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Major event and dates in the history of the West Country Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust.

 
     
 
2016    
  14 Aug WHOTT 14th rally, the 2nd in Dorchester, attended by 7, 217, 1000, 1299, 3307 and sales stand
  14 Aug Launch of new book "Premises & Facilities of Western & Southern National, Volume 1 A-L" written by chairman Robert Crawley and published by WHOTT
  17 Jul Plymouth rally attended by 1299, 3307 and sales stand
  16 Jul Plymouth Bretonside Bus Station closure running day attended by 1299, 3307 and sales stand
  16 Jul Exeter Coach Station to Plymouth Bretonside road run to commiserate closure of both sites, attended by 1299 and 3307
  12 Jul Trustees' Meeting, Taunton
  09-10 Jul Budleigh Salterton Museum, Reg Varney (On the Buses) centenary i/c/w WHOTT and free bus service provided by WNOC 1936 (VDV 753)
  17-19 Jun Royal Blue Run, Victoria – Bristol – Bournemouth - Lulworth Cove - Lyndhurst attended by 1299 and 1460
  29 May Coldharbour Mill steam day and WHOTT rally attended by 7, 217, 3307 and CLJ
  18 May Chairman's attendance at Museums and Heritage Show, London Olympia
  08 May Taunton running day attended by 217, 1299, 3307 and sales stand
  07 May AGM, Exeter
  01 May Barry small bus running day attended by 7
  01 May Coldharbour Mill steam day, free bus service provided by CLJ
  20 Apr Illustrated talk on West of England bus operators and development of the preservation movement to Chippenham Probus Club by member Geoff Hobbs
  17 Apr WHOTT members visit Penzance running day attended by 1460, 1613 and sales stand
  17 Apr WHOTT members visit London Bus Museum rally, Brooklands
  02 Apr WHOTT members visit South East Bus Festival, Maidstone
  01 Apr Illustrated talk on historic Cornish operators to the Cornish Commercial Vehicle Club Redruth by member Andy Richings
  29 Mar WHOTT's News 62 published
  27 Mar Coldharbour Mill steam day, free bus service provided by 7
  14 Mar Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  12 Mar Chairman and Museum Advisor attended NARTM Spring Conference, Manchester Museum of Transport
  14 Feb Coldharbour Mill steam day, free bus service provided by 7
  31 Jan Financial Year End
  22 Jan WHOTT's News 61 published
  20 Jan Chairman's attendance at Exeter City Council meeting re bus station redevelopment
  20 Jan Trustees' Meeting, Taunton
  16 Jan New Year social, Long Sutton Golf Club, attended by CLJ and 33 members
  07 Jan Minibus Mercedes C949 GAF (Western National 106) sent for further preservation
  01 Jan Coldharbour Mill steam day, free bus service provided by 7 and CLJ
2015    
  03 Dec Inspection of Black & White collection, Andover
  02 Dec WHOTT's News 60 published
  25 Nov Trustees' Meeting, Coldharbour Mill
  19 Nov Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  04 Nov Chairman's attendance at charity seminar, Exeter Westpoint
  24 Oct Secretary's attendance at NARTM AGM, Leicester Abbey Pumping Station
  07-28 Oct Archive relocated to new premises at Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme
  04 Oct Winkleigh open day attended by 7, CLJ 413Y and sales stand
  23 Sep WHOTT's News 59 published
  21 Sep Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  19 Sep Kingsbridge running day attended by 1613 and sales stand
  28 Aug Trustees' Meeting, Coldharbour Mill
  16 Aug Launch of new book "Fleet History of Bere Regis & District Motor Services" written by member Stuart Shelton and published by WHOTT
  16 Aug WHOTT 13th rally, this year in Dorchester attended by 7, 217, 937, 1000, 1299, CLJ 413Y and sales stand
  16 Aug Bere Regis & District Bristol LHS Plaxton Supreme V CLJ 413Y placed on loan to WHOTT
  07 Aug Duplicate minibuses Transit C705 FFJ (Devon General 705) and Iveco M627 HDV (Stagecoach Devon 46329) sold for further preservation
  26 Jul Plymouth rally and Archive open day attended by 1000, 3307 and sales stand
  09 Jul Trustees' Meeting, Dorchester
  01 Jul Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  19-21 Jun Royal Blue Run Windsor – Exeter – Penzance – Exeter attended by 1299 and 1460
  14 Jun Wilts & Dorset 100 attended by 217 & 3307
  07 Jun Southdown 100 attended by 217 & 3307
  31 May Teignmouth running day attended by 3307
  27 May Trustees' Meeting, Taunton
  12 May 86 sponsored
  10 May Members' area of website goes live
  10 May

