Lerryn Area Minibus Association (LAMA)

Lerryn Area Minibus Association (LAMA)

LAMA, supporting local people and local organisations in the Lerryn Area (which encompasses Lerryn, St Veep, St Winnow, Boconnoc, Lostwithiel and the districts that surround them).

Passengers: we can give you a wonderful day out (read on below).

Local Organisations: we can loan our 17 seater minibus to you (scroll down the page).

Supporters: we greatly appreciate your help (click the [Read More] button near the bottom).

LAMA What's On

 LAMA Trips January 2023

LAMA Spuds-n-Pud! Lunch Special LAMA St Breward Special Trip LAMA Trips February 2023
LAMA Trips
January 2023
LAMA Spuds-n-Pud!
11th February 2023
February Special Trip
19th February 2023
LAMA Trips
February 2023

 


Passengers

LAMA is for You.  LAMA’s minibus is your community minibus.  As a not-for-profit community service, we try to offer you a little more help and support than would a typical commercial bus operator.  We are not allowed to carry just anyone, but if you register as a passenger or become a LAMA member, we can keep you abreast of everything we have planned.  Please phone Andy on 01208 368393 to find out more.

What LAMA Does.  Volunteer drivers take our community minibus from Lerryn via Lostwithiel to local towns, shops, garden centres and places of interest.  LAMA typically runs weekly shopping trips to Bodmin and monthly to Truro. The minibus is also used for collecting prescriptions from Lostwithiel Surgery for Lerryn residents and for undertaking periodic wellbeing trips to places of interest and special events.  Fares are very modest.

Who may Register as a Passenger.  To use the LAMA service, you need to be a resident within the Lerryn Area, which encompasses Lerryn, St Veep, St Winnow, Boconnoc, Lostwithiel and the districts that surround them.  You also need to meet the objects of the association, which broadly aims to support those people who need help with their transport. LAMA's objects are detailed more fully in the sections below.  If for any reason you are unable to register as a passenger, you may instead register as a member (see supporters section below).

How to Register as a Passenger.  Registration is free.  The simplest way to register as a passenger is to phone Andy on 01208 368393 and he will guide you through the whole process. However, registration is not complicated and if you prefer, you may download the forms below, complete them yourself and return them to the address shown in the passenger summary.

Passenger Summary (New)            Passenger Registration Form and Privacy Policy (New)

How to Use the Minibus. Once you are registered as a passenger, the details of each month's trips will be sent to you.  Details of LAMA's monthly trips will also be advertised on local noticeboards, in local newsletters and on local websites.  When you are ready to travel, simply phone our booking clerk Andy on 01208 368393 to book your place and pick-up point.  Under the terms of our operating permit, you must pre-book for each trip.

Minors as LAMA Passengers.  Minors (defined as young people under the age of 18) travelling with a registered adult do not, themselves, need to be registered as a LAMA passenger.  However, they do need to be booked for any journeys they wish to undertake and they must pay half the adult fare.  Minors who wish to travel on their own must register as a passenger in their own right and their application must be supported by a letter signed by a parent, guardian or carer.

Rules for the Carriage of Dogs.  Floor space within the LAMA minibus is limited and corridors, entrances and exits must always be kept clear to permit safe egress in an emergency.  Consequently, only small dogs may be carried in the minibus, but an exception will be made for assistance/service dogs. Anyone wishing to bring a dog onto the minibus must first obtain the driver’s permission.  The dog must be clean and kept under control at all times.  The dog must not be allowed to sit on a seat, although it may sit in the footwell or on someone’s lap.  If a dog causes a nuisance to the driver or any passenger, then the dog and its handler may be required by the driver to get off the bus and they will have to find their own way home.  The driver’s decision in this will be final.  No charge will be made for carrying a dog on the minibus.  Medium and large sized assistance/service dogs will need to occupy the footwell of an adjacent seat and so they must be booked to travel for each trip they undertake.

In the Event of an Emergency.  Should you need to contact the minibus driver in the event of an emergency, please phone 07707 797399.  Please note that this phone will only be switched on when the minibus is being used and that drivers will not be able to answer the phone when they are driving.  The phone will be switched off when the minibus is parked up in Lerryn.  Please do not try to use this number for booking a trip.

COVID Restrictions.  Thankfully, the impact of COVID on our lives is diminishing, but it is not completely gone away.  As many of LAMA's passengers are vulnerable, some COVID restrictions may still be required when using the minibus.  Based on prevailing conditions, the LAMA committee will declare one of the COVID Risk Levels shown below.  The risk level actually in operation will be displayed in the window of the main passenger door.  Please click on the links below to see the restrictions that you will be expected to observe for each risk level.

