The fact that its just a year since the last post reflects that there's been a lot going on. Who said retirement was when things slowed down?
In early April 2016 we took GKE 68 to the South East Bus Festival at the Detling Showground, near Maidstone. The organisers allowed us to take our skeleton of a vehicle into the main hall with all the vintage cars and motor-bikes which were part of the main Heritage Transport Show. This attracted a lot of new attention, which did us no harm at all.
Much background work on a second bid for Heritage Lottery Fund money during the summer, but by September we were ready for something different so we made a special effort for Chatham Historic Dockyard's "Salute to the 40s" weekend.
Then suddenly it was December, and we'd submitted our application to the HLF.
On the 2017 New Year holiday a local bus event in Gillingham saw the unveiling of Nu-Venture's latest Chatham Traction tribute bus. Probably the best representation yet of the once-familiar colours. Thanks Norman!
An agonising wait for the HLF bid outcome came to a disappointing conclusion, but we know why and we'll sort it. The 2017 AGM, our tenth, welcomed Roger Davies as guest speaker. Roger was the catalyst to a revival of Chatham Traction interest some 15 years earlier and he recounted the background to the assembled company. Before the meeting the tribute bus ran a nostalgic return to Borstal and Bookham Wood:
A quick summary there of a year's events. More detail in our occasional Updates, which you can see here.