Friends of King Alfred Buses


The Original King Alfred Running Day which is our largest event of the year will be on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2024.  We expect up to 25 visiting vehicles as well as everything available from the Friends of King Alfred Buses collection, operating free bus services on a wide range of routes.

Late Notice!  The feeder service from Salisbury on 6th May will now stop at Salisbury London Road (opposite the Park & Ride site) at 10:20 as the coach station is unavailable.  Enquiries/bookings to 

Plan your visit - get a programme/timetable in advance. 

Download the programme application form.

Buying a programme helps us cover the costs of a Running Day and supports the ongoing preservation and restoration of our buses.

If you can't print the form or fill it in, just send a letter with your cheque to Friends of King Alfred Buses, 13 Ashley Close, Winchester SO22 6LR or, if you are paying by bank transfer, send an email to including your name, address and payment amount.

On Sunday 15th September we shall be participating in Winchester Heritage Open Days.  More information in due course.

For only £30 you can become a Friend of King Alfred Buses.  Click on 'Membership' for more details.  In this way you can keep up with all the latest developments and take part in various members' activities.

If you would like to buy one of our sales items by mail order, click on 'Souvenirs & Books' to see details of what we have and how to order.   

On 8th December 2023 a serious fire broke out at Penton Mewsey where several historic buses are kept.  Amongst other vehicles not owned by us, Leyland Olympic JAA 708 was severely damaged.  Further details are in the news section under 'The Friends'.  The book which tells the story of JAA 708 is still available, with an update about the effects of the fire.  Click on 'Souvenirs & Books' for ordering information.

Lost Property Enquiries:  If you have lost something on one of our vehicles, please phone 07771 828918. 

2024 March Update for JAA 708 | 1950 Leyland Olympic


The company that served Winchester for over 50 years
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Founded in 1985, we are a Winchester based transport heritage charity whose volunteers aim to preserve the memory of R Chisnell & Sons, trading as King Alfred Motor Services.


We preserve all known remaining vehicles which worked for King Alfred - some 16 to be precise! We show our vehicles and often give free rides at events across the South.


We meet regularly to celebrate our work and to enjoy the vehicles we preserve. Our friendly group is always welcoming of new members and are always keen to share!

As a registered charity we rely heavily on donations to continue our work, especially in these difficult times.


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Heritage Open Day 12th September 2021

Video from Bob Hodges.
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