Taunton running day attended by 217, 3307 and sales stand

  09 May AGM, Exeter
  04 May Trustees' visit to potential archive and museum site
  03 May 5 drives back to base
  02 May 5 takes Lord Mayor to Exeter Guildhall followed by public display in Bedford Street
  01 May 5 drives to Exeter
  19 Apr Penzance Running Day attended by 1157, 1460 and sales stand
  19 Apr WHOTT Members visit London Bus Museum Rally, Brooklands
  10 Apr WHOTT's News 58 published
  21 Mar Trustee attended NARTM Spring Conference, Ipswich Transport Museum
  16 Mar Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  31 Jan New Financial Year End
  30 Jan WHOTT's News 57 published
  21 Jan Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  17 Jan EGM, Exeter

2014    
  12 Dec Chairman's visit to potential archive and museum sites
  03 Dec Trustees' meeting with potential rally site
  30 Nov WHOTT's News 56 published
  28 Nov Chairman's illustrated talk to the Exeter Young at Heart Club, 'Maud, Exeter lady 85 years old this year'
  21 Nov Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  09 Nov Exeter Twilight Running Day attended by 937
  05 Nov Trustees' and eligible Members' attendance at Euro Bus Expo, Birmingham NEC
  29 Oct Trustees' Meeting, Newton Abbot
  25 Oct Trustees' attendance at NARTM Autumn Conference, Aldridge
  13 Oct R580 SBA (First Manchester 60370) donated by First Group for exhibition vehicle
  06 Oct Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  05 Oct Winkleigh Open Day attended by 3307 and sales stand with launch of Colin Shears' autobiography published by WHOTT
  21 Sep

WHOTT 12th Rally at Westpoint attended by 5, 217, 937, 1000, 1157, 1299, 1460, 3307, 9929 and sales stand

  20 Sep Kingsbridge Running Day attended by 1157, 1613 and 1460
  15 Sep

Trustees' Meeting, Tiverton Parkway

  14 Sep Truro Day attended by 217 with exhibition of Cornish hauliers and garages, Truro buses and sales stand
  14 Sep

Merthyr Tydfil bus & coach Wales attended by 3307

  26 Aug WHOTT's News 55 published
  10 Aug Avon Valley BVBG running day attended by 1299
  30 Jul Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  18-19 Jul

Exeter Lammas Fair, Craft Festival and Photographic History attended by Trustees

  14 Jul Insurance moved from Towergate to Rigton
  12 Jul Exmouth organ donor awareness day attended by Iveco 1000
  06 Jul Harry and Sarah Blundred renewal of wedding vows at Otterton Church. Guests driven by Chairman in Little Willie
  05 Jul

Exeter Bus Station 50th anniversary attended by 1299, 1460, Little Willie, 1000, sales stand and WHOTT exhibition

