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News 2014

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24th November - 14th December

RM1363 has now passed its MOT and is back in action.

25th August - 23rd November 2014

Apologies for the lack of updates to the website in the last few months.  There have been technical issues with the website and this has only been overcome by using new software and redesigning the site.  We hope you like the new look, which will gradually be applied to all the pages in the site.  Meanwhile, many of the links will take you to old-style pages.

The replacement fuel pump for RM1363 has now been fitted and the bus is ready for MOT.

11th - 24th August 2014

A replacement fuel pump has finally been sourced for RM1363 and it is hoped that it can be fitted shortly and that the bus will be back in action in the next month or so and ready for an MOT.  However, it will probably not be ready in time to go to the Tetbury classic car show on 7th September, so the group's attendance at that event has been cancelled.

7th July - 10th August 2014

The Group's annual Open Day and rally, run in conjunction with the Avon Valley Railway, took place on 10th August.   View photos.

A pair of colourful double-deckers at the open day. Photo: Ken Jones

Also colourful, this 1993 Leyland Olympian appears in City Line's jaunty colours.  Photo: Ken Jones

30th June - 6th July 2014

Unfortunately it has still not been possible to source a replacement injector pump for RM1363 which has now been off the road for over a year due to the failure of the pump.  As a result, the bus will be unable to take part as planned in the 60th anniversary of the Routemaster type in Finsbury Park over the weekend of 12/13th July.

23rd - 29th June 2014

Several of the Group's buses participated in an event at Castle Coombe circuit on Saturday 28th June.  AHU803, GHT154, KLJ749, GHT127 and 536JHU all took part, and AHU803 won the prize for the oldest vehicle attending.

The buses line up on their way to Castle Coombe.  Photo: Roger Newport

On display.  Photo: Roger Newport

AHU803 wears the shield for the winner of the oldest vehicle attending.  Photo: Roger Newport

19th May - 22nd June 2014

On 14th June, GHT127 took part in the Portishead Carnival, transporting Morris dancers and the carnival princesses, and enjoying the weather and the festivities.

GHT127 with the Pill Morris Dancers aboard.  Photo: Roger Newport

Transporting the carnival princesses.  Photo: Roger Newport

And posing with the carnival queen, Georgia Holes.  Photo: Roger Newport

Over the same weekend, EMW284 and OTT98 took place in the Royal Blue run from London to Bournemouth, Exeter and Minehead.

EMW284 enjoys a stroll in the open countryside.  Photo: Ken Jones

And OTT98 wends its way through Devon.  Photo: Ken Jones

12th - 18th May 2014

Yate Town Council staged an event on 18 May to mark the 25th anniversary of the re-opening of Yate Railway Station. Bristol Vintage Bus Group provided a park and ride service between the Station and the Shopping Centre car park, using 1941 Bristol open-topper GHT127.

GHT127 and crew at Yate Bus Station.  Photo: Roger Newport

The principal guest was Baroness Kramer, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, pictured here with crew members Dayley Lawrence and Dave Withers.  Photo: Roger Newport

Other guests included Wully Perks, Mayor of Yate (in red), and the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Thomas Frost.  Photo: Roger Newport

Members may be interested in a lecture taking place at St John's Church in Bristol on Thursday 29th May, entitled "The last bus to Imber".  The lecture is being given by Sir Peter Hendy, the Mayor of London's Transport Commissioner.  View the flyer (PDF).

Also on 18th May, EMW284 went to the rally at Sir Alfred MacAlpine's private railway at Fawley Hill.

EMW284 at Fawley Hill.  Photo: Mick Ward

LHY994 with its owner Mick Ward

Guy FBB YF714 built in 1927 for the Great Western Railway.  Photo: Mick Ward

5th - 11th May 2014

On 11th May, EMW284 took part in the Taunton running day.

EMW284 at the Taunton running day.  Photo: Ken Jones

On the same day, the group provided KLJ749 and 536JHU for the Avon Valley Railway's Peppa Pig event.  They ran a park and ride service between Bitton Station and the former Cadbury Fry car park at Somerdale, near Keynsham.

