ODCTG NEWSLETTER – May 2024 (87)

A Sunny Welcome?
Welcome to the latest edition of the ODCTG Newsletter. At the time of writing, we have not had any rain for about 2 hours… so fingers crossed that spring has sprung!
There are two fund-raising events in May and we need as many of you as possible to show your support, details below.

Saturday May 4th we have our Coffee Morning at the Church Hall. There will of course be a warm welcome and cake! And…
 Raffle
 Stalls
 Refreshments
 Friendly faces & the chance to have a chat
Doors open at 09:00 until 12:00…..

… The following Saturday…..
Saturday 11th May, we are delighted to be one of the recipients of the proceeds from Bratton Clovelly Village Plant Sale.
Come along for the opportunity to brighten up your garden, or grow your own delicious veg!
 Flowers
 Veg
 Shrubs
 Perennials
 Refreshments
 Raffle
Bratton Clovelly Hall EX20 4JT 11am-2pm (cash only) Thank you to Nicky, Roger & the Bratton Community for thinking of us. This is a great way to raise funds for our much needed services.

Thursday 6th June, Okehampton Show Ground: WWII, D-Day Remembrance marking 80 years.
We will be running a minibus service from Okehampton to the showground.
Book as you would any other trip. Highlights & estimated times below (full programme to be confirmed).
 Gates open at 5:00pm
 5:45 Humming Birds
 6:30 Community Choir
 7:00 Eddie Kingdom Band
 7:50 Get Changed Theatre group
 8:15 Humming Birds
 9:00 Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band
 9:20 Beacon Lighting and Last Post played
 Finish around 9:40 to 10pm
Please see the trip list at the end of this newsletter.

Ring & Ride – routes
Monday: Sticklepath – Okehampton
Tuesday: Winkleigh – Okehampton
Wednesday: Bridestowe – Okehampton
Thursday: Hatherleigh– Okehampton
Friday: Halwill – Okehampton
01837 55000 to book

On Friday the 19th April, Amanda, one of our trustees, joined the Ring & Ride Okehampton to Halwill bus. Taking the opportunity to film the route and talk to passengers about what ODCTG and the Ring & Ride service means to them. You can see a lovely video made with Eve on
our Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/61551088477481/videos/425933050081368
Amanda will be joining other Ring & Ride journeys in the near future.

Member 100 Club
Member 100 2024
Results of the March draw;
1st P Stanford £30.00
2nd J Lupiatt £20.00
3rd N Hellyer £10.00
Member 100 April 2024
1st F Seymour £30
2nd M Kibble £20
3rd D Honeyman £10
Well done all!
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 Big Warm ODCTG welcome to…
Jane Eastman, is our latest Volunteer Community Driver, based in Sticklepath.
Jane has completed her induction, including an introductory journey to RD&E Wonford with Lindsey.

Introduce a Community Car Driver
Do you know someone who is sympathetic, kind and who likes to make a difference to others. Please point them in our direction!
To help you have a chat with them about volunteer driving, here are a few pointers and some information to start your conversation with them.

Benefits of Volunteering
 choose when you are available
 make a positive difference to others
 improve your self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing
 gain invaluable work experience
 add your volunteering role to your CV
 receive training and develop new skills
 all our drivers receive a mileage allowance for their journeys
 opportunity to gain a CPD accredited certificate, for Disability Awareness Training. Provided by Devon Insight and supported by Devon County Council
 volunteer within a supportive team

Our four step process to becoming a volunteer community driver:
 Express your interest through our website go to; https://odctg.co.uk/volunteer/. Or complete our application form
 We will invite you in for a chat
 We will arrange for you to go on a journey with one of our experienced drivers….
….Subject to DBS & References, you can start volunteering!
We also welcome back our lovely Michael Bennett who recently had a break from ODCTG, we have missed your lovely kind manner Michael and thank you for returning, we are sure your passengers will be very pleased to see you!
Val Barns is taking a break and we thank Val for her wonderful service to ODCTG, and we all hope Val comes back soon.

Other ways to help ODCTG your local Charity
If you are unable to volunteer, you can still help us. Did you know;
 £5 could help someone 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 securely through Paypal on our website. www.odctg.co.uk. Or look out for the “minibuses” in our vehicles.
If your community is having a spring/summer fete please put ODCTG forward as a possible beneficiary.
Contact Paula for a chat: 01837 55000.

Featured Local Information
Or are you unable to get to the library?
Devon Libraries has a wonderful free service for readers who are unable to get to the library because of health, mobility or caring responsibilities. It is called the Home Library Service, where volunteers deliver books and audiobooks to the client in their own home or care setting, then collect and return them to the library.
The Home Library team are a small and friendly group and would love to help more people, so welcome volunteers and clients.
Visits are very individual, some clients may need a visit every fortnight, some may only need a visit every few months. They liaise to suit both the client and the volunteer.
To receive the service or become a Home Library Service volunteer contact Okehampton Library either by email okehampton.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk or phone 01837 52805.
Join the library for free by filling in the online form at devonlibraries.org.uk or torbaylibraries.org.uk. Follow Libraries Unlimited on Facebook.

And finally….
Our newsletter is also published on our website www.odctg.co.uk and on Facebook. We try to keep costs down so please let us know if you have an email address but are receiving this by post.
If you have received this newsletter but would like to be taken off the mailing list (either post or email) please let us know.
If you have an idea for an article please contact Paula, next issue will be published in July.

Trips – June – July 2024
The trip list and the reserve list are strictly, first come, first served.
Please call or email the office to book on our trips. If you cannot make a trip please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your seat to someone else. If you find yourself on the reserve list, whilst we appreciate this may be frustrating, please bear with us, if we can run another bus as we have a full reserve list (and a driver) we will. Thank you to those who submitted their suggestions for future destinations, and the feedback on recent destinations.
We would love to see your pictures taken on our trips. Please send them in to office@odcg.co.uk, and please be sure to get anyone whose photo you are taking, permission to share with us. By sending your photos to us, you agree, that we can use them for marketing purposes. Copyright remains with the photographer.
Trips – June & July 2024
Saturday 1st June Totnes Market & Buckfast Abbey
Tuesday 4th June Budleigh Salterton & Exmouth
Thursday 6th June An evening of D-Day Commemorations at Okehampton Show Ground (more details in our newsletter)
Thursday 13th June FULLY BOOKED – Street (for reserve passengers from previous trip)
Sunday 16th June The Swan’s Nest – Sunday Carvery, Exeter
Tuesday 18th June Docton Mill Café & Gardens, Hartland
Sunday 23rd June Green Dragon, Northlew, Sunday Lunch 2 courses £12.95
Tuesday 25th June Tamar View Garden Centre
Saturday 29th June Topsham & Exmouth
Thursday 4th July South Molton Market & Quince Honey Farm Cafe
Saturday 6th July Teignmouth Airshow
Tuesday 9th July Torquay near the Harbour
Saturday 13th July Padstow, Cornwall
Tuesday 16th July The Box Museum, Plymouth
Tuesday 23rd July Exeter Cathedral drop off point & Shopping
Tuesday 30th July Green Lanes, Barnstaple
Contact details: Tel: 01837 55000 (Lines open 08:30 – 16:00) Please leave a message outside of these hours
or if we cannot answer your call. We will always pick up your messages and return your call as soon as we
can. Email: (general enquiries) office@odctg.co.uk (Sarah & Gemma), manager@odctg.co.uk (Paula)