Hailsham: Bus volunteers praised for their vital service

John Bunce Cuckmere Community Bus (CCB) deputy coordinator, Town Councillor Barry Marlowe and CCB volunteer driver John Bishop
John Bunce Cuckmere Community Bus (CCB) deputy coordinator, Town Councillor Barry Marlowe and CCB volunteer driver John Bishop

A COMMUNITY bus service which celebrated its 35th anniversary recently and which helps people in Hailsham, has been praised by the town council.

The hard-working volunteers who run the Cuckmere Community Bus were joined by Hailsham Town Councillor Barry Marlowe, who personally congratulated them on achieving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2006 and for providing a valuable service to the local community for more than three decades.

Cllr Barry Marlowe, who is oversight councillor for transport links and founding member of the Hailsham Quality Bus Partnership, said, “It is fantastic to see Cuckmere Community Bus (CCB) services running well since their launch in 1976.

“Additional transport links such as these are crucial for many people living in Hailsham and surrounding villages and, by making the best use of available resources, the town council is delighted to underwrite these essential services.”

“CCB services have proven really popular and well used by residents, particularly the elderly, and its volunteers must be commended for both their time and hard work put into running its fleet of minibuses over the years.”

“Hailsham Town Council will continue to work closely with local bus operators to support transport services, specifically for those who cannot access the conventional public transport network.”

Philip Ayers, of the CCB, said the charity was grateful for the widespread support it received, especially in Hailsham. Based in Berwick, CCB currently has 40 volunteer drivers and 10 additional volunteers who run its fleet of six minibuses, providing an important link with shops, doctors’ surgeries and social facilities for those not living on a main bus route.

The charity is currently looking for additional volunteer drivers. If you are over 25 and are able to offer your services, call Philip Ayers on 870920 or 07802 305155.