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Santa Bus Routes

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Valley Estate – Monday 12th December 6pm to 8pm. Jolly Boatman 8pm to 9pm. Click for full view.   Town Side – Monday 19th December 6pm to 8pm. The Ark 8pm to 9pm. Click for full view.   Denton and South Heighton – Wednesday 21st December 6pm to 8pm. The Flying Fish 8pm to 9pm.…

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#GivingTuesday - Will You Get On Board?

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Today is #GivingTuesday – celebrating a global day of giving. To celebrate the day where people support the causes they love, Local Giving is matching 1000 donations of £5 – at no extra cost to the donor, today. With gift aid, this could mean a donation of just £5 turns into £11.25. If you feel…

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Vacancies At CTLA - November 2016

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Full Time Transport Assistant to help manage daily transport operations, vehicle seat set up, route planning, driver scheduling, vehicle maintenance planning, documentation checks and emergency cover. This varied, interesting job will involve some regular driving duties. Computer literacy would be an advantage. The successful candidate should have a full driving licence preferably with a D1…

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Computer Server Upgrade

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We would like to thank all our service users for their patience for any administrative delay whilst our computer servers and systems are being upgraded. We hope to be up and running as normal as soon as possible.

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Santa Returns To The Havens To Support CTLA

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Residents of Newhaven often reminisce about Christmases past when the NPT Rotary Club would bring a jolly Santa round the streets on his sleigh, forming happy childhood memories and raising money for good causes. Sadly, due to many factors, Santa has not been seen in the streets of Newhaven for over a decade, but CTLA…

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CTLA Celebrates Older Peoples Day!

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The UN International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on 1st October each year and an umbrella of support organisations across the UK hold events to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and economy over several weeks. People are living longer and organisations need to ensure that they adapt…

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Double Your Donation Whilst Funds Last!

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You can DOUBLE your donation of up to £10 whilst funds last to support the vital front-line work of CTLA Community Transport – meeting the need that public transport leaves unmet. https://localgiving.org/charity/commtrans/ Terms And Conditions: End date and time: 5pm on Thursday the 17th November 2016 or when the match fund runs out (whichever comes…

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New Website Soon!

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As part of a year long business sustainability project, CTLA will be delighted to launch a new Website in November 2016. Resources dedicated to bringing the new website into existence means this current site may not be as up to date or edited as regularly as we would hope for the next few weeks. Please…

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Peacehaven Paralympian Tours Local Schools

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CTLA were pleased to provide an accessible minibus for the Peacehaven medal winning paralympian, Simon Munn, to tour the local schools this week, speaking to and inspiring young athletes. Simon then attended a small reception at the Meridian Centre and was presented with a locally handcrafted and enscribed bowl from the Mayor of Peacehaven, Councillor…

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New Chair Of Trustees

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The former Mayoress of Peacehaven, Helen Livings, has been appointed Chair of Trustees for CTLA Community Transport, which covers the whole of the Lewes District. Helen has been a trustee for CTLA for over five years and is a passionate supporter of the front line services that accessible Community Transport charities bring to the community.…

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Barwells QualitySolicitors Supports CTLA

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Barwells QualitySolicitors sponsored the community games at the CTLA Community Transport information stand at the Telscombe Community Fete this month to attract visitors and inform them of our available services. Lack of accessible transport options can cause loneliness and isolation, social exclusion and lack of dignified living resulting in both mental and physical ill health,…

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Mobile Hearing Resource Bus in Peacehaven on Thursday 27th October 2016

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A FREE SERVICE BROUGHT TO PEACEHAVEN East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. The vehicle, which is funded by the Big Lottery, is equipped…

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Travel Club (Havens) Trips For September 2016

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CTLA Travel Club Trip List for September 2016 For Members from : Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Telscombe, East Saltdean areas. Membership is FREE and open to everyone Ring 01273 517332 for more details. Friday, 2nd September – New Forest – this will be a full day exploring the delights of the New Forest. First you will…

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Seaford Town Council Support For CTLA

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CTLA were delighted and grateful for the continued support of Seaford Town Council when Paul Homewood, General Manager, was presented with a cheque for £5000 this week to sustain the Community Transport services for residents of Seaford.

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Para Games Transport Support

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CTLA Community Transport were delighted to support the participants of this weekends Para Games, hosted by Wave Leisure at their Seaford leisure centre. Congratulations to all the athletes.

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CTLA To The Rescue!

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Although we operate on a pre-booked basis, when emergencies arise, CTLA will always strive to go ‘the extra mile’. On Tuesday 19th July, we received a telephone call from a distressed 71 year old Newhaven resident who needed to get to the Lewes Victoria Hospital minor injuries unit as soon as possible. Our Customer Service…

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Receive Support From Waitrose

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CTLA would like to thank Waitrose Lewes (and all their customers) whose green token scheme has donated £330 to support our essential front line services.

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Outstanding Customer Service Recognised

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CTLA (Community Transport) were delighted to be named as winners of the Best Customer Service award at the Lewes District Business Awards 2016. The event, held at Lewes Town Hall, on Thursday 14th July was attended by more than 170 guests and was hosted by former Countryfile presenter, Juliette Morris. Derek Barnett, CTLA Business Development…

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CTLA New Logo and Branding

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CTLA are delighted to reveal a sneak preview of their new logo which will be used in the re-branding element of their recently launched business development project.

