All aboard for the first Bernwode bus journey


Villagers climbed aboard the Bernwode community bus for the first time last week (Wednesday March 15) on its inaugural journey to support Waddesdon Over-60s belated Christmas lunch.

Volunteer driver Peter Crook drove a dozen or so people from outlying areas to join 80 people for lunch in the village hall.

The 15-seat bus, supported by £13,000 in funding through Buckinghamshire County Council's Waddesdon and Haddenham Local Area Forums (LAF), will serve outlying villages to take older people to regular clubs and events.

LAF Chairman Paul Irwin, who led the campaign for a bus, said one of the Forum's priorities was to strengthen community transport and tackle social isolation. 

A recruitment appeal for more volunteer drivers has started, and training is planned.

IN THE PICTURE Inaugural journey: Volunteer driver Peter Crook (left) with LAF Chairman Paul Irwin, High Sheriff Millie Soames, Transport Cabinet Member Mark Shaw and passengers brought to Waddesdon village hall for the Over 60s lunch

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