

The Buxton Market Place Well has turned into a Wishing Well for the Rescue Team!

In July this year all the wells around Buxton were all dressed with magnificent floral displays created with wonderful skill and dedication by a team of volunteers organised by The Buxton Wells Dressing Committee.  2014 being the 50th Anniversary of the team, the Market Place Well was dedicated to Buxton Mountain Rescue Team and a fantastic tableau was created displaying a rescue on Kinder Scout.

Not only do the Wells Dressing Committee ensure that …

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