Newsletter – December 2023

Mini-ish! NEWSLETTER – December 2023

This Issue…

A mini-ish December issue, with some updates on trips and the office, amongst other hopefully helpful information!

Member 100

Results of the December draw;

1st Nicholas Marshall £30.00

2nd Ann Davey £20.00

3rd Ruth Luxton £10.00

Well done & thank you all for taking part, this helps to support our services. If you would like to join the 100 Club, contact the office on 01837 55000. For £12.00 annual membership you could win a share of the prize fund each month.

The ODCTG Back Office Team

We welcomed Sarah back on Monday 4th October. It’s lovely to start working with her, and I am sure you will give her a warm welcome back.

Gemma, has been assisting me in the office, a big thank you to Gemma for stepping up when needed.

Tony Leech our Chair has recently undergone surgery, and we wish him all the very best in his recovery.

A Warm Welcome…

We are delighted to welcome two new community drivers! John Gliddon and Fiona Porter. John is based in Okehampton and Fiona is based in South Zeal. We thank them for giving their time in supporting our Charity.

Trips – something to look forward…

As the beginning of the year can be quite dull (in many ways!) we thought we would do a couple of trips in January and February.

Full Spring programme of trips, will be published in early March. The trips are of course, as always, subject to the weather and having a full bus!

 Bookings are first come first served (this includes the reserve list).

January & February 2023 Trips

Sunday 21st January

Lunch Bath House – Exmouth

Tuesday 30th January

Lunch at Bow Garden Centre

Saturday 10th February

Newton Abbot

Tuesday 27th February

Green Lanes – Barnstaple

What’s your idea!

If you have an idea or suggestion for our services, fund-raising or how we can involve more of you in our social occasions we would be delighted to hear from you. The best way to do this so we don’t jam the phones is to email office@odctg.co.uk.

I would like to thank our Hatherleigh reporter on the ground…..  Lynne Neville, who has suggested that when we plan our coffee morning in Okehampton, we include our towns & villages, either by arranging transport or holding events in other areas. Great idea, thank you Lynne, and with this in mind, please see below the fantastic volunteering opportunity for 2024!

Community Champions – kick off your New Year the helpful way!

If you are making a New Year’s Resolution, what better way to start than to offer to help us at ODCTG.

So don’t make another New Year’s resolution that you may break… have a chat with us and do something to make a real community difference…. Become a Community Champion with ODCTG!

For instance;

  • Arrange coffee mornings in your Town or Village
  • Check that we have information and recruitment volunteer driver posters up in surgeries, community spaces etc
  • Share potential fund-raising ideas
  • Meet up with the team and other Community Champions approximately 4 times a year to share ideas and coordinate efforts
  • Help arrange social days for all volunteers

If you are interested in any of the above please contact Paula for a friendly chat.

Ring & Ride – Christmas Term Operations

Please note there is no ring & ride service on the 27/28/29th December. Normal service resumes from Tuesday the 2nd of January with the Winkleigh service.

If you live in Okehampton or the surrounding area you can travel with ease from your own front door by using the Okehampton Ring & Ride bus service.

Monday:    Sticklepath – Okehampton

Tuesday:    Winkleigh – Okehampton

Wednesday: Bridestowe – Okehampton

Thursday: Hatherleigh– Okehampton

Friday:         Halwill – Okehampton

Community Volunteer Drivers

We are always looking for volunteer drivers, so please contact us if you would like to find out more. Specifically, we need more Wheelchair Access Vehicle (WAV) trained drivers, using our own vehicles. Please let us know if this would interest you.

Social Media

Please like and follow us for updates and photos on’

Facebook;

@OkehamptonandDistrictCommunity TransportGroup

Instagram;

@Okehampton Community Transport

Help us, Join us, Support Us

There are many ways you can support your local Community Transport Group if you can’t volunteer your time.

  • Advocate for us in your local community – contact Paula for details 01837 55000
  • Legacy – to ensure others are able to receive our services, remember us in your will
  • Donations

Christmas & New Year cover

The office will Close at 4pm on Friday 22nd of December and re-open at 08:30 on Tuesday the 2nd of January 2024.

The telephone lines and emails will be monitored during the closed period, and all urgent messages will be acted upon.

We will respond to all other enquiries and calls when we return on 2nd January 2024 as soon as we can.

We are fulfilling appointments which have been made for this period, however, as we will not have all drivers available, we cannot guarantee that we can fulfil journeys requested for Christmas week. Although of course as usual we will do our very best.

If you have had confirmation that your journey is taking place, please be assured it will.

Next Issue – March 2024

In the next issue we will include…

  • A focus on volunteer driving with a driver’s experience
  • A passenger’s story – why it matters
  • An update on the back office team

If you have ideas for the newsletter please send an email to office@odctg.co.uk

To help us reduce costs, if you received this newsletter by post but would prefer an electronic version, drop us an email requesting future copies to be emailed, and we will add you to the emailing list. If you have received this newsletter but would like to be taken off the mailing list (either post or email) please let us know.

Thank you to the London Inn

Thank you to the staff at the London Inn for hosting our Christmas lunch. A lovely time was had by all.

And finally….

This is a particularly difficult time of year if you are going through illness, bereavement or remembering those you have lost, our thoughts are with you.

Thank you for using our much needed service, for those who support us, to partnering organisations who hire our minibuses, and to our volunteer drivers, thank you, thank you, thank you.

From all the team at ODCTG we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year, and here’s to a prosperous and exciting New Year for ODCTG.