  01 Jul Little Willie and Iveco 1000 relicensed
  20-22 Jun Royal Blue Run Victoria - Bournemouth - Exeter - Bridgwater attended by 1299 and 1460
  04 Jun Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  31 May Financial Year End
  15-16 May Chairman's and Secretary's attendances at Museums and Heritage Show, London Olympia
  11 May Taunton Running Day attended by sales stand
  10 May Annual General Meeting, Exeter
  05 May WHOTT leaflet published
  25 Apr 217 relicensed
  20 Apr Penzance Running Day attended by 1157, 1460 and sales stand
  13 Apr WHOTT Members visit London Bus Museum rally and RT75 event, Brooklands
  11 Apr WHOTT's News 54 published
  17 Mar Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  08 Mar Trustee attendance at NARTM Spring Conference, Newton Aycliffe
  01 Feb WHOTT's News 53 published
  24 Jan Trustees' Meeting, Salisbury
  16 Jan Trustee attendance at Companies' House director seminar, London

2013 30 Nov WHOTT's News 52 published
  29 Nov Trustee attendance at Small Business Show, London Olympia
  19 Nov Trustees' Meeting, Guildhall, Portsmouth
  10 Nov Exeter Twilight Running Day attended by 937
  26 Oct

Trustee attendance at NARTM AGM, Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum

  14 Oct WHOTT's it all about? talk given to the Chippenham & District 41 Club by WHOTT member Geoff Hobbs
  09 Oct

Trustees' Meeting, Estover

  06 Oct Winkleigh Open Day attended by Little Willie and Iveco
  21 Sep Kingsbridge Running Day attended by 1613 and Little Willie
  14 Sep Minibus book published
  08 Sep WHOTT 11th Rally at Westpoint attended by 1299, Little Willie and Iveco
  24 Aug WHOTT's News 51 published
  18 Aug Stithians Traction Engine Rally attended by 937
  17 Aug Helston - Lizard 110th anniversary run attended by 937
  31 Jul Chairman's Meeting with Association of Independent Museums, Exeter
  28 Jul Plymouth Rally attended by 937 and 1299
  14 Jul Vehicle insurance renewed
  13 Jul Tiverton Balloon Festival attended by 937
  09 Jul Trustee attendance at Business for Better Conference, London Olympia
  06 Jul Trustees' Meeting, Colaton Raleigh
  21-23 Jun Royal Blue Run Victoria - Margate - Portsmouth - Cheltenham attended by 1299
  16 June

Weymouth Rally attended by 1299

  31 May WN50 published
  31 May Financial Year end
  15-16 May Chairman's attendance at Museums and Heritage Show, London Olympia
  11 May AGM and Trustees' Meeting, Colaton Raleigh
  09 May Royal Blue Coaching Reunion, Bournemouth attended by 1299
  05 May

Barry Rally attended by 1299

  28 Apr Bristol Harbourside Rally attended by 1299
  07 Apr Brislington Rally attended by 1299
  25 Mar Election of new Trustees
  09 Mar Trustee attendance at NARTM Spring Conference, Oxford Bus Museum
  28 Feb WN49 published

2012 27 Nov

Illustrated talk given to Bishopsteignton Probus Club by Chairman and Secretary

  13 Nov Trustees' Meeting, Colaton Raleigh
  27 Oct NARTM meeting at Swansea attended by Chairman
  08 Oct Trustees' Meeting, Colaton Raleigh, to review Westpoint rally
  16 Sep WHOTT 10th Rally at Westpoint
  10 Sep Trustees' Meeting, Colaton Raleigh
  16 Jul Trustees' Meeting, Colaton Raleigh, attended by Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group
  12 May AGM and Trustees' Meeting, Colaton Raleigh
  12 Mar Trustees' Meeting, Colaton Raleigh
  29 Feb WHOTTs NEWS 45 published
  07 Feb Illustrated talk given to Braunton Probus Club
  31 Jan Trams of Exeter published
  07 Jan Trustees' Meeting, Colaton Raleigh

