• Barty Barton: The Bear that was loved too much

  • A specil Playbus

    Gloria the Summer Fun Bus

  • Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus

  • Jay-Jay and his island adventure childrens bookJay-Jay and his island adventure book cover

    Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure

  • Jay-Jay and the Carnival

  • Jay-Jay and the carnival

    Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus

  • Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes

  • Sparky the Dragon Bus

  • The Christmas Play Rehearsal

  • A Spooky Tale

  • Bewbush Playbus

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Playbus Memories

“What do you remember about the bus?” I asked.

"The friendship and it was always full of laughter. It created happy memories" was the reply.

2 busesSince the publication of the ‘Bewbush Playbus’ book there have been so many great comments’. I have come to realised how much it meant to so many people and how much they valued and loved it.

The book was about our local history project full of photographs of what it did from start to finish as first an AEC Regent bus and then a Leyland Atlantean. I thought it would be only of local interest too.

But I was wrong. There have been those who wanted to share their project work too. Not always a bus, a mobile project which takes its services to the children.

What is a ‘Playbus?

First PlaybusThe first ever mobile project, the ‘Playmobile’, was a pensioned-off bus bought in 1969 from the Liverpool Corporation. It served the area of Paddington within Liverpool, which was considered an educational priority area. After a lot of searching a photograph of the bus was finally found.

The National Playbus Association, now Working on Wheels,  aim to improve the quality of life for children, young people and adults who live in isolated communities or where there are poor community resources by taking a wide range of services and facilities to their local area.

I have also been able to look through the National Playbus Archive of photographs and began editing and sorting.

Music TrailerI have started to put a few photographs on the ‘Bewbush Playbus and its Memories’ page and have been surprised at the responses and comments from other users around the country and it has brought to light how valuable play provision is. A summer holiday and a need to entertain and keep children safe is very important. The beauty of mobile provision is the compact self-contained nature.

Philip Avery’s comment on leaving the Bewbush Playbus was “Whatever happens, keep it going.”

Yes the ‘Bewbush Playbus’ book keeps our memory going and hopefully, despite ‘Jay-Jay’ being the fictional tale of our bus, the book might spark memories and interest across the country and an interest in play provision!

Hackney Van“Great days, fabulous play workers, wonderful children on some of the toughest estates.” 

Mick Conway's comment sums up most of Mobile Play provision! Yes the Bus was exciting but play came in many shapes and forms! Oh and staff commitment!

Where to get my books

Books are available from the following:   My Books

Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com     Waterstones    

Barnes&Noble    Foyles (amongst others)

Don't forget to look and ask in your local Museum, book shop or even buy on your Sainsburys on line shop!

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