Shoppers in Plymouth are set to benefit as a host of exciting fashion brands have become available at the Tesco Extra Roborough store on Woolwell Crescent.

To celebrate, the store held a special relaunch event, when a cheque for £1,000 was presented to the Plymouth branch of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team.

Tesco store manager, Paddy Duggan also presented Whitleigh Primary School with a £500 donation and hessian bags, which have been specially designed by one of their pupils Errol, aged 6 who received a £25 Tesco gift card for producing the healthy eating design.

Thousands of the hessian bags with the special design were then handed out to customers along with champagne, orange juice, celebration cake and mince pies, to mark this special occasion.

Work to improve the shopper experience at the Tesco Extra Store on Woolwell Crescent, includes the addition of the high street clothing brands Evans, Burtons, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis following a partnership between Tesco and the Arcadia Group.

The store have also opened a new, larger Opticians, a larger Phone Shop and new and improved self -service checkouts.

Tesco Extra store manager, Paddy Duggan said; “We are constantly looking at ways to enhance the customer experience and the addition of these popular fashion brands and other improvements are ones which I am sure people will be excited about.

“The response has been positive from customers so far and we would like to thank customers for their patience during the building work.

“We would also like to thank Dave Northcott and members of the Plymouth branch of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team and teachers and pupils from Whitleigh Primary School for attending our relaunch event. We would like to give special thanks to Errol for his wonderful healthy eating design which we hope he likes seeing on thousands of bags around Plymouth.”

The Tesco Extra store on Woolwell Crescent is open 24 hours from midnight Monday to midnight Saturday and 10am to 4pm on a Sunday.



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Swift Water Rescue LIBOR finesSome great news regarding a recent grant the team received!

The team recently applied for, and received an incredible boost to team capability through a grant administered by the Charities Aid Foundation, but originating from major bank fines relating to the LIBOR rate rigging scandal.

In total the team received £21,401.67, given for, and earmarked to improve the kit available for the Swift Water Team.

More than half the team members are specially trained, and professionally qualified to perform swift water rescue, supporting the emergency services in search and rescue operations near swift water, or in flood emergencies locally, regionally or nationally. Recently for example, 10 members of the team attended the national flood emergency at York before Christmas and New year.

The kit includes: An inflatable rescue Boat, rescue Sled, trailer, paddles and bags, Scene Lighting, Hand pump, powered blower, stretcher, boat and sled tethering equipment, Industrial descenders, slings, karabiners, pulleys, floating rope, bags, harnesses and PPE for 20 personnel including floodsuits, undersuits, helmets, gloves, boots, headtorches, search torches, waterproof radios wading poles.

With the addition of this extra life-saving kit, the team will be better prepared for the next emergency, on a local river, a regional flood, or a national emergency in support of the emergency services.



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Postbridge Challenge 2016Many thanks to all those who took part in the Postbridge Challenge on Sunday, helping to raise valuable funds for the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth!

This event was supported by nearly 150 people of all ages, from college students through to the retired. All seemed to have had an enjoyable day out on the hill, and in doing so, raised over £1,700 towards supporting the rescue team.

As a charity, money from events like this enable us to continue to provide the search and rescue service we do, both on the moor, but also in the surrounding remote areas, so thank you for supporting us in this way.

The Postbridge Challenge is a 10 mile circular walk with five checkpoints, which started from Bellever Forest carpark, headed North through the forest to Postbridge, then up to the first checkpoint at Broad Down. The route then headed South West to go over Lower White, Higher White and Longaford Tors. The walkers then dropped down to near Powdermills, before passing through Bellever forest to pass over Bellever and Laughter tors. It was then the final leg back through the forest to the finish at Bellever carpark, where many loitered for well-earned refreshments and a chat about the experience.

The next walking event being arranged by the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Plymouth, is a night time walk – the “Midnight Madness”- this will be a ten mile circular route, starting from Princetown, and is planned for the evening of Saturday July 23rd, starting at 21:00.

Further details will be available on our website nearer the time. We look forward to seeing you there!

