This is a little diary about what happens at the YesBus
If you've enjoyed a stay on the YesBus and would like to contribute a blog, film or photos please let us know. We LOVE hearing stories of people enjoying the bus.
1-3 JUNE May 2018:
From the off the bus was supposed to be at the heart of a space where people could escape to the countryside and just....be.
Our first Tribe Days were true to that message. We opened our doors and all kinds of folks came. Hammocky book reading, impromptu acro-yoga, BBQs and adventure planning made this a weekend to remember.
21 May 2018:
Our first school visit
15 pupils and teachers celebrated finishing exams by litterpicking on a nearby beach and a talk by Plastic Tide founder Pete Kohler.
Then, relax. Table tennis and football, BBQ, campfire and a showing of Life Is Beautiful on our upstairs cinema. You'd think all of this would have led to a good night's sleep, but the chattering from the tents at 3am suggested otherwise!
4/5 FEBRUary 2018:
AND WE HAVE WATER!
Another couple of key jobs complete. Our kitchen is now fully working with fridge, water and gas installed. And outside we've created a shed for our recycling system and log store. Of course, some fun is important so we got the table tennis table out for an evening session, too! Looking forward to some summer tournaments for the tribe!
26/27 January 2018: ADVENTURE BOOK CLUB
The Adventure Book Club grew out of the YesTribe in 2017 and they enjoyed an overnight annual party on the YesBus at the end of January, including dinner, campfire and an adventurous film upstairs.
24-26 January 2018: LET THERE BE SUN!
We've got one eye on starting a full programme on the bus in early Spring. Plenty to do before then, including installing the solar panels and making Bussy fully sun-powered, fitting the pipes so we've got running water in the kitchen, building up our wood supplies for the fire, enjoying some crisp winter sunsets and testing out the bus with small events, podcast recordings and campouts.
After buying our bus in mid May a willing team of volunteers led by Chris Barnes has been undertaking the first stage of renovation. The bus has been stripped of all fittings, seats and innards that won't be needed in its new life.
The walls have been insulated while air vents, wood-burning stove and roof hatch have been installed, and power and water systems are being lined up for early 2017.
The bus is on a hard standing in a boat yard near the Thames in West London, and we're working on an agreement with a landowner for the bus' brand new home out in the countryside.
She (or he?) used to be in service in London, and was then living in the Isle of Wight for three years - the downstairs was converted into a bike storage space and the outside of the bus was wrapped in a very cool dinosaur design.
We started by looking for a countryside location accessible to London with a very real sensation of nature. A place where members of the YesTribe can visit and camp nearby. Woodland or a patch of grass on a farm where the landowners appreciate what we're trying to do and could use a spot of income or even better, some willing, working hands to help manage the area.
And then Brinsbury put their hand up. After a really successful Yestival at Brinsbury campus in Chichester we've agreed that the YesBus will move to Brinsbury in the Summer of 2017. It's a gorgeous natural setting and we couldn't be more excited.
We do have plenty to do to prepare the YesBus plot and as always we're reaching out to you to lend a hand. Get in touch if you'd like to help.