Our New Bus

(Celebrated with a “Xmas in July” Luncheon)
25th July 2018

With much fanfare, the keys to our new village bus were handed over by Living Choice at a “Xmas in July” luncheon event held on 25th July 2018.

Living Choice hosted the luncheon and served around 120 of our residents with a delicious two course luncheon consisting of a spit roast with a variety of meats and hot vegetables followed by a sweet dish for “afters”. Our resident Ambassadors also put in a great effort to prepare the Centre with a Xmas in July theme.

There was hardly an area of the Centre that was not touched by the Xmas theme….

Even our snooker table received the treatment..

The Centre decorations really did set the theme…

The outside caterers for the function were hard at work early in our kitchen preparing lunch..

As well as decorating the Centre earlier, the Ambassadors also acted as table waiters delivering meals.

While several other Ambassadors manned the bar and served drinks.

What Xmas in July event would be complete without a visit from the big Man in Red..

He does look somehow familiar!!!!

After lunch it was down to the main business of the day. Dale opened proceedings thanking everyone for coming.

Tim was up next thanking the Ambassadors for a sterling effort..

There was a competition to guess the price of the new bus which was won by a very excited Leonie!!!

This was followed by a handing over of the keys..

And then a mass exodus outside to view the new bus..

Residents Committee President Colin was given the honur of cutting the ribbon.

Dale was so excited he thought he would press the bus ribbon into further service.

But who is that person in the drivers seat with the red suit and white beard????

Ah.. so thats where he went.

The very next morning the new bus was waiting outside the Centre to commence its first shopping run.

It was a really fun day with a bit of “tongue in cheek” humour thrown in for good measure.

But on a more serious note, the residents generally were more than satisfied and grateful for the generosity shown by Living choice in replacing our old bus which had given us so many problems with breakdowns and other reliability issues for a long time.
The bus is a vital piece of village equipment for those who can no longer drive and it enables them to enjoy outings as well as get to essential medical appointments and the shops.
Thanks go to Dale and Tim for their persistent and successful efforts in presenting our case for a new bus as well as Living Choice head office for agreeing to our request.

Well done to all.