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Old 09 January 2014, 15:20   #11
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Joined the Hampshire group as I live right on the border and I'm in Hampshire slightly more than Dorset.
The Wessex group covers Dorset, Somerset and Avon.
The 20 join fee covers the insurance and is hardly a life changing amount, most of us have donated many times this to the Macmillan project.
Whilst some groups can be a bit anal about what you require, the Hampshire group are much more laid back. A quick chat, a look at the vehicle, job done.
Its not for everyone and I'm not forcing down anyones throat
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Old 09 January 2014, 15:51   #12
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It might be better if they explained that the fee covers the insurance. It's a good idea Steve and I can see why you offered your services.
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Old 09 January 2014, 18:17   #13
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I registered this time last year, and had a message that they'd be in touch to arrange for the various admin stuff etc to be done.

Never heard another word from them and didn't put any effort into chasing them.

Suppose I should as it sounded fun at the time.

Quite happy to fill the D3 up with nurses and run them around the countryside

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Old 10 January 2014, 03:45   #14
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When we had the bad snow a couple of years back, we ended up doing "mercy runs" for neighbours & family, supermarket, doctors, chemist etc. We just did it off our own bat, no council jobsworth in Hi-Viz with a clipboard involved, just us helping out the locals.
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Old 10 January 2014, 03:55   #15
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Yep. Was thinking about this last night and you're right. Everybody local to me knows where to come. The lane out front is private so I clean it with the tractor and paddock scraper. The guys up and done the river know where to come for a tow. All the neighbours help each other so I do my bit and I don't need a tee shirt and hi viz vest
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Old 10 January 2014, 08:22   #16
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same here, got mud tyres, straps and winch so spend a lot of time when its snowing helping others out. its always nice to help (those who appreciate it anyway) but its also a very good excuse to play at the same time!
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Old 10 January 2014, 09:28   #17
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Pleased to see so many help others out, when they come across them and would have expected nothing else from the members on here.
What the Response teams are asked to help with are the invisible tasks, the meals on wheels deliveries, the oxygen tank to the OAP at home and the day care nurse to the patient out in the sticks. In the big Counties, Cities and towns, you wont see or know about these.
Like I say, each to their own
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PS There are NO council jobsworth in Hi-Viz with a clipboard involved with the groups, the members are asked to have one in the vehicle to wear when appropriate and to be honest, anyone out to play in these conditions, would probably have one in the car anyway
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I looked at joining this for the NW last winter, but couldn't find anything good about them, so decided to give it a miss.

Saying that last winter I went out in the Disco when we had some really bad snow, only to find the first major road by us was still open yet the snow was a few feet deep and everyone was stuck, so spent the night on there with a shovel digging, pushing and helping them get home until it got to the point that the weather started to turn that bad and I had a few older people stuck so the decision was made that I would take them all home, so filled the car up with 5 of the people that were stuck and made tracks to drop them all off at home.

My only gripe was with the bad weather and keeping the Disco running for lights and heating for the woman in her 70's that was stuck, cold and afraid then dropping everyone off I used about 1/2 of my tank of diesel, but that was my good deed for the day!
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