Haddenham Bucks

Launch of Community Vehicle

Home » News » Launch of Community Vehicle
Community Vehicle 01
Community Vehicle 02
Community Vehicle 03

More than fifty supporters and volunteers gathered at Haddenham Medical Centre on Saturday 31st October to welcome the launch of the new Haddenham Community Vehicle service.

The specially adapted vehicle will enable passengers in wheelchairs to be transported to social and medical appointments in the communities served by the medical centre.

Especially noteworthy is the fact that the wheelchair passenger can be positioned to sit alongside the driver, thus enabling far richer and more natural social interaction between passenger and driver during the journey.

The project is the brainchild of retired Haddenham GP, Dr Hugh Stradling, who set up and led an enthusiastic committee, working for over a year to raise funds, acquire the vehicle and introduce the service. He thanked the committee and representatives from organisations who had provided funding. Local sources included the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust, Haddenham Village Fete, the well-established FISH "good neighbours" scheme and a generous grant from Heart of Bucks through Prevention Matters scheme (Bucks County Council).

Twenty volunteers have already signed up to be trained to operate and drive the specially modified VW Caddy. More are always welcomed. Contact for this or to use the service should initially be with the co-ordinator, Sue Brigham, on 07495 366779. For more information about booking the vehicle, please click on HCV Info below the image on this page.

The Patron for the scheme, Margaret Aston, Chair of Haddenham Parish Council welcomed the new scheme and thanked representatives of Bucks County Council whose Heart of Bucks programme has given generous support through Prevention Matters.

The committee (Peter Quilleash, David Hammond, Neil Dury, Keith Linger, Jean Watson, Sarah Warren and Jacky Keates) attended. Others present included Kyle Banks (Prevention Matters, BCC), Catherine Miller (Heart of Bucks) Chris Young (Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust), Jeanne Watt and Alison Green (FISH scheme) and Dr Kaiser Munir (Medical Centre).

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Fete 11
Fete Committee: Thu 23 May 8:00pm

Haddenham Village Fete — Saturday 8th June, 1.00pm — 4.30pmMake sure you get along to Haddenham Village Fete when it opens at 13.00 on Saturday 8th June as this year the occasion will start in spectacular fashion with a Hurricane Flypast scheduled for 13.10 (weather permitting of course!). This rare and historically important aircraft is one of only 12 Hawker Hurricanes still airworthy...

Christian Aid_Envelope Returns
Mary Miller: Tue 21 May 9:30am

Christian Aid Week concluded on Saturday 18th May. If anyone has a Christian Aid envelope which wasn't collected, please would you drop it into No. 6 Long FurlongOr to any of the village churches, please. Thank you.Mary...

Open Gardens 03
Cynthia Floud: Mon 20 May 11:00am

A number of local gardens will be open to visitors on the day of the traditional village fete once again this year — on Saturday 8th June.This year six gardens will be open, at:16 Church End (David and Angela Truesdale)The Malthouse, 4 Church End (Chris and Mary Wellby)9 Church End (Margaret Walshe)5 Flint Street (Ros Welch)15 Flint Street (Roderick and Cynthia Floud)Manor Farm...