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Newsletter (September 2021) – We’re now a driver trainer!

Apart from driving the minibus around, we’re also busy behind the scene! We’re now officially a MiDAS Driver Assessor/Trainer which can provide MiDAS training to our volunteers, staff and external customers. Therefore, we’re able start recruiting volunteer drivers who’re willing to give back to the community. Meanwhile, we continue to get out and meet people. We’ve taken…

Newsletter (August 2021)

The latest newsletter has finally come! I hope all of you have enjoyed a great summer – we’ve had quite a few days with lovely sunny weather! As we’re approaching autumn in September, trips are moving back to our usual Wednesday and we’ll be accepting bookings from anyone using bus stops in Kettering. Please find…

Newsletter (July 2021) – a new image

July has been a busy month for us and our minibus. We’ve rolled out a full trip schedule, done improvement work on the bus and reached out to the community. In August, we’ll keep providing trips so you can enjoy the warm weather. Please refer to the attached newsletter for details. Feel free to book your…

Newsletter (June 2021) – we’re going further!

Following the success of our Trips in June which we see full booking almost instantly, we’re offering more trips next month. Please find attached newsletter which contains the itinerary and information. Please note that we are implementing a booking schedule so new members and those who have no access to email are also able to…

More seats available!

As lockdown restrictions lift further on May 17 in England, more people return to travelling. In view of the latest guideline from the DfT, which allows every forward facing seat to be used, we will closely monitor the travel demand and make necessary arrangements. This means we may allow a full capacity when the bus…

Newsletter (May 2021) and introduction of CMB Trips

The Kettering Catcher bus’s been up and running again! Thanks for those who’ve used our service – it’s been nice to see all of you since we last met last year!The current Friday service is designed to help users get their weekly grocery shopping. We’re building up usage as we see new faces every now…

Newsletter (April 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…

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