Friends of King Alfred Buses


Sunday 3rd May should have been our major event for 2020, The Original King Alfred Buses Running Day, but the current coronavirus emergency meant we very reluctantly had to cancel it, in common with most similar events throughout the UK.  Whilst our financial situation is not dire, nevertheless this meant we lost the income we would normally gain from sale of programme/timetables and other items.  

As if the impact of COVID-19 were not enough, we have recently learnt that one of the sites at which our vehicles are currently kept will not be available to us next year.  The search for a new home for around 10 vintage buses and coaches is on!  If anyone knows of suitable premises offering covered accommodation within reasonable driving distance of Winchester we should be delighted to hear from them.  Whether it is one site able to hold all 10 vehicles or a smaller one to hold just some of them, either or even both could be of interest.   Please phone 01737 823436 or email

Meanwhile, any donations to help us get through this difficult time would be most welcome. 

We understand that most vintage vehicle events this summer have been cancelled due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, including such large and well-known events as the Alton Bus Rally & Running Day in July and the Great Dorset Steam Fair in August. 

We have been advised that Heritage Open Days (HODs) will take place on its planned dates in 2020.  As part of HODs, we hope to provide at least a small vehicle display, maybe more, at the cattle market car park in Worthy Lane, Winchester on Saturday 19th September 2020.  More details in due course.       

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 


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 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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Latest News

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