 2011 10 Dec WHOTTs NEWS 44 published
  02 Dec Illustrated talk to the Cornwall Commercial Vehicle Club, Redruth
  22 Nov Acquired 1929 Maudslay bus (new to Exeter Corporation)
  19 Nov Inauguration meeting of Federation of South West Bus Groups
  04 Oct Museum site survey 
  02 Oct Winkleigh Open Day
  18 Sep WHOTT 9th Rally at Westpoint
  13 Sep Inspected 1929 Maudslay bus for possible acquisition
  04 Sep Torquay Running Day (D&D Group)
  01 Sep WHOTTs NEWS 43 published
  24 Jul Plymouth Hoe Rally
  17 Jul South Devon Run / Bovey Tracey Rally
  10 Jul Powderham Castle Rally
  08 Jul Illustrated talk to the Trevithick Society
  29 Jun Museum site meeting
  12 Jun Barry Open Day (Cardiff Bus)
  12 Jun Weymouth Rally
  01 Jun WHOTTs NEWS 42 published
  29 May Launceston Rally
  11 May Illustrated talk given to Bratton Fleming History Society
  01 May Torbay Running Day (DG Society)
  17 Apr Penzance Running Day
  16 Apr West country tram exhibition, Taunton
  12/13 Mar NARTM meeting and visitation to Plymouth archive
  01 Mar WHOTTs NEWS 41 published
  27 Feb Gillingham Commercial Vehicle Gathering
  07 Feb Illustrated talk given to Plymouth Railway Circle

2010  

Throughout the year there has been 50 archive days and 90 vehicle restoration days.

Between Easter and the end of September one vehicle and one display cabinet of archive material was put on permanent display at the World of Country Life, Sandy Bay, Exmouth

  14 Nov Nocturnal Bus Running Evening, Exeter
  18-22 Oct Plymouth and Devonport heritage event, Plymouth Piazza
  01-04 Oct Omnibus Society Presidential Weekend, Newquay in conjunction with Western Greyhound
  19 Sep WHOTT Rally, Westpoint
  18 Sep Kingsbridge 7’6” Running Day
  05 Sep Torbay Vintage Bus Running Day
  15 Aug Bristol Vintage Bus Group Open Day
  25 Jul Western National Bus Preservation Group Rally, Plymouth
  18 Jul South Devon Coastal Run
  10/11 Jul Powderham Castle Vintage Vehicle Gathering
  20 Jun Weymouth Vintage Bus Running Day
  30 May Roselyn Coaches, Par Running Day
  01/02 May Quantock Services new depot open weekend
  25 Apr Drive It Day at Westpoint
  18 Apr Penzance Running Day
  10 Apr Forty years since City of Exeter Transport Dept sold to NBC
  27 Mar Alan Cross 1952 West Country Tour photographs, Exeter

2009 20 Sep WHOTT Rally - click here for further details of the event
  19 Sep Western National 3307 made first public appearance since restoration
  19 Sep Kingsbridge Running Day
  24 Jun Donation of M627MDV and L929CTT to WHOTT by Stagecoach Devon
  16 May A747 DWP sold for further preservation
  17 Jan EFJ 92 Bedford WTB coach purchased from Manchester Museum of Transport and brought back to Devon.
  Jan A747 DWP (Tantivy Motors) donated by Anne Reece with option for WHOTT to sell.

2008 21 Sep WHOTT Rally - Click here for further details of the event
  20 Sep Kingsbridge Running Day
  14/15 Jun Royal Blue Run - Taunton - Bude - Exeter
  27 Apr Penzance VR Revival & Mousehole Running Day. Click here for further details of the event.
  12-14 Apr Archive relocated to new premises at Estover, Plymouth

2007 Sep Publication of booklet to commemorate centenary of the introduction of electric trams in Torquay.
  16 Sep WHOTT Rally - Click here for further details of the event
  14/15 Sep Yelloway run from Cheshire to Devon
  16 Jun 6th Royal Blue Run - Cheltenham to Weymouth
  17 Apr LTA 772 (Southern National 1613) donated by Dorset Transport Circle.
  10-11 Mar Victoria Coach Station 75th Anniversary

