High Sheriff launches new community bus
Anew community bus for north-west Buckinghamshirewas officially launched on Thursday evening (July 14) by High Sheriff Millie Soames.
The High Sheriff, herself a voluntary driver for Waddesdon Manor’s buses, snipped the ribbon during a family activities and barbecue evening at the village sports club.
The Bernwode Community Bus, supported by £13,000 in funding from Buckinghamshire County Council’s Waddesdon Local Area Forum (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.
‘We’re very concerned to tackle social isolation,’ said Paul. ‘This bus will be a lifeline for people who find it difficult to get out and about because the rural nature of our communities doesn’t support regular public transport.’
The Bernwode Bus – using a former Winslow Community Bus vehicle – will now recruit volunteer drivers and aims to be running by September 1.