COVID Risk Level Red          COVID Risk Level Amber          COVID Risk Level Green

The current COVID Risk Level is:  GREEN 

 


Local Organisations

Minibus Loan.  Local not-for-profit organisations that provide benefit to the community, such as a school, institute, playgroup, church, association or club, may register as an authorised organisation in order to borrow the minibus for their own activities.  Please phone Richard on 01208 871419 or Andy on 01208 368393 to find out more.

Register as an Authorised Organisation.  It is a good idea to register now so that when you do want to borrow the minibus, you will not be delayed by having to complete the registration formalities first.  This is a one-time only activity.  The registration process is described fully in the loan summary document below.  To register, download and complete the registration and privacy forms below and return them to the LAMA secretary at the address shown in the loan summary.

Loan Summary          Registration and Privacy

Vehicle Loan Agreement.  Once your registration is accepted and you are ready to borrow the minibus for a particular activity, simply phone our booking clerk Andy on 01208 368393 to check whether the minibus is available.  If so, ask Andy to make a provisional booking and then complete the loan agreement form below and return it to the LAMA training officer at the address shown in the loan summary above.  When the loan agreement is approved and signed by the LAMA training officer, the booking clerk will raise a journey sheet for use by the driver who will be responsible for the minibus throughout the period of your loan.

Loan Agreement            Journey Sheet

Our minibus loan rates are only £1.50 per mile, subject to a minimum charge of £35 per day, which includes fuel and vehicle insurance

 


Supporters

If you are interested in helping to keep our minibus on the road, possibly as a driver, committee member or fund raiser, then please click the [Read more] button below or call our LAMA chair, Duncan, on 01208 871715.

Drivers, Fund-Raisers and Members, please click the [Read more] button below for more details on how LAMA is managed and run.

 

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Drivers

Drivers are the lifeblood of our operation.  They require a particular licence entitlement to drive the minibus and they must be assessed by our training officer to ensure that they have all the necessary skills.  Regular drivers are also encouraged to participate in the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS).  If you think that you might like to join us as a driver then please give Richard, our training officer, a call on 01208 871419.  To give you a good idea of what might be involved, the complete contents of our drivers pack is linked below, together with the main forms that will be used by our drivers:

Welcome      Monthly Trips      Journey/Check Sheets      Log Book      DBS Checks (New)

Accident/Breakdown      Licences/Insurance/Health Checks (New)      GDPR/Section 19      Regular Routes

Personal Data/Privacy Policy      Driver Check Sheet      Journey Sheet      Minibus Damage Record (New) 

Fund Raising

To keep our minibus on the road, the committee organises a wide range of fundraising events.  We are grateful to the residents of the Lerryn Area for their generous support in previous events. Do keep an eye out for the posters advertising forthcoming fundraising events on this website as well as around Lerryn and Lostwithiel.  If you would like to help with raising funds for LAMA then please give Ann, our fund-raising officer, a call on 01208 873428.

Members

Keeping a community bus running requires planning and commitment.  If you could give some time to help with this, then please join us as a member.  Members meet twice a year to monitor current operations, to set policy for future use and to plan for replacing the minibus.  Some members meet more often as part of the LAMA Committee to manage day-to-day activity, including passenger bookings, vehicle maintenance, timetabling, publicity, fund raising, driver training and regulation compliance.  If you are interested in helping then please call Duncan, our LAMA Chair, on 01208 871715 or complete and return the Membership Form below.

Member Summary     Membership Form

Rules and Regulations

Lerryn Area Minibus Association was formed in 1987 to provide transport services to benefit the community and is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  The rules and regulations that control how LAMA may operate are linked below:

Constitution Overview      LAMA Rules (New)      FCA Register

LAMA Management: LAMA is managed by its members at general meetings.  In March every year, an annual general meeting (AGM) is held to receive the accounts for the previous year and to decide auditing arrangements for the current year.  The AGM will also elect a treasurer, a secretary and working groups as required.  The principal working group is the LAMA committee which meets regularly to manage day to day minibus operations.  The key documents relating to the last LAMA AGM may be obtained from the links below:

AGM Minutes      Chair's Report      2021 Accounts      Rules Amendment

Risk Assessment: Please click on the link below to see the risk assessment for the day to operation of the LAMA minibus in both normal circumstances and under COVID restrictions.

