Community Car Scheme
Office (09:00-12:00 Mon-Fri) 01485 520823
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 calling 01485-520823. At least four 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 Bagthorpe with Barmer, Bircham, Docking, East and West Rudham, Fring, Great Massingham and Little Massingham, Harpley, Rougham, Sculthorpe, Sedgeford, Stanhoe, Syderstone, Tattersett, Weasenham All Saints, Weasenham St Peter, West Raynham and Wicken Green.
We offer a friendly and reliable door to door car service, seven days a week for anyone without personal transport.
Door to Door Trips can include:
- Medical appointments: doctors, dentist, opticians, chiropodist, hospital appointments and vets etc.
- Hospital visits
- Shopping, day centres
- Visits to friends or relatives
- Church visits
- Meeting or catching buses or trains
- Clubs (e.g. Massingham or Syderstone Film clubs)
Passengers book door to door trips by calling 01485 520 823
Bookings may be made weeks in advance, but please try to give at least four working days notice.
Please see How to book a trip and How we work on the website massinghamcommunitycars.co.uk
The scheme is supported by volunteer drivers who use their own cars.
The charge is 45p a mile or the standard tariff for the most common journeys, payable to the driver after the trip. There may be an additional charge for “dead miles” that drivers have to travel from and to their home to collect passengers.
As the calendar clicks over into 2019, our Chairman has provided this update on the activities of our Scheme.
The most important news item is that statistics show passenger numbers and trips completed remain at very high levels. Last year (2018) saw a fall of around 300 trips compared to 2017 which was itself a record year. We did over 5600 trips in 2018 whereas five years ago we hit around 3500. Our pool of drivers and our two office staff continually pull out all the stops to make sure we meet over 98% of passenger requests and we are immensely proud of this achievement. It is not easy and without the goodwill of all our members, we could not serve the community in the way we do.
Households and organisations across the country are struggling to make ends meet and the Scheme is no exception. The last 2 years have been particularly tough and our expenses have exceeded our income to the point where we needed to dig into our reserves. In April 2019 we will alter our charging policy so that passengers will be asked to pay the dead mile costs previously borne by the Scheme. We recognise that this will impact on some passengers, but it is a necessary measure to ensure the long-term viability of the Scheme.
We just about have enough drivers to cope, but we are continually seeking to recruit more members. If you are willing and able to offer some of your time, we are always grateful for new drivers to add to our resources – contact us by telephone on 01485 520823; email email@example.com or via the “Contact” page on our website https://massinghamcommunitycars.co.uk
The Scheme clearly delivers a vital service within our community that is poorly served by buses etc. and the committee is totally committed to its future. We are grateful to our funders, which include Norfolk County Council, King’s Lynn Borough Council, many local parish councils, the Massingham and Docking Surgeries and a number of local organisations, which also help with generous donations.
Last but not least, the AGM of the community car scheme will take place on Thursday 16th May 2019, 7.00 p.m. at East Rudham Village Hall, School Road, East Rudham.
Malcolm Tibble, Chairman