THE Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) is in sudden and urgent need of new accommodation for many of its unique collection of Winchester buses.

Without it the charity's annual bus running days may be in jeopardy.

FoKAB has been unexpectedly asked to quit by the end of 2020 the location outside the city where many of its vehicles have been safely stored for the best part of 20 years.

The heritage buses and coaches kept on the site will therefore have to find new undercover parking space if they are to remain available to be enjoyed by all as they have for the last 35 years. This will not be easy, given that quite a large space – or a series of smaller spaces – will be needed.

It has launched an appeal for help from supporters and anybody else with an interest in supporting this unique part of the city’s heritage.

An undercover site near Winchester is needed. Otherwise the carefully-restored vehicles would quickly deteriorate parked outdoors, even if such outdoor space were available. To store them away from the city would seriously hinder or even prevent the ability to stage events recreating the days of King Alfred Motor Services in Winchester.

As it is, FoKAB has already been disappointed that its famous old buses were not to be seen in Winchester this spring, due to the coronavirus outbreak. There was, of course, no option but to cancel The Original King Alfred Buses Running Day planned for early May. Apart from giving enjoyment to many by recreating bus and coach travel as it used to be, this event is a vital fund-raiser for the FoKAB registered charity, helping to keep its rare and historic vehicles on the road. The oldest of these is now 89 years old.

So FoKAB would be very keen indeed to hear from anyone who knows of a site that might be suitable – please email or phone David Morgan, Hon Secretary, on 01737 823436.