Threat to survival of Holbeach Community Bus - unless volunteers come forward

Could you help save the community bus? The latest vehicle was launched with high hopes in December 2012.
Could you help save the community bus? The latest vehicle was launched with high hopes in December 2012.
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Holbeach Community Bus could come to a grinding halt unless fresh volunteers are found for the committee – and new drivers step forward.

Organisers of the community bus, also known as Holbeach and District Community Vehicle, made a rallying call for potential volunteers to attend their annual meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 9, in Coubro Chambers, West End, Holbeach.

... Holbeach and District Community Vehicle will effectively cease to exist unless we can find a replacement committee.

Michelle Rhodes

The charity’s Michelle Rhodes explained: “We are currently experiencing good use of the bus with a strong and regular user base, and our users seem extremely happy with it. We have a healthy bank balance and everything is running very well, however we are in dire need of new committee members.

“As with any charity, we rely on volunteers to undertake committee roles – booking agent, treasurer, secretary, chairman – and for various reasons those currently holding the positions are considering standing down.

“This of course means that Holbeach and District Community Vehicle will effectively cease to exist unless we can find a replacement committee. We also require volunteer drivers, and this is something we have struggled with for some time.

“We were hoping to build up a driver bank, however this has not happened. We would welcome anyone to the meeting to discuss the work we are doing, and especially those that may wish to volunteer.”

The latest £44,000 community minibus had its official launch in Holbeach in December 2012 – there has been a Holbeach bus in and around the town for around 30 years and the new vehicle was the third to take to the road thanks to generous community support.

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