LAMA Risk Assessment

Objects: The Association shall have the object of operating transport services for the benefit of the community to:

  • Improve the wellbeing of all individuals who reside within the Lerryn Area, or who are temporarily resident with someone who resides within the area, particularly those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.
  • Maintain and enhance the sense of community that exists within the Lerryn Area, particularly with regard to relieving loneliness and in supporting people to help one another.
  • Enrich people’s understanding and appreciation within the Lerryn Area of both their own and other people’s heritage, culture and religion.
  • Support those people within the Lerryn Area who are in full-time education or who are undertaking a recognised training programme or who are furthering their personal development through part-time study.
  • Assist with the personal and social development of young people within the Lerryn Area through the provision of opportunities for leisure activities, voluntary engagement and non-formal and informal learning.
  • Encourage people’s participation in amateur sports or games within the Lerryn Area which promotes health by involving physical or mental skill or exertion.
  • Facilitate recreation and other leisure time occupation that: benefit people within the Lerryn Area, are altruistic in character and improve people’s conditions of life (2000-08 – The Recreational Charities Act 1958, Charity Commission Section 1 Guidance (RR4) refers).
  • Support other charitable purposes being undertaken within the Lerryn Area.
  • Enable other not-for-profit organisations within the Lerryn Area that benefit the community to both support these aims and also to further their own aims.
  • Cooperate with nearby volunteer community transport operators to support one another in fulfilling each other’s objects.

Operating Permit: Under the Transport Act 1985, we are not allowed to carry members of the general public, but under Section 19 of the Act, we are allowed to carry members of LAMA and other particular classes of persons as follows:

  • Class A - members of the body holding the permit.
  • Class B - persons whom the body exists to benefit, and persons assisting them.
  • Class C - disabled persons (as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) or persons who are seriously ill and persons assisting them.
  • Class D - pupils or students of any school, college, university or other educational establishment and staff or other helpers accompanying them. 

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Upcoming events

Tuesday 7th February 09:30 - 13:00 LAMA Bodmin and Supermarkets Shopping Trip

Weekly shopping trip to Bodmin with regular pick-ups and stops at: Lerryn Car Park (9:30am), Lerryn View (if requested), Lostwithiel Coffee Lake Meadow (if requested), Lostwithiel Grenville Road Peace Memorial (if requested), Lostwithiel Library Gates (9:45am), Bodmin Mount Folly Square (if requested), Morrison's (10:05am) - Aldi (if requested), Asda (if requested). Lidl (if requested) and Sainsbury's (if requested). Return trip departs Morrison's at 11:50am and then picks up and drops off at same locations as above, with an additional stop at the Lostwithiel GP Surgery to pick up any Lerryn prescriptions.

Friday 10th February 09:30 - 15:00 LAMA Truro Shopping Trip

Monthly shopping trip to Truro with regular pick-ups and stops at: Lerryn Car Park (9:30am), Lerryn View (if requested), Lostwithiel Coffee Lake Meadow (if requested), Lostwithiel Grenville Road Peace Memorial (if requested), Lostwithiel Library Gates (9:45am), Truro Coach Park by M&S store (10:30am). Return trip departs Truro at 2:00pm and then drops off at same locations as above.

Saturday 11th February 12:00 - 14:00 Spuds & Puds lunch for LAMA

Spuds & Puds lunch for LAMA 12.00-2.00pm - jacket spuds with choice of filling, plus a choice of delicious puds.

Courtesy bus leaves Lostwithiel at 11.45am.


Tuesday 14th February 09:30 - 13:00 LAMA Bodmin and Supermarkets Shopping Trip

Weekly shopping trip to Bodmin with regular pick-ups and stops at: Lerryn Car Park (9:30am), Lerryn View (if requested), Lostwithiel Coffee Lake Meadow (if requested), Lostwithiel Grenville Road Peace Memorial (if requested), Lostwithiel Library Gates (9:45am), Bodmin Mount Folly Square (if requested), Morrison's (10:05am) - Aldi (if requested), Asda (if requested). Lidl (if requested) and Sainsbury's (if requested). Return trip departs Morrison's at 11:50am and then picks up and drops off at same locations as above, with an additional stop at the Lostwithiel GP Surgery to pick up any Lerryn prescriptions.

