Friends of King Alfred Buses


aving looked very carefully at the implications of the Government's current 'road map' out of lockdown, we have most reluctantly reached the conclusion that to hold a Running Day in early May is simply not practical or appropriate.  Instead, we envisage a very substantial event as part of Winchester Heritage Open Days on Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th September 2021. More details will be announced nearer the time.

All arrangements must, of course, be subject to local and national Government policy regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and may be subject to short notice alteration or cancellation.

Clearly, the early summer will see relatively few vintage vehicle events again this year.  An anniversary that may have escaped most people's notice is the centenary as a bus of Ford Model T SV 6354 formerly BH 4081.  It was converted to a bus in June 1921 and used to run a service between Owslebury and Winchester.  It must surely by now be the oldest surviving bus/coach with a Winchester connection.  It would be good to mark the centenary in some way but although the vehicle is thought to be roadworthy the present owner and location are unknown.  Can anyone help at all?  

Pictures of our previous event for Heritage Open Days on 19th September 2020 can be seen by clicking on King Alfred and then going to the Picture Gallery.

Meanwhile, the task of keeping our unique collection of historic vehicles in running condition continues and as a registered charity we welcome donations to help keep them on the road!  For only £21 you can become a Friend of King Alfred Buses.  Click on 'Membership' for more details.

You can read more about what we do in an article on pages 34 and 35 of Coach & Bus Week magazine dated 13th April 2021, describing the ongoing renovations to our 'high bridge' Leyland Titan and Leyland Panther.

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.            

Mini Running Day 1st January 2020 Video

Thanks to Bob Hodges for his great video.
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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 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.  If you would like to donate click 


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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Our Fleet

Find out about the buses and coaches in our collection
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Upcoming events and shows we are attending
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Watch some of the fantastic videos of our events and running days
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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.

® 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.