Area Car Scheme
GREAT MASSINGHAM AREA
COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME
The Great Massingham Area Community Car Scheme offers a friendly and dependable door to door car service, seven days a week for anyone without personal transport. Passengers book a trip by phone:
01485 520 823. At least 2 working days notice for trips is appreciated. The Office is staffed from 9 am to 12 noon on weekdays and messages can be left at other times. The Scheme serves residents of Bircham, East Rudham, Harpley, Great Massingham and Little Massingham, West Rudham, Docking, Syderstone, Tattersett, Weasenham All Saints, Weasenham St Peter and Wicken Green. Residents of adjacent villages may also call on the service.
Trips can include
- Doctors, dentist, opticians, chiropodist, hospital appointments and vets.
- Hospital visits
- Shopping, day centres
- Visits to friends or relatives
- Clubs (e.g. Massingham or Syderstone Film clubs)
- www.filmatmassingham.co.uk and www.syderstone.com/cinema.pdf
- Church visits
- Meeting or catching buses or trains
The Scheme works by recruiting a team of local volunteer drivers who use their own cars to transport local people to their destination and then back home. The passenger rings a single telephone number (01485 520 823) to make a transport request and the Scheme telephones around to find a willing driver. On the day, the passenger pays the driver approx. 45p per mile to cover fuel and running costs.
Evolution and Change at Community Cars:
At its March 2016 AGM, the car scheme was able to look back over another record year with more trips being taken than at any time since the Scheme began in 2003.
Over 99 % of requests for trips were fulfilled. The upward trend in trip numbers has slackened recently for some parishes but demand from residents of Great and Little Massingham grew approximately 16 % in 2015. It is a credit to the Village that, all -told, 22 residents volunteer for the Scheme as drivers, office co-ordinators or committee
members – a magnificent response to rising trip numbers. However, driver numbers are falling overall and this trend needs to be reversed. Car owners with a little time to spare are therefore are asked to consider joining the Scheme. It is important and rewarding.
To find out more, please ring 01485 520 823.
It is easy to apply. Drivers are paid 40 pence per mile and are always free to decline requests to take trips. Passengers are invariably highly appreciative. Following the AGM, the Scheme has a new Chairman. He is Malcolm Tibble who lives in Great Massingham.
Malcolm has been a driver for three years and a Committee member since October. David Butterworth, also from Great Massingham, joins the Committee. The Scheme is thus in very good hands and Malcolm and David will surely enjoy the same remarkable level of support we received from a wide circle of friends, volunteers and donors over
the last five years.
Mike and Pam Jackson (outgoing Chairman and Secretary)