The Grey Knights

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  • The Grey Knights is a group of Sarratt villagers who manage and maintain a lovely 1932 Bedford WLB single deck bus and a 1979 Bedford minibus known to everyone as Bubbles.

    The 1932 bus was owned by a former villager, Dennis Jenks, who was known as the White Knight for all the fundraising he did on behalf of village organisations and individuals.

    When Dennis Jenks left the village some years ago he donated the bus to the village. The bus became known as “Jenks” due to Dennis’s generosity. The Grey Knights was formed to look after and maintain the vehicle and later Bubbles.

    Membership of the Grey Knights is open to everyone and costs £35.00 pa which goes towards the costs of maintaining both buses.

    Both vehicles are available to villagers and their groups provided a driver is available.

    Please contact Alan Milsom (alanmilsom456@btinternet.com) for further information and enquiries for booking the vehicles.

    Some details of Jenks bus HB4060

    1932 Bedford WLB Type with a Davis 16 seat coach body.

    6 cylinder 3177 cc petrol engine giving 64hp at 2800 rpm

    Transmission via a 4-speed crash gearbox to a rear axle bevel drive.

    Rod operated brakes via a Dewandre vacuum Servo nit.

    Four gears with no synchro-mesh so changing gears can be a challenge but with practice all can be well.

    1892 were built but it is not known how many have survived and are still working

    As new it was owned by Williams of Blania and was used to transport Welsh miners and school children.

    Retired in 1952 and used as a storeroom until being restored in about 1970.