The crews pose with their buses at Somerdale.  Photo: Roger Newport

All members will shortly receive either an email or a letter asking whether you are available and willing to help out at the group's rally on 10th August.  This is the biggest event in our calendar, and as always we're looking for volunteers to help make it a continuing success.  Please do let us know if you can help.

21st April - 4th May

Yate Town Council is to stage an event on 18th May to mark the 25th anniversary of the re-opening of Yate Rail Station. There is limited parking at the station, and the Bristol Vintage Bus Group is to run a shuttle bus service from the Yate Shopping Centre Bus Station. The service will run from noon until 1500hrs, and if the weather is fine the plan is to operate the Group’s 1941 Bristol open-topper, GHT127.

14th - 20th April 2014

Driver training took place on 20th April for drivers new to, or needing a refresher on, crash-gearbox driving.

Rob Leighfield gives advice to a trainee on the group's crash box training day, 20th April.  Photo: Roger Newport

17th March - 13th April 2014

Planning has begun for this year's rally and open day on 10th August.  As ever, volunteers are needed to help out with a variety of duties from driving and conducting to marshalling and catering.  If you're willing to help make the day a success, please get in touch with Dayley Lawrence: dayley1978@hotmail.co.uk

10th - 16th March 2014

The Group’s AGM was held at Flowers Hill on 16 March 2014. Officers elected for 2014/5 were: Chairman - Dave Withers, Secretary - Richard Avery, and Treasurer - Ray Fessey.

L to R: Richard Avery, Secretary; Dave Withers, Chairman; Ray Fessey, Treasurer.  Photo: Roger Newport


The election for the other members of the Executive Committee was keenly contested, with nine candidates competing for five places. Those elected were: Dayley Lawrence, Rob Leighfield, Alan Neale, Lionel Tancock and Paul Tovey.

3rd - 9th March 2014

Former employees of Bristol Tramways, Bristol Omnibus and Bristol Commercial Vehicles are warmly invited to come along to our spring mini-running day on 30th March 2014.  The event runs from 10.00 until 16.00 at Flowers Hill.  Free bus rides will be taking place on buses belong to the group and also on visiting buses throughout the day.

Members - the Trustees have agreed that nominations for Trustees for the next year will remain open up to the start of the AGM on 16th March.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else as a Trustee, please notify Lionel Tancock, the secretary before the start of the meeting.  His contact details are available in the members' area of the website.

9th February - 2nd March 2014

The Group has provided several photographs from our extensive collection to support an exhibition taking place at Yate Heritage Centre.  The exhibition runs from 27th February until 12th April, is entitled "on the road", and charts the history of road transport in the area.  Opening times are 10.30 to 16.30 hrs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  All members are invited to visit.  For more information, visit the Yate Heritage Centre website.

Members of the group went for the annual new year lunch on Sunday 23rd February at the Old Down Inn at Emborough.  AHU803 provided the transport.

AHU803 turning off the A37 to arrive at the Old Down Inn.  Photo: Ken Jones

Members pose after lunch.  Photo: Sally Jones

6th January - 9th February 2014

The Trustees have agreed this year's programme of rallies and events.  This includes a full list of dates of monthly Trustees' meetings and quarterly members' meetings to which all members are invited.

RM1363's injector pump was removed for overhaul during January and on removal it became apparent that the pump's internal drive shaft had sheared, which was probably the cause of most of the problems that it has been experiencing.  We are now trying to source a reconditioned pump.

1st - 5th January 2014

Work continues on LAE13's bodywork.  KLJ749 has received its annual safety check and has been found to need new steering bushes and a replacement rear tyre.

The latest edition of the members' newsletter is now available on the members' area of the website.

Phil Sposito, Dayley Lawrence and Rob Leighfield discuss what needs doing next on LAE13.  Photo: Roger Newport

While, in the workshop, Kevin Eslick refurbishes one of the panels.  Photo: Roger Newport

And Dayley Lawrence checks that it will fit.  Photo: Roger Newport

The completed interior of KLJ749.  Photo: Roger Newport

Dan Moore inspecting in the pit.  Photo: Roger Newport

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