'Jay-Jay the Supersonic bus' and the 'Bewbush Playbus' history book have been delivered to number 10 Downing Street as well as Buckingham Palace.
The ‘Bewbush Playbus was a project started with funds from ‘The Queen’s Silver Jubilee’ Community funding. Over the years, as a way of promoting the charity and its work, a photographic display was seen at events as well as the local library. The aim was to show not only what the bus could offer but also to promote its mobility.
I have often said that I made two mistakes with the bus over the years:-
Mistake number 1:-
It was never called ‘Bewbush’ Playbus. It was originally named ‘Supersonic Bus’ and was given to the town of Crawley. However, as Bewbush was then a new area most of its work was undertaken in Bewbush and that is how it got its name.
When my son joined the Playbus playgroup the name on the bus had been painted over so I did not know its true name. I offered to re-paint the bus and against all the odds I managed to get this done and it looked eye-catching once again.
Mistake number 2.
I had painted the bus with designs that I thought the playgroup children might like. The nursery rhyme characters would be for the playgroup children to sing along to and enjoy. The final designs looked colourful and bright BUT now the older children did not want to use the bus as the designs looked babyish.
If only they would come along inside!
This meant that now we had a the task of getting people to see beyond the outside images and to look at what the project could offer the community. We had were constantly fund-raising, not only for the existing bus, but, also raising money to buy a newer replacement mobile project which we hoped might be used by all ages.
But I never made the mistake of getting involved..
The bus wheels keep on turning
The project having finally closed its doors in 2005 I decided to put the photographs into a book. I wanted the book to be ready for ‘The Diamond Jubilee’ year. I managed to achieve this and sent a copy to her Majesty the Queen. I was pleased when I receive a letter of thanks.
I was also surprised that the children i met on my teaching journey, although they did not know the Playbus, were interested in knowing more.
The story start
What is a Playbus?
How is it different to an ordinary bus?
So now ‘Supersonic’ has his name back, both in books Fact and Fiction.
Off to visit the Queen
I thought that her Majesty might like a copy of the story book too, so I sent it to Buckingham Palace. I am sure she will not read it herself but perhaps there are a few younger royals who might have it read to them!
The first story book was followed by more bus related tales.
Now Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus has a book out in print, too and of course she needed a Nursery Rhyme book of her own too.
(Her rhymes have buses of course!)
Jay-Jay has also visited number 10
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!