WELLOW COMMUNITY MINI BUS

Registered Charity No. 1146173

 

Wellow Community Bus has published our 2015 summer timetable which focusses on our popular morning and afternoon / evening commuter and school services from the Village Square to and from Bath.

Due to the school summer holidays the 3pm service to Bath will be suspended from Monday 27 July and will resume when term begins again on Tuesday 1 September, but all other services are unchanged.

We try to avoid empty journeys where possible, so please remember to leave a text or voice message on the minibus mobile phone 07580 868407 if you want to be picked up from the Avon Street Coach Park, Bath at 8.05am or at 8.45am.

There's no need to phone if you are leaving from Wellow, just wait at the bus stop in the Square before the departure time.

If you have any questions about our scheduled services please phone our Helpline (Mike on 07854 414084 or Geoff on 01225 830159)

The bus is available for group bookings on Saturdays and Sundays and most weekdays. Contact Prakriti on 07900 163167 for enquiries and reservations.

We're always keen to fit in with village needs so please tell your driver or contact us with your ideas. And if you have new neighbours, tell them about the bus!

NORMAL SCHEDULE

TIMETABLE (WEEK DAYS only) as from 28th May 2013 and current until further changes
From
The Square
Wellow
Back to
The Square Wellow
Destination
07:40*   To Riverside Coach Park, Bath
  8.05** On request From Riverside Coach Park, Bath to Wellow
08:30*   Odd Down Park & Ride and St. Gregory's
  8:45** On request Return to Wellow from Odd Down Park & Ride
15:00   St. Gregory's, Bear Flat and Odd Down Park & Ride  (SUSPENDED from 27th July 2015 to 31st August 2015)
17:30   To Riverside Coach Park, Bath
  17:55 From Riverside Coach Park, Bath to Wellow

FRIDAY ONLY as of 5th May 2016

10:30   To Riverisde Coach Park, Bath
  14:30 From Riverside Coach Park, Bath to Wellow

* To avoid empty journeys, these buses will not run if there are no passengers in Wellow.

** To request a return pick-up, telephone the bus mobile 07580 868407 at least 30 minutes in advance and leave a message or text.

Combe Hay passengers: Please 'phone the bus mobile to request an outward pickup in case there are no passengers from Wellow

Helpline: Can't find the bus? Need to check times? Telephone Mike on 07854 414084 or Geoff on 01225 830159.

FARES - Fares for all services are listed below. They have remained unchanged since the service began in 2010.

SCHEDULED SERVICES (Multi-tickets available - buy 4 get 1 FREE)
To/From Riverside Coach Park, Bath Adults 2.50 each way
16's and under 1.25 each way.
OAP's FREE
To/From Odd Down Park & Ride Adults 1.00 each way
16's and under 50p each way
OAP's FREE
GROUP USE  
The bus is available for community group use by arrangement Prakriti Karthauser on 07900 163167
Print off a BOOKING FORM

MINIBUS AVAILABLE FOR GROUP HIRE

Minibus group use is available at 1.00 per mile (minimum 25.00).


IF YOU CAN VOLUNTEER TO DRIVE please contact Mike Clarkson on 07854 414084 to find out more.

Wellow Community Bus Committee Members (2015):

Mike Clarkson (Chairman), Geoff White (Treasurer), Christina Chauveau,Cath Colston, Prakriti Karthauser, Jess Marshall, Matt Small

The Annual Report for 2013-2014 is available HERE

Support and Assistance from the following is gratefully acknowledged:


A Bit of the History

Ever since Wellow lost its B&NES-subsidised bus service in 2006, the village had been pressing for an alternative way of enabling people to reach shops, services and amenities without relying on the private car. This was identified in the Parish Plan as vital to meet the needs of those without the use of a car - particularly young people and older residents - to reduce traffic through the village and to decrease our carbon footprint.

The first step towards a solution came in 2009 when Wellow Parish Council secured a COMMA grant through Community Action, a member of ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England), sufficient to buy a 15-seater minibus. Popular demand was confirmed by a new household survey, and several residents offered to help as volunteer drivers for the bus. Several local businesses came forward with offers of sponsorship, with their logos to be prominently visible on the bus.

Wellow Community Bus Group was established, with a sizeable local membership, as a not-for-profit enterprise. The committee drew on the experience of successful community transport schemes elsewhere, and the advice of the Community Transport Association. In 2011/12, the organisation became a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, through registration with the Charity Commission and with Companies House.

The Bus started operations in September 2010, and now has a team of volunteer drivers and a group of 3 professional drivers. The service has grown in popularity over time, with 3.000 passengers in the first year doubling to over 6.000 passengers carried in 2014 and it continues to evolve.

In spring 2015 were delighted to receive the news of an award from the Department for Transport's Community Transport Minibus Fund of a new 17 seater minibus and we eagerly await its arrival in the Autumn. See a copy of the award letter HERE

We still rely on volunteer effort on a day-to-day basis, on the active support of B&NES Councillor Neil Butters and B&NES Community Transport team, and on the generosity of our Corporate Sponsors, the Parish Council and individual donors.

Further offers of help are always warmly welcomed, either as an occasional driver or as a committee member.

Mike Clarkson

July 2015