Community transport charity celebrates 20th anniversary

Photo of Dennis Rogers and guest of honour Shirley Holloway cutting the 20th anniversary cake.

Friday 2nd August saw over 70 guests attend an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a charity which provides accessible transport to people across the Five Stokes area and beyond.

Attending the event at the headquarters of Four Towns and Vale Link Community Transport in Frampton Cotterell were members of the charity, local councillors, representatives of other local community groups as well as Four Towns employees both past and present.

Four Towns started in 1999 in a small office in St Peter’s Church, Filton. Volunteer car drivers used their own cars to help transport people to clubs, medical appointments and on shopping trips. They eventually got enough funding to be able to purchase their first ever minibus. Four Towns has flourished ever since and currently has 28 vehicles in its fleet and a work force of over 30 employees including drivers, passenger assistants, management and office staff.

In later years the charity was based in Scott Park, Patchway, before making the move to Frampton Cotterell in 2016.

Dennis Rogers, chair of Four Towns, and guest of honour Shirley Holloway opened the celebrations with speeches on their own time spent working within the organisation over the years.

The event then continued with both Dennis and Shirley cutting a cake that had been specially made for the occasion.
There was also a chance for guests to learn more about the history of Four Towns, with a display featuring many key moments and interesting facts captured throughout the years.

A Four Towns spokesperson said:

“It was lovely to celebrate the achievements of the charity and share great memories and experiences from everyone involved. We would like to say a massive thank you not only to our guest of honour Shirley Holloway and chair Dennis Rogers, who presented such wonderful speeches, but also to South Gloucestershire Council for all their continuous support.”

• Four Towns provides friendly, affordable and accessible transport for people in the community who have an access need. For further information about its services, call 01454 250500 or visit its website at

Photo: Dennis Rogers and guest of honour Shirley Holloway cut the 20th anniversary cake.

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 36 & 29). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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