The idea for THE BOPPER BUS came back in 2003 as part of the Chideock Parish Plan. It came to light that children of Chideock and adjoining parishes found it very difficult to get to Bridport Leisure Centre by way of public transport ….and so THE BOPPER BUS was born!
Over the last thirteen years we have had a strong committee raising funds every year to pay the costs of the transport and the Leisure Centre. Every year we apply for grants to all four Parish Councils ~ Chideock, Charmouth, Char Valley and Symondsbury plus Bridport Town Council and West Dorset District Council who are all very supportive to our project. We also raise monies by way of ‘sponsor a seat’, fetes, sponsored walks and requests to community groups and businesses and we say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us so loyally over the past years.
The bus is available to all children between 8 yrs and 16 yrs and pick up points are arranged in Charmouth, Wootton Fitzpaine, Catherston Leweston, Chideock and Symondsbury. The bus leaves Charmouth on a Friday evening (term time only) and takes the children to the Bridport Leisure Centre for a 45 minute sports activity (either Circuit Training or Trampolining, Badminton, Football,etc) followed by swimming. The children then have ten minutes ‘social time’ for drinks and a snack before returning to the bus to transport them home. Family Ticket Prices are £2 for the first child, £1.50 for the second child and £1 for the third child. Tickets are available from Monday through to Thursday morning in the Post Office in Charmouth and the Chideock Shop/Post Office. Transport is provided by Sovereign Coaches.
If you would like to register your child, find out more information or are interested in becoming a ‘volunteer escort’ please contact any of people below.
Lyn Crisp – Treasurer on 01297 489098
Kate Geraghty – Chairman on 01297 489422
Melanie Harvey – Vice Chairman on 01297 560393 or
Mandy Harvey – Vice Chairman on 01297 560167