Hadlow Community Transport
We awarded Hadlow Parish Council a grant in 2019, allowing it to buy two 16-seater minibuses to support its local primary school and a huge range of local groups. So far, the Women's Institute, Sea Scouts, Flower Club, Golden Green Seniors and the local running group have all used the transport to go on various trips, including one to join the MoonWalk breast cancer charity walk.
The vehicles have been relied upon regularly by these and other local church and community groups as well as by the village secondary school as back-up to its own school transport. They provide much needed support to the local community as well as to residents who would otherwise struggle to get out and about to join all-important social groups.
The Hadlow Community Transport scheme did not exist before the purchase of these 2 minibuses, and its launch was an ambitious project by the Parish Council to support the local community. We were impressed by the ambition and clear-sightedness of the scheme, which has continued to flourish, especially as the community gets back to providing groups and excursions for residents rediscovering their confidence to socialise following COVID-19 lockdowns.