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Who are We and Who Supports Us?

Who are We?

We are a Registered Charity (#1120494) and Company Limited by Guarantee (#06032000). Our Mission is providing a safe, reliable and courteous local bus, serving those rural and urban communities in our part of East Sussex not served by the commercial bus companies.

The company has been operating for over 40 years and currently runs a fleet of eight 16-seater mini-buses from its base in Berwick. It operates over 25 timetabled services each week taking people to their nearest centres for shopping, appointments, or for pleasure. The company also operates summer leisure services and offers private hire facilities. It provides special annual services for Nature Valley International Tennis in Eastbourne, and the Charleston festivals.

The company is run entirely by volunteers including 50 fully trained drivers. Trustees (and Directors for the purposes of the Companies Act 2006) are:

  • Beryl Smith, Chair
  • Philip Ayers, Managing Director
  • John Bunce, Operations Director
  • Stewart Fuller, Finance Director
  • Susan de Angeli, Secretary
  • Andrew Cottingham
See our entry in the Charity Commission records: Charity Commission

Read the 2019 Trustee's Report and Accounts (pdf).

Who Supports Us?

The ongoing support from local authorities and passengers helps meet our regular annual cash costs thereby ensuring the wheels on the buses keep turning. The support received from local authorities is greatly appreciated. In 2019 we received major contributions from ESCC, WDC and Hailsham Town Council; and donations from Polegate and Seaford Town Councils, and the following parish councils: Alfriston, Berwick, Chalvington & Ripe, Cuckmere Valley, East Dean & Friston, Heathfield & Waldron, Herstmonceux, Long Man, Pevensey, Westham, Willingdon & Jevington. Passengers kindly supported us by using the donation boxes on the buses.

Make a remote donation: Donate to Cuckmere Buses

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English National Concessionary Travel Scheme Passes are accepted on all services when valid. Payment can also be made by cash and major credit and debit cards.

Cuckmere Buses is the trading name of Cuckmere Community Bus Ltd
Registered Office: The Old Rectory, Litlington, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5RB.
Tel. 01323 870920.   Email:
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