It’s time for that was the year that was ….. 2015

It’s that time of year when we take you on a look back at the Year, lots of pictures, lots of fun – lots more to tell you

January

First up in January we launched our Valentines Poem competition

Flashback:  Fiona Harwood-Smith (left) and Sally Spicer (right) from Yellow Buses, with last year's poetry winner, Helen Shenton.

We will be doing it all over again very soon, so as soon as you get New Years out the way, start thinking about those Love Poems.

Lisa Taylor started her winning streak for YB competitions, with two in a row, another win over on our Glo17 FB page too more recently

Treats

February

February continued the Loved Up theme, understandably, as we gave away our cards, roses, and this year Lovehearts

The Marketing Team helping to show   Yellows passengers how much we love you to travel with us Left to right Sally, Jenni, James, Naomi and Fiona

Followed by our winning poem from Judy Clegg

Waiting at the bus stop I see you every day

but you get on a different bus and go the other way

I’d really like to tell you that you have a lovely smile

perhaps I’ll get the other bus and go the a mile

 

I would even share my seat if you would sit with me

or if there’s only standing room I’d offer you my knee

so let us hope our Yellow Bus will bring us close together

and you will be my Valentine and I’ll be yours forever

February also saw the start of some really major roadworks in and around the network, this time with the closure of the Ensbury bridge at Northbourne

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March

Mothers Day in March gave us an ideal opportunity to recognise all the wonderful Mums out there with our  Thank you Thursday promotion which makes all our passengers Carbon Stoppers contributing to local charities with every trip they take on a Thursday

We also started our Three is the magic number promotion

Three is the Magic Number

We will be out and about with our Magic cards again soon, so watch out for us if you are at a stop on the 3’s

April

It was all Glo in April, AFCB were getting closer and closer to being promoted – we kept showing our support and Cherry Bear came for a visit

Eight Brand new double deckers joined us in April at a cost of £1.6 million and we refurbished a further 5 vehicles to our high quality standard, including leather seats, wood effect flooring and those lovely light, bright interiors

Flagship fleet: Andrew Smith, Yellow Buses' Managing Director (left), and Malcolm Venn, Head of Engineering, with the eight new double-deckers.

We video’d the whole thing too, take a look

The Gallery Bus took to the road

 

It was an amazing culmination of a year of Artists in residence on the Yellows, and we enjoyed it hugely, as well as the bus, which is still in service; we also had a static exhibition later in the year at the Library in Bournemouth Town Centre, and we believe yet another first for the Yellows – certainly for Bournemouth.  If Artists can travel easily around with the Yellows, then it’s got to be simple for everyone

The Joe Glover Trust enjoyed a Carbon stoppers donation this month 

Good cause: Alex Waltham, Fundraising Coordinator, The Joe Glover Trust (right), receives a £200 cheque from (left) Fiona Harwood-Smith and Jackie Nicholls of Yellow Buses.

It’s a big pat on the back time each Thursday when you can help such really worthwhile local charities and good causes – to date we have raised over £15k for local charities and it is all down to you

We also waved goodbye to a much loved colleague this month as Charlie Gibson made his last stop joined by his family

Charlie's Last Stop

It was a lovely moment, as on his last trip he was picking up members of his family who joined him to send him off in style

May

It’s the Wheels Festival in May, and we were the official transport providers for the Festival makers again

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Around 50 Festival makers were able to travel around the Yellow Network getting them where they needed to be to help out at the Festival – we just #lovebournemouth

Then AFC Bournemouth did it – woooohoooo

June

Exciting times in June as Mike Saul our rather wonderful Town Centre Supervisor started his award winning run with the Bournemouth Tourism Transport Delivery Award

Our Mike

You can’t miss our Mike, he is that Man for all weathers, the helpful chap in the Hi-Viz say hello next time you are passing

It was catch the bus week in June and we joined in, and our Carbon Stoppers this month was all about Dad’s for Fathers Day – every month we choose a different charity for our Thank You Thursdays, if you know one locally that could use our help, let us know so [email protected]

 

This month saw the start of the epic journey for the Oarsome Foursome  we supported them on their return too, it was after all the most amazing feat they achieved

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This amazing bunch of guys rowed around the British Isles in an Australian Surf Boat with a lot of adventures along the way

July

We joined the Bourne Free Parade  and had loads of fun

We were off bringing arts to everyone again as we started our Poetry Bus, this time we have Poets in residence and are working towards another fabulous bus and exhibition in 2016 so watch this space as even more poets join us

Poets drawing inspiration from journeys on Yellow Buses, (left to right) Kim West, Bob Hill, Aaron Lowney and Carrie Wilde.