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Rotary Presidents Lunch supports CTLA

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Derek Barnett, Business Development Manager, accepting another generous donation of £500 from the Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe (NPT) Rotary Club with Jackie Whitely, the outgoing Rotary President. Thank you on behalf of all the community members that CTLA exists to support. Sunday 10th July at the Blind Veterans UK Brighton building.

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Peacehaven Fayre – Saturday 16th July 11am to 3pm

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From the Peacehaven Newsletter: Peacehaven is getting ready for the biggest event of its centenary year — the community summer fair. The event, with its associated Zero Degrees skate festival and car boot sale, will be at Centenary Park on Saturday, July 16, from 11am to 3pm. Local organisations and groups are organising lots of…

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Catch The Bus Week! 4-10 July 2016

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http://www.catchthebusweek.co.uk/ Why is Catch the Bus Week important? Catch the Bus Week is a unique and fun initiative to show people the benefits of taking the bus and a chance to profile bus services all over the country, which can hopefully lead to long term travel change. Britain has a valuable opportunity to harness the…

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Accessible Minibus Launched By Lord Lieutenant‏

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CTLA welcomed Mr Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, to officially launch the new accessible minibus that has been awarded to the Community Transport charity by the Department of Transport Minibus Fund. The new vehicle will help elderly residents, people with learning and physical additional needs and those who do not have access to…

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Success For CCG Scheme!

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The Havens and Weald Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have extended their partnership with CTLA Community Transport to enable patients to get to medical appointments at the Haven’s coastal GP practices and to the Lewes Victoria Hospital. Registered patients of practices in Newhaven, Peacehaven, Telscombe and East Saltdean all qualify for the scheme. The FREE transport…

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District News Summer Edition

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The Lewes District Council summer edition of their newsletter – District News – is currently being delivered to all residents with a feature about CTLA on page 12. If you have not had your copy, you can read it online at : https://issuu.com/lewesdistrictcouncil/docs/district_news_summer16

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CTLA named as LDBA Finalists 2016

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CTLA are delighted to have been named as finalists in the Lewes District Business Awards 2016 in the category of Customer Service. The winners will be announced at Lewes Town Hall on Thursday 14th July 2016. Community Manager, Paula Woolven, said “I’m delighted that the staff and volunteers of CTLA have been recognised by the…

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June Green Token Scheme – Waitrose Lewes

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CTLA are delighted to be one of the three chosen charities being supported by the June ‘Community Matters’ scheme in the Lewes branch of Waitrose supermarket. At the end of your shop in branch, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens…

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Record number of passenger journeys on Seaford dial-a-ride!

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On the three standard days of service (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) total passenger journeys last week (w/e 22nd May) were the highest ever and exceeded 100 for the first time! We are delighted so many people are using our services to access their daily living and confirming our place on the front line to combat…

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Mayor Presents Cheque To CTLA

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CTLA were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £1033 – half of the proceeds of the Mayor of Seaford’s fundraising events for 2015/16 together with joint beneficiaries, Seaford Lifeguards, at the annual Town Meeting on Tuesday 24th May, 16. A further £100 was donated from the Seaford Events Committee. Pictured below – Community…

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Award Recognition for CTLA

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Innovation, success and commitment recognised at business awards. Pictured below (first left) Derek Barnett, General Manager, accepting recognition for CTLA’s commitment to outstanding customer service with the other finalists at the Seahaven Business Awards.

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CTLA joins the Age Action Alliance

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CTLA are delighted to have been confirmed as members of the Age Action Alliance. The Age Action Alliance is a network which brings together organisations and older people, in partnership. Drawn from civil society and the public and private sectors, it takes a positive approach to ageing and seeks practical ways to improve services and…

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Open Up Your World!

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CTLA were delighted to receive feedback this week from two of our travel club members. “For all of you that are involved, you open up our world with all that you do, with grateful thanks” Feeling physically fit and mentally well are important at any age and the two are closely linked. People who feel…

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CTLA Named As Awards Finalists

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CTLA are delighted to have been named as finalists in the Seahaven Business Awards 2016 for outstanding customer service. As a front line service, we are aware that the direct interaction that our clients have with our staff is what they will remember and mention to their friends and family, which is why creating a…

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Charity Champions!

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CTLA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to raise community awareness of our services, recruit new members, help fundraise or recruit fundraising supporters, feedback on current services and have an input into the development of new services and ideas. The Charity Champions scheme involves service users and community contacts and is shaped by their needs to…

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Support for Seahaven Academy

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CTLA is delighted to be taking part in the workshops at Seahaven Academy today, designed to inform and inspire the next generation of school leavers. A career in the third sector (charitable) can be extremely rewarding and promotes community activism. We can, and do, make a difference – every day.

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Take Over Chancellor Speech!

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Did you hear Community Manager, Paula, pretending to be the Chancellor for 60 seconds on Radio Sussex this morning, championing the cause of local charities? If you missed it, here is her inaugural speech! “I’ve seen first-hand how Community Transport is a life-line to hundreds of people in my community and I think it should…

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Success In Sustainability Bid

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CTLA (Community Transport) charity have been awarded a grant today (Friday 11th March) from the Cabinet Office Local Sustainability Fund for organisations working in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. The funds will enable CTLA to implement organisational change and access professional advice, including establishing strong volunteering relationships with local businesses, and improve…

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Closure of Uckfield High Street northbound from 21 February 2016

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Closure of Uckfield High Street northbound from 21 February 2016 Changes to bus services Part of Uckfield High Street will be closed to northbound traffic during the period of the works, commencing noon on Sunday 21 February. From the Bus Station all northbound buses will run via Bell Lane and the by-pass. CTLA are pleased…

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Success For Community Transport ‘Working Together’ Initiative‏

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Over thirty representatives from councils, charities, action groups and service user groups met at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven on Friday January 29th to form a ‘Working Together’ initiative based around Community Transport (CT). The theme of the meeting was ‘Working Together To Find Transport Solutions For Our Local Communities’. The meeting was convened by Community…

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Random Acts of Kindness Week!