Tuesday 21st February 09:30 - 13:00 LAMA Bodmin and Supermarkets Shopping Trip

Weekly shopping trip to Bodmin with regular pick-ups and stops at: Lerryn Car Park (9:30am), Lerryn View (if requested), Lostwithiel Coffee Lake Meadow (if requested), Lostwithiel Grenville Road Peace Memorial (if requested), Lostwithiel Library Gates (9:45am), Bodmin Mount Folly Square (if requested), Morrison's (10:05am) - Aldi (if requested), Asda (if requested). Lidl (if requested) and Sainsbury's (if requested). Return trip departs Morrison's at 11:50am and then picks up and drops off at same locations as above, with an additional stop at the Lostwithiel GP Surgery to pick up any Lerryn prescriptions.

Tuesday 28th February 09:30 - 13:00 LAMA Bodmin and Supermarkets Shopping Trip

Weekly shopping trip to Bodmin with regular pick-ups and stops at: Lerryn Car Park (9:30am), Lerryn View (if requested), Lostwithiel Coffee Lake Meadow (if requested), Lostwithiel Grenville Road Peace Memorial (if requested), Lostwithiel Library Gates (9:45am), Bodmin Mount Folly Square (if requested), Morrison's (10:05am) - Aldi (if requested), Asda (if requested). Lidl (if requested) and Sainsbury's (if requested). Return trip departs Morrison's at 11:50am and then picks up and drops off at same locations as above, with an additional stop at the Lostwithiel GP Surgery to pick up any Lerryn prescriptions.

Monday 6th March 19:30 - 21:30 LAMA Annual General and Committee Meetings

All LAMA Members and Representatives of Authorised Loaning Organisations are invited to attend and participate. Members of the public are welcome to observe.

Tuesday 7th March 09:30 - 13:00 LAMA Bodmin and Supermarkets Shopping Trip

Weekly shopping trip to Bodmin with regular pick-ups and stops at: Lerryn Car Park (9:30am), Lerryn View (if requested), Lostwithiel Coffee Lake Meadow (if requested), Lostwithiel Grenville Road Peace Memorial (if requested), Lostwithiel Library Gates (9:45am), Bodmin Mount Folly Square (if requested), Morrison's (10:05am) - Aldi (if requested), Asda (if requested). Lidl (if requested) and Sainsbury's (if requested). Return trip departs Morrison's at 11:50am and then picks up and drops off at same locations as above, with an additional stop at the Lostwithiel GP Surgery to pick up any Lerryn prescriptions.

Friday 10th March 09:30 - 15:00 LAMA Truro Shopping Trip

Monthly shopping trip to Truro with regular pick-ups and stops at: Lerryn Car Park (9:30am), Lerryn View (if requested), Lostwithiel Coffee Lake Meadow (if requested), Lostwithiel Grenville Road Peace Memorial (if requested), Lostwithiel Library Gates (9:45am), Truro Coach Park by M&S store (10:30am). Return trip departs Truro at 2:00pm and then drops off at same locations as above.

Tuesday 14th March 09:30 - 13:00 LAMA Bodmin and Supermarkets Shopping Trip

Weekly shopping trip to Bodmin with regular pick-ups and stops at: Lerryn Car Park (9:30am), Lerryn View (if requested), Lostwithiel Coffee Lake Meadow (if requested), Lostwithiel Grenville Road Peace Memorial (if requested), Lostwithiel Library Gates (9:45am), Bodmin Mount Folly Square (if requested), Morrison's (10:05am) - Aldi (if requested), Asda (if requested). Lidl (if requested) and Sainsbury's (if requested). Return trip departs Morrison's at 11:50am and then picks up and drops off at same locations as above, with an additional stop at the Lostwithiel GP Surgery to pick up any Lerryn prescriptions.

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LAMA Trips February 2023

28th February '23

Registered passengers and LAMA members are invited to join us on any of these LAMA trips. Please call Andy on 01208 368393 to book your seat and arrange a pick-up point.

SUPPORT LAMA - take the minutes for us!

9th January '23

LERRYN AREA MINIBUS ASSOCIATION (LAMA) The hard-working LAMA committee meets alternate months, usually on a Monday evening, in Lerryn Memorial Hall, and we need someone to record the decisions taken in meetings and to circulate them to committee members after the meeting.

Contact Lerryn Area Minibus Association (LAMA)

Lanwithan View
Silverlake
Lostwithiel
Cornwall
PL22 0JP

Contact details

Nick Warrick, LAMA Secretary
Tel: 01208 592258
Mobile: 07801 931338
Email: secretary@lamaminibus.co.uk
https://www.lerryn.net/local-groups/lerryn-area-minibus-association

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