It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we have been advised that our founder, Father Bryan Scrivener, died last week on 3 March 2021.

Father Bryan created Community Transport in Birmingham in the early 1960s. He helped families on low incomes by collecting and storing donated items of furniture in his front room and then delivered them using his ex-Army Land Rover.

He worked tirelessly in the local community and Community Transport was registered as a charity in 1966. He worked with Community Transport for over 30 years. 

He later founded a retreat and Monastery in Brynmawr, Wales with his wife Dorothy. They had the help and support for many years of friends Rob and Joanna Brown who continue to run the retreat.  The pews at the retreat were made from the doors of an old wardrobe doors, reclaimed from CT Birmingham.

For the last year or so, Father Bryan had been living in a residential home, of which he believed himself to be the Chaplain, and in a way, he was. He developed Covid at the end of February and did not recover. He would have been 90 in October this year.

Jo Beaumont, Community Transport CEO said: “I visited Father Bryan around five years ago and he was just beginning to experience the early symptoms of dementia. But he was delighted to reminisce about his old land rover, CT’s first vehicle on the fleet, and enjoyed looking through our archive of photos taken at the time that he set up the Charity. He was able to add considerably to what we now know of the history of CT. Sadly, his wife Dorothy died last August, but he continued to be supported by Rob and Joanna, who helped to run the retreat and Monastery.”

She continued: “Father Bryan will be sadly missed, and his legacy will continue on for many more years in the great work we all continue to do at Community Transport. We will be looking at setting up some sort of  ‘Bryan Scrivener Award’ in recognition of his memory.”

The funeral will take place later this month. Flowers will be sent on behalf of everyone at CT.