Ten Great Years

Last week we said a fond farewell to a community member who has been at the heart of our movement for the last 10 years. Sir George, our trusty Mercedes bus, was released by the Foundation after years of devoted service.

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A few of us gathered around for a short blessing ceremony before his last sortie to Cluny and back

Named after Sir George Trevelyan, who was an ardent supporter of the Findhorn Foundation and one of the charity’s first trustees, he was bought from a coach company in nearby Elgin in 2005 to support our transport needs at the time. Originally a 24-seater, we removed eight passenger seats to create luggage space and to comply with our driver legislation.

As well as making daily trips between our two sites – The Park and Cluny Hill – Sir George was a frequent traveller to Fionnphort for the ferry crossing for guests visiting Traigh Bhan, our retreat house on the isle of Iona, and our satellite community on the small island of Erraid. In addition, due to his load space, he was used to deliver Cullerne Garden’s organic veggie harvests to our kitchens.

David Fulford, long time community member and the Foundation’s current Transport Manager, speaks appreciatively of his enduring mechanical reliability, but sadly it is body rust that has made his demise inevitable. With a smile David relates how, when he was driving Sir George on an Iona run a while back, the boot floor plate fell out mid-trip and they had to make some emergency body repairs to finish the trip. Thankfully no one was hurt and nothing (other than the boot floor) was lost, not even the food boxes and packs.

Peter Vallance, another community member, has bought Sir George and has plans to adapt him for … we’ll have to wait and see.

Goodbye Sir George. We wish you fond Findhorn blessings with your new life.

Chris Brown

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