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GVVT’s Back on the Road receives substantial funding

The future of the social inclusion programme run by the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust’s Back on the Road Community Interest Company has been secured thanks to major new funding.

Back on the Road is to receive funding over five years from the Local Support Fund administered by the Corra Foundation, an agency of the Scottish Government committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged people and communities. This follows our engagement with the Scottish Government’s National Drugs Mission earlier in 2021.

The programme uses vehicle restoration to help those in recovery from addiction issues gain skills which increases their chance of employment. The award will help re-establish the programme to pre-COVID levels and further develop it from there. The scale of the award will allow for the recruitment of a coordinator to help with this latter aspect.

Back On The Road, based at Bridgeton Bus Garage, has supported more than 200 people recovering from addiction by providing training in multiple skills, from metal work to painting. Many clients have progressed to employment and further education.

Eight classic buses which have been displayed at Bridgeton have been transformed from decaying hulks to shining showpieces by people in recovery from addiction. Many others have had repairs carried out on them.

GVVT Chairman, Steven Booth, who is also Chair of Back on the Road CIC, said: “This is such good news! It is a very big achievement to receive funding on such a scale. It comes with responsibility but importantly, the future of the programme is secure. We hope this brings significant benefit to the Trust, local community and especially to the participants. Back on the Road has a proven track record and we’re determined this continues.”

If you or someone you know might be interested in applying to become the Back on the Road Coordinator, you can apply through one of the following recruitment websites:

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myjobscotland

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About Corra Foundation

Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. It works with others to encourage positive change, opportunity, fairness and growth of aspirations which improve quality of life. Corra wants to see a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.

In 2020 Corra launched a ten-year strategy. It is long term because making a different on the big challenges will take time. At its heart is the strong belief that when people find their voice, they unlock the power to make change happen.

Find out more here www.corra.scot

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Guided Tours Sell Out!

More dates now added!

We’re delighted to report that our first 3 advertised guided tours for December have now sold out. We’ve now added a 2nd tour on the 29th December and two new dates on Sunday 9th and Saturday 22nd January 2022.

See our Guided Tours Page for more details and how to book.

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Cover Stars

We’re delighted to feature both inside and on the Cover of the Nat West Social and Community Capital Impact Report 20/21.

NatWest Social and Community Capital (NatWest SCC) provided the remaining funding which allowed GVVT to complete the purchase of Bridgeton Bus Garage in July 2020.  This represented a major milestone for the Trust and allows us to build our future with confidence.

To celebrate this, NatWest SCC commissioned Sequel Group to make a short film about the Trust and the work we do.  This focussed on opening the garage to visitors and our social inclusion programme called ‘Back on the Road’.  As well as the film, we’re also the cover picture for NatWest SCC’s annual impact report.

GVVT Chairman, Steven Booth, said: “We had great fun making this film and really enjoyed working with NatWest SCC and Sequel Group to produce it.  I think it provides a wonderful celebration of the good things that the people involved with the GVVT do and the benefit we give the community.”

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Annual Open Weekend 2021

Join us for the return of the main event of our calendar, on 9th and 10th of October

Visitors will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of yesteryear with our free vintage bus services to and from the City Centre and the Riverside Museum. The frequent service will use a selection of historic buses from the GVVT collection together with a number of visiting vehicles. The service will operate to a timetable which will be posted here and our facebook and twitter accounts before the event.

Inside the garage, we’ll have a fine display of buses, commercial vehicles and fire engines again many visiting the garage from elsewhere. We will also have a number of modern buses from today’s operators which will let visitors contrast buses of today with their predecessors from the 20th Century. The vehicle displays also give the visitor insight into all stages of vehicle restoration, from rusting hulks, to preservation in progress and finally to the restored vehicle.

Other popular activities will be running:

We will have a large number of stalls selling souvenirs, books, models, photos and autojumble.

There will be an exhibition of artefacts from the GVVT Archive.

The Model Bus Federation will be bringing their dioramas showing their models in a range of street scenes.