See a gallery from the walk below:



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John Beatty lecture DSRTP

World renowned adventurer and photographer John Beatty came to Plymouth to give an evening lecture on his life and extraordinary journeys told through stories and photography on behalf of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth.

Hosted by team partner and supporter Plymouth University, the delightful evening attracted nearly 100 guests. John recalled pioneering journeys starting in the 1970s taking place up to the current day, exploring all corners of the earth, from seasons spent in Antarctica, pioneering unsupported treks across the Greenland Icecap, and recent trips to Mongolia and the extraordinary Kumbh Mela in India.

John held the audience attention for nearly 2 hours before being thanked by DSRTP chairman Phil and then meeting the guests, and selling some of his fantastic books and diaries. DSRTP team members also were on hand selling their new local walk guidebook published in collaboration with the University, ‘Moor to Sea’.

All proceeds from ticket sales went to DSRTP funds, helping pay for much needed life-saving new rescue equipment. More than £1,000 was raised!

Our team thanks once again go to John for making the journey and taking the time to help us, and also to our Partners at Plymouth University for their ongoing support.

For more information on John, and to purchase his extraordinary book, visit his website at

To purchase our new Plymouth and Dartmoor walking Guidebook or the re-printed book previously published ‘Dartmoor Tors and Rocks’ please visit this page.

Gallery of images from the John Beatty evening lecture



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Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth Book Launch.In collaboration with the students and faculty of our team corporate partners Plymouth University, DSRTP have published a new book called “Moor To Sea Without The Car: Walks From Plymouth Using Public Transport”. The book was officially launch during an event at Plymouth University on November 19th and details 11 walks in and around the city, alongside maps, illustrations and travel instructions on how to enjoy the Devon and Cornwall landscapes without having to drive.

The walks take in picturesque locations such as Mount Edgecumbe, Cawsand, Calstock, Plym Valley, Princetown, Looe and Ivybridge, and all accompanying information was researched and completed by Plymouth students from Illustration, 3D Design, English, Marketing and Business Management, along with a technician from the School of Geography. The walks were devised by DSRTP member Ken Ringwood, who called it a ‘lifelong dream’ to see the book published.

As a member of the University’s community partnership scheme, DSRTP approached the institution about producing the A5 book last year, with a team of business management students devising the initial marketing strategy. Now, after months of hard work from the student working group and sponsorship from Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, the finished publication is ready to go on sale – with all funds raised going towards the DSRTP’s continued rescue operations.

Video presenting the guide book

Professor Iain Stewart, Director of Plymouth University’s Sustainable Earth Institute and patron of DSRTP, wrote the book’s foreword and is keen to highlight its rare value. He said:

“Many of those of us who live, work and play in this corner of the South West are all too aware of what a fantastic natural playground we have on our doorstep. For those devotees, this book is a glorious reminder of the wonderful diversity of landscape and life that lies between our ancient granite high lands and our ever-changing coastal strip. Its engaging text and beautiful images will no doubt lure many more to appreciate just what makes our South West backyard so special, but beyond being a celebration of our remarkable countryside, this is a tour guide that helps us enjoy our natural environment without damaging its magnificence.”

Ken Ringwood from DSRTP said:

“This is our biggest student project yet and their high standard of work has created the ultimate walking guide for fellow students and staff, giving us another unique way to raise funds and continue our rescue work. With the business management students’ expertise we will continue to promote the book, encouraging more students and the public to enjoy Dartmoor.”

Moor to Sea without the Car: Walks from Plymouth using Public Transport is on sale now at all Plymouth University on-campus cafés and on the team website on this page. The £5 sale price goes to DSRTP, which is run solely by volunteers and works to provide a vital all year round search and rescue service throughout South West Devon, East Cornwall and Dartmoor.

Gallery of images from the Book launch



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When we took over the Rescue Centre in November 2013 the building literally was just a shell.  An industrial unit at Devonshire Meadows, Roborough, it had never been properly occupied since being  built, and was very much a blank canvas.

