Friends of King Alfred Buses


Following a successful vehicle display and cavalcade on 19th September 2020 as part of Heritage Open Days, we now look towards our next event which is planned to be the Original King Alfred Buses Running Day on 3rd May 2021.  This is expected to feature all available vehicles in the Friends of King Alfred Buses collection although a large number of visiting vehicles and a transport bazaar may not be possible.  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.

For 1st January 2021 we had hoped to operate a Micro Running Day with some short distance free bus trips using three double deck vehicles.  However, a Government announcement on the coronavirus 'Tier' system placed Winchester in 'Tier 4' restrictions from 00:01 on Saturday 26th December 2020.  With great regret we therefore had to accept that the event was not possible.  It was the first New Year's Day for many years without a King Alfred event in Winchester.  Sadly, the rapid spread of coronavirus left no responsible alternative.  We feel sure our many loyal supporters share our disappointment and will look forward to happier times when our heritage buses can again be enjoyed on their traditional routes.

Pictures of our Heritage Open Days event 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 The Friends and scroll down to Membership for more details.

If you would like to buy one of our sales items by mail order, click on Souvenirs & Books in the strapline 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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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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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.