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Osprey Bus Trust relaunched with charity status in Forres

By Garry McCartney

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The Osprey bus is a vital transport link for a number of groups in and around Forres.
The Osprey bus is a vital transport link for a number of groups in and around Forres.

A VALUED local transport service has set off on a new journey.

The Osprey Bus Trust, founded in 1973 to provide free transport to the elderly, infirm and disabled, as well as children, has successfully applied for charity status, re-launching as Forres Osprey Bus with a new booking system.

RAF Kinloss provided the first vehicle. Since the changeover to 39 Engineer Regiment's Kinloss Barracks in 2012, the bus has been housed behind Forres House Community Centre.

More recently, former trustees Eric Duguid and Ian Hampton have stepped down after a combined 25 years of service.

Newly appointed chairman Shaun Moat is on a new board of trustees also featuring Jo Lenihan, Elizabeth Furness, Councillor Lorna Creswell, Graham Hilditch and David Parker.

He said: "We are looking at how to recruit more drivers. It’s a very rewarding experience and gives them an opportunity to help people get out and about.

"We are also investigating the option of an electric minibus for when the current vehicle needs to be replaced. We are aware of the 2030 deadline the Scottish Government has set to stop producing diesel vehicles.

"For anyone else interested in joining the board, we will be holding an EGM on Thursday, March 19 at 7pm in the Royal British Legion where people can find out more."

Meanwhile visit www.forresospreybus.co.uk or email us info@forresospreybus.co.uk for more information.

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