Friends of King Alfred Buses


Our next event is our usual Mini Running Day on Bank Holiday Monday 1st January 2024, with its focus on King Alfred vehicles operating on their traditional routes.  The free bus services will start with the first departure from Winchester Broadway at 09:10.  There will be frequent services through the day, with the last buses departing at 16:15.  Full programme/timetables will be on sale on 1st January, price £5 from our programme sellers in the Broadway.

Following that will be The Original King Alfred Running Day on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2024 with visiting vehicles and a wider range of routes. 

CALENDARS!  The new King Alfred calendars for 2024 are now ready and cost £15 each including postage.  They feature a full colour picture for each month of a King Alfred or visiting vehicle at one of our events.  To buy, send a cheque payable to 'Friends of King Alfred Buses' to FoKAB at 13 Ashley Close, Winchester SO22 6LR.  Or you can pay by bank transfer to Account Name: Friends of King Alfred Buses, Bank: CAF Bank Ltd, Sort Code: 40-52-40, Account No: 00009790, Reference: Calendar.  Please also send an email to with your name and address so that we can post the calendar to you.  

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, Leyland Olympic JAA 708 was severely damaged, almost certainly beyond repair.  Further details are in the news section under 'The Friends'.


The company that served Winchester for over 50 years
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What we do

Find out more about the work of the Friends of King Alfred buses
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Latest News

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Our Fleet

Find out about the buses and coaches in our collection
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Watch some of the fantastic videos of our events and running days
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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.


Upcoming events and shows we are attending
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Heritage Open Day 12th September 2021

Video from Bob Hodges.
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® The "statue" device and "King Alfred" are registered trademarks of the "Friends of King Alfred Buses"

Together they form part of the charity logo and appear on our preserved vehicles.