Well, that’s Christmas over with, New Year just around the corner. I’m talking in monthly magazine terms, of course. Dalesman’s December issue is in the hands of the printers now and I face the prospect of gazing into a Yorkshire winter and 2012. At this time of year my mind always turns to those incredible volunteers of the rescue teams, out in all weathers – Christmas Day included – helping people in trouble in the Dales and on the Moors. We’ve a feature on Swaledale Mountain Rescue team in our December issue. On Friday I was at a reception for all the organisers and volunteers who put together this year’s Broughton Show which of course raises much-needed cash for the Cave Rescue Organisation and the Upper Wharfedale Mountain Rescue Association. The pair will share the £20,000 raised from this year’s show which is supported by Dalesman. Our thanks to all those who attended the show to help raise the cash – but unfortunately the sum is nowhere enough to support the teams for the coming year and I hope you are able to partake in other fund-raising ventures during 2012. Visit their websites for further information: www.cro.org.uk and www.uwfra.org.uk

Above, wintry Whernside and Ribblehead Viaduct

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