Aycliife & District Bus Preservation Society

28 June 2011

A grant from County Durham Community Foundation has allowed Kevin Openshaw from the Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society to complete his PCV Bus Driving Licence test.

Kevin Openshaw, a member of the Society, was part way through his PCV Bus Driving Licence when he was made redundant after working 42 years in the commercial vehicle industry. With time running out to take the practical driving test, he applied and was awarded a training bursary from the County Durham Community Foundation in order to fund the second part of the test. Kevin gained his PCV Bus Driving Licence in May.

Kevin now joins the elite group of members of the Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society who are able to take a fully loaded vintage bus to events and gatherings.

"This is great news” said Kevin "as it means I can do so much more for the Society rather than just ferrying buses to bookings. I can also help other voluntary groups who need a PCV driver. I am very grateful to County Durham Community Foundation for the bursary which has helped me financially as I am unlikely to find a full time job at my age. It has also come at a good time, as I need something to occupy me as I was always a busy person.”

Christina Rackley, Head of Grants and Donor Development at the Community Foundation, said “It is always wonderful to get feedback from grant recipients and it is particularly good to hear that through helping Kevin pass his PCV test this grant is also helping many other community groups with which he is involved.”

There is a warm welcome to anyone wishing to join the Aycliffe and District Bus Preservation Society. Driver training is available for people who have an appropriate current driving licence or are present holders of a CV licence and are keen to refresh their skills with a 'crash' gear box and relive the driving of yesteryear.

Anyone wishing to apply for a grant from County Durham Community Foundation, or find out more about the organisation, should visit www.cdcf.org.uk.