Book Reviews: Bewbush Playbus by Sue Wicksteadcategories: Book, Girl Guides, Queens Silver Jubilee, Community, Double -Decker Bus, Gatwick Airport, Comic Relief, Eastbourne, Crawley West Sussex, Bewbush, Mobile Project, Playbus
Sue Wicksteadabout this book: The Bewbush Playbus was a real bus which was converted into a Playbus.
The charity was started by the Girl Guides South-East (England) with money from The Queens Silver Jubilee Community Awards.
The photographic book is a record of events and changes in the life of the charity and amongst its many users. The bus was a well loved and well known 'Playbus' with links to Gatwick Airport.
The photographs were once part of an exhibition which in my capacity of Project Co-ordinator I had put together to highlight the value of mobile play projects and the vast range of services it could support.
The bus project camt to an end and I was asked to put the photographs into a book before it was lost from memory.
Having written the book I could now tell the children in school about the bus with photographs too. the children asked so many questions that I began to write a story which has been published.
'Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus' tells the story of the start of the project.
It has been so well recieved by the children in school that hopefully more books about the 'Playbus' life will be put into fictional form too.
There are many real 'Mobile Playbus Projects' all bright and colourful and all delivering an important message.
The hardest part about writing the book was sorting out all of the necessary photographs (one ended up edited out of the book by mistake). The interest for the book may be a niche and local market but the message is for a wider audience.
Maybe a National Playbus Book will one day be written with lonks and examples of other buses but for now I am glad I have done what I have done and am proud to have had the opportunity to be involved in the project from parent to committee to co-ordinator.
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Bewbush Playbus My Saviourwow! I remember the 'Playbus' fondly and it was very much part of my childrens childhood. The bus and its group was very much a saviour for me as a single parent. I have fond memories of the Playschool, Summer Playschemes and the Parent and Toddler groups. This book and its photographs brought back fond memories of such a special place. It is great to see the pictures. It is a shame there are not more 'Playbus' still around it was unique. [by Annar Abdallah]
Bewbush PlaybusI loved the Playbus as a child and this brings back so many memories. The bus was no ordinary bus taking you to town, it provided a safe place to play. I didn't only use the bus in a playgroup but joined in with Carnivals, Fund-raising as well as went to the after school club when older. I loved the training events where we got to meet other bus projects and the workers. There are lots of other uses for a Playbus not just with young pre-school but also after school care, parent and toddler, holiday playschemes and much much more. Who know it could also be used for a mobile gym? It is great to see so many photographs of a bus in action and I am sure there are other like minded projects out there that als [by Tom Riddick]
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