2006 09 Dec First Devon & Cornwall Final Bristol VR Running Day. Click here for further details of the event
  17 Sep WHOTT Rally - Click here for further details of the event
  16 Sep 5th Royal Blue Run from Cheltenham to Exeter.
  16 Aug K906 VDV (Devon General 9403) donated by Stagecoach Devon
  15 Jul Exeter Running Day and display to mark ten years of Stagecoach Devon.
  14 May Royal Blue display at Basingstoke Festival of Transport.
  23 Apr 2nd WHOTT Drive-a-Bus day at Westpoint.
  12 Feb

C949 GAF (Western National 106) donated by Colin Billington

  Jan OTT 98 (Royal Blue 1299) donated by Dorset Transport Circle.

2005 Sep C705 FFJ (Devon General Transit 705) donated by Colin Billington.
  18 Sep WHOTT Rally - 125th Anniversary of Royal Blue Coaches. WHOTT held their third rally at Westpoint. Click here to find further details of the event.
  16/17 Sep 125th Anniversary of Royal Blue. WHOTT held a second Royal Blue run to celebrate 125 years since the formation of Royal Blue Coaches. Click here for further details of the event.
  24/25 Jun 125th Anniversary of Royal Blue. WHOTT held a Royal Blue run to celebrate 125 years since the formation of Royal Blue Coaches. Click here for further details of the event.
  11 May OTA 632G (Southern National 1460) acquired from the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Trust, Wythall.
  Apr

Publication of booklet to commemorate centenary of the introduction of electric trams in Exeter.

  Apr 86 GFJ (Exeter City Transport 86) on long term loan from Exeter City Council.
  04-06 Apr Centenary of Exeter's Electric Trams. WHOTT had a display in Exeter to celebrate 100 years of Exeter Trams. Click here for further details of the event.
  Mar Archive activity established at Westpoint.
  Feb VDV 137S (First Somerset & Avon 39337) donated by First Somerset & Avon.

2004 19 Sep WHOTT Rally - 75th Anniversary of Western National. WHOTT held their second rally at Westpoint. Click here to find further details of the event.
  May WHOTT held its first Drive-a-Bus Day at Westpoint.
  Jan AFJ 764T (First Somerset & Avon 38764) donated by First Somerset and Avon.

2003 21 Sep L929 CTT (Stagecoach Devon 46300) on long term loan from Stagecoach Devon.
  21 Sep M627 HDV (Stagecoach Devon 46329) on long term loan from Stagecoach Devon
  21 Sep WHOTT Rally - Anniversary of the first preserved Devon General. WHOTT held their first rally at Westpoint. Click here to find further details of the event.
  21 Sep 2nd Royal Blue Run from Bournemouth to Exmouth and Wespoint
  17 Aug GWR Centenary - Helston - Lizard Road Run.

2002 15 Sep Tiverton Running day with Devon General Society.
  14 Sep Royal Blue Running Day from Taunton to Ilfracombe and return.
  Jul  PFJ 850M (Western National RV8) donated by Colin Billington.
  Feb AFJ 727T (First Southern National 3307) donated by First Southern National.

2001 Oct C801 FRL (Western National 6104) donated by First Western National.
  Jun Web site launched.
  Feb - Jun WHOTT Mobile Museum - TDV 217J - Exeter City Transport No. 217. During this period Exeter No 217 was transformed into the WHOTT Mobile Museum. Click here to find out more details.

2000 Dec TDV 217J (Exeter City Transport 217) donated to the Trust by First Western National.
  May A927 MDV (Devon General 7) on long term loan from Harry Blundred.
  May Trust formally announced at Transport 2000 in Newton Abbot.
  26 Mar Application accepted as a registered charity.

1999 26 May Trust registered as Limited company.

1998 10 Oct Formation of the West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust for the purpose of preserving West Country commercial vehicles, artefacts and archives for the benefit of present and future generations

In addition to these events many other activities are taking place.

 
 
 
 

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