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    Posted: 08/January/2017 at 19:00
Train the Trainers courses 2017
The National Training Team are pleased to announce that the next Train the Trainer workshop is going to take place in Peterborough on the weekend of 25 & 26 February 2017.

The first Train the Trainer workshop was held in November 2016 and was very well received. Delegates came from the South West, South East and North West of England to attend the course and were invited to the first in a series of webinars on 2 January, where they were introduced to the first module "The Organisation". They will be given access to this module imminently so that it can be rolled out to their Groups.

The National Training Team will hold further Train the Trainer workshops during 2017 and have already received enquiries regarding where those subsequent workshops will be held. Although holding workshops in every area would be ideal, this is going to be impractical and delegates may have to travel to attend a workshop.

To gain access to the national training material, Group Training Officers will be required to attend a Train the Trainer workshop. Places for these courses are limited and interest is high enough to bump some applicants to subsequent courses. Members are therefore requested to apply early for a place to avoid disappointment.

Further workshops in 2017 are being planned in the following areas:-

24/25 June 2017 - Yorkshire/Lancashire
September 2017 - TBA
November 2017 - Wales

If you would like to attend the workshop in February or register your interest in any of the other dates, please email for an application pack.

RAY-Link articles requested
RAY~Link contributions are welcome for the next edition of RAY-Link - the deadline is 18th January.

Articles may be submitted in all standard text and picture/scan formats. Please do not submit articles in a DTP format. If you are unsure or need to submit something in manuscript please email the editor at

Review of the Year - part 2
July saw 64 events listed in the diary. Activities included the Big Wheel 65 mile Bike Ride, numerous midnight walks, Police Open Days in Kent and Staffordshire and communications at the RAF Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo.

August was less busy and events included Race the Train in North Wales, Ridgeway Challenge 2016 and triathlons and walks.

September saw a steep rise in activity, with 76 events - cycle rides in aid of the British Heart Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis, the Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge and in Scotland, the Kiltwalks.

The Annual Peak Assault took place in October and some groups were active for the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), with Gloucester running a special event station to celebrate 100 years of the cubs.

The Network AGM and Convention took place in Cambridge and was attended by over 70 members.

The keynote address was given by Roy Harold MBE, Chief Fire Officer, Norfolk Fire and Rescue, whose enthusiastic presentation praised the valuable work of the voluntary sector, and in particular RAYNET, and how this should be embraced by the statutory User Services.

Greg Mossop G0DUB presented the interim findings of the Technical Survey, which will now be opened for RSGB Group Controllers to contribute prior to the final report being presented in March.

The EGM voted unanimously to change the name to RAYNET-UK, and all other resolutions to make various adjustments to the Network constitution were passed.

Members approved the minutes of the 2015 AGM, the Committee of Management's report to the membership and the Annual Report and financial accounts. This was followed by a brief Open Forum.

Also at the meeting, a new agreement was signed with the RSGB by RSGB President Nick Henwood and Network Chairman Cathy Clark.

November started with the provision of safety communications at various firework displays and towards the end of the month, Christmas festivities began.

The first Train the Trainers course was held in Lansdowne and more are planned (please see item at the top of this week's news).

There were 25 events in December - a number of Santa Runs and Dashes (both with and without elves) took place during the month as well as The Tour de Trigs with required help from numerous local groups.

Many events are already in the diary for 2017, so if you have not yet entered yours, please remember to do so!
Cathy Clark G1GQJ

RAYNET-UK Chairman
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