Blessing of Douglas Woolcock vehicle

On a rare and glorious sunny day in St Just a colourful and intriguing spectacle was to be seen in the main Car Park as the Douglas Woolcock Transport Project’s new vehicle was blessed by the Revd Canon Vanda Perrett, Rector of St Buryan, St Levan & Sennen, and the Revd Karsten Wedgewood, Vicar of St Just, Pendeen, Sancreed & Morvah. Watched by an enthusiastic gathering of volunteers, drivers and transport users, the two priests first prayed for the patience and dedication of bus drivers entrusted with the safety and care of people, and asked that they and their passengers reach their intended destinations safely and securely. Then, after a reading from Isaiah 40.3-5 calling for a straight highway, they circled the new vehicle liberally blessing it with holy water using branches of rosemary. Such was their enthusiasm that many of those watching were also sprinkled liberally too which caused much laughter and merriment.

Finally Vanda and Karsten gathered the volunteer drivers to the front of the crowd and prayed a wonderfully quirky Bus Driver’s prayer for them. “Please, Lord, watch over me this day. Please help me remember to watch all my mirrors, many windows,  gauges, warning lights, Cornish lanes of traffic and to keep a third eye open for wobbling bicycles and daydreaming pedestrians with ice creams. Please, Lord, help me hear all lorry and car horns, and emergency, and give me a hand for the gear lever, the steering wheel, the maps, the indicators. And one more thing, dear Lord, please don't let anyone be sick all over the bus. And finally, Lord, please watch over us all and bring us safely home.”

After tea and coffee at the Commercial Hotel after the event everyone present agreed that it had been a very happy event and that we had been well and truly blessed in every way.

The Douglas Woolcock Transport Project is a small, local charity running a specially adapted vehicle for wheelchair users and those with mobility or transport difficulties. Our first vehicle was bought for the Community three years ago by the Douglas Woolcock Foundation Trust. A second vehicle has just been funded for us with a Government Grant. If you live in the catchment area of Cape Cornwall Surgery and have mobility problems we can collect you from your home and take you into town to do your shopping, attend Church or Chapel, enjoy a cup of tea or lunch with friends. We can also take you to Cape Cornwall Surgery, to local Day Centres and to hospital out-patient appointments at West Cornwall, Helston and St Michael's Hospitals. Everyone we collect will be returned to their home. We request that each user makes a donation towards the cost of fuel and vehicle running costs. All our Drivers and Assistants are volunteers freely giving their time, care and attention to their local community. Transport is booked by phoning our Transport Co-ordinator, Di Slater, on 07899 412 060 or 01736 787567. Please book one or two days in advance.

The success of our project depends not only on people using the service but also on people volunteering to drive the vehicle. Our volunteers are trained in wheelchair handling and assessed for driving the vehicle. If you would like to volunteer, please contact one of the Trustees on the phone numbers below. Chris Goninan 788722; William Jago 810374; Elisabeth Thomas 788527; Shirley Woolcock 788661