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Buxton hosts regional controllers’ and leaders’ day

Last Sunday around thirty rescue team leaders and incident controllers from across the Peak District assembled at  Buxton Fire & Rescue Station for a morning of discussion and idea sharing.

It was just one in a regular series of meetings held to ensure that all the independent teams are adopting best practices and working to the same standards.  Mountain rescue is continuing to develop and these meetings ensure that new technology and ideas are shared for the benefit of all casualties wherever in the region an incident occur…

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Nice Nosh makes a final donation

After ten years serving food and drinks to the visitors in Macclesfield Forest John Sellors has recently served his last customer but even then he couldn’t forget his friends at Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.

For his last day John very generously provided free food and encouraged customers to make a donation to the local Mountain Rescue Team. Over the years he has contributed over £1,500 to the team and so, Dave Goodman the team’s Fundraising Manager, presented John with a certificate to mark the occasion.  Dave was …

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Ted Burton M.B.E.

It is with great regret that Buxton Mountain Rescue Team announces the death of Honorary Team Member, Ted Burton M.B.E.

Ted was the team’s leader from 1975 to 1989, a period which saw great changes and developments in mountain rescue.  It was during this time that Buxton team became the only team in the Country to also be a division of St John Ambulance.  In 1977 the team established its first independent base after negotiations with Dove Holes Quarry secured the free use of an old stone barn.  A program of modernisation was started to renew both equipment and vehicles.  Ted’s leadership period has been recognised as the start of the …

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Seven Marathons in Seven Days

A fell runner will be taking on his biggest challenge yet – seven marathons in a week – to raise money for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.
Ben Brindley, of Whitecross Avenue in Tideswell, believes the work the team does is amazing and wants to help them out by raising money and awareness.
The 33-year-old said: “They are an emergency service but rely solely on donation. I have always given to the charity as an insurance policy but now I want to do more.”
Previously, the most the dad-of-one had …

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Breakfast with Bill

Bill Turnbull, host of BBC’s Breakfast programme for fifteen years, is retiring this week.  In celebration of his time living and working in the Peak District he has been out and about with a small camera crew meeting some of the locals.

Last Friday Bill met up with Buxton Rescue Team at Tegg’s Nose Country Park for some brief filming of a rescue exercise.

The resulting film has been shown over the last few days in short articles on BBC One.  On Wednesday morning the broadcast went out live from Edale …

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Waitrose Community Matters

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team members, Roger Bennett and Rob Wymer, were pleased to visit Waitrose supermarket in Buxton this week to receive a cheque for £563 from Community Matters organiser, Julie Atkinson.

Buxton MRT was one of three charities to share £1,000 of the Waitrose monthly donation to local good causes.  The proportion of the share is decided by customers indicating their preference with tokens at the checkout.  To receive such a large donation was a real surprise and a indication of how much the local community appreciates …

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Can You Identify this man?

On a chilly Friday in December 2015, a smartly dressed elderly gentleman set off on a 200-mile journey from west London to Saddleworth Moor, in the Pennines.

The following afternoon he stopped in at a picturesque pub called The Clarence and, pointing to Indian’s Head, a 1,500ft peak above Dovestone reservoir, asked the landlord, “How do you get to the top of that mountain?”

The landlord expressed some concern that there wasn’t enough time to get to the peak and back by sunset, but the mystery man …

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This week Buxton Mountain Rescue Team was pleased to announce the winner of its 2015 Christmas Raffle and present the first prize to, Steve Rathbone of Rainow.

The prize was a £200 voucher kindly donated by The Bike Factory of Whaley Bridge.  The presentation was made at the shop in Whaley Bridge where the voucher was formally handed over.

Ironically, Steve was rescued by mountain rescue in 2012 when he crashed whilst mountain biking in the local area. He said that buying the raffle ticket was a “great opportunity …

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Someone had a white christmas

Whilst we are all getting a bit fed up with the wet, windy weather which seems to have become locally our winter, spare a thought for those who still train to meet the harshest of conditions.
Trainee search and rescue dog, Isla with handler Mark Williams headed north to Scotland at Christmas for a SARDA training session at Glenshee.  There was no shortage of snow up there as the dogs were put through their paces learning how to work in challenging conditions.
Handler and mountain instructor, Mark said, …

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D. I. Y. Gets Results!

Results of the team quiz number ten have just been released and the lucky winners have been announced by the team’s own Quizmaster, Gillian Halliday.
Taking first prize in the quiz, which was all about do-it- yourself tools and equipment is Christine Pairman of Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, Scotland.
Second prize is on its way to Mrs V Wiltshire, Welshpool, Powys.
Congratulations to the winners, the cheque is in the post!  196 quiz sheets were sold at £1 each and many had a cash donation attached.   In …

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