We are delighted to welcome Christopher Legard, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, as Ryedale Community Transport’s first Patron.
Chris lives at his family home, Scampston Hall, which includes the award-winning visitor attraction Scampston Walled Garden. He served as High Sheriff of North Yorkshire for 2018/19 and was appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire in 2019.
Chris visited the depot in June to officially take up his new role. After meeting the trustees and staff, the Chair of Trustees, Philip Richardson MBE, officially welcomed Chris to his new role of Patron. On his appointment Chris said, “I am honoured and delighted to be asked to be patron of Ryedale Community Transport, who do so much for the local community, and I look forward to being part of the team in the future.”
The Charity has recently secured funding, for the next five years, from The National Lottery Community Fund to develop an on-demand Dial & Ride Service in the Ryedale area called ‘The Ryedale Rover’.
The Ryedale Rover will be an evolving service which can expand and develop as demand grows for its use. It is hoped that when fully implemented it will provide new transport routes throughout Ryedale at an affordable price.
Chris joined the trustees and staff to welcome back on to fleet some of the newly branded ‘Ryedale Rover’ buses. He handed over the keys of the newest minibus on fleet to Philip.
Further details on Ryedale Community Transport, their services, and how to volunteer can be found on the website www.ryedalect.org.