Charity Status – Message from our Chair

Charity Status – Message from our Chair

Crossley 146

Northampton based heritage transport preservation group, Northampton Transport Heritage (NTH) are celebrating after being awarded Charity status by the Charity Commission of England and Wales. This latest achievement is a milestone in the group’s development and comes on the back of four years hard work after stepping in to preserve the town’s historic Corporation buses.

Formed in 2017, NTH took over from the dormant 154 Preservation group to save vehicles ANH 154, JVV 267G and DNH 197 the three ex Northampton Corporation Transport Daimler CVG6 buses, which are familiar as reminders of when all the town’s buses were “red”. Since then the group has gone from strength to strength building relationships with other heritage groups both locally and nationally as well as with the local authorities in helping to promote Northampton as a tourist destination focussing on our rich heritage and gaining reputation as a trusted and professional organisation, which has now been borne out by the award of charitable status, No. 1194533.

In recent years NTH have been instrumental in reviving the ever popular Northampton Heritage Open Days which once again returns in September after an enforced break due to COVID last year. This national event which runs from 10th -19th September, will see classic buses run free trips around to the town to places of historic interest on 11th & 12th from George Row followed on the 19th September by a themed “100 Years of United Counties” event which is NTH’s own event where classic buses are on display on Northampton’s historic Market Square with free trips running from Drapery.

The group also run many members trips throughout the year to various destinations with their vehicles. The fleet of classic buses has also recently been bolstered by the gifting to the group of a fully restored bus by the estate of the late John Jackson, whose wish was that the bus returned to Northampton to the care of NTH, after his death. The bus, a Crossley DD42/3 with Roe bodywork, No.146 was new to Northampton Corporation Transport in 1946, one of ten vehicles of the type and one of only two survivors. No. 146 has an incredible story having languished in scrap yards since withdrawal in 1963 until it was rescued for restoration in 2008 and finally made available again to the public after an eight year restoration in 2016. As part of a thank you to members and a “welcome home” launch event for the vehicle, NTH will be running a special members only trip on Sunday 1st August at 14.30 from the town centre where non-members can also catch glimpse of No. 146 as it makes two trips around the town before the general public are able to ride on the bus at the September events.

Chairman of NTH, Graham Croucher said; “I couldn’t be more proud of our team of volunteers who have made this happen; achieving charitable status and being gifted this wonderful vehicle are testament to how far we have come and the sheer hard work and professionalism we have put in to preserve, promote and present the towns heritage to an ever receptive audience. The confidence shown in our group gives us the drive and ambition to continue to achieve our aims, which include the creation of the towns first transport museum. Donations though, in time or monetarily, are the keystones in our operation and we welcome both with open arms! We are always looking for willing and capable volunteers to help keep our buses available for the enjoyment of the general public.”

More information about Northampton Transport Heritage can be found on Facebook or and on this website, for details of membership and volunteering contact Membership Secretary Malcolm Tales at 07816 676175