- Rising Fuel Prices!
- You see here the grim
truth about rising fuel prices. Most preserved buses will run for about
10 miles on a gallon of diesel. As your Chairman I now have to consider
whether operating particular journey's is worthwhile and is not going to
create non-productive expense. I was asked last month whether we would
like to attend the 100 year celebration of a Kent Bus Company. It would
have been nice to support them, but a 70 mile journey would have cost £49
and coming back another £49, add on my petrol to Medstead and back
plus another three cars and the cost runs at £150 at least. They
are not going to pay us for the diesel ! Where we can take the stall we
stand a chance of a bit of profit, a delicate balance for me.
Ray Le Mesurier-Foster
- Annual General Meeting 2011
- The AGM will be held on Sunday 27th March, at 2pm in the Hut at Medstead
Depot. The meeting is fairly straight forward and we would welcome any
suggestions from members. It would be very nice to welcome our members
to the meeting. Referring to last year's AGM where the Chairman attended
the meeting 2 weeks after a heart attack, well, we are pleased to report
that Ray thinks this was the big non-event of 2010. Tests have shown no
damage to the heart or the muscles so maybe it was just a bit of indigestion!
He says that he is however taking it a bit steady just in case he was wrong!
- Subscriptions Are Due
- There has been a general consensus with the Trustees that the Membership
Fee should remain at £10 for the foreseeable future. We get around
£450 from renewals, donations and about £100 in Gift Aid, so
roughly £550. It would be nice to increase this amount, so when you
renew could you add a little donation to your cheque? The renewal form
is enclosed with this newsletter.
Mary Le Mesurier-Foster, Membership Secretary.
- The Dennis E buses
- After many years wondering how we would restore our Dennis E Buses
and the cost involved, the Trustees have come up with a plan. (No, we are
not the A team!)
The plan involves the restoration of the chassis of OT8902, the bus found
at Walton-on-Thames. This chassis is in remarkable condition and with the
engine we bought some time ago plus other parts, it can be made in to a
Running Chassis, i.e. can be driven on the road. To bring this
about we will be moving the chassis to Seb Marshalls premises at Byfleet.
To part-finance this the Trustees have authorized the release of funds that
we have invested. Further finance will hopefully be obtained by way of grants.
The second stage will be to remove the two Strachan & Brown bodies we
have and link them together to form one complete body. This body will be
unique as it will almost certainly be an original S & B and possibly
the only one left in the world! We are hoping that our members will be able
to help pay for this restoration.
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Give this a go as we can get funds when you trade online - at no cost to
you. Click The Aldershot" when you search for our charity. So
far we have had £35 from this source
- ADBIG Visit to The Barn
- We had a very successful visit from Members of ADBIG on the 25th September
last year. The buses started their journey at Guildford and followed the
old 24 bus route towards Petersfield. Travelling via Godalming and Milford
they were soon viewing the construction of Hindhead tunnel. From Hindhead
(whatever happened to the Huts Hotel?) they proceeded to Grayshott and
then down the new southern section of the A3, coming off at Liphook. Down
the old A3 through Rake then left at the Jolly Drover and the Barn. We
waited patiently for the buses due at 1600, then 4 came along all at once!
Very soon the scene was like a bus station with a total of 6 buses outside
the barn and 60 odd visitors wandering around. Tea, coffee cake and biscuits
were freely available and all seemed to enjoy the visit. Admired was the
work that has been done on 462 EOT. (And is still ongoing!).
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