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Monday, 6 January 2020

Milford Minibus coming soon... Can you help?

As everyone is welcoming in the New Year, Milford On Sea Charitable Trust are getting ready to welcome a new and exciting community asset to our village. After significant sponsorship and support from South Lawn Hotel together with some very generous donations received from local events and most recently, our wonderful Parish Council, we are now able to purchase a minibus which will be used to support community projects, groups and individuals throughout Milford On Sea and our surrounding areas. 

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We are hoping that our minibus which will be supplied and maintained by the Hyundai Garage in Everton, will be ready to roll within the next few weeks. We will then be contacting relevant groups operating in and around Milford On Sea to introduce the project and offer them transport services. We will also be concentrating our efforts on trying to support individual people within our community who may feel lonely or isolated or, simply unable to attend events in local villages because they are finding it difficult to access suitable transport. 

In addition to the plethora of events already planned for 2020 in Milford On Sea, Everton, Lymore, Downton and Keyhaven, we are also hoping to provide opportunities for people to visit our villages for shopping, sightseeing, fresh air and coffee or ice-cream in one of our delightful cafes, all in the knowledge that they will be driven door to door, by one of our volunteer drivers. 

The minibus will be an 8-seater and individuals will need to be able to access the vehicle with minimal support. Charges have not yet been finalised but rest assured that we will safeguard that any costs to our users will be the minimum required to cover the upkeep of the vehicle in order that the service can be maintained for the future. 

This is a perfect opportunity for us to bring more people into our villages to enjoy the shops, pubs, cafes and other amenities. All our villages have wonderful treasures to explore and having available and accessible transport will provide an opportunity for local people to tell us what matters to them and which amenities they would like to visit and when. 

The service will require a lot of volunteers to make it work, so, if you are interested in getting involved please do not hesitate to let us know. We are particularly in need of someone who has driving tuition experience who may be able to support our drivers on their first session driving the Milford On Sea minibus and, we are also in great need of finding a place to park this wonderful community asset when not in use. If you have a spare garage or barn and would like to help us, please do get in touch. 

As well as needing volunteers we also welcome any ideas or thoughts that you may have about the best way that we can utilise this asset for the good of our community. 

Contact Lisa via email: milfordminibus@gmail.com

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