The Villager Bus has been running since the spring of 1982 providing transport services to often isolated Cotswold Villages which have no other public transport. The service was started as a direct result of a government report on the causes of depopulation in rural areas, an issue which is still just as relevant today. In 1982, the service started with just one minibus. Today, the Villager boasts five 16 seater mini coaches offering scheduled services on routes serving many villages and is used by an average of some 200 passengers a week.
In 2004, the Villager received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 'for providing extensive, reliable and economical transport for 65 villages in the north Cotswolds'.
The Villager is an established scheduled service operating in parts of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Services run Tuesdays to Fridays from Oddington, via other villages to Witney, Chipping Norton and Stow. Detailed timetables can be found on the Villager website.
For information contact Keith Gowing on 01608 658579. The bus can be hired for private functions by contacting Pauline Jackson 01993 831967. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver please contact Keith on the number given above.
Oddington Parish Council
Clerk: Janet Eustace
Moreton in Marsh
Tel: 01451 830594
Oddington Vilage Hall Bookings:
Anne Miles 01451 830817 or
Margaret Lewis 01451 831917