A lease was negotiated with the owner, and whilst we raised the money to buy the premises, we tried to keep the costs down to an absolute minimum.  Over the next 18 months we worked incredibly hard to raise the money, and this has allowed us to start the internal fit-out.  The limited budget has however meant that we have had to rely upon the fantastic generosity of our friends and benefactors, coupled with the efforts of our members, to get to the stage where the building is both serviceable and safe.  We aim to complete the purchase in the Summer of 2015.

In 2014 we were able to obtain a mezzanine floor, and following some very hard work over Christmas by Damien Miles and his team at Devon & Cornwall Solutions, this has now increased the floor space of the unit by 50%.  We have had to fireproof the structure, and the building is now being rewired.  A kitchen has been supplied courtesy of Palladium Builders Merchants, and for the first time ever, all of our equipment is safe and dry in one location.

The building is now occupied, although not completed.  Below are a number of projects scheduled over the next 12 months, which will further improve the position:

  • Training facility:  this needs to be carpeted, furnished and equipped.
  • Drying Room:  essential for our day to day operation.
  • Floor painting.

Below is a gallery of images from the arrival of the mezzanine into an empty building, through to its current state, fireproofed, safe for basic use and storage. A fine basis for an excellent Rescue Centre, to serve the community in the future.

We continue to need the support of the community to complete this significant development. Please see our fundraising page to see how you can help.



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Lloyds Bank Community FundWe recently applied to the Lloyds Bank Community Fund to help pay the costs involved in the conversion of our new Rescue Centre.

As well as raising the funds to purchase the property, we also have been fundraising to transform the empty interior into a functional and practical space. Not only does team kit and vehicles need safely storing, we also imagined a space with a mezzanine that could be used for team training, but also crucially, to help with community engagement.

See the video below prepared by one of the team members visualising how this new space will look:

We applied to the Lloyds Bank Community Fund for up to a £3,000 grant for the ‘community engagement mezzanine area’ in a competition with 3 other local causes for a sliding scale of funds relating to the local community voting.

It transpired DSRTP gained more than 1/4 of votes – more than 1,400 local people voted for us, we came 2nd meaning we get £2,000 towards the cost of this area. These are very essential funds for the team which will certainly result in greater benefit within the community. Once work is completed in the new year the space will be open for youth groups, community groups, demonstrations and other type engagements. Through these activities we will be able to inspire the young, old and everyone in between to be safer, and better skilled users of the local beautiful wild spaces – making the wider community safer for everyone.

Thanks to all who voted for us in support of this project and congratulations to the winners at the Launceston memory Cafe! If you would like to know more about the Rescue Centre project, check out this page here.





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edit_dsrtp-drone-RH2_6954DSRTP are very fortunate to be finalists in the 2014 People’s Millions National Lottery Fund seeking to gain public support for the £50,000 required to purchase a Rescue Drone and train qualified pilots from within its team of local volunteers.

Voting is closed now!

Unfortunately, DSRTP were unsuccessful in their bid to receive the public vote for their ‘rescue Drone’.

Thanks goes to all the members of the public who gave the bid their support.

Our congratulations go to all the local groups who have benefited from this public support.

We will likely seek other grant sources to finance what we believe would be life-saving technology.

ITV Broadcast Promo


Essentially, the rescue Drone will enable us to save lives, more quickly and effectively.

The rescue drone operates like a sophisticated remote controlled helicopter. It has 4 rotors and is operated from a hand-held base station giving the operator who is also a trained drone pilot a live video feed from the drone itself. The whole system is quite small, fitting in a case small enough for 1 person to carry anywhere. Drones such as this are sometimes called a UAV (Unmanned or Unpiloted Aerial Vehicle) or UAS (Unmanned or Unpiloted Aerial System)

See more information and pictures from the Rescue Drone demonstration filmed by ITV in early November.

The drone would be purchased, and training would be provided by the team at Resource Group.

Dartmoor SARTP Plymouth mountain rescue drone / uavWHAT CAN THE DRONE DO?

It can fly at heights of up to several hundred feet and has a range of 1 mile, although the law states that the drone has to be in sight whilst being operated. Its dual camera system gives HD video during the day, and the combined FLIR camera gives night vision with its Quark Thermal camera.

