4th December, 2004  –  Munty the Third. Wivenhoe’s new community mini-bus.

Cllr Penny Kraft, Chairman of the Town CouncilWivenhoe’s latest community mini-bus was unveiled by Cllr. Penny Kraft, Chairman of Wivenhoe Town Council�s Mini-Bus Committee and Town Mayor Cllr Peter Hill on Saturday, 4th December in front of a crowd of Councillors, drivers and people involved with the running of it generally.

The new bus, is a 14-seater Renault Master and boasts an internal hydraulic lift, a boon for wheelchair users, and is compliant with the latest seat-belt regulations. 

The Town Council is extremely pleased with the new bus, made possible from a successful bid for funding from Colchester Borough Council�s Parish Councils Grant Scheme, various fund-raising events held in the town and donations in memory of the late Cllrs. Bob Richardson and Richard Davies, both former Mayors of Wivenhoe.

Cllr. Peter Hill, Town Mayor of Wivenhoe  said �The second bus had served us proud. Since we bought it in 1998, it has been well-used, covering 60,000 miles. We are grateful to the Borough Council for their contribution and to everyone else who has generously donated towards it�.

The Wivenhoe �Communty� Bus is driven regularly around the town by volunteers, transporting the elderly to and from various clubs.  The cost of running of the bus is offset by other users, who make a donation when they use the bus. It can be hired from the Town Council by local organisations, and by residents for private occasions. Drivers must be aged over 25 and with a ‘clean’ driving licence.

The first bus was bought in 1995 after years of fund-raising by the Mayor’s Charity Fund. 


Photo by Les Edwards

People (left to right): 

Ken Rogers, Albey Stinson, Brian Sinclair, Betsy Edwards, Tom Roberts, Lauren Glozier-Green, Toni Stinson, Cllr Ann Quarrie (obscured), Cllr Sally Glozier-Green, Cllr Eugene Kraft, Cllr Peter Hill, Len Leach (partially obscured), Cllr Penny Kraft, Doug Stockwell, Anne Horner, Mick Collins, Margaret Britton, Des McCourt, Len Horner

Click here for pictures of the 2nd Munty bus