2013 (archived)

RAYNET 60th Anniversary featured in Observer Newspaper

raynet-60th-anniversary-newspaper-articleNovember the 25th 2013 marked the anniversary of RAYNET, the U.K’s number one voluntary emergency communication support service operated by licenced radio amateurs across the country.

RAYNET was featured in the Hastings Observer newspaper with a brief review of it’s history and current operations.

With over 3 million licenced amateur radio users World-wide and just 2000 of those are RAYNET operatives based within the United Kingdom.

H&RRG is pleased to have taken on board new operatives in 2013 and is looking forward to further expansion in the New Year. You can find out more about joining the H&RRG by clicking here.



Northiam Bonfire 23rd November 2013

On 23rd November 2013 Hastings & Rother RAYNET Group (H&RRG) supported the Northiam Bonfire Society on the first of this type of event.

The group supplied communications from the Church Hall in conjunction with the Police and Ambulance services.  The event consisted of a procession from end of the village to the other end, culminating in a large bonfire and fireworks on the local village recreation ground.

The organisers had approval for complete road closure for the evening. The evening went well and H&RRG would like to thank Northiam Bonfire Society for asking us to participate in this event and look forward to future involvements with the group. This was a well run and organised event.



Event Report – Reindeer Procession 15th December 2013

Sunday the 15th December saw H&RRG take part in the Reindeer procession through Hastings old town.  It started at the Town Hall and after a small welcoming and brief get together the procession started on it’s route.

The procession was led by a piped band and headed for the old town via George Street and High Street.  There was a sleigh, pulled by Reindeer, which carried Santa and they headed for Santas Grotto at the Jenny Lind.  RAYNET members were at the front, middle and rear of the procession, communications were sound and the event went off well with no incidents.

The event was a low key event primarily for the young children who came to see the reindeer and Santa.  H&RRG operators and Marshalls were given Santa hats to soften the effect of the Hi-Vis  jackets.  All in all it was a well run and well organised  event and all operators enjoyed themselves, even though the weather was bad.

This was the fifth time this event had taken place and H&RRG wish to thank The Hastings Old Town Association for asking us to help with communications.

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