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https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/rakweek2016 It’s random acts of kindness week! How will you be paying it forward? Donations always welcome for our work at : www.localgiving.com/commtrans

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Support From Lewes MP, Maria Caulfield

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In July 2015, Westminster’s 650 Members of Parliament were awarded a 10% automatic payrise from the government’s independent watchdog. Lewes MP Maria Caulfield pledged to give her increase to local charities. She said: “I decided I didn’t want to accept the pay rise, especially with colleagues in the public sector, where I came from, only…

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CTLA Supports Shoppers After News Of Town Centre Closure

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CTLA Community Transport Charity is available for anyone who is unable to access normal public transport to go shopping. Our dial-a-ride service is door to door and low cost – our caring drivers are happy to assist passengers to and from the accessible minibuses. We regularly take passengers shopping, to the doctors/dentists, lunch and day…

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Wishing You All A Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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CTLA would like to thank all our staff, volunteers, service users and community supporters as we close down for Christmas. We have received some wonderful Christmas messages and some donations to help continue our work in the community, helping to prevent isolation and loneliness. We are very grateful for all your kind wishes and hope…

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Seaford Choral Society Keeps Wheels Rolling!

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The retiring collection of £300 taken at the Seaford Choral Society concert on 28th November at St Leonards Church, Seaford, has been donated to Community Transport charity, CTLA. Accepting the cheque from Society Chairman, Rosemary Collict, CTLA General Manager, Derek Barnett said “On behalf of CTLA I would like to thank the Society for the…

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CTLA Support NPT Rotary Club Lunch!

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The Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe Rotary Club are one of the biggest supporters of CTLA and we are delighted to return their kindness by providing transport for their events, wherever possible. The NPT Rotary Club held their Christmas Lunch Party for 80 local elderly residents who enjoyed an amazing buffet, tea and cake and entertainment…

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Alfriston Dickensian Event Saturday 21st November 2015

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CTLA are delighted to be supporting the Alfriston Village Dickensian Event on Saturday 21st November from 2pm to 9pm. We will, along with Cuckmere Community Buses, be helping with transport visitors on the Park and Ride Scheme. http://www.alfriston-village.co.uk/#!transport/c1ow8

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Seaford Xmas Magic Event – Saturday 5th December 2015

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CTLA are delighted to be supporting the Seaford Xmas Magic event, with transport, on Saturday 5th December 2015, as well as running a Travel Club trip. So leave the car at home, jump on our community bus and visit this great event! For more details about the day, visit : http://www.seafordxmasmagic.uk/

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Lewes District Council Backs Community Transport

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A unanimous vote at the full Lewes District Council (LDC) meeting on the 14th October has given the green light for community transport charity CTLA to co-ordinate a working party which will discuss common issues of providing community led transportation support in the District. By meeting transport needs that public transport leaves unmet, CTLA and…

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CTLA named as prestigious award finalist

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CTLA are delighted to have been named as one of three finalists in the ‘Charity of the Year’ Award 2015 – part of the Community Stars Awards hosted by The Argus. The ‘Community Stars Awards’ champion all those who deserve recognition for their selfless, brave or generous actions during the past year and provide an…

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‘Get On Board’ – Sponsored Walking Bus

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On Sunday 11th October, a Sponsored Walking Bus took place to raise funds for CTLA, the only Community Transport charity of its kind covering the Havens coastal strip and the rest of the Lewes District. The walkers included Lewes MP Maria Caulfield and the Mayors of the Havens Towns – Cllr Wayne Botting (Telscombe), Cllr…

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Support To Combat Isolation and Loneliness

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CTLA would like to thank the B V MacAndrew Trust for their generous donation of £250 towards our aim of eliminating isolation and loneliness in our community, by offering accessible transport options to meet the need that public transport leaves unmet.

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Tea Dance Success!

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The afternoon tea dance held by CTLA at the Hillcrest Centre on Friday 19th September was hailed as a great success. The event, held in conjunction with Margaret and Jean Cantell of Studio Tempo, saw over 50 people taking part in a waltz, tango, foxtrott, line dance or a ‘hand jive’ from their seats. Organiser,…

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Autumn Prize Draw Winners!

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Thank you everyone for selling or purchasing tickets for our Autumn Draw! The lucky winners of the top prizes were : A Year Of Flowers : Mr and Mrs Ward, Seaford. £50 cash and £10 travel club voucher : Mrs Jill Honeywood, Lewes. Champagne : Mrs Whiteley, Newhaven. Congratulations!

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131 Summer Service Ends

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The 131 (Summer Only) Lewes service is ending on Saturday 12th September 2015.

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Project Advisor Position Available

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Advisor Wanted : Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) CTLA have been successful in stage one of the Local Sustainability Fund (administered by the National Lottery) and have been invited to apply for stage two. There is the opportunity for an Advisor to the project, which will be a paid role, if we are…

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Sometimes, all you need is time to sit by the sea.

