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Struggling for ways to reach Swindon? New transport opportunities available

Transport options flyer

Following the loss of our local bus service, there are three new transport options available for residents of South Marston.

F&E Harris Memorial Trust minibus to Swindon Town Centre

Generously funded by the F&E Memorial Trust, this minibus runs every Thursday to allow residents to reach the bus stop at Sainsburys or Swindon Town Centre

Do you need to book? No

Departs:                                  Thursday at 9:30am

From:                                      Adjacent to the village car park (next to the school) and then the bus stop near the Village Hall

Stops at:                                  Sainsburys bus stop and College Street, Swindon Town Centre

Final stop:                               College Street, behind Debenhams Department Store, Swindon Town Centre.

Returns:                                  Thursday at 12:30pm

From:                                      College Street, behind Debenhams Department Store, Swindon Town Centre.

Stops at:                                 Dunelm bus stop, opposite Sainsburys (We recommend residents are at the stop at 12:30pm for collection)

Drops:                                     Bus stop near the Village Hall and then the Village car park (next to the school)

What you need to use it:        Be a resident of South Marston

Cost:                                        Free

Community Transport Scheme

The Community Transport Scheme, also funded by the F & E Harris Memorial Trust, is run by the Royal Voluntary Service. This free, door to door service requires notice so it is best to arrange your transport as soon as you can and register with the Royal Voluntary Service.

Departs:                                  Your choice

From:                                      Your chosen departure point (including your home address)

Stops at:                                  Your choice

Final stop:                               Your choice

Returns:                                  Your choice

From:                                      Your choice

Stops at:                                  Your choice

Drops:                                     Your choice

What you need to use it:        Be a resident of South Marston, age 55 or over, do not have access to your own transport                                                     (This includes temporary loss of access) and registered with the Royal Voluntary Service.

Cost:                                       Free for journeys of less than 100 miles

Do you need to book?            Yes. We recommend you book as soon as you know you need the service. Book by calling 0744 2508654. They are open Tuesday to Friday 9am to 12pm. An answer machine operates outside of these hours.

The South Marston Shopper Bus

This service is an accessible door to door service for people who do not have access to transport and operates on a flexible route.  Bookings should be made in advance and require a days’ notice. This service is supported by Swindon Borough Council.

 Departs:                                  Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10:30am onwards

From:                                      South Marston. Collection point varies depending on the bookings for the day.

Stops at:                                  Sainsburys

Final stop:                               Swindon Town Centre. Deposit point varies depending on the bookings for the day.

Returns:                                  Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 1:30pm

From:                                      Swindon Town Centre. Deposit point varies depending on the bookings for the day.

Stops at:                                  Sainsburys bus stop at 1:40pm

Drops:                                     South Marston. Deposit point varies depending on the bookings for the day.

What you need to use it:        Be a resident of South Marston, do not have access to your own transport (This includes                                                        temporary loss of access) and have booked a place.

Cost:                                       Return fare to Sainsbury’s £3.00. Return fare to Swindon Town Centre £4.50. Swindon bus                                                    passes can be used on this service

Do you need to book?             Yes. Telephone 01793 616 050 after 12pm Monday to Friday to register and book your                                                         place. Journeys can be booked up to one working day in advance (i.e. Book on Saturday for                                                   Monday, Tuesday for  Wednesday, and Thursday for Friday)

Day of the

week

Services available
Monday Community Transport Scheme; South Marston Shopper Bus
Tuesday Community Transport Scheme
Wednesday Community Transport Scheme; South Marston Shopper Bus
Thursday Community Transport Scheme; F&E Memorial Trust minibus
Friday Community Transport Scheme; South Marston Shopper Bus
Saturday Community Transport Scheme
Sunday Community Transport Scheme

*Service options will change on Bank Holidays. Please contact your chosen provider and check the service is running if you wish to travel on a bank holiday.

Printed copies of this information are available from the Parish Clerk, Claire Penny. If you would like copies, please contact her on 01793 686150 or clerk@SouthMarston.org.uk

F & E Harris Memorial Trust – June 2012

Anthony Harris:

The trustees were sad to hear of the sudden death of Anthony William Harris on 22nd April 2012. Tony and his family were responsible for setting up the Trust which has brought many benefits to the residents of South Marston. He will be sadly missed. The Trust will continue to function as normal.

State Pension changes:

The government has increased the State Pension age for women to 65 phased from April 2016 to December 2018. A further increase will be phased in to raise the State Pension age for all to 66 from December 2018.

In consideration of these changes and the proposed expansion of the village community the Trust will be making the following changes to the criteria for allocation of Christmas Hampers to senior citizens of South Marston. These changes will be implemented on 1st April 2016.

The changes are not subject to the exact scheduling of government criteria.

To qualify for a Christmas Hamper the recipient is required to :

  • have been in permanent residency in South Marston for a period of 3 years prior to submission of registration.
  • be 65 years of age on 24th December 2016 to be eligible to register.
  • All new and existing applicants must be 66 years of age or over on the 1st January 2019 to be eligible to register.

 

F & E Harris Memorial Trust – May 2012

The government has increased the State Pension age for women to 65 phased from April 2016 to December 2018. A further increase will be phased in to raise the State Pension age for all to 66 from December 2018.

In consideration of these changes and the proposed expansion of the village community the Trust will be making the following changes to the criteria for allocation of Christmas Hampers to senior citizens of South Marston. These changes will be implemented on 1st April 2016.

The changes are not subject to the exact scheduling of government criteria.

  • To qualify for a Christmas Hamper the recipient is required to have been in permanent residency in South Marston for a period of 3 years prior to submission of registration.
  • All new applicants must be 65 years of age on 24th December 2016 to be eligible to register.
  • All new and existing applicants must be 66 years of age or over on the 1st January 2019 to be eligible to register.

F&E Harris Memorial Trust – Nov 2011

Annual Outing

This year’s outing is on Friday 25th November to Bath Christmas Market for senior citizens resident in South Marston. The coach will leave the school at 10.30 am. To reserve your place contact Mary Cooper on 823530 as soon as possible.

Christmas Hampers

The F & E Harris Memorial Trust invites South Marston Village residents who have reached the age of 60 years for females and 65 years of age for males by the 25th December 2011 to register with the Trust to receive a Christmas Hamper if they do not currently receive one.

The closing date for registration for this year is 11th November 2011

Hampers to be collected on Thursday 8th December from Westwinds between 2.00 pm and 4.00pm.

Contact Mary Cooper 823530 or Terry Sansum 823684 for registration or queries

The F & E Harris Memorial Trust

Annual Outing

This years outing is on Friday 26th November to Gloucester Victorian themed Christmas Market. It is for senior citizens resident in South Marston. The coach will leave the school at 10.30 am. To reserve your place contact Mary Cooper on 823530.

Christmas Hampers

The F & E Harris Memorial Trust invites South Marston Village residents who have reached the age of 60 years for females and 65 years of age for males by the 25th December 2010 to register with the Trust to receive a Christmas Hamper if they do not currently receive one.

The closing date for registration for this year was 31st October 2010.

Contacts for registration: Mary Cooper 823530 or Terry Sansum 823684