Those of us in the Sibfords who have a car and are still able to drive far outnumber those who mainly through age or infirmity do not. Most of the latter can no longer bicycle and many even find walking difficult or impossible. The Sibford Drivers scheme makes it possible for the former to help the latter in an organised way.
A group of drivers is on hand to give the occasional lift within a ten mile radius, which includes Banbury, Hook Norton, Chipping Norton, Shipston on Stour. Many people living in the Gower cannot easily, or at all, get to the Village Shop, and those in the Ferris have the same problem with the Surgery, Village Hall, Church or Meeting House. A climb through the famous Sibford Dip is too much for a good number of us.
The current rota for those on telephone duty is attached below and anyone seeking a lift within or up to a ten mile radius of the village should telephone one of the persons named, according to the date. The two people named each week will not be sitting by their telephones awaiting your call but we hope the arrangements described will find you a driver. You will be asked how long you wish to stay at your destination, as a lengthy visit may necessitate arranging a different driver to bring you home.
The driver will be making a small charge to cover petrol and maintenance costs at the rate of 30p per mile. Note that the distances to Banbury, Shipston-on-Stour and Chipping Norton are all about 7 miles and a journey there and back would be about £4.50 depending on where exactly you wish to be taken. If the driver is unable to wait to take you home, you will be requested to pay a similar sum to the second driver.
We do hope that the inhabitants of Sibford will use this service as the volunteers are very keen that you should, and will be disappointed if they have no requests; nobody likes to feel unwanted!
Residents will be aware of similar services organised mainly in Banbury for hospital and other appointments further afield. These are:
- Volunteer Driver Service North Oxfordshire, 0300 3030 125
- Banbury Volunteer Bureau Transport, 01295 266090
- Oxfordshire Travel Advice Line, 0345 310 1111.
If you would like to join the scheme as a driver, or have any questions or comments, please contact Mary or Norman on 780 980 or by email.