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One of our members from Bishopstone, Seaford, once told us: “I live less than a mile away from the sea, but to me, it might as well be a million miles. CTLA helps me visit the seaside I love, spend time in the fresh air, and get safely home again.” I think this picture from…

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Haven’s MP’s ‘Get On Board’!

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The two Haven’s MP’s – Maria Caulfield and Simon Kirby – have pledged their support for the CTLA sponsored walking bus in October, an idea by Peacehaven teenager, Danny Woolven (14). Maria Caulfield recently pledged to donate her pay-rise to local charities and has offered to sponsor Danny in his walk around the Haven’s area…

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Hampden Arms raises £100 for CTLA with charity quiz night

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Thank you to the Hampden Arms PH in South Heighton for hosting a charity quiz night in aid of CTLA last night, raising £100 to go towards eliminating isolation and loneliness and giving people back their independence. The Bar Stewards were the victors by 1 point and generously donated their prize for the raffle. Thank…

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Mayors Back Teenagers Walking Bus Fundraiser!

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The Mayors of Newhaven, Peacehaven, Telscombe and Seaford have all pledged their support for a fundraising idea suggested by Danny Woolven, a 14 year old student from Peacehaven Community School. His mum, Paula Woolven, works for the only Community Transport charity in the Haven’s area (CTLA) and Danny came up with a plan to help…

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CTLA recognised by the Lewes District Business Awards 2015

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CTLA have been presented with certificates for becoming finalists in the Lewes District Business Awards 2015 in the categories of ‘Access All Areas’ and ‘Social Enterprise’.

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Charity Tea Dance – Cake! – September 18th 2.30pm

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TEA DANCE WITH CAKE September 18th 2.30pm to 4.30pm – Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven. Dance instruction by Studio Tempo – including dancing suitable for people with mobility barriers – refreshments and transport (if required) included. Tickets just £7 – all proceeds to CTLA Community Transport – to book email dawn@ctla.org.uk or call 01273 517332. All welcome.

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Seaford Town Council Backs CTLA Community Transport

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Seaford Town Council has announced its 2015 grant programme which includes support for CTLA’s community transport service in Seaford. As part of its community support commitment, £5000 was awarded to the Haven’s only community transport operator of its kind, to help the charity continue in its mission to meet the needs that conventional public transport…

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Variety Show Tickets Now On Sale!

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A fantastic line-up of variety acts at the Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane, Seaford in aid of the ‘Get On Board’ replacement bus campaign for the only Haven’s Community Transport Charity, CTLA. Supported by the Mayor of Seaford, Councillor Dave Argent. (Line-up subject to change without notice) ‘The Phantom’ award winning vocalist, Hayden Cheyne. The winner…

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CTLA Visits Seaford Rotary

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On Wednesday 15 July Derek Barnett, General Manager of Community Transport for the Lewes Area, visited Seaford Rotary Club as speaker. To read the Rotary article please go to : http://www.seafordrotary.org.uk/news.php

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CTLA Autumn Prize Draw

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Autumn Prize Draw – Tickets £1 each 1st Prize – A Year of flowers (1 bouquet per month) 2nd Prize – £50.00 3rd Prize – Bottle of Champagne & Other Prizes. To be drawn on Friday 18th September at our Charity Tea Dance To purchase tickets please see your CTLA bus driver or contact our…

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Tea and Dancing! Friday 18th September 2015

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CTLA Summer Fundraising Event – Friday 18th September Hillcrest Centre – 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Tickets £7.00 (including transport) With the wonderful Studio Tempo providing the dancing, please come along to either participate, dance in your chair or just enjoy watching. It is sure to be a wonderful afternoon tea and cake will be served, so…

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Peacehaven and Telscombe Fayre Success!

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CTLA were delighted to welcome dozens of visitors to their stand at the popular Peacehaven and Telscombe Fayre on Saturday 11th July, at Chatsworth Park, including the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Juliet Smith, who pledged her support for their 2015 campaign ‘Get On Board’. Joining her was the Mayor of Telscombe, Councillor Wayne Botting.…

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Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Event Shuttlebus

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Following the success of the free bus provided for the Seaford Mayor’s Garden Trail last weekend, CTLA have agreed to provide a free shuttlebus for Geoff Stonebanks open gardens, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support charity. As Geoff anticipates good numbers of attendees coming to enjoy award winning ‘Driftwood’ gardens in Bishopstone, a shuttle bus…

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Towns and Downs Wanderer Relaunch!

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CTLA Community Transport Charity ‘Towns and Downs Wanderer’ bus service has been re-launched this month for Summer 2015 visiting Ditchling Beacon, Ditchling Village, Burgess Hill, Plumpton, Lewes Town and Firle Beacon. Some journeys connect with the Brighton and Hove bus service 79 at Ditchling Beacon providing the opportunity for a full day out on the…

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Successful Pilot Scheme Extended!

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We are delighted to announce that our successful pilot scheme to enable patients to attend GP surgeries in Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs as well as the Lewes Victoria Hospital has been extended for a further six months to January 2016. The scheme is in partnership with the Haven’s CCG. For more details see :…

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Seahaven Para Games – Downs Leisure Centre – Sunday 9th August

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Sunday 9th August 2015. Downs Leisure Centre, Seaford. 10-4pm. Free to all entrants and free transport can be arranged. Call ; 01323 493026 for more details or to book.

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Mayor’s Open Garden Trail Success!

