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APPEAL FOR FUNDS TO RESTORE
OUR DENNIS E OMNIBUS

Aldershot and District Omnibus Rescue and Restoration Society (ADORRS) has the only surviving example of a Dennis E Omnibus, OT 8902.

Built for Aldershot & District by local manufacturer Dennis Bros, this project is an outstanding opportunity to secure and resurrect an important piece of South-West Surrey and North Hampshire transport history, and take her to transport events.

Our initial Target at the moment is £65,000. Each and every donation is appreciated by any of the following ways:

The Go-Fund me page - https://www.gofundme.com, then search for Restoration of a Dennis E 1928 Omnibus by Robin Montgomery.

If desired, cheques payable to ADORRS can be sent to:
Mr Laurie Powell, Hampshire House, 204 Holly Road, Aldershot, Hants GU12 4SE.
Please mark Dennis E on the reverse of the cheque.
On-line banking for Dennis E fundraising - sort code is 40-52-40, Account number - 00093236.

Dennis E
THANK YOU FROM Dennis E and ADORRS

Schedule of Events 2024

Date

Event

Vehicle/Driver/ADDORS EVENT OWNER
3rd & 4th February FEBEX Alton 488. Driver: Derek. 6 foot table space is available. Event Owner: Richard
9th & 10th March Basingstoke Model Railway Show. 488. Driver: Derek.
Dave Richards is BMRS point of contact.
16th March
Saturday
Guildford Bus Event run by Safeguard Coaches. 488. Driver: Derek.
Robin dealing with.
Mentioned by James Freeman.
14th April
Sunday
Brooklands Spring Bus Event. Details to be obtained.
12th May
Sunday
Basingstoke Festival of Transport. Details to be obtained.
22nd & 23rd June Deane Rally at Ropley. Details to be obtained.
13th July
Saturday
Medstead Village Fete. Details to be obtained.

2024 ADORRS Working Days
at Milland, near Petersfield
Start time: 10am
All members very welcome
Do let us know via the ADORRS email if you wish to attend. Thank you.
 
Following very successful Working Days in 2023 we are pleased to announce more Working Days for 2024 - see below details.
 
Tasks include:
  • Work on Restoration of Dennis E.
  • Fascia cleaning.
  • Windows cleaning.
  • Paintwork tidying up.
  • Cleaning and repainting of seats.
  • Various possible Engineering tasks.
 
2024 Working Days dates are as follows:
  • Sunday 21st January 2024
  • Sunday 18th February
  • Sunday 24th March
  • Sunday 21st April
  • Sunday 19th May
  • Sunday 23rd June
 
ADORRS and our friendly buses look forward to seeing you

The Society was formed in 1996 to save two 1928 former Aldershot and District Dennis E buses from a field at Four Marks, Hampshire. Since then the society has grown, it has become a limited company and a charity and more buses have been rescued. The fleet now comprises six vehicles dating from the 1920s to the 1960s when public transport was in its heyday.

The Dennis E type vehicles form the backbone of the fleet but all require major restoration work to get them back onto the road. We have had to take a practical approach to these very rare buses. The cost of restoring the two buses found in 1996 in a field, OT 8592 and OT 8898 would cost in the region of £500,000 and this is beyond the Society's means. However the bus found by the River Thames, inside a house has a much better chance of being restored. In 2016 the Society obtained donated funds to enable restoration of this chassis and hopefully this will be DRIVEN out of our barn at Milland. Some time ago we managed to obtain the original registration, OT 8902, so eventually one, or a combination of two of the earlier found bus bodies will be attached to OT 8902. In the 1920's vehicles were made of two parts, chassis and body, unlike the present day construction. The Trustees believe it is better to get one good bus fully restored rather than struggle with three!

Two of the success stories are the two Loline III's, 462 EOT and 488 KOT which have been fully restored and have been playing a prominent part in bus Rally's for several years. To keep these rare double-deck buses running we have had to 'borrow' parts from AAA 508C including the excellent engine and gearbox. It has now come to the extent that 508 has loaned so much that it would cost a huge amount to restore, so it will be kept as a storage bus. 488 has benefitted by having the engine and 5 speed gearbox from 508.

This work is/has been carried out by a small band of volunteers, but we urgently need more support, both to help finance the restorations and to carry out the practical side of the restoration work.

You can join ADORR Society by clicking here Application Form

If you would like More Information please email us on:- adorrs25@gmail.com

Robin Montgomery (Chairman) robbiemonty5@gmail.com

Vintage Buses - Our Moving History

BUSES IN TRUST WITH A.D.O.R.R.S

  • OT 8592 Dennis E (D217) 1928
  • OT 8898 Dennis E (D226) 1928
  • OT 8902 Dennis E (D235) 1928
  • 462 EOT Dennis Loline III (462) 1962
  • 488 KOT Dennis Loline III (488) 1964
  • AAA 508C Dennis Loline III (508) 1965

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Aldershot & District Omnibuses Rescue & Restoration Society is a registered Charity
Charity No. 1069954. Company - No. 3423760 England
Hampshire House, 204 Holly Road, Aldershot, Hants. GU12 4SE
Date last updated 28/12/23
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