The story of the Bewbush Playbus, a Community Project started in 1980 by the Girl Guides Association using money raised for Her Majesty The Queens Silver Jubilee Celebrations. The photographs and memories contained in this book were used on public display to publicise and promote the work of the project with the aim of generating much needed support and funding. The project operated for many years in the district neighbourhood of Bewbush Crawley, West Sussex. It was a much loved and well used mobile community vehicle. Over the years the Association provided much needed play support to its many young users as well as encouraging parental involvement. As such the Playbus brought a lot of pleasure and support to the community. Sadly in 2003, due to lack of core funding and a vehicle which was difficult to maintain mechanically, the project closed its doors. It was a further intention to get the book published to celebrate the Queens' 'Diamond Jubilee'. So finally here it is, with love to all those ever involved or who knew of our work!
Having become involved first as a parent then as a committee member before becoming project co-ordinator, the bus really got into my blood and became a work of the heart. I have very fond memories of all the trials and tribulations my involvement brought especially raising the profile of the project and fund-raising for a new bus. With support from all my family and friends we were able to raise the funds to restore and replace the old bus as well as buy and convert a newer vehicle. We were able to set up new groups, buy equipment as well as send our staff on valuable training courses. We further became involved in the wider community of mobile projects through the National Playbus Association (now Working on Wheels) as well as becoming active members of the regional group 'London and South East Region' (LASER) where we were able to keep up to date with legislation as well as important networking with other like projects. Special thanks goes to my family, my husband, Geoff Riddick, my mother, Mrs Elizabeth Wickstead, and my children Tom and Elly Riddick, without whom none of this could ever have happened for me. My belief in supporting mobile provision continues as Geoff Riddick is currently the Association Manager for 'Working on Wheels'.