Hi All,
Regrettably we have made the decision to cancel the training exercise scheduled for 27th March.
Welsh Government timelines for the end of the 'stay at home' rule are uncertain with a possible 'stay local' ruling to be applied afterwards.  Whilst Dyfed Powys Police and the National Park would both support such an event and deem it as essential training, we feel that other factors should be taken into account.
The practice was being planned for the Black Mountain, initially mustering in Brynamman and then moving on to Herbert's Quarry, a beauty spot where the Police are currently turning away tourists.  We did not want a training event held during the national lockdown to attract any adverse comment or affect public support and fundraising.  The logistics of changing to an alternative, less prominent, venue or postponing to a later date have also proved difficult.
Therefore, our first rescue practice of 2021 will be the Mid Wales Mines exercise on the 15th May, when the sky will be clear, the air warm and sunshine all day.  This should give people time to clear their bucket lists of must do things following lockdown and should ensure a good turnout.
In the interim we have another online Zoom event planned, similar to the previous CaveLink focussed training.  More details to follow.  A number of team members are also booked into first aid and navigation courses over the next couple of months.
Stay safe,
Kevin Munn, Training Officer SMWCRT