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CTLA offers our sincere thanks to Geoff Stonebanks, Cllr Dave Argent and all the owners of the beautiful gardens on the Mayor’s charity trail 2015 for opening their doors this weekend to raise funds both for us, and for the Seaford Lifeguards service. The event was officially opened by BBC South East Today tv presenter…

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CTLA named as ‘Access All Areas’ finalist!

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CTLA have been named as finalists in the Lewes District Business Awards 2015 in the ‘Access All Areas’ category. The award ceremony will be held at Pelham House, Lewes on 9th July. Fingers crossed!

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Support CTLA Staff In Their Race For Life!

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CTLA admin staff Jo and Lucy are undertaking the Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research UK on the 5th July 2015. This 5k race is vital in funding Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. You can sponsor the girls at : https://www.justgiving.com/jolucy/

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What IS Community Transport?

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Community transport is safe, accessible, cost-effective, flexible transport run by the community for the community. Community transport shows what can be done when people take responsibility for solving their own problems. It mobilises and engages local communities, as it is provided by charities and voluntary organisations (which are often very small and local), and harnesses…

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A Video Snapshot from Older People’s Day 2014

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http://www.magisto.com/video/M1ZAIVkFFCwoW0JhCzE CTLA was delighted to offer transport assistance to several Older People’s Day events last year in the Haven’s area and we also held our own free afternoon tea and entertainment event at the Meridian Centre for almost 100 older people. Guests included the High Sheriff, Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex and the Mayor of…

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New Social Group Support

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CTLA are delighted to be supporting Crowborough Lodge Nursing Home with transport for their Saltdean residents to reach a new song and dance afternoon activity at St Nicholas Church Hall. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need support for your charity, community group or social enterprise.

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Pilot Scheme Success

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More than 400 people have signed up to a new partnership pilot scheme being trialled by community transport charity CTLA and the NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG in its first two months of operation. The scheme aims to improve access for anyone who may otherwise have struggled to reach local health services. It is…

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CTLA Revised Services

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CTLA is now operating revised services on a number of routes from 11th April 2015. The changes that have been made mean there is now potentially spare capacity on some dial-a-ride services. If you have previously not been able to make a booking, please do not hesitate to enquire if the service is now able…

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CTLA To The Rescue!

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We were delighted to come to the rescue of a local primary school on Wednesday when, due to rail disruption, 18 young pupils and staff found themselves stuck at Falmer station with no potential way back, following a school trip by train. Within 45 minutes, our friendly bus driver had reached them and got them…

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CANCELLED – Car Boot Sale Due To Bad Weather

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Sadly due to the weather forecast of 30mph+ wind and heavy rain, we have had to make the disappointing decision to cancel tomorrow’s Car Boot Sale at the Dell Field, Peacehaven. CTLA relies on fundraising events and supporters to continue to offer accessible transport to vulnerable and isolated members of our community as well as…

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PEACEHAVEN ROVER COMMUNITY BUS SERVICE

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The contract between East Sussex County Council [ESCC] and Community Transport for the Lewes Area [CTLA] for the Peacehaven Rover Dial a Ride Service [previously Peacehaven Taxi-Rider] will expire on 11th April 2015. Following a review of the supported bus network, East Sussex County Council did not re-tender for the service. This decision caused considerable…

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London to Brighton Bike Rider Needs Your Support!

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CTLA bus driver Neil Pomeroy is riding from London to Brighton in June 2015 and is seeking sponsors. You can donate online at www.localgiving.com/bikectla or send your donation to CTLA, Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven, BN9 9EA. Thank you for your support.

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Transport Pilot Scheme Launch

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Patients in Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs will be able to request free and accessible transport from their home to their local GP practice or to the Lewes Victoria Hospital thanks to a new pilot transport scheme launched today by NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG. The CCG, the local GP led body responsible for…

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Information for Carers

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http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/breaks-for-carers-respite-care.aspx

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A Very Sad Statement Issued By ESDA Coach Services

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ESDA Coach Services Ltd We are really sorry to have to tell you this, but as of Friday, 19th December 2014, ESDA Coach Services (ESDACS Ltd) will no longer be in operation as their Board have taken steps to place the company into voluntary liquidation. The ESDA Board recognise all that the ESDACS Ltd Board…

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Suspended Coffee Scheme At the Hillcrest Centre Cafe

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Buy someone in need a beverage or meal: We have a scheme set up to provide food and drink to those in need. The ‘customer’ buys a drink or meal for a ‘person in need’ which is then held in suspension until such time that it is required by an individual who is unable to…

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BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY? REMEMBER #GIVINGTUESDAY!‏

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Christmas shoppers are being urged to give something back on #GivingTuesday after the retail hype of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A host of celebrities have thrown their support behind the ‘global day of giving’ which is snowballing in the UK with more than 600 charities, businesses and organisations signed up including East Sussex Community…

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Crowds turn out in support of bus cuts protest

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Argus news article and video on Lewes ‘Stop The Cut’s protest http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11589738.VIDEO__Crowds_turn_out_in_support_of_bus_cuts_protest/

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Roys Liquor Store Supports CTLA

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A huge thank you to the staff and customers at Roys, South Coast Road, Peacehaven for raising £100 for CTLA after our vehicles were targeted by thieves. Your support is really appreciated. Pictured : Paula Woolven (CTLA), Denise Help, Store Manager Viki Funnell and Colin Wright of Roys.

