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The Somerset Guardian, 15th May 2024

As Marcus Tullius Cicero once said: ‘salus populi suprema est lex’ or ‘The good of people is the chief law”.
There are many ways in which our communities are safeguarded. Most obviously, we have police forces protecting us from crime and bringing criminals to justice. However, there are a number of other organisations that are not necessarily above the radar but offer vital services every day and should be brought to the public’s attention.

At a recent surgery, I was visited by Mr. Chris Newton-Goverd who wanted to discuss the work of the Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue team. The organisation is staffed by volunteers who search and rescue high-risk and missing people in any inland terrain such as cliffs, heights, inland water and floods. This charity offers a well-trained, dedicated rescue team and is on call twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

The charity, which began in 1976 as the Avon Rocks Rescue Team, currently has over fifty-five members with each one possessing a great deal of experience and knowledge from other careers. Their assistance is required many times a year to help those in difficulty, often alongside Avon and Somerset Police with whom they signed their first memo of understanding in 2007.

Without organisations such as the Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue team we would be a less well provided for society. The number of hours that members give up, working voluntarily in often adverse situations, cannot be underestimated. I am so grateful that Mr. Newton-Goverd took the time to tell me about the work that the members do and I would like to congratulate them for everything that they have done to preserve life since the 1970s.

If you would like to donate or get involved please email or visit  I understand that the charity is looking for a new base so if anyone can help do get in touch.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance:

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