The Bus has Arrived!

Following many discussions with First, Easton College and Kerley Recovery we all agreed on a date and came together on Wednesday for the buses arrival. We had the most humbling and wonderful afternoon watching these companies give up their time to help manoeuvre the bus into position.

Kerley arrived at the Vulcan Road depot as planned and by 12.30 the bus was parked up at Bawburgh Village Hall awaiting the go ahead to bring it down to the school. We arranged for the children to be there for its arrival and they thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the field to watch.

Getting the bus through the main gates was the first challenge and seeing the bus suspended on a really long boom from the back of the tow truck was incredible. Once through the gates the bus was then hooked up to Easton College’s tractor and the journey really began.

Squeezing through the gates onto the field was a tense moment, especially when there was a loud bang which sounded like a chain snapping. We all held our breath for a few seconds, but thankfully it was just the chain slipping from the tractor so it was re-hooked and off they went again.

Next came the pinch point which was the pesky bend in the bank! This as we expected did take some time and felt like a 400 point turn but the team were fab and worked tirelessly to make it work. The bus was rolled forward at an angle, then pulled to straighten it a bit and the process repeated quite a few times. The bank did attempt to put up a fight and had to be dug to free the bus in a few places, but after much shuffling they finally got it around the bend and then it was a straight run to get it pulled into its final resting place!

Kerley Recovery then spent another hour or so getting the bus on sleepers to make it safe, and sorting out internal parts which needed tidying up. In the meantime Easton College offered to let the children look at and go on the tractor!! The children thoroughly enjoyed this and took it in turns to “have a go”.

We are forever thankful and had the most awesome, humbling and heart-warming day watching all of these people work together and give up their time to help manoeuvre the bus into place. They were so professional and worked like troopers and a shining example of resourcefulness, collaboration, resilience and creativity!

Richard Jarmy kindly took photos for us and set up a time lapse of the whole process which you can view below, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

The Origin Story

“I've got an idea” Rachel said, explaining her elaborate bus idea to Kate.

“I like it, I reckon we could get a grant for that! Although this is becoming a habit” Kate said.

(Kate who is a grant sourcing mastermind has previously helped obtain a grant with other parents to get a new playpark for the village. They felt nothing could stop them!)

So they set to work looking for appropriate grants. With just days before the closing date they came across the Aviva Community Fund and decided they had no time to lose. In a coffee shop on Unthank Road (no doubt scoffing cake) their vision and The Bawburgh Big Ideas Bus was born! Never in their wildest dreams did anyone think that months later we would be where we are now, but with hard work from the staff, parents, village residents, family and friends the dream started to become a reality.

When Aviva let Kate and Rachel know they had been successful with the grant they really did have tears in their eyes, if only they knew the hard work was about to being...

I hope you enjoy following the story, there will no doubt be more hurdles to come but I can assure you, sheer stubbornness and perseverance will get us to our goal.

Miss C. Stedman, Headteacher

The Bawburgh School, Hockering Lane, Bawburgh, NR9 3LR

Tel: 01603 742329 | Email: office@bawburgh.norfolk.sch.uk

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