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Newsletter (Spring 2021) and resumption of service

As a social enterprise, we always want to help people to start getting back out into the community. Although we’ve hibernated for months, England is starting to reopen now, and we want to offer our users the service that was pre-COVID, plus more! With the re-opening of shops and outdoor cafes confirmed, it’s now time…

Ka, founder of CMB, honoured with ‘Rose of Northamptonshire’ award

Our founder has been awarded the Rose of Northamptonshire Award! This award is to recognise the contribution of individuals and organisations to the Northamptonshire response to the COVID-19 pandemic. James Saunders Watson Esq. (Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire), said: “With the COVID-19 crisis impacting on so many county-wide it is crucial that we pause to take note…

Suspension of regular service in December 2020

As mentioned before, our community bus service has been impacted by the lock-down measure as well as vandalism. While we tried our very best to tackle the challenges, we’re still unable to resume the service due to a shortage of parts and insufficient demand for the service. We understand that many of our users are…

Report on the Kettering Catcher trial (October 2020)

Report on the Kettering Catcher trialNovember 2020 The following is a joint report and up-date on status of the bus services to Mawsley Village and includes the 12 Neighbouring Villages Collaboration and the Kettering Catcher Pre-Booked Trial operation.  Background – The 12 Neighbouring Villages Collaboration: K1 & K2 was subject to discussions with KBC, NCC…

We’re back – post lockdown service update

Thanks for everyone’s cooperation, we’re finally getting out of the lock-down. Although Christmas won’t be as festive as usual, at least we can meet some of our loved ones and gather as a family (hopefully). Here I’d like to make a few announcements. 1. COVID restrictions Northamptonshire will be in Tier 2, meaning that the…

Service changes during lockdown 2

The Prime Minister has announced a plan of four-week national lockdown from 5th November to 2nd December, which will be debated in the Parliament.The lockdownThe government has since updated its guidance. We will have to stay at home except for a list of purpose, which includes “shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be…

Book your seat to Rushden Lake on Friday!

  This week, the Kettering Catcher service has entered another stage. We’ve caught the bus to Wellingborough! Feedback from passengers about the location (Wellingborough) is great and we all enjoyed ourselves in a small cafe before setting off. Having said that, I’ve taken the sad decision to cancel the trip scheduled tomorrow, following a limited…

Sharing is caring … Ride share in our stage 2!

Our Kettering Catcher bus has been running for three weeks. In each and every week, we shared not only the ride together, but we also had the joy of having a more active life after months of lockdown and isolation. With your keen support, the passenger number exceeds our initial target! I cannot thank each…

Getting set to catch the Kettering Catcher bus

The Kettering Catcher scheme is gloing to kick start next week (finally).  The virus is contantly impacting on government policies and we have to keep adjusting our lives. The PM has made a new statement last night and the way we use public transport has not been affected. Therefore, the planned trial will go ahead as scheduled.…

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