Menu
 
Home | News | Bill’s film boosts vital community bus service: Common Riding enthusiast presents money raised by DVD sale
 
News | 14th November 2019
 

Bill’s film boosts vital community bus service: Common Riding enthusiast presents money raised by DVD sale

 
 
 

THE proceeds from the sale of a Langholm retailer’s Common Riding DVD have been donated to a worthy cause.
Bill Barbour presented £100 to John Scott, a director of Annandale Community Transport Services (ACTS).
Every year Bill films the Common Riding and, after taking out expenses, he donates profits to community organisations.
He said: “I heard that ACTS now has funding until March 2022 so decided to support it. We have used the service it provides and really appreciate it.”
ACTS runs community transport, including hospital transport, for individuals who need it.
The organisation also offers vehicle hire and has wheelchair-friendly vehicles.
ACTS has a team of enthusiastic and committed volunteers who give up their time for a variety of different activities.
The organisation operates from offices in Lockerbie High Street and has up to 14 volunteer directors.
Janet Saunders, manager, said: “We’re delighted with this donation to help us towards our hospital transport service.
“We have been providing door-to-door transport to hospital appointments in Dumfries, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and others since March 2018.
“We are currently sourcing funding to be able to base a community car in Langholm.
Volunteers
“Once this is confirmed, we will recruit volunteers who are willing to drive for other members of the community who are disadvantaged by a lack of affordable, accessible transport.”
Anyone needing help with transport to hospital appointments should contact the ACTS office on 01576 203053.
The service was in danger of folding earlier this year because of a lack of funds. It now has enough money to keep going until March 2022.
It received revenue funding of £15,000 over three years from the Minnygap windfarm; £30,000 over three years from Ewe Hill 16 windfarm; £12,000 from SSE Clyde and £10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund.
Another £5,000 came from the Stafford Trust, £1,500 from the Lockerbie Trust and £5,000 from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s anti-poverty fund.
Tesco Bags for Help provided capital of £2,000 which was used to buy a VW Transporter.
More funding will be needed to continue providing hospital transport beyond March next year.
The service now has four 16-seater minibuses and four cars, along with the transporter.
All the vehicles are accessible and based in Moffat, Lockerbie and Annan.
Volunteer drivers are given full training and out-of-pocket expenses. In the past year they did 1,146 activities and gave 5,312 hours of their time.
They can choose when they would like to drive and which trips they want to do. They can drive all the vehicles or just choose to drive the cars.
Janet said: “It’s very rewarding and drivers meet many different people and go to a variety of places.
“If anyone would like to help and be a part of our friendly team, they can contact us on 01576 203053.”
The AGM is on Thursday, November 28 at 7.30pm in Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green.

 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

School transfer news

Langholm Alliance to consult on use of former primary building

 

Langholm Town Centre Building in danger of collapse

Fears that falling scaffolding and masonry may kill or injure

 

Our dream jobs

Two new managers appointed at reserve

 

Town's revival starts to come to fruition

Langholm Alliance has contributed £15,000 to boost activities

 

Engineering a future

Academy pupils awarded Industrial Cadet certificates

 

Rachel hands over the reins to Danielle

E&L Advertiser’s new community editor takes up her new post

 

Full steam ahead for ambitious enterprise

Planners give green light to the conversion of former BFA…

 

Langholm People

OutPost Arts sets portrait challenge

 

Community purchase of school on Knife-edge

THE future of Langholm’s former primary school as a vital…

 

War Memorial improvements

LANGHOLM Social Club is pleased to announce that, after much…

 

Town’s flood scheme is ready for public airing

Once COVID-19 restrictions ease, council will meet residents

 

COVID puts paid to second Common Riding

Members reluctantly cancel Langholm’s 2021 event

 

Mr Grumpy wins for Sharon

A LANGHHOLM amateur photographer has won the top prize in…

 

Langholm misses out on major investment

Town comes too low on index of need to qualify…

 

Book tells of ages past

A BOOK about Westerkirk in the year 2020/21 is ready…

 

Pauline awarded BEM

Award given to resilience team leader

 

Plan revealed for trees on two Eskdale farms

Timber processor wants to plant 450 hectares next to Claygate

 

Memories of Joe's shop

A BLAST from the past was uncovered during renovation works…

 

Murtholm site masterplan recommended for adoption

Council agreement will pave way for 200 houses if applications…

 

Promote your event on the Town Website

“What’s on” page is an effective way to publicise your…

 

Summer blockbuster

Project to show how generations faced adversity 75 years apart

 

Fragile Community faces more Turbines

NEWCASTLETON community council has responded to a proposal for a…

 

Speed Limit zone change leaves residents baffled

Council made changes to the zoning without any consultation

 

Two options under review for 2021 Common Riding

Lifting of restrictions may give members more opportunities

 

Cannabis oil company raises £2m to sell shares

Medicinal drug greenhouse production aspires to create 50 jobs

 

Major funding boost for vital parent groups

Public vote earns Langholm Playcare £12k for family support

 

Charming and popular lady

Elizabeth Calvert, By her son, Robert Calvert ELIZABETH Calvert was…

 

Mundell wins with a larger share of votes

Conservative retains Dumfriesshire seat with 4,000 majority

 

Kiosk will be used at last

THE Langholm Initiative has announced it took over ownership of…

 

Fly-tipper seen while dumping her fridge

Second item left in Eskdale in a week highlights waste…

 

Can crumbling castle be saved from collapse?

Part of Langholm’s history in danger of disappearing altogether

 

Langholm designers showcase latest collection

Rose’s Wardrobe Vintage launch their first summer collection

 

Row over hub’s role in serving its community

Validity of a questionnaire on catering for shooters is doubted

 

Residents in fear of their lives every day

Neighbours are extremely concerned about the state of the spire

 

Vote for us

Public asked to give support

 

Specially-brewed Duke's Ale a hit with HRH

A Langholm man tells of his company’s relationship with the…

 

Ranges reclassed as major developments

Council declares both applications at Eskdalemuir as invalid

 

Langholm-brewed real ale is a real hit

Borderlands Brewery’s Esk Blonde sells out in twelve hours

 

Eskdale tributes to Prince Philip

TRIBUTES have been paid to the Duke of Edinburgh by…

 

Day Centre applauded for its endless support

Staff and volunteers deliver over 10,000 meals during lockdowns

 
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.