Newsletter 79

100 Club

Thank you for your support which is a great help to ensure our scheme can continue to offer as many people as possible the services they require.

October                                                       November                                                   

1st      Mrs P Stanford, Belstone                     Mrs Elizabeth Corbin, North Tawton   

2nd      Mrs Jacqueline Guest, Okehampton      Mr Mick & Mrs Jean Massey, Okehampton

3rd      Mrs Margaret Joslin, Okehampton       Mrs Scilla West, Okehampton



Thanks to us being successful in accessing a grant, the cost of the trips will again be subsidised, £10 for Okehampton and along the route.  We may be able to include pick up from other areas if there is enough demand for an extra £2.  Please be ready for collection from 9am to ensure the driver is not held up.  Please let us know if you need to cancel a trip, don’t wait until we ring you the day before with the pick up time as we have already worked out our route and rung other passengers.  Thank you.  If you have any suggestions of places you would like us to include then let us know and we will try and include them.

17th January           Trago Mills

24th January          Bernaville Nurseries

31st January           Green Lanes, Barnstaple & Dunelm

7th February          Ashburton

14th February         Tavistock

21st February         Launceston Town Centre or Retail Park & Lifton Farm Shop

28th February        Ikea, Exeter

Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who supported our coffee morning, we raised £400. 

Our next one will be on 15th April so put a note in your diaries!

Belstone Bazaar

We thank Jane Gilbert (and her sister) for kindly running a stall at the bazaar to raise funds for our charity.  It was a fun game of ‘Play your cards right’ which raised £35.  Watch out for it at our next Coffee Morning!


We welcome John Thorp (Sticklepath) and Debbie Scott (Whiddon Down).  We are always looking for more volunteers and would particularly like to find someone in the Chagford and Lewdown areas as we are having to send our drivers long distances to enable these journeys to take place.

We also welcome Glyn Williams who is our new part time bus driver who will be covering our trips.

Warm Hubs

We have several warm hubs available in Okehampton, the Library, the Ockment Centre and the London Inn, they will welcome you in with a hot drink and some company.  There is also a new Wellbeing Café in St James Street, pop in to see what they have on offer including free advice.

Christmas & New Year Holidays

Please note that the Ring and Ride bus service will run on Friday 23rd December and then not again until Tuesday 3rd January.

The office will be closed from 1pm on Friday 23rd December until 08.30 on Tuesday 3rd January.  If you have an urgent request then please ring and leave a clear message on the answerphone with your name, telephone number, date and time of appointment.  I will be picking up the messages regularly from home and we will have a limited number of drivers available for any requests.  Please try and book any transport required before the office closes for Christmas.


We are sorry to say that unfortunately it did not work out with Lisa so she has now left.  We will be recruiting two new members of admin staff as soon as possible but in the meantime I will be working alone Monday to Friday so bear with me as the phone lines are sometimes very busy and I can only answer one at a time! 


Please note we have new email addresses and  If you have an email address then please let us know as it saves us a lot of postage and paper if we can keep you up to date by email instead.  We have 2 telephone lines coming into the office which is useful when there are usually two of us here on a Monday but for the rest of the week there is only one of us here so if you get the answerphone it does not mean we are not here, just that we are on the other line, so please leave a message and we will ring you back ASAP.  Please sign up to our website at for regular updates and news.


We have wheelchairs available for hire or sale in our office.  Please speak to us if you would like more information.  We also currently have a nearly new mobility scooter available.


We have set up a local giving page to raise funds towards our services, the link is if you would like to look at our story.


If you have had good service, please remember us in your will.  Thank you.

Registered Charity No. 1024617

Sue, ODCTG, Unit 3 Okehampton Business Park, Higher Stockley Mead, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1FJ 01837 55000

Out of hours emergency mobile no. 07484525577

Office Hours – Monday to Friday 08.30 – 16.00