Finally, and not to be forgotten, the Clippie’s Café will be opening serving refreshments and light snacks (including lots of delicious homebaking!)

Admission prices:

Adults £8, Child (5-15) £5, Senior £5, Family (2 Adults and up to 2 children) £20. A weekend pass is available (adults £13, child/senior £8). Under 5’s are free.

Entrance to Bridgeton Bus Garage will be via our Broad Street door. You can pay at our cash desk, or buy your tickets in advance for priority entry.

You can pre-book your ticket here on our shop page

More details can be found on our Open Weekend page.

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Reopening in 2021

We’re back from July

The GVVT is pleased to open our home, Bridgeton Bus Garage, to the public on the first Sunday of July, August and September 2021.

Initially these events will require advance purchase tickets to ensure we can keep our visitor numbers within a safe limit.

The garage will be open from 11am-4pm. Each ticket will allow you 2 hours at the event and you must arrive within 30 minutes of the time you have chosen.

Ticket prices: Adult £5, Child/Concession £3, Family £12

Child tickets are for ages 15 and under, Concession is for over 65. A family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children.

Booking is through our Open Sunday Event Page

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Centre Circle Day

Back for 2021!

GVVT are looking to re-start the year’s programme of events this year with a re-run of the ‘Centre Circle’ day which we successfully operated last October, when 19 preserved vehicles created quite a spectacle running around the city centre.

The principle focus of this event is to showcase the collection to the public, thereby reminding them of our existence in advance of our series of open days throughout the remainder of 2021.  Of course, it gives owners the chance to stretch their vehicles’ legs and get back in the driving seat again after a long period away. 

The route will be identical to that followed in October.  However, High Street is currently closed while an unsafe building is demolished so it may be necessary to divert the route if this work is not complete in time.
Buses will operate in a clockwise direction with the first departures from Cowcaddens Road around 11am with a departures at very regular intervals through to around 4pm.  Once again, no passengers will be carried because of the current Covid situation.

Details of the route and some images from our last event can be found below.

If you are planning to view this event or would just like to make a donation please consider doing so on our fundraising page.

our route subject to High Street being open to traffic
An original City Circle Timetable
LA764 turning onto George Square
LA853 on Killermont St

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Have you seen our new book?

Bridgeton by Bridgeton

Discover who fits the cab at open days and events, meet the team who serve tea with a smile to visitors, join us in a salute to our founders and archivists, and learn how Back On The Road restores buses and lives.

On sale now – 36 pages, 8000 words, 105 faces not counting crowd scenes, and all of them about the men and women of Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust. Bridgeton by Bridgeton is an overdue celebration of our people, switching the spotlight from the vehicles to those who drive them, own them, preserve them and present them to the public.

Written by Ed Bonner, designed by Stuart Bell, funded by Phil Blair, Bridgeton by Bridgeton is available from our online shop, cover price £5 (£6 inc p&p).

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Bridgeton Garage Reopening

We’re pleased to announce that Bridgeton Garage will re-open for vehicle owners from Monday 26 April and or all other GVVT members from Tuesday 27 April. Please check you email inbox for more details. Please note that the bothy and locker room remain closed for the time being and previous corona virus precautions remain in place. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate general visitors at this time. To become a member please see our membership page

We aim to reopen the Garage to members of the public on Sunday 4th July. Please see our events page for more details of our planned open days and events.

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Support us with AmazonSmile

If you buy online from Amazon you can nominate the GVVT to receive a donation every time you shop at no cost to yourself through the AmazonSmile program.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support a charity of your choice every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.co.uk on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping App for iOS and Android phones. When you shop AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.co.uk, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price to your selected charity.

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2021 Events

We’re delighted to announce our events program for 2021. These are subject to alteration and cancellation depending on any restrictions at the time, more details can be found on our events page. We’ll publish more details on the website nearer the time of each event, please check these before coming along to any event incase it is cancelled or if pre-booking is required.