happening at TRIP
continue to be busy in the office with increasing
demand for all of our disabled transport and services
for the older person & the rurally isolated of
is looking to offer a whole new range of services
for people in the area- see below and with more news
developments and what's happening now....
new (to us) luxury vehicle is now in service and being
used for our trips away and the longer weekend journeys
. It has recently returned from a 5 day trip to Jersey-
enjoyed by all. Two other vehicles have recently returned
from a 5 day trip to the Isle of Wight.
have plans for 2014 for 2 more trips to Jersey as
well as another trip to the Isle of Wight, a trip
to Stratford on Avon and possibly a return trip to
Falmouth- More trips and information coming in the
Coffee mornings and social gathering in the meeting
room in Kings Court are proving highly successful
with over a regular gathering of people popping in
through the morning. Cost is £1.00 for coffee
(or tea) and bikkies...If transport is a problem then
you can come in on the ring & ride bus- ring to
request transport (subject to availability).
and Mid Week Pub Lunch trips: Our once a month outing
(usually on Sundays) taking people out for lunch and
a country drive has proved very popular and we have
now extended this to a twice a month midweek carvery
lunch- contact the office for more information or
see the list on the Ring & Ride pages- due to
high demand early booking is recommended- we visit
a different venue each time and at the weekend lunch
is usually followed by a scenic drive.
room now available for local groups and clubs to use
at a nominal charge- several groups are now taking
advantage of this facility.
minibus now on the road- See left- this will enable
us to further expand our range of services and destinations
of our older vehicle have recently undergone restoration
work having been resprayed and had new signwriting,
thanks go to Highfield Coachworks of Exmouth and AG
Signs of Honiton for their help.
a weekend away? Our first weekend trip to Falmouth
was a success, the second trip, again to Falmouth
on Friday 20th April was also popular with a third
arranged for June visiting Stratford upon Avon. We
are now also taking bookings for a trip to the Isle
of Wight for October. If you are interested in this
then please contact the office- we would also welcome
suggestions for places to visit.
Project for the Honiton area: The ACORNS befriending
service is now up & running and the second stage
with the lunch club is still being developed. We are
investigating various venues for lunches and are talking
with local village halls to see if they are interested.
third stage of the plan to try to open and operate
a centre for all sorts of community activities and
classesis currently on hold while we deal with demand
for the befriending service. This is an ambition that
could take several years to establish- funding being
a major issue plus finding a suitable venue. Once
operating we hope to also work with village halls
through the area to take people from Honiton out there
and bring people in to town as well.
& Ride expansion: Our new minibus is now on the
road having been put on the road in early March 2012.
New destinations and trips out have already been planned
to take advantage of the extra vehicle and we are
considering further expanding services during the
Raising- all of the above projects need substantial
efforts towards funding. Local donations have continued
to be made and we are applying to local & national
funding groups to enable the projects to take place.
We are also holding local events to help raise funds
and awareness of services offered.
saw further growth in demand for our Voluntary Car
Services with Honiton reaching levels not matched
for 7 years and Seaton reaching the highest figures
in its history.
2010 saw entertaining times for all our services with
the bad weather causing difficulties for our buses
and voluntary car drivers. Some services and appointments
had to be cancelled and buses dug out from the snow.
Ring & Ride ran an extra service between Christmas
& New Year in response to the demand- many people
hadn't been able to get out before Christmas due to
the snow so were running low on supplies so TRIP sprang
(or slid) to the rescue.
Community minibuses have been very busy over the summer,
enabling many local groups of people to get out and
enjoy what sunshine we had.
continues to grow for transport to health appointments,
both within the local area and for journeys elsewhere.
Autumn 2010 saw the busiest month on record for the
Seaton service, and both Honiton & Seaton user
numbers are up on 2009.
of aids for daily living continue to grow rapidly.
We have expanded the range of items in stock (the
office is now even more crowded) and more locals are
able to resolve problems without having to travel
out of town.
Ring & Ride is 20 this year!!! TRIP will be taking
part in the Charter day Celebrations and linking this
with our 20th Anniversary, come along, see the display
and take part in our competition on 24th July on the
All Hallows Field.
2010 brought a new Ring & Ride Community Bus to
serve in Honiton & East Devon. The 5 year old
vehicle will be used instead of the current 13 year
old second bus to offer a more comfortable and user
friendly service to our users. The newer vehicle has
been funded through local contributions and donations,
including substantial help from the Honiton Hospital
League of Friends. All our vehicles are available
for eligible groups to hire when they are not in use
on Ring & Ride duties. The older vehicle will
be used as a reserve bus and help out when when need
the extra capacity.
left is a local group taking advantage of one of our
Community buses for an outing to the Motor Museum.
2010 Snow in the area caused some journeys to be cancelled
but we were able to run trips on some days. The Wednesday
Dunkeswell trip caused some minor problems but at
least we got people out- for some people it was the
first time in two weeks!
Show was a great success- a good time was had by all
on the 1st of December when over 100 people attended
the show held at the Macarnes Hall. Over £800
was raised towards our funds.
and October 2009- busiest months ever for Seaton Voluntary
2009: Extra donations received towards our fundraising
efforts towards updating our older Mercedes Ring &
Ride minibus- still have a way to go though...
changes working well for the Ring & Ride:
February 2009 TRIP has used its own vehicles to provide
Ring & Ride services in our area. The benefits
are being felt with a substantial reduction in running
costs and vehicles that are more pleasant to drive.
They are also more readily available to local community
groups for their own use.
Accessible vehicle getting busier. The new vehicle
is available to frail, elderly and disabled people
throughout the area covering Axminster, Colyton, Lyme
Regis, Seaton and the areas between. For more information
please look at the Seaton
Disabled Transport page.
pictures of recent outings
2009 Snow caused the Ring
& Ride bus to get caught up in traffic problems-
February 2009 snowstorms ended up giving a party of
people from Awliscombe some problems when they were
caught up in the road closures on the A38 when returning
from an evening trip to Plymouth. After sitting in
the queues for a while they were diverted via Teignmouth
and Dawlish and eventually reached home around 3.00am.
To the left is a picture of the bus outside Teignmouth
Tesco- who kindly let the passengers use their facilities.
2009: Our fund raising campaign to update our older
minibus received a major boost in April with a substantial
donation towards our £45000 target.
19th April saw the weather co-operating for our trip
to Lanhydrock. Two minibuses arrived for 11.30 and
everyone enjoyed the beautiful gardens and house.
To see more pictures of the day out click
Night on 25th April: over 30 people turned up to take
part in the evening. Highest scorer on the night was
Paul Gadd who won the event AND the play-off. Over
£150 was raised towards TRIP funds. Many thanks
to all the businesses in Honiton who helped us by
donating prizes for the draw.
24th 2009 saw even larger numbers than last year attend
our AGM, we had many of our volunteers attending as
well as representatives from Devon County Council,
Honiton Town Council, Help the Aged, Honiton Hospital
and members of the public.
19th September saw the Bingo night take place- a reasonable
number of people enjoyed the evening and asked for
more to be arranged- see below for dates.
buses now scheduled for the trip to Bath Christmas
Market on 29th November.
September 2009 the Seaton Voluntary Car Service saw
its busiest month ever and demand continues to grow.
Honiton Voluntary Cars Service also is very busy with
general demand and coping with the seasonal rush for
flu jabs. Lyme Regis Volunteers are coping with demand
but have already provided more journeys in 2009 than
last year- numbers have almost doubled!
Ring & Ride journey lists for local trips and
weekend passenger club journeys now available- Ring
the TRIP office to get your copy if not already received.