On a hot and sunny Plough car park at 11.15am, a crowd of regular users, and the Society’s committee, assembled to
witness the keys of the new minibus received by Treasure Febry, on behalf of all passengers. The origins of the minibus
date back to the time when the Revd Christopher Lawson-Tancred was Rector of All Saints’. He and his wife, Cerise,
introduced this and other initiatives to enhance the provisions in the village for its residents.
Now, 38 years later, his successor as Rector, the Revd Nicholas Maddock, blessed the latest vehicle and all who have
anything to do with it - all passengers, drivers, committee, and others who help in different, unsung, ways, like, as
Chairman Alan Carpenter specially noted, Chris Clark at Court Farm, who, by having allowed the minibus to be garaged
there from day 1, saved the Society a considerable outlay.
Only once, and that some time ago, has the purchase of a new vehicle involved raising a loan, and for that, the financial
contributions made by so many villagers were gratefully acknowledged, and the logos of four local firms on the body of
the minibus bear witness to the important role of the local business community, including Butcombe Brewery, Alvis &
Sons, the Golden Lion, and debbiefortune, Estate Agents.