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Nearly 1300 Online Responses to ESCC Consultation

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East Sussex County Council received 1289 online response returns to their consultation on proposed cuts to the supported bus network services. CTLA will keep you updated on developments leading up to the decision by East Sussex county councillors in December – we’ll have more news to share over the coming weeks.

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Older Peoples Day Afternoon Tea Hailed A Great Success

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CTLA would like to thank all the volunteers who made the Older People’s Day afternoon tea possible on Tuesday 7th October 2014 – a free event for 100 older members of the community, held at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven. We were also delighted to welcome the Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mrs Marion Shepherd, the…

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The Body Shop Foundation Supports CTLA

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We would like to thank our friends from the Body Shop Foundation, Littlehampton, for providing us with product to raffle at our events to raise funds to repair the buses, recently targeted by thieves. Our local supporters are wonderful.

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Marilyn Nolan, SCDA Nursery Worker, Supports CTLA Following Callous Theft

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Many thanks to Marilyn Nolan for holding a small cake sale for us today at the SCDA Denton Island Nursery which will help soften the blow of the financial loss we suffered following the callous theft from two of our vehicles last week. Thank you to the staff and parents who purchased a cake too!…

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Northstar Technology Ltd Become Community Stars

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The Director of Northstar Technology Ltd, Christian Fleming, has donated £100 to CTLA stating : “while meeting at Peacehaven Chamber of Commerce this week, we heard the awful news about the break in that CTLA suffered and the loss they incurred. We hope our donation will help close the unexpected funding hole in the CTLA…

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Older People’s Day Film – The Ladykillers

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CELEBRATE OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY! Enjoy the classic comedy film The Ladykillers followed by a cup of tea and a slice of cake for only £3. The Hillcrest Film Society are helping the Meridian Mature Citizens forum celebrate Older People’s Day by showing the 1955 comedy, The Ladykillers, on Friday the 10th October at 2pm at…

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Knit and Natter Support CTLA

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The lovely ladies from the Monday ‘Knit and Natter’ group held at the Hillcrest Centre on Monday afternoons from 2-4pm saw the publicity surrounding our recent break in and their members made a collection which was given to us towards the vehicle repairs today. We would like to thank them for their wonderful community spirit.…

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Heartless Thieves Target CTLA

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Heartless thieves targeted CTLA overnight (Monday 8th September) and stole a catalytic converter and exhaust system, putting two essential vehicles out of action. CTLA (Community Transport for the Lewes Area) is based at the Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven and undertakes over seven thousand passenger journeys a month for vulnerable and isolated community members, many…

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Rotary Support For CTLA

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CTLA General Manager, Derek Barnett, was delighted to join Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe Rotary Club for lunch on Tuesday 19th August 2014 and was presented with a cheque for £1000 to support the charities aims of reducing isolation and loneliness by providing transport for residents in need.

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Speedy September Fundraisers

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CTLA are hosting ‘Speedy September’ to raise funds to continue to meet our charity goals and are seeking ‘Charity Champions’ to host events for a great cause. We are asking our community friends to hold an event, of any size, during September in aid of CTLA – or even as a split fundraiser for those…

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Funds and Awareness Raised At Paradise Park

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Thank you to Charity Champions, Paradise Park, in Newhaven for allowing CTLA Superhero Volunteers to raise awareness and funds today. Tony, Debbie, Yulyia, Tanya, Gabriel & Jacob, Rebecca, Monique and Josh washed cars and handed out information about CTLA raising £75 in the process!

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Raising Awareness of CTLA at the Lifeboat Fete

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At the Lifeboat Fete, Newhaven, 5th July 2014. l-r Paula (Community & Fundraising Manager), Cllr Terry Goodman (Deputy Mayor of Seaford), Derek (General Manager) & Rebecca (Volunteer). Lots of leaflets handed out and awareness raised of CTLA services. Thanks also to Dawn, Tracey, Rob and Laurie for amazing support

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1Space – New East Sussex County Council help page

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East Sussex County Council developed www.eastsussex1space.co.uk to make it easier for people find care, support and wellbeing services in the County. The Directory has been designed to bring together groups and organisations offering services for people of all ages and a diversity of needs, into one place online. East Sussex 1Space has been designed with…

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9th July 2014 – Fun Taster Session Of Keep Fit

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The Meridian Mature Citizens Forum is presenting a Fun Taster Session of gentle exercises and demonstrations designed to help the ‘life experienced’ of us stay fit and healthy. The free session is on Wednesday the 9th of July at the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven, starting at 10.00am and running through until noon. For further information…

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Thanks for local business support!

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CTLA and Santander would like to thank the following companies for their generosity in donating raffle prizes for todays fundraiser, which resulted in a massive £300 donation to our Community Transport charity. Roys. Fotobox. Shoe Zone. Co-op. Toy Town. Kube Hair. Burts Bakery. M & Co. Bishopstone Nurseries. Morrisons. Cosby’s. Jason’s Barbers. Ambers Florist. Sue…

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Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist Visits CTLA!

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CTLA were delighted to have Britain’s Got Talent 2014 Semi-Finalist Sam Jones and his friends, Baby Leo and Bert, call in to the bus yard to look around and support the work of community transport. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFTgpzf0_N0

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Team CTLA – Half Marathon Success!

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Team CTLA took part in the Seaford Lions Club Half Marathon yesterday, Sunday 8th June, and completed the course in beautiful sunshine, coming over the Seaford Head Golf Course with spectacular views, and finishing opposite the Salts Recreation Ground on Seaford seafront. (L-R) Natalie, Graham, Mike and Christina. You can support the achievements of the…

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SUPPORT OUR HALF-MARATHON TEAM!

