Newsletter Update January 2024

Mini-ish! NEWSLETTER – December 2023

Edited & updated Jan 2024

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.

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.

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

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 – Volunteer!

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

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.

Local Events & Information

If you have ideas for the newsletter please send an email to

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.

And finally….

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.

If you are unable to volunteer, you can still help us, by donating just a small amount, you can make a real difference. Did you know;

  • £5 would help a vulnerable person enjoy an outing and make new friends.
  • £10 helps to bring a person home from hospital.
  • £25 could go towards vehicle maintenance costs.
  • £50 contributes to our vehicle certification requirements.
  • £100 could add to our fund for vehicle replacement.

You can now donate through Paypal on our website. Thank you.