High Sheriff launches new community bus

  |  Published: Jul 18th 2016

A new community bus for north-west Buckinghamshire was 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.

High Sheriff Millie Soames snips the launch ribbon with Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman Val Letheren, LAF Chairman Paul Irwin, and County Councillor Angela Macpherson, whose division will benefit from the service.
High Sheriff Millie Soames snips the launch ribbon with Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman Val Letheren, LAF Chairman Paul Irwin, and County Councillor Angela Macpherson, whose division will benefit from the service.
Village residents join High Sheriff Millie Soames for the Bernwode community bus launch
Village residents join High Sheriff Millie Soames for the Bernwode community bus launch
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