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Marcus, Christina, Graham, Natalie and Mike are running the Seaford Half Marathon this weekend in aid of CTLA! To support Team CTLA, please visit http://localgiving.com/fundraising/teamctla and make a donation to our wonderful runners. Make a difference in the lives of people who need accessible transport – including some of the most vulnerable, lonely and isolated…

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Travelman’s Lewes Walk!

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Travelman has created a weblog to encourage people in Lewes to use public transport, walk, cycle and more. On his site you will find information about walks and cycle rides, bus and train routes and the cheapest fares. We are delighted that Travelman has created a walk to Lewes plan for CTLA utilising our new…

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Welcome Feedback

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We welcome feedback from our members – either with ways to improve and progress our services – or with news on how our services have helped to make a difference in their lives. We were delighted to get a card with this feedback from a Ringmer member this week. Thank you for your kind comments!…

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Towns & Downs Wanderer Bus Launch

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The new Towns & Downs Wanderer bus with local supporters of the service. (l-r) Councillor Diane Hall (Deputy Mayor of Newhaven), Councillor Susan Murray (Lewes District Council), Councillor Ruth O’Keefe (Vice-Chair, Lewes District Council), Councillor Dr Micheal Turner (Mayor of Lewes), Mayoress, Anne Turner and Councillor Robert Robertson (Mayor of Peacehaven).

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Congratulations To CT Colleagues Cuckmere Buses!

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We are delighted to share the news that our Community Transport colleagues, Cuckmere Community Bus Ltd, have been awarded the Quality Mark from the Community Transport Association, making them the ninth community bus organisation to receive the award in the UK. One of the other recipients of this award are also based in Sussex, North…

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CTLA Volunteer Winner!

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CTLA are delighted to announce that one of our drivers, Bob Evans, has been awarded Newhaven Community Volunteer of the Year 2014 for his work with the Scouts, CTLA and Rotary Club.

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New CTLA Charity Champion Partnership – Starr Trust

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CTLA Community Manager, Paula Woolven, and Business Development Manager, Dawn Norman, met with representatives of the Starr Trust. The Starr Trust champions young people and helps them achieve their goals. They are an independent, family run charity, based in Hove in the UK which supports young people aged 10 –18 to fulfil their potential in…

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Volunteers Week Pledge

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The 30th Anniversary of National Volunteers Week is 1-7 June 2014 and Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) volunteers have pledged to support a disabled member with their house move during the celebrations. Last year, CTLA volunteers donated over 1200 hours to the charity and other community causes in the Havens and Lewes District.…

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Support from Peacehaven Mayor Rachel Coles

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CTLA were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £800 as part of the proceeds of the charitable fundraising by outgoing Mayor, Rachel Coles, of Peacehaven Town Council. General Manager of CTLA, Derek Barnett, thanked the Mayor for the funding which will be used to support attendance at lunch and afternoon clubs in the…

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New Charity Champions In Lewes!

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CTLA has gained a new Charity Champion in Lewes. Waitrose in Eastgate Street, is inviting customers to place a free green token in the ‘Community Matters’ box at the store exit between 1-31 May 2014 and the charity will be given a donation from the scheme dependant on the number of tokens counted up at…

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CTLA Charity Champion Volunteers Shortlisted

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Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) are delighted that two of their volunteers have been shortlisted for the Newhaven Community Awards and the winners will announced at a ceremony on 29th April, 2014. Bob Evans, 69, works and volunteers for the CT charity in Newhaven and is described by his colleagues and service users…

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Caring For The Community

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In the office this week, we received a thank you card from the friend of a service user. An elderly gentleman himself, he has a friend who is now suffering from the early stages of dementia and has moved into a care home. Our CTLA driver collects his friend once a week and takes him…

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Newhaven Matters – Spring 2014

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CTLA is proud to be in the first edition of Newhaven Town Council’s magazine – Newhaven Matters – Spring 2014. To donate to CTLA please go to www.localgiving.com/commtrans

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CTLA supported by Youth Theatre Group

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Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors were delighted to continue their pledge to fundraise and support their community by raising well over a thousand pounds at a special show at the Barn Theatre in aid of CTLA. Donations were match funded by Barclays Bank and SMTJ were delighted to welcome representative Kathy to the stage after the…

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Team CTLA Swells!

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The NPS Lions Seaford Half Marathon team has swelled in numbers with the addition of Michael Harper and Graham White to the runners. You can support Team CTLA at : www.localgiving.com/teamctla

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Team CTLA In Training!

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Marcus Dode, Christina Jaenicke and Natalie Harper (Team CTLA) are running the NPS Lions Club Seaford Half Marathon on 8th June 2014 in aid of Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA). Please support them by sponsoring them via : localgiving.com/teamctla

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Lewes Travel Club Trip – March 2014

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LEWES TRAVEL CLUB – Visit to Hillcrest Centre market and café March 2014. Mr Nicholls : “I had an episode of ill health and I’m glad to say I’m recovering now. The travel club has made a big difference to our social life and I’m enjoying meeting new people. CTLA is a great charity and…

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Great Start For New Charity Manager

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Community Transport charity CTLA is pleased to welcome Mark Evans as their new Grants and Tenders Manager at their offices in Newhaven, East Sussex. Mark has considerable experience in transport operation, management and planning and is also a well known volunteer radio presenter at Seahaven FM hosting a late night programme on Tuesdays from 9-11pm.…

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Campaign To End Loneliness

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CTLA is pleased to be a member of the Campaign To End Loneliness – and has many testimonies from our Travel Club members regarding the reduction in their feelings of isolation. As our population ages, we are seeing an increase in the number of people experiencing chronic and severe loneliness. Effective interventions by organisations like…

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DIAL A RIDE BUS FARES FROM 1st APRIL 2014

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Following a change in ESCC Policy in their support for the Dial a Ride services we operate on their behalf the National Concessionary Bus Pass can no longer be accepted on the following services – Peacehaven Taxi Rider Lewes and Ringmer Dial a Ride Seaford Rover Please note – None of the fare income generated…

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LEWES Travel Club Now Launched!

