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First Bus Tote Club Outing - Sunday 2nd May 2010

This was a private event for members of the First Bus company Tote Club. The route was very similar to last year's outing except that the initial lubrication stop was at Thrapston instead of Titchmarsh. Although the weather was fine and dry, this bank holiday turned out to be extremely cold with a biting north-easterly wind.

Later in the afternoon, we again made our way to the Axe & Compass at Ringstead where a three course meal had been laid on. A group photo of this year's participants has been included on the Photo Gallery page of last year's events. Please click here to see 154 featured on a Google satellite map when she was parked up at this pub during 2009.


Sywell Aerodrome - Saturday 17th July 2010

Depart St James depot at 13:15

Scheduled for this weekend are the Mazda British Aerobatic Championships. This event is very much influenced by the weather but if all goes to plan, Saturday will feature the Unlimited Final Freestyle and the Advanced Masters events. The pilots perform within a virtual box, centered above the main 05/23 runway, so you will get a grandstand view of the breath-taking aerobatic manoeuvrers!

The airfield will remain operational during the contest, so light aircraft and helicopters of all types will be coming and going as usual from this historic grass airfield. Don't forget you can also view the exhibits in the adjoining Sywell Aerodrome Museum.

For those members who live to the north of the town, it may be more convenient for you to park in Morrisons Supermarket (old Safeways) and board at the adjacent bus stop. Please ensure you contact us if you wish to be picked up at any stop on the Kettering Road between Abington Square and Boothville so we can be sure not to miss anybody. Approximate time at Morrison's 13:30.

Update

The weather proved to be good with excellent displays of aerobatics from the various competitors. Over 30 members attended this outing and a selection of pictures will be posted on the website in due course.


Town and Country Saunter - Sunday 15th August 2010

Depart St James depot at 13:00

This is the first Mystery Tour of the year, the second being in October. It is envisaged that we will stop half-way at a suitable watering hole for some quick refreshments before heading back home.

Update

This event was well attended with around 30 members, family and friends turning up to enjoy this leisurely town and country saunter. The weather was superb and the route we took was as follows:


Heritage Weekend - Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2010

Although the Heritage Open Day event begins on Thursday 9th September, the vintage bus service only operates on the last two days. Apart from ourselves, there will usually be an assortment of vintage vehicles present.

Further details of this event can be found here on the Northampton Borough Council website.


Town and Country Saunter - Sunday 17th October 2010

Depart St James depot at 13:00

This is always a popular event amongst the members and is also the last chance to travel on 154 before the clocks go back. A magical mystery tour.

Update

There will be an additional pick-up at the Guildhall at 13:10 on the outbound journey for those passengers not wishing to travel to St James.


Historic Pubs Trail - Sunday 5th December 2010

Last year's Magical History Tour was a resounding success, with almost 40 members enjoying an informative trip around Northampton whilst Jack Plowman, our genial archaeologist and historian, gave a running commentary on the various points of interest. Jack is also an expert on the hundreds of local pubs and hostelries that have now unfortunately disappeared from our local streets. To coincide with the launch of his new book entitled "Northampton Public Houses and their Signs", we are organising another special trip this December, aptly called the Historic Pubs Trail. As usual, the journey will begin and end at St James' depot. There will be an additional pick-up point at the bus stop in Derngate, opposite the Mailcoach pub although you will, of course, miss an important part of this guided tour.

Meet at St James at 13:45 hrs for a prompt departure at 14:00 hrs
or
Board 154 at Derngate (opposite the Mailcoach pub) at 14:15 hrs

This adventure will be in two parts. The first, to encompass the South and East of the town will terminate at The Eastgate in Abington Street where we have permission from Anna, the landlady, to park up at the front of the building. We are also hoping that one of the local brewers, Hoggleys based in Litchborough, might be able to create a beer especially for this occasion but, at the time of writing, this has not yet been confirmed. Keep fingers crossed!

Update - 20th October 2010
Unfortunately, due to the size of their Christmas order book, Hoggleys
won't be able to create a special beer for this occasion. Oh well, c'est la vie!

After spending about 45 minutes in the Eastgate, during which time Jack will regale us with more stories about pubs gone by, we continue with the second leg of the journey, covering the Central and Northern parts of the town and terminating at The Queen Adelaide in Kingsthorpe where we will be kindly welcomed by Paul, the landlord. After a short but pleasant stop here, we estimate the arrival time back in town will be about 16:30.

As with last year's historic outing, we will again be producing a rather unique souvenir booklet and, providing Jack's book has been published, copies will be available for sale at a special introductory price. Please remember that all proceeds go entirely towards the upkeep and maintenance of 154. Since the old girl has no heating and an open platform, please make sure you wrap up warm for this event.


Booking Form - Members Only

154 only has 56 seats and no standing passengers are allowed. To avoid disappointment in case this event is over-subscribed, it is essential that you let us know if are going to attend. Bookings will only be accepted from registered 154 club members.

The Route

Details of the complete route will posted as soon as possible. Please keep checking this page. Thanks.


Important Note regarding the St James Bus depot
For all excursions that start from the St James depot, please ensure that you park
in the old bus club car park and, since the First Bus company now operates 7 days a week,
wait within the confines of the parking area until ready to board 154. Many thanks.