Broad Street Wrington Minibus Society
Schedule Brief
New drivers New minibus Blessing of
new minibus
Lunch 2013 Launch of
6th minibus

OFFICERS as at April 2016
Adrian Hopkins  Chairman Alison Robbie   Hon. Secretary
Steve Pasterfield  Vice-chairman Steve Pasterfield  Minute Taker
Martin Hicks  Maintenance Jex Empson  Hon. Treasurer
Alison Robbie 862953  Passenger Bookings
Janet Walters
 Journey/drivers organiser

COMMITTEE as at May 2017
Fiona Densham, Mick Hunt, Alison Ledbury, Lesley McManus, Sue Pearce


All the public journeys above should be booked with Janet Walters on 861153 e-mail <>.

Journeys may have to be changed for various reasons so please check when booking your seat on the Minibus.


For any private events please ring Janet Walters on 861153 or email to <> for information on what is required to book the minibus for a private function.

Please bear in mind that to use the minibus you will need to obtain a volunteer driver from the Minibus Society's list of approved drivers.


This year’s Minibus Lunch will be held on Saturday 21st July. Further details will follow. Please note that this is a change to the date mentioned in the article which appeared in the March issue of the Village Journal

As Spring is just around the corner, now is the time to think about booking the mimibus for that private function coming up in the next six months. It always pays to book early so ring Janet now on 861153 and she will fix you up with a friendly driver tp look after you.

We are always on the look out for new drivers, especially those whose jobs in-volved travelling, so we don’t get “Can you do a trip to Seaton”, “Yes, but where is Seaton” . All the people who use the minibus are a friendly crowdand a fun time is had by all.. Do come and join if you are free, enjoy driving, are under 70 years of age. You will have to take a 1 hiour midas test, Ring Adrian on 863857 for more details

On Tuesday May 8th it is the Minibus AGM at 8pm in the Reading Room. Do come along if you wish to join the committee, become a driver, or just hear what a good year we have had and all the interesting things and trips we made. See you there..

Stop Press: Minibus lunch, Saturday 30th June. Subject to confirmation

M J Hunt
Finally: A man with a bee in his bonnet quite often gets stung!

All the Weston, Wells and General Public Trips above should be booked
with Alison Robbie on 862 953 (e-mail <>.

Journeys may have to be changed for various reasons so please check
when booking your seat on the Minibus..

All bookings for the listed journies please to:
Alison Robbie 862953 or e-mail <>

Private bookings:
Janet Walters 861153 or email <>

Alan Carpenter




As you are no doubt aware, any village such as Wrington has a large number of people who have retired and some of them actually find they have time on their hands or can sometimes make a little time to help others... There are many organisations in the village which need the skills and experience that so very often seem to get left behind at work when you do retire.

One organisation which could use a little of your time is the Mini Bus Society. We provide volunteer drivers to take the bus on a variety of journeys - some short, some not so short. The Society is always on the look out for new drivers who are under 70, ladies and gents, and only ask you to drive a few times per year. Could be more if you want!

Like to know more? Then please contact Alan Carpenter on 863262.

         A brief history of one of the Vale's most important social assets:

                                                                                  the Wrington Minibus.

Just one of several innovations to village life began in 1975. Many of us will remember Cerise Lawson-Tancred (the then rector's wife) and her enthusiasm in getting a Minibus for Wrington.

An open meeting, held on 15 May 1975, under the chairmanship of David Sladen, resulted in an interest free loan of £1,000 from an anonymous donor, plus £1,074 from various fund raising occasions. The loan was repaid in June 1977. In July 1975 a second-hand Bedford Dormobile Bus was purchased from Richard's Garage for £901.80p.

Replacement of this bus was in February 1981 - £4,971 for a new vehicle. This was followed in August 1986 with £8,184 being spent on a new Ford. The present vehicle was purchased in July 1991 for £12,000.

Our projected replacement vehicle will cost in the region of £30,000 (a model which will be helpful for disabled travellers). Towards this we are at present applying for a grant. It will be the first time we have ever had a grant from any source.

All our expenses have been met by local donations, fund raising, Friends of the Society and contributions from travellers on the bus.

The Society was registered with the Charity Commissioners in April 1977. The Trust Deed was drawn up by the local solicitors, the trustees being David Sladen, Tony Kennett, Alison Robbie and Joyce Smith.

At first the bus was only to be used by members who paid an annual sum of 20p, the elderly, disabled people and children. Membership was limited to residents, permanent or temporary, in the civil parishes of Wrington, Redhill, Butcombe and Burrington. After several years the bus is now used mainly by Wrington and Redhill residents and can be used by any residents of the parish.

In 1975 it was agreed that, whilst all donations were acceptable, a reasonable basis would be for these journeys: Weston 30p, Clevedon and Winscombe 20p and short trips 5-10p. Today the fare to Weston is £1.50.

The present schedule includes local trips to the URC each Sunday. Friendship Club to the Memorial Hall, National Trust Groups to Weston, Redhill OAPs to Felton Club, The Luncheon Club weekly to the Scout Hall, plus other longer journeys - e.g. Stourhead, Minehead, Slimbridge and Mystery Tours and recently taking youngsters to Alton Towers.

None of these journeys would be possible if we did not have voluntary helpers: a band of drivers organised by Barbara Coats for each month ahead with help from Leonard Humphry to draw up the schedules, booking agents - the drivers need to know who the passengers are - and someone to check the bus each week at the garage.

We are proud of the combined achievements over the past 25 years and hope that - whether or not you use the bus - you will support any appeal for our funds.

I am very grateful to Joyce Smith for providing me with some of the early minutes of the Society.

Vera Perry