The story of CHAIN 1977 -2012
by Ron Rowlands
HISTORY OF CHAIN
Neighbourhood Scheme (Links)
The Fry Bequest
Town (Events) diary
Survey of over 60s – 1983
Other ‘snippets’ of information.
QUEEN’S GOLDEN JUBILEE AWARD
Office & Links
2021 Some Updates
CHAIN’s Handybus, and there have been three of them, is one of a number supplied at no charge by West Berkshire District Council (originally Newbury District Council) to Volunteer Groups arranging transport. CHAIN has to provide the drivers and generally look after the administration.
The first bus arrived in 1996 It could carry eight passengers. The latest (2012) carries ten; less if wheelchair passengers are being carried
In 2003 it was reported that the Handybus had travelled 82000 miles in seven years. By 2012 the figure would be roughly double that : i.e. 160000 plus miles.
Joe O’Hara 1996 to 2003
George Russell 2003 to 2010
Gary Moore 2010 to
At the end of 2010 George had indicated a wish to retire and had identified Gary Moore as his successor. George contributed considerably to the running of the Handybus, introducing a regular newsletter for drivers etc etc.
Dennis Simmonds generally managed the Handybus arrangements (from 1996 to 2010) and the Organisers looked after the general running of it; i.e. finding and training drivers, looking after the schedule of journeys etc.
The Handybus has been, for fourteen years, an invaluable addition to Hungerford’s transport facilities. There have been various ‘shopping trips’, a regular trip to the Hydrotherapy pool at Swindon and a variety of journeys to events enabling those without transport to attend. All trips have been undertaken by a team of dedicated trained volunteer drivers.
Updates from 2021
Ted Angell took over from Gary White in