Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Handibus chairman steps down after 11 years
Published 12/05/14



THE chairman of the Henley and District Handibus Scheme is stepping down after 11 years.

Robin Rippon, 77, bowed out at the annual meeting at Henley town hall.

He joined the scheme as a volunteer driver in May 2003 and took over from former chairman Peter Williams later that year.

He initially thought he was only signing up to sort out the drivers’ timetable.

Mr Rippon recalled: “The previous chairman was the one who sorted out the rota and when he left I said I didn’t mind doing it. After I had taken that on they said I had to be chairman as well.”


A highlight of his time as chairman was seeing the Henley Handibus become the first charity run community bus in England to allow passengers to use concessionary bus passes after securing a contract with South Oxfordshire District Council in 2007.

Four years later, he successfully campaigned against Oxfordshire County Council’s plans to stop bus passes being eligible for use on the Henley Handibus, a move which would have added £8,000 to its annual running costs.

Another proud moment came in 2010 when all 14 volunteer drivers passed their Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme exams, with two achieving the maximum 100 per cent.

This year has brought more success for the Henley Handibus with a new £60,000 vehicle due to arrive in August.

Mr Rippon, of Elizabeth Close, Henley, said: “I’m quite proud of the organisation that we have at the moment but the time has come for me to move on to other things.

“I wish the committee well in their efforts to keep the scheme going, especially with the new bus.”

Mr Rippon is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Sue and will continue to volunteer with the Henley and District Talking Newspaper Association.

He is also a warden with the Thames River Society and is keeper of the churchyard at St Nicholas’ Church in Rotherfield Greys.

The trustees of the Henley and District Handibus Scheme will meet over the next few weeks to decide who will take over as chairman.

Published 12/05/14

MOST POPULAR
Most residents support M&S development
Gillotts celebrates best ever GCSE results
Rewind promoter forgives blue Bob
The penalty points capital of England
Queues of traffic on hill ‘are deliberate’
No action to be taken against David Silvester
Brakspear sales rise despite pub closures
Re-opening date set for Whitchurch Bridge
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Residents lose fight against leisure complex
Revamped café takes on starring role at cinema
Local pub gets new lease of life
Nat West closes branch despite protests
Inaugural Hope Henley a success
Baton passed in Source to Sea relay
A blooming good year for flower show
Re-opening date set for Whitchurch Bridge
Most residents support M&S development
Tea party raises funds for further festivities
New barbers replaces tattoo parlour
The penalty points capital of England
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Henley's winning run ends at High Wycombe
Peppard Stoke Row clinches promotion
Welsh visitors have edge in close encounter
Carp haul wins it for Shillitto
Single winning rink enough for victory
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 419429
www.higgsprinting.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2013  |  Registered in England number 1418717