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    Posted: 30/December/2016 at 11:28
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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 attended 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.

Part 2 to follow next week.


A Happy New Year to all RAYNET members.
Cathy Clark G1GQJ

RAYNET-UK Chairman
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