Ramsbury & Axford

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Ramsbury Community Bus

Ramsbury "Flyer" Community Bus

*** New Timetable *** includes new Froxfield service


On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Flyer visits local villages, including Ramsbury, Baydon, Adbourne, Axford, Mildenhall, Froxfield and Chilton Foliat, picking up residents at a central place and taking them to the Surgery for their appointments : the return journey is made asap, later that morning.In order to use this free service, you simply need to mention this to the Receptionist when you are booking your appointment at the Surgery.This service is paid for by the Doctors, and the Flyer is driven by one of our volunteer drivers. As a passenger, if you wish to make a donation towards the cost, there are envelopes available at the Surgery.Quote from Dr Owen Jones : "The flyer provides a wonderful service which is much appreciated by our patients, who are able to come to the surgery for treatment, which could not be given on a home visit. Additionally, they may well feel less isolated and enjoy meeting with their friends".


Twice each week, on Wednesday and Friday mornings, the Flyer takes passengers from Ramsbury into Hungerford, and returns them during early lunchtime. Full details, and times, for this service are available on the 'New Timetable' schedule, which includes the Froxfield service.On Wednesday, the Flyer leaves Ramsbury at 10 am, collecting from Chilton Foliat, and dropping off passengers in Hungerford at approx 10.20 am. It then collects passengers from Froxfield, and brings them back into Hungerford. The return journeys leave Hungerford at 11.35 am, to Froxfield, and then at 12.05 pm to Chilton Foliat and Ramsbury, reaching the latter at approx 12.25 pm. On Friday, the Flyer leaves Aldbourne at 10 am, collecting from Ramsbury and Froxfield, on its way to Hungerford. There is no service via Chilton Foliat on a Friday. These times have been arranged to coincide with the trains in Hungerford. One of our volunteers will be driving.You can use your bus pass on these services, or pay £1.50 for the return journey and 80p for a single, from either Ramsbury or Aldbourne.


On the second Thursday of the month, the Flyer has a regular excursion into Newbury: this leaves the square in Ramsbury at 11.30am, and you can also be collected from Back Lane, Axford, Ramsbury High Street and Aldbourne: this is not a scheduled service, so bus passes cannot be accepted. The fare is £3 and you need to book with Marilyn to reserve your place on 07584 253117.


On the first Wednesday of the month, the Flyer runs a scheduled service into Marlborough : a schedule is available for this service, and bus passes can be used.


The Flyer is perfect for parties, family days-out, weddings, fishing trips, excursions, reunions, airport collections, trips to the theatre, cinema or restaurants. You can go anywhere in the UK, you can use bus lanes in busy towns and you do not need to pay a congestion charge in London. Plus, its very simple to arrange :Firstly you will need to contact Marilyn Roberts, who is in charge of the Flyer diary : her number is 07584 253117. She will check the availability, and help you sort out your booking form. The cost is very low to hire the flyer, only £20 per day, paid as a non-refundable deposit, plus 70p per mile.Secondly, you will need to find a driver: ideally this would be someone who is going on your trip: this is a very straightforward process: he/she should be aged 25-70, with no more than 3 points on their licence: if they have not driven the Flyer before, he/she will need to have a short familiarisation with a committee member : if you are unable to find a driver, one of our voluntary drivers may be happy to help out.When the day of your trip arrives, you will collect the Flyer keys, from Marilyn and return them to her, after your trip.Its as easy as that !!

Day Trips

We are running various day trips over the coming months : details of these are given elsewhere on this website, also in the Ramsbury Flyer advert in the Whitton Ways magazine, in the Ramsbury Diary, and on local posters.During August last year, for example, we had a lovely day trip to Mudeford Quay, with ten passengers aboard the Flyer. It was a sunny day, and everyone had a good time, spending a few hours on the beach, at the café, and climbing Hengistbury Head – some passengers even went kayaking in Christchurch Harbour!If you have any ideas for a Flyer day trip, please call Carena Dennis on 520566.


On the evenings of the first and third Wednesdays of the month, the Flyer picks up in Ramsbury and takes residents to the Bingo in Axford, returning them later. There is a small charge for the fare. Please call Marilyn to book your place, on 07584 253117.


Our first Flyer was delivered in 1993, and funded jointly by Kennet District Council and the CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England). This was under an initiative to encourage villages to run their own local mini-buses, where there was a shortage of scheduled bus services. A survey had been done in the village to ascertain the level of interest in having such a service.Since the demise of KDC, ownership of the Flyer has been transferred to Ramsbury & Axford Parish Council, and we have received a yearly grant from Wiltshire Council to cover depreciation costs : we are hopeful this will continue.The day to day costs of running the Flyer are paid for by the regular services to Hungerford, Marlborough and Newbury, the Surgery runs and revenue from private hire.The aim of the Flyer is to offer extra transport to the residents of Ramsbury, and local villages, complimenting the public transport available, and providing a community service. The committee has always been mindful not to undercut our village businesses, but wishes to offerresidents the opportunity to visit local towns, to go to the bank or building society, the market, or clothes and specialist shops nearby.


The Ramsbury Flyer is run by an 8-person committee, under the chairmanship of Chris Morgan : it operates under the umbrella of the Ramsbury Parish Council.We have close links with Community First, based in Devizes, and benefit from their support with regard to new legislation, new community ideas and suggestions for further services.A quarterly rota is organised, which assigns volunteer drivers to the various community services offered. Each of our volunteer drivers is encouraged to take a qualification in driving a minibus, which is part of the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MIDAS). This is a programme designed to enhance the driving skills of minibus drivers, for which additional skills are needed. It is a most worthwhile certification to have. In recent years, we have been fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Parish Council to help with the expense associated with MIDAS training.If you have any queries regarding the Flyer, please call the Chairman (Chris Morgan) on 520501 or the Booking Secretary, Marilyn Roberts, on 07584 253117.


We have a dedicated group of volunteer drivers, and another group, who clean the Flyer.We are always looking for new people to help out : if you would like to go on the driving rota, please give Caspar Helmer a call on 520680. You will only be asked to do one run per month, for 2-4 hours, on dates of your choice : this would be either driving the flyer into Hungerford, or taking residents to and from the Surgery. There is also the chance to take the new service into Marlborough on the first Wednesday of the month.As a volunteer driver, you would have the opportunity to gain the Midas qualification, which is nationally recognised, and can possibly reduce your own personal car insurance premiums.If you would prefer to help with cleaning the flyer, please call Carena Dennis on 520566. You would be asked to carry this out, just once every two to three months. This is a good solution if you would like to help out, but do not feel you are able to actually drive the flyer.

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