Review of the Year – part 1

National RAYNET News – 1 January 2017

Review of the Year – part 1

Following the storms in December 2015, January 2016 started slowly – a total of 19 events were covered in the first month of the year

February saw 27 events in the diary, including half marathons, motorcycle endures, and overnight scout events. Training continued for some groups and there were further activations for RAYNET groups in Scotland and the north of England as Storm Henry lashed the north of Britain. Most maintained a listening watch, but the storm was a less fierce than predicted, and passed without the need for groups to be called out. Gusts in excess of 90mph were recorded in the north of Scotland and there was travel disruption.

The 2016 Spring Convention took place in Cardiff at the end of February and was attended by over 40 members. The focus of the day was the launch of the new training materials.

As the RAYNET “season” began in earnest, some 49 events were recorded during March. Several RAYNET members a ttended the British APCO annual conference and exhibition at the International Centre in Telford in March.

As well as over 70 exhibitors, there were two streams of seminars, with a technology showcase theatre running alongside the exhibition. In addition to a number of discussions around the theme of ESN, topics such as “Holding 999 to account”, “Who needs Resilience anyway?” and “Standards for interoperability and cost saving.” Panel experts included representatives from DCLG RED, Airwave Solutions, Cabinet Office, and the Police.

The month drew to a close with the sad news of the death of Chris Hampson G8RXA, former ZC7 whilst on holiday.

Chris had retired from the Committee of Management as Zonal Co-ordinator in December 2015, having served for 22 years. His wife Gill G0JIL was also the CoM Minutes Secretary.

He was the principal architect of the South West RAYNET Association, passionately believing in its value to both Emergency Planning Officers and RAYNET Groups in the Zone.

A RAYNET presentation was given to TSG Chairs in April at Ambition 2016 at Olympia, at the request of Cabinet Office. The presentation gave an overview of the organisation and requested that TSGs examine their local risk registers for ways in which RAYNET might be able to assist. They were also tasked to inform RAYNET of what provision they would like RAYNET to provide by way of communications provision for the future, FEEDNET being given as an example of a local-authority led requirement.

42 events were listed in April and a further 87 in May. These included some large-scale events requiring considerable RAYNET resources – the Tour de Yorkshire, Etapes du Dales and the LDWA Dorset 100 amongst them.

June saw 73 events notified in the diary, including the two-day Endurance GB Three Rivers Ride in Dorset and the Clarendon Way Walk from Winchester to Salisbury for the Naomi House Children’s Hospice, which involved groups from Hampshire, Berkshire and South Wiltshire.

Keighley Amateur Radio Society

Amateur Radio Society are help out with communications on the Haworth Steampunk Weekend. if you wish to help on this charity event please contact us.

Haworth Steampunk Weekend from the 18th 19th 20th November 2016 ,will be returning for it’s 4th year home of the Bronte Sisters and Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. We will once again be entertaining you with Music, Marching Bands, Dancers, Entertainers Burlesque Performers, Vintage Vehicles, Tea Duelling, Steampunk Traders, Fashion Show, Steam Trains, Steampunk Masquerade Ball, and lots lots more. Please support this event to help raise vital funds for Manorlands Hospice a Sue Ryder Home

RAYNET AGM in Cambridge for 2016

The RAYNET AGM will be held in the Cambridge Masonic Hall, Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1NA on Saturday 29th October 2016, starting at 9.30am.

There is ample parking adjoining to the venue, which is easily accessible from the ring road.

With Cambridge being a major tourist attraction all year round, it is advisable to book accommodation early. As well as traditional, grand luxury hotels in the city centre catering for the high end tourist market, there are a range of lower cost, chain hotels slightly further out. Cambridge is quite a small city and has a good ring road which means that it is possible to get to the AGM’s location from further afield.

A list of suitable places to stay will be posted on the dedicated AGM website shortly.

A packed lunch will also be available at a modest cost, and an evening meal has been arranged in a private dining room at the Masonic Hall for the Saturday evening. Details a nd a booking form will also be available on the website shortly.

British Heart Foundation – New Date

Thank you for your understanding and patience following the unfortunate postponement of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

We’re now pleased to announce a new date of Saturday 10 September 2016.

We are looking for operators for the British Heart Foundation Three Peaks walk on Saturday, 10 September 2016. Please send an email if you would like to attend or if you would like more information.

Emley show Saturday 6th August

Assistance is needed for the Emley show Saturday 6th August Event organiser website are a few of use staying over Friday night, some all the way from the Lakes, so let me know if you want to camp over Friday night and what you are bringing, tent, caravan or motor home, there is limited space so I need to arrange things. Please contact me direct with a mobile phone number and a possible ETA so I can arrange a meeting location.

More info and maps will follow to those who volunteer. I’ll also try and get these put on the Leeds RAYNET website for reference

For those who have been before you don’t need further info, those new to the event who can make it please contact me for further information.

