Mountain Rescue Magazine Winter 2021

MREW PRESIDENT AND OPS DIRECTOR NAMED IN THE NEW YEAR HONOURS Patterdale team member Ray Griffiths (MREW president since 2017) was appointed MBE. Mike Margeson, of Duddon and Furness MRT, (MREW Operations Director and currently in the national chair) gained an OBE. Both were recognised for their service to mountain rescue.

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Ray joined the Patterdale team in January 1976 when he moved to the Eden area of Cumbria to teach at Ullswater Community College. He has served in a number of roles with the team, including deputy leader for many years, as well as both regional and national work. ‘Massive congratulations from all the team and everyone you have helped over the years Ray,’ said Patterdale team members. ‘You join a growing but small number of amazing people in mountain rescue who have been recognised for their efforts over many years. We are all proud.’ Mike is former team leader for the Duddon and Furness team. Fellow team members believe the award is well-deserved. ‘Mike has dedicated over forty years of his life to mountain rescue, carrying out more than 1,000 rescues during this time. He has a lifetime of experience in the mountains which is called upon during rescues, but Mike also plays a pivotal role in imparting his knowledge to the team and mentoring newer members. Congratulations Mike, from all your DFMRT colleagues. Keep up the brilliant work!’ Elsewhere in mountain rescue, Richard Paskell of Western Beacons MRT also gained an MBE. A serving police detective, he received the honour for his services to mountain rescue and to the community in south Wales. As well as his work with Western Beacons, he is also involved with St John Ambulance Cymru. And Kevin Hindle was awarded a British Empire Medal for his work with Bowland Pennine MRT. His colleagues congratulated him for his recognition in the New Year Honours list. ‘Well done from us all’.

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Over the years we’ve asked teams to use email addresses from within their team or regional domains, for example teamleader@ and There are several reasons for this but, primarily, it helps with data protection. When someone leaves your team you can just turn their email address off. We often have ex- team members moan at us that they are still receiving emails from MREW. If the team uses, when your officers change, you just need to give the email account to the new officer. A simple change of password and the correct person receives the information and MREW will always be sending the information to the people you, the team, want to receive it. If you use, it helps us identify that people are members of mountain rescue when trying to access services. When we enter discussions with organisations such as Bluelight Card (and others) they normally ask us for a list of team domains so they know who to accept for membership, discounts etc. After discussion with, and the agreement and support of the MREW management team, regional chairs, Operations group and ICT subcommittee, from 1 February, the email list will be updated, and we will ONLY be using the team email address. No team email address, you don’t get the email . All teams and regions need to update their contact details for their team officers and key contacts by 29 January. If you need support with this, please email or



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