Witterings minibus celebrates 40 years

Left to right: Roger Kenyon, Mike Pettman (both past chairmen), Tom Englefield ( president) and Rod Tranchant (present chairman). CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Left to right: Roger Kenyon, Mike Pettman (both past chairmen), Tom Englefield ( president) and Rod Tranchant (present chairman). CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
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FORTY years of community service is being celebrated in East Wittering.

The West Manhood Venturers minibus service was launched on May 1, 1973, with the purchase of the first bus.

The current minibus is the fourth and serves all of the west Manhood Peninsula.

This year’s spring supper, held on Saturday in East Wittering Village Hall, celebrated the 40th anniversary.

Originally, running costs were met by membership charges and by grants from the county and district councils.

Costs now are funded by membership charges and fundraising events.

There have been donations from West Wittering, East Wittering and Bracklesham parish councils. The entire operation is run by volunteers.

There have been around 100 members for most of the forty years.

The drivers, mainly retired men, enable a large number of trips to the shops, clubs and societies, the service said.