Councillor:

Caroline Boyden -greatmassingham@gmail.com

Notification of change to the services provided by Great Massingham Area Community Car Scheme – with immediate effect – 17th March 2020

The committee of the Community Car Scheme met on 17th March 2020 to discuss the implications of Covid-19 and to plan accordingly. We regret having to make these decisions, which will be kept under review, but believe we would have been negligent had we not done so.

In doing this we considered:  The information currently available to us regarding Covid-19; the ages of our volunteer drivers, with particular reference to those 70 yrs and older. Of those remaining drivers, a number had contacted us to advise that due to their or their family circumstances, they did not feel able to drive passengers in this crisis, or they did not wish to drive to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn (which is reported to currently have five cases of Covid-19).

Our decisions, which were unanimous from those present; comprising six of a total of seven committee members including both joint Chairmen and the Treasurer. The seventh committee member decided not to attend.  We liaised in two telephone calls with the Practice Manager of the joint medical practice of Docking and Great Massingham.

  1. Medical trips:  We will only transport passengers for medical reasons if it is deemed necessary by the hospital or the GP practice.
  • Hairdresser appointments:  We will not transport passengers to these appointments.
  • Shopping trips:  We will not transport passengers on shopping trips.  Should some drivers who are traditionally contacted direct by the passenger or have a long standing arrangement with a passenger decide to continue transporting the passenger this will not form part of the arrangement with the Community Car Scheme and drivers considering this as a possibility are advised to discuss the matter with their insurance company as they will be acting independently of the Car Scheme.

This document has been placed on our website and distributed to: Norfolk County Council, Docking and Great Massingham Surgeries, Car Scheme drivers, office staff and others where possible.  When the current situation improves, we hope to resume our previous range of services.

Great Massingham Area Community Car Scheme, Village Hall, Great Massingham, King’s Lynn PE32 1NR website: https://massinghamcommunitycars.co.uk

 email massinghamcommunitycars@btinternet.com

 17th March 2020 (v2)


Urgently seeking new drivers

The Community Car Scheme, based in Great Massingham, covers a wide area, from roughly West Raynham, across to Docking and back down to Great Massingham. It provides volunteer drivers and their cars to take people to hospitals, doctors, shopping trips and to other venues to reduce social isolation. Passengers range in age, with the oldest being in the 90s.

Without the Scheme and with the limited public transport in the area, it’s hard to know how those without their own transport or who are too old to drive, would get to essential appointments. In 2010 the Scheme dealt with under 4000 trips – last year it was over 5600! We have a small office based at Great Massingham Village Hall, staffed Monday to Friday 09:00-12:00 by Lucy and Barbara, who take bookings and arrange drivers. You can, we hope, appreciate how vital this Scheme is not only to passengers but also to the local medical practices and businesses. And now the request: We are seeking to recruit some more drivers from across the whole area.

There’s no compulsion to accept a trip, but there is a great need to increase the number of drivers who can be called on. You’ll get to help many local people in doing this rewarding work, for which you’ll be thanked as well as reimbursed. Talk to us….find out more….we have committee members in Great Massingham, Harpley, East Rudham, and Docking and even Castle Acre who’ll be happy to talk to you.

The office number is 01485 520823 (09:00-12:00)and the email address is communitycars@btconnect.com please email or call and leave your details and one of the committee members will get back to you.

Thank you.