More information on the actual drone can be found in the PDF brochure produced by the Danish manufacturer.


– Portable & Rugged
It is very portable and rugged, the complete system can be carried by one operator into virtually any outside environment and flown in winds up to 20mph.

– Live Video
The 2 cameras on-board enable hi-quality video to be shot during the day and infra red camera enabling night vision seeking warm objects – for example missing persons at night. both video feeds are beamed live to the operator on the ground.

– Swift missing person location
With the ability to carry into any area, and search in difficult conditions day or night, the system allows the team to effectively search a large area very quickly, potentially saving lives. Current searching is only possible either by foot with search teams, or by air via Police or Military helicopters.

Search Manager Jonathan Benzie states: “The use of a drone will significantly enhance our capabilities when searching for missing or vulnerable people. Having a night vision camera is a particular benefit as many of our searches are at night, and currently we are limited to what our search teams can see with torches, a night vision camera greatly increases our field of vision.

The drone also allows us to search dangerous areas like quarries, crag faces and river valleys that may be difficult or dangerous for foot teams to search. Furthermore, we often require the services of a Police Helicopter or a military Search and Rescue Helicopter to search areas, the drone can provide similar capabilities, and therefore we can reduce the cost to the taxpayer by using the drone instead.

I am convinced that by having the drone as part of our search capability, we can find missing people faster, and then ensure that we bring them back to safety as promptly as possible.


The People’s Millions is part of the Big Lottery Fund. DSRTP are competing with another local worthy cause during a public vote on prime time ITV West Country West on Monday November 24th. During this time a 90 second promo video filmed by ITV highlighting our cause will be shown and the public can then vote by telephone for the cause they see as most worthy. The good cause with most votes is announced the following evening with that cause receiving the full amount requested.

See our project page at the People’s Millions website.


To support the Rescue Drone project vote by phone. There are 2 options when you call, select option 2.

The numbers to call are: Landline: 09015228209 | Mobile 6228209 Selectoption 2 for the life-saving ‘Rescue Drone’ project.

Each call costs 15p from BT landline or mobile. Each phone can register up to 10 votes. So for an effective team donation of £1.50 per phone, please call 10 times from each phone.


This project is getting well deserved attention in local press, see links below:

Plymouth Herald


Torquay Herald Express

Western Daily Press



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Lloyds Bank Community FundThe fudraising team recently applied for funding to the Lloyds Bank Community Fund in order to access a grant enabling the construction of the community engagement mezzanine area in our new rescue centre.

The fund gives the team the chance to obtain at least £500 and up to £3,000 towards the costs of the mezzanine area in the new rescue centre.

The amount we receive depends on how many votes we can get – we are ‘up against’ 3 other local good causes, the Marjon Hockey Club, Launceston Memory Cafe and Wings South West.  The group with least votes gets £500, then £1,000, £2,000 then the group with most votes gets the £3,000.

If we can mobilise enough of our supporters we should easily obtain many votes giving us a good chance of obtaining these essential funds.

Voting is simple and quick, and can be done in one of 4 ways. Online, via Twitter, Via SMS and in participating branches.


Visit this url and click on the “Vote for Us” box at the top of the page:

– Complete the details and click “submit” – you will be sent an email from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund to confirm your vote.

– Please click on the link in the email to confirm your vote, otherwise it won’t count.


Click on the “Vote for Us” box at the top of the web page:

– Click the “Vote via Tweet” button to auto populate a tweet with our unique hashtag (you may need to login, or create an account if you don’t have one).

– You can then retweet your message to give us a vote.


Text VOTE PVL to 61119.


Visit one of the branches below and collect a voting token from a member of staff. Barnstaple, Bideford, Camelford, Chagford, Crediton, Holsworthy, Launceston, Moretonhampstead, Okehampton, Plymouth Southway, Torrington

Please participate in this effort, its potentially £3,000 to the team – please share with your family and friends during this month, September 2014.

Thanks very much in advance for your support!



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