August

We waved a sad farewell to an actor that makes everyone think of buses Stephen Lewis who played Cyril ‘Blakey’ Blake

I was lucky enough to meet him in Bournemouth many moons ago, and took the opportunity to get a photo

We launched an app this month, so now you can get your tickets on the Move

A very proud moment during the Air Festival where I was asked to take the salute for the Tigers Parachute Team, we were the official transport providers for the Festival Makers again and added in extra Thank You days so that every trip you took during August and throughout the Air Festival went towards the Military Charities

We spend a lot of time listening to you, and seeing how we can further improve the service we offer, you told us that the 6 at the University was confusing and suggested we renumber, 6b for Bearwood and 6w for Wallisdown, so that is just what we did

Number's up: Yellow Buses' marketing and customer services team mark the new 6b and 6w bus displays.

September

We started trialling USB Chargers in September, have you tried them yet?

The A338 lane closures started this month, the road desperately needs to be redone, but it has caused a lot of congestion on our local roads, it is after all the busiest road in Dorset so that is a lot of traffic looking for alternative routes.  We’ve been doing all we can to minimise the delays and we will keep doing that through to the end of May when it finishes.

 

October

You can’t talk about October without referencing our infamous and now world famous Yellows Pink Day, and as usual our wonderful staff joined in raising money and awareness – what a team

November

This was a lovely story, it’s all about love and being  Best Mates, Chris contacted us to see if he could have a picture of an advertising campaign on the side of the buses as it was his and his wifes names that were used, we were more than happy to help and invited them both in to make it a special day for them

Chris and Emma Sherred who saw their names on a Yellow Bus were invited by the Bournemouth-based company to visit the depot and have a closer look.

Gareth was contacted by Thomas’ parents to let us know how mad about buses he was, we took the opportunity to invite him in, never too early to start people loving the Yellows 

Little Thomas Balch, centre, with dad Richard (right) and mum Kelly were taken around the Yellow Buses' depot by Gareth Edwards (left).

This is the month for the UK Bus Awards, it’s a big deal in the bus industry and we were very, very pleased to be shortlisted in two categories, our Gallery Bus in the Innovation award, and even more excitingly our Mike in the unsung Hero, out of the whole country Mike received a special commendation for outstanding service, we were already really proud of him, this time we were bursting, amazing Mike; couldn’t happen to a nicer chap.

Our buses wear their Poppies with pride during November with one on every vehicle, we have a long history of respect at the Yellows

December

So we headed towards the end of the year, we started off with a WIFI trial on our A1 service out to the airport, then as usual when asked, our super staff jumped at the opportunity to raise money for charities with two Christmas Jumper Days – it really is the sort of team you can be proud to work for, so why not check out some of our vacancies 

It’s been all about Elves this Christmas – the YB Elves have been waiting to hear from you if you have a valid Glo card for Christmas Day this year, and you still have a chance to let them know so they can send a day to you – Just click on the Elf for more details

Then we had loads of fun with our Elf on the Shelf and you set us some tasks with where you wanted to see him Glo

Is that all we did, no, it’s just a snapshot you can find more news stories on our website  – all that’s left now is to wish you a very happy New Year – and here’s to it being a happy and prosperous one for you and yours

We will keep on doing what we do, and we’ll be back soon bringing you news and information on what the Yellows are up to next – we are already looking forward to it

 

New-Year-2016

Better add in a resolution, seeing as it is that time of year, so it is to write my blog a little more often in 2016

See you on the buses

Jenni Wilkinson  – Head of Marketing