In 2012 the Bewbush Playbus photographic book was published. The photographs, from both public and private collections, had been used to promote the project, highlighting what a playbus was as well as what a playbus could offer.
The project was one of the first mobile projects in the south-East of England and was started with funding from the Queens’ Silver Jubilee community funds. It was a project supported by the South-East girls guides association.
Once the book had been written I thought that might be the end of my writing journey, but I was wrong. The information led to many questions and in answer to these questions the first fictional tale was written. This has now led to 3 further bus story books, with more in the planning stage. All of my books do indeed have a bus in them somewhere, including ‘The Christmas Play Rehearsal’ and ‘A Spooky Tale’.
As I have continued on my teaching journey, I have been able to show the original book and have been surprised that both adults and children alike want to know about the bus.
There have been a few surprises along the way.
I have been to schools where maybe the parents, teachers or teaching assistants might remember the original bus and love to look through at the photographs reminiscing about their very fond memories, recalling their times on the playbus. There have been many recollections of carnivals, events, playgroups, parties or just seeing the bus in passing.
The questions are always the same.
Is it still around?
What happened to it?
What a shame it is not around anymore.
Recently, out of the blue, two more group photographs came to light, these were photographs I had neither seen or were in the book. I recalled many of the smiling faces and wondered where indeed were they now?
The photographs were posted on line and as ever the resulting comments were of happy recollections and fun.
So just as I wonder if anyone wants to know anymore, along comes the bus beeping the memory button.
It is good to know that the bus does indeed hold so much interest and lovely memories.
It does for me too.
Recent on line comments:
"I absolutely loved coming to the playbus. It will always be an important part of my life. It helped me find my voice after being chronically shy around people. Now, 30 years old, it's a job to shut me up." Nikki.
"I used to go upstairs and get my face painted as one of the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' - DAILY. The poor woman used to alwys try to get me to be something else. Good memories, happy days." Keshena. (I remember this well my daughter too!.
Where to get my books
Books are available from the following: My Books
Don't forget to look and ask in your local Museum, book shop or even buy on your Sainsburys on line shop!