Community Minibus Association (West Sussex)
The Community Minibus Association of West Sussex is a charitable service run by volunteers and is organised throughout the County into Divisions, of which Wisborough Green is one. The village minibus has been successfully serving the residents of Wisborough Green for many years now, by making low-cost trips to destinations such as Horsham, Worthing, Chichester, Guildford, and Cranleigh.
Volunteer Drivers and Escorts ‘man’ the service which now operates a 10-seater Ford Transit bus, funded from a generous bequest to the Association from the late Pat Crighton-Smith. It runs every Monday and Friday, and occasional Wednesdays. A number of ‘special outings’ are arranged and recent trips of this nature have been to Parham House, Eastbourne, Chichester (for a canal trip), the Christmas fairs at Winchester, Rochester and Chichester, as well as to theatre trips to Guildford.
The schedule of destinations is published each month in ‘Ad Vincula’, the Parish magazine, on the two main Parish Council noticeboards on the Green and on the side of the bus shelter outside The Three Crowns. The West Sussex Community Minibus Association’s website can be found on www.westsussexminibus.org.uk
There is, perhaps, a misconception that the service is only for senior citizens. This is far from so as EVERYONE is welcome. All that is necessary is that passengers join the Association by paying a token annual subscription of £8.00 and then a very modest fare for each trip. Booking is essential and to reserve a place simply telephone Brenda Karn-Smith on 01403 701076.
We pride ourselves that we are able to pick up passengers and drop them off as close to their homes as possible and assistance is always available with carrying shopping bags.
SAFETY BELTS ARE FITTED TO ALL SEATS AND DRIVERS ARE SPECIALLY TESTED.
The Wisborough Green Minibus is also available for use by other groups in the village. It remains part of the Association’s fleet so a number of regulations apply but anyone interested in using it should contact Pat Farmer on 01403 700492 to discuss the details.
For further information:
|Village Organiser||Dave Wallace 01403 700320|
|For regular bookings||Brenda Karn-Smith 01403 701076|
|For special outings bookings||Kate Vernalls 01403 701004|
Annual Subscription £8.00
Each return journey from £2.00
Public Transport – Buses
Please note that the Bus Service from and to Wisborough Green is very limited.
Horsham Service: Compass operate a bus service 64 to and from Horsham. Further information or the timetable available by telephoning 01903 690025 or by visiting their website.
Worthing Service: Compass operate the 69 service to Worthing on a Tuesday and Thursday. For further information and the full timetable.
Other Bus Services: Bus services to Cranleigh, Guildford, and Chichester operate from other local villages. For detailed timetables, maps and to plan your bus journey in West Sussex and beyond, call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 (charge incurred) or visit the Traveline website.
Billilinks (Villages Transport Link)
The Villages Transport Link was established in 2005 to provide a link to other local villages and communities, allowing access to shops, doctor, leisure facilities, clubs, evenings out and other public transport services. A local taxi company provide the service, using helpful and friendly licensed drivers with modern comfortable vehicles. There are four journeys on Mondays and Wednesdays, six journeys on Fridays and five journeys on Saturdays. From Billingshurst there are links to Barns Green, Brooks Green, Dragons Green, Shipley, Whitehall, Broomers Corner, Ingrams Furze, Coolham and Coneyhurst.
Further information about the service and booking details available here.
Village Car Service
This service was created a number of years ago as part of the pastoral care offered by St Peter ad Vincula to look after those in need in Wisborough Green. The service is purely provided to offer transport help to attend health appointments; doctor or hospital appointments as well as the optician or dentist. The service is not available for shopping trips.
A number of volunteer drivers are registered with the village co-ordinators. If you require transport assistance please telephone the village co-ordinators who will arrange for the driver to contact you directly to confirm the arrangements. There is no charge for the service but donations are invited from passengers as these are ploughed back into the Team’s budget to pay petrol expenses to the volunteer drivers.
The service is co-ordinated by: Mrs Jenny Burr 01403 700607.
There is a dedicated team of drivers but new recruits are always needed to cover busy periods. If you are interested in driving for the village please contact Suzanne Mosley on 01403 700946.
Public Transport – Trains
Our nearest station is at Billingshurst, which is the Southern Line, Victoria to Bognor Regis line. Do remember that when returning to Billingshurst you will need to be seated in the front 4 coaches due to the shorter platform. For timetables and fares for rail travel visit the National Rail Enquiries website or call 03457 48 49 50 (Open 24 hours per day except for Christmas Day.) Information and ticketing booking also available on the Trainline website.
The nearest airport is Gatwick which is about 45-minute drive from the village. Search here for air travel arrivals and departures at Gatwick.
Other ways to help plan your journey
Highways Agency: Help plan your car journey and avoid lengthy roadworks.
National Express: Timetables and fares for coach journeys throughout the UK