My how times fly!!
Who would have thought that in the fledging days of 1997, when a Torridge Transport Group (TTG) organisation was conceived, we would have grown to the size and scope we are in 2008.
There are many persons who have been with us since conception in 1997, birth in 1998, then childhood, adolescence and now a state of maturity. To those with the vision and tenacity to achieve the early goals we must all say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’.
To those persons who were involved in the next two stages through the birth and childhood of TTG the growing pains and difficulties were enormous and at times probably seemed almost insurmountable. They, and they alone, will probably remember and recall the depth of their commitment at the time.
To those persons who continued through the adolescence and early maturity of TTG as it evolved into the Torridge Community Transport Association (TCTA) they inherited the enthusiasm and drive to move us into not only a new century but also a new millennium. I hope and believe that the early maturity is growing and growing into a robust maturity that the founding persons are proud of.
As always funding has been the greatest of the difficulties to surmount. It was there at our birth, remained through our adolescence, and is with us today. Funders are getting harder and harder to find and convince, and the impending 2012 Olympic Games has sucked vast sums of money away in its support to the severe detriment of charities in general and TCTA in particular. We do have some stalwart funders and to them we say a further heartfelt ‘Thank You’, however we cannot be over confident and must always have our eyes on other opportunities for funding.
As the current Chairman, and there have been only 3 in our 10 years, I am fully committed to continue with their early dreams and objectives and hope that TCTA will continue to grow and expand in the coming years to provide the best possible service to our passengers and members.
Roger J Heffer Chairman