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Due to popular demand our Travel Club has been expanded to the Lewes Area. Membership is FREE!!. Our existing Travel Club is currently enjoyed by over 300 members, for many it has been a chance to make new friends, for others it has been an opportunity to visit places that without our door to door…

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Do You Know Your Local Seniors Forum?

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Do you know the contact details for your local Seniors Forum? They offer events, information and health fairs, training, clubs and much more and CTLA may be able to help you with transport to the events. Seaford Seniors Forum : jaynelucy@tiscali.co.uk Meridian Mature Citizens Forum : info@meridian-sf.org.uk Lewes District Seniors Forum : jean.gastonparry@hotmail.co.uk Eastbourne Seniors…

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Football Fans Urged To ‘Get On The Bus’

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Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) have teamed up with Peacehaven & Telscombe FC to provide free transport on matchdays, starting on Saturday 15 February, when the Ryman South league leaders play host to Faversham. The new scheme is designed to help the local community get more involved at the Peacehaven sports park by…

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A ‘Salute To The 40’s’ Wows The Crowds!

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November 2013 saw CTLA hold a fundraising afternoon tea at Meeching Hall, Newhaven, which was attended by over 80 guests, with transport provided by the fleet of minibuses and their drivers. A 1940’s themed afternoon of refreshments and entertainment, provided by the Seaford Musical Theatre & Juniors, thrilled the guests and, thanks to matched funding…

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Flooding – CTLA On Standby To Give Assistance

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CTLA are, and have been, on standby to support council and emergency services in any necessary evacuation of residents in East Sussex. We hope our services will not be necessary, but we are ready if they are. Stay safe everyone.

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CTLA Offers Transport Help To ‘Silver Surfers’ Group

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Meridian Forum Computer Workshops. On the first Monday of every month at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven from 10am to 12 noon. Bring your own laptop or use one supplied by the Meridian Mature Citizens Forum. Contact Bill Kocher at info@meridian-sf.org.uk to book a place or get more information about the group. Volunteers who wish to…

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Adverse Weather

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During adverse weather we try to run as much as possible and take into account difficulties on an individual basis. It was pleasing to receive feedback as described in the following email. I am the care team leader at an Extra housing scheme in Uckfield.On Friday 18th Jan some of my ladies went out as…

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CTLA FASHION SHOW

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LADIES CHARITY FASHION SHOW IN AID OF CTLA. Monday 22nd April 2013 at 7.30pm at the Peacehaven Meridian Centre. Come and see the live catwalk show and get yourself a bargain at prices reduced by up to 80%. Stockists include Marks and Spencers, Next, BHS and many other high street brands, including Per Una and…

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CTLA New Minibus Summer Prize Draw Winners

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We would like to thank all of those who purchased raffle tickets in the CTLA New Minibus Summer Prize Draw. We have raised £1030 with your help. The prize winners were as follows: Name Ticket Number Prize 1st – Robert Martin 0740 £100 2nd – Alice Murphey 0780 £75 Jean Villa 0103 £50 Dewhurst 0739…

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Newhaven Fort re-opens to the public

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Newhaven Fort re-opens to the public today for the 2012 season. For the 13th year running, the award-winning Newhaven Fort has received a glowing assessment from the annual Visitor Attractions Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS), endorsed by Enjoy England, allowing the attraction to maintain its quality accreditation. Open from 10:30am-6pm daily, Newhaven Fort offers visitors the…

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Changes and Extensions to CTLA’s Dial-A-Ride services

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Following support from East Sussex County Council CTLA is pleased to announce funding has been received that should guarantee continuation and improvements to three of our Dial-A-Ride services, they are Eastbourne, Lewes and 3 Towns.

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Lewes MP Norman Baker visits CTLA

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On 5th January 2012 Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) received a visit from Norman Baker the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport responsible for community transport. Mr Baker is also CTLA’s constituency MP and has always taken a great interest in their work. Earlier this year Mr Baker made available £10M pounds nationally…

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Will our service be effected by Government Cuts?

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Many people are worried about how the government cuts that were announced recently are going to effect services. We are actively working with all interested parties to maintain services. If we need to make any changes, drivers will keep you informed. We will also announce any changes on this websites.

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Important Information on the Uckfield Rover Service

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This service has been operating since 1st March 2010. Unfortunatly passenger numbers are very low so we are talking to East Sussex County Council about future operations of this service. The County Council are commited to finding this service until July 2011 but it is essential that take-up rates are improved if the service is…

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Changes to Beaconlink

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Previously this service was only available to people who registered with us. We have now obtained a different operating licence and pleased to confirm that the service can be used in the same way as a normal bus service and will pick up passangers from any bus stop on the route.

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