The British Heart Foundation 3 Peaks scheduled for 9th July has been cancelled by the organizer

From British Heart Foundation:
We’re really sorry to let you know that after careful consideration, and monitoring of the weather on the Yorkshire Dales, we have had to postpone the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge due to take place this weekend.
Given the current forecast for severe weather this weekend, specifically gale force winds, heavy rain and poor visibility across the Peaks and ridges, we are unable to guarantee a safe event for you.
We know this will be disappointing and for this we are sincerely sorry, but your safety is our utmost priority.
We are currently working with our partners to secure a new date and we will be in touch next week with more information. Your registration will be automatically transferred, however you will have the option to receive a refund or defer your place if you wish.
If you would like to speak to us further please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0845 130 8663 or email

Oxfam Trailtrekker Walk on the 22nd to 23rd Aug

Keighley RAYNET will be providing safety cover for the Oxfam Trailtrekker Walk on the 22nd to 23rd Aug 2015 and are looking for operators. for more information please email us

The Oxfam Trailtrekker is a 100K Walk/Run on a circular route in the Dales from Skipton. It starts early on Saturday, August 22 and finishes late afternoon on Sunday 23rd, having continued non-stop through the night. Even if you are able to commit to only a six to eight hour shift, it would be appreciated.

Entrants are in teams of four and SportIdent is used to provide electronic timing.

Camping is available from Friday at about 17:00 till Sunday at 12:00.

We will be Camping at the school on Friday night with a meal provided, and we can camp at Buckden, Skipton and Conistone on Saturday night. All meals must be booked in advance.

Request for Help from Greater Manchester RAYNET.


Firstly to introduce myself, I am Jon Byrne, M0RFU, Deputy County Controller for Greater Manchester RAYNET, I was elected earlier this month along with Nick M0NCZ as the County Controller.

We are really struggling with manpower for our events on the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th June and are wondering if anyone from your zone would be able to help. We understand that this a busy weekend for RAYNET in general, indeed within our county the diary has us covering not only this event but an overnight walk on the Saturday.

The event is the Tour of Tameside and takes place on the 16th & 17th in the evenings and 18th and 19th during the day and is based around Tameside in Greater Manchester, with the Half Marathon on the Saturday heading a fair way over to Yorkshire along the Logdendale Trail.

So to that end would it be possible to ask your county controllers to see if there is any spare resource during those 4 days? If anyone is interested can the please contact me direct (details below) and I will provide more info / answer any questions.

Jon Byrne – M0RFU

To mail Jon use our email form

Deputy County Controller – Greater Manchester RAYNET

Solstice Saunter

Hi Everyone

Keighley RAYNET are looking for volunteers to come along and provide Radio Comms for this event, it is on Monday 20th June and is a run starting and ending at Bolton Abbey near Cavendish Pavilion going along the river side to The Strid, Barden, Burnsall and back down the river side back to the Cavendish.

Most checkpoints can be done from the car.

This is a Manorlands/ Sue Ryder event and we would like a few more volunteers to come early evening ….. More information to follow.

Please send Shirley M0KWS your names and call signs.

Three Dales Mountain Bike Challenge

Hi Everyone

Keighley RAYNET have been asked if we can provide Radio Comms for certain areas of The 3 Dales Mountain Bike Challenge, on behalf of Manorlands/ Sue Ryder Hospice.

This event takes place on Sunday 19th June, more details as we get nearer the event.

Please let Shirley M0KWS have your names and calls signs if you are able to come and take part in this Charity Event.

Settle/ Malham Area.

Marie Curie Three Peaks Walk

On the 4th July 2015 Keighley RAYNET will be providing safety Commutations for the Marie Curie Three Peaks Walk.
Well will be setting up on Friday at about 15:00.
Camping is available from Friday at 16:00 till Sunday at 15:00


Friday 19:00 a meal and drinks in the pub
Saturday 06:00 the Marie Curie Three Peaks Walk will start
Saturday 19:30 the Marie Curie Three Peaks Walk should finish
Saturday 20:00 A BBQ Please bring your own food and drink

Le Petit Depart sportive

Keighley and Richmond RAYNET will be providing safety cover for the Le Petit Depart sportive on the 5th June 2016 and are looking for operators. for more information please email us

The start is Skipton and has two routes: Wharfedale: Bolton Abbey to Cray and then Bishopdale to Aysgarth, Reeth, over Ribblehead to Horton and then Settle and return via Airton and onto Rylstone and back to Skipton.
Kidstones and Ribblehead are the two no mobile coverage areas, which is where we need comms linked to the medical and marshal and feedstation teams.

Etape du Dales

Keighley and Richmond RAYNET will be providing safety cover for the Etape du Dales on the 15th May 2016 and are looking for operators. for more information please email us
The Etape du Dales is a classic event taking in some of the iconic climbs in the Yorkshire Dales, the “Etape du Dales” was established well before Yorkshire was chosen to host the 2014 Tour de France and some of the climbs you will ride in the Etape were used in the Tour.

With a height gain equivalent to a Tour mountain stage the Etape du Dales figures on most riders list of “must do rides”, even if only once! So, why not come and ride over some of the country’s most challenging terrain and experience some of the roads used in the 2014 Tour de France!
Covering 110 miles in the Yorkshire Dales the Etape du Dales sportive starts and finishes in Threshfield, near the picturesque Yorkshire village of Grassington.


Keighley RAYNET will be holding it’s AGM on Thursday 5th May 2016 at about 21:00 in The Old Sun Inn, West Lane, Haworth.
The RAYNET AGM will be held after the KARS AGM.

The Old Sun Inn is situated at the top of Haworth on West Lane.
The Old Sun Inn
79 West Lane
West Yorkshire, BD22 8EL

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