Once again I’ve been slow in writing another Newsletter but I had been waiting for the start of our revised timetable which sees our Kimbles route extended around Ellesborough and Terrick on Mondays, Thursdays and now Saturdays. The timetable went into operation on Monday 2nd October and the new route is designed to allow residents of Ellesborough and Terrick area better access to Princes Risborough and connecting bus and train services, especially on Saturdays. We hope it will prove popular.
In July we said a fond farewell to our long-serving Coordinator, Georgina Carling. George, as she is known by our drivers and passengers, had been with us since the start of our service back in July 2010 and did a fantastic job in drawing up the monthly rota of drivers, collecting fares and donations, keeping the records of all our trips and organising outings and group uses. And she did it all with a wonderfully friendly and caring style. She has moved on to a full-time job, but before going introduced us to her friend Sarah Drewett who took over as our coordinator and has very quickly established herself in the role. Her contact details remain as before.
Four new volunteer drivers joined our team recently. They are: Roger Brown, Ian Firth, Peter Knight and Debbie Goodchild. Another six drivers will hopefully complete their training in October. New drivers are needed as members of our team, some of whom have been with us since the start of the service, retire. Leaving this year are Bill Bendyshe-Brown, David Griggs, Keith Carmichael and David Hodgkinson. David Hodgkinson is remaining on our management team as Deputy Chairman. Four more drivers will be retiring next year. To all our retiring drivers we say a very big thank you for all their hard work and commitment and wish them well for the future.
Many of you will have been involved with or visited Kop Hill Climb this year and spotted the amazing RACB soapbox. It was made by members of Longwick Scout Group and I believe came third overall in the Soapbox Derby. We’re hoping soon to get a picture of our bus and the soapbox together and, assuming it’s still in one piece for next year’s Kop Hill Climb, we will join in with our bus as part of the display.
August was a very good month for us; we recorded 2041 passenger journeys. That is the third highest monthly figure since we started our service back in 2010. We also had the highest number of children travel on our bus – 74 journeys. We consistently record between 1800 and 2000 passenger journeys each month which adds up to over 22,000 journeys each year – not bad for one bus! It goes to show the loyalty of our many passengers and the dedication of our volunteer drivers.
Finally, could I just remind those of you with concessionary bus passes to make sure they are up-to-date and have them with you when you travel with us – many thanks.
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