THE MIDHURST Community Bus Association is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new look and a new name.
Its new yellow bus was launched at a ceremony at The Seven Fish restaurant in the town when the association showed off the new bus to supporters.
We feel the new name better reflects our objective of providing a local bus service for allCommunity bus chairman Nick Wheeler
It has been funded from the association’s vehicle reserve fund, as well as donations from the Sir Geoffrey Todd Trust and from Dexam via the Sussex Community Foundation.
“We are particularly pleased at the matched funding and substantial support we have received from the Sir Geoffrey Todd Trust with whom we now operate a regular shopping service for the elderly and disabled,” said the chairman of the association Nick Wheeler.
“To coincide with the arrival of the new bus we are changing our name to the Midhurst Yellow Bus or MY Bus for short,” added Nick.
“We feel the new name better reflects our objective of providing a local bus service for all.”
The new bus and the new-look service started on Tuesday but with the current timetable.
The name was the brainchild of committee member John Grzegorzek who was diagnosed with cancer in January and died before the launch of the new bus.
“John was a lovely man,” said Nick, “He used to look after the routes for us and drove the mystery tours.
“He was very popular with the passengers. It’s a brilliant name and a lasting legacy to John.”
In yet another change, the Midhurst Community Bus is to become a charity.
“When we were set up back in 1995, the only corporate structure available was to be an Industrial Provident Society, which we still are, and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, whose main job is looking after investment managers and other financial service providers, not local bus services,” said Nick.
“In 2012 a much better option became available – a Charitable Incorporated Organisation or CIO for short. We are in the process of applying to the Charity Commissioners for the Midhurst Community Bus to become a CIO.”