The Moorjock May 2012
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is made annually, recognises and rewards excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. We are one of only 112 voluntary groups to receive the award this year. The Queen announced the Award in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee. The Award is given every year in recognition of outstanding achievement by groups of two or more people in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man who volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity for individuals or other groups in the community. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community. Former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE, Chair of the Voluntary Service Award Committee, said: “In this Diamond Jubilee Year the judges have been hugely impressed by the many imaginative ways that volunteers are coming together to help build and sustain the fabric of our society. They are proof that in these difficult times the community spirit is alive and well right across the UK.” Winners of the award receive a certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen and a domed glass crystal. The Lord Lieutenant from the local county presents the certificate and the crystal to winning volunteer groups. They say good things come in threes. With four team members being invited to the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Place in May, twenty one of our Operational members being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and now the whole team receiving this award then that has certainly been true for us this year. Heartfelt thanks to the people who initially nominated us, the awards panel who appreciated what we do for our community and of course Her Royal Highness for this award, made more special with this the year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. We are already looking forward to receiving the award from The Lord Lieutenant.
-2What have we been up to since the last newsletter?
Activities in May
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1 May – Assessment evening th 6 May – Potential new members induction th 6 May – Rescue, Mountain biker in Dalby Forest th 9 May – Equipment sub committee th 14 May – Ops group th 15 May – Training evening th 16 May – Marketing and Fundraising sub committee th 20 May – Training day st 21 May – Prize Bingo - £208 raised nd 22 May – Royal Garden Party th 25 May – Chicks, Chimps and Chinchillas – Milton Rooms, Malton – Around £2000 raised th 26 May – Training review th 27 May – Bishop Burton town and country fair th 30 May – Committee meeting st 31 May – Rescue, walker at the Hole of Horcum
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Planned activities in June
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4 June – Snainton Jubilee fair th 6 June – Assessment evening th 9 June – Police dog training th 10 June- Dalbyology th 11 June – Police liaison th 12 June – NESRA committee meeting th 16 June – Rowathon in the Brunswick Centre th 18 June – Welcome the Olympic torch into Yorkshire th 20 June – Evening mini exercise st 21 June – Committee meeting rd 23 June – Exercise th 24 June – Training day th 27 June – Team meeting
Royal Garden party Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team (SRMRT), were represented at the Queen’s Garden Party on the 22nd of May. Four of the team travelled down to London and along with many other people met the Royal Family in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The Team was represented by Andrew Priestley and Andy Crossley as ex Team Leaders, Helen Priestley for her work in the Fundraising Group and to represent the partners of Team Members who are so often forgotten. Roger Harley attended in his position of Chair of SRMRT. We understand that these invites are given after the Team had been nominated anonymously. Team members don’t think of rewards when they attend training or incidents but it is heart-warming to know our work is appreciated. This is a great honour for all the Team Members it shows that their hard work and dedication is valued.
And Medals Hot on the heels of four of our team members attending the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace we are delighted to announce that twenty one of the team’s operational members have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The individuals qualify for the award as emergency services personnel who have been in paid service, retained or in a voluntary capacity, who have to face the prospect of dealing with emergencies as part of their conditions of service, and have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2012. Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, said: “The Queen has dedicated her life to the service of this country and the Diamond Jubilee will offer us all the opportunity to celebrate the commitment, loyalty and faithfulness with which she has led the country across the last sixty years. It is right that we reward those people who, like The Queen, also dedicate their lives to public good and who represent the very best of the British spirit. “I hope the official medal will serve as a mark of thanks to all those who give so much in the name of society and public service and I extend my congratulations to all the recipients.” We are now looking to arrange an auspicious occasion in which to formally present the medals.
Team fundraising walks 2012 Monthly update
We hosted a very successful Falcon Flyer in March. Along with a very wet but popular ½ Marathon in April. Our last challenge event of the year is the Saltergate circuit th – Saturday 6 October th
Please make sure the 6 is in your diary. Remember we need 13 staff to man the base, control, vehicles and sweep the route before we cover any check points. We also need people the night before to set up the venue and the equipment needed for each check point. We have approached a number of companies for sponsorship but perhaps team members could suggest other opportunities? The Raven Hall hotel sponsored part of the costs of the Falcon Flyer and Construction Marine Limited sponsored the ½ marathon. Please advertise the events to friends, colleagues, clubs and organisations. Remember entry fees are refunded if individuals raise more than £50 sponsorship for the team. Entry forms for the events are on the web site. We are also advertising with running clubs and walking groups. Let’s hope they all turn into entries. We saw a significant increase in entries for the Saltergate circuit last year and the Falcon this year let’s see if we can continue that success.
People’s postcode trust
The People’s Postcode Trust have made a grant of £9000 to Scarborough & Ryedale MRT for the replacement of team members waterproofs and climbing helmets.
"Rowathon" Saturday 16th June 2012. We have planned for this event to take place in the Brunswick Centre Scarborough, starting at 0900 through to 1800. I am looking for volunteers to take a turn on the rowing machine for periods of 20 mins. The aim is to row a total distance of 100km throughout the day. Please contact me if you can help at anytime during the day. When I have numbers I can make out a rota. If you don’t feel like rowing there will be collecting buckets to manage etc., this event is open to all volunteers and their families. Filey Emergency Services Day Sunday 12th August. Team Demonstration of a search and rescue incident. A perfect chance to raise the Teams profile within the community. We will need a large numbers of team members to stage this demonstration. Please contact me if you can help on the day. We expect to hold the demo twice during the event. Again this opportunity is open to all volunteers and their families. There is something for all ages at this show and is well attended by the general public. Look forward to hearing from you all, regards Peter Holtby.
Climbing Helmet checks From Drew Please note that the next scheduled inspection of your climbing helmets is due. At the next events you attend can you please ensure your climbing helmet is checked by one of the teams qualified inspectors. Please liaise with Tony if you don't know who the inspectors are.
The People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Members of the team are volunteers who give their time freely to both attend callouts and training with the rescue team. The kind of work this entails often means working in rough and hazardous terrain. As a result of this the outdoor clothing and equipment used by team members does not have the same life span that you would normally expect. The team recognises that team members already give a great deal to the team in terms of their time and tries to limit the financial impact of being a team member by providing high quality waterproof clothing and climbing helmets for our members. This year we have been extremely fortunate to receive a grant of £9000 from the People’s Postcode Trust which has enabled the team to purchase 30 sets of waterproofs and climbing helmets for our members. People’s Postcode Lottery is Britain’s charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for good causes. As a charity lottery, £2 from every monthly lottery ticket benefits charities and community initiatives across England, Scotland and Wales, including People’s Postcode Trust. People’s Postcode Lottery believes in supporting local communities so the money raised by players in each country, stays in that country.
Ian Hugill June 2012