The Local Management Group is made up of representatives (or link people) from local partner churches. We have two directors from LYM in this group.
The group meet monthly to discuss the running of the bus, where the bus will go and the Directive Review (how the project can develop).
Our current group is made up of:
Andy Higginson (Holland Deanery Rep), Anthony Jackson (Holy Trinity Church), Jenny Boatwright (Boston Methodist Circuit), Janice Elley (St Andrews), Kev Smithbone (LYM and Boston Baptist Church) and John Cropley (LYM).
The Local Management Group, as part of our business plan, are now re-organising the project to allow each stop to be run solely by volunteers, under the supervision of a local church.
The team are actively seeking the Lord’s leading in the sphere of integrating school’s work with the Bus visits to the local area.
Achievements of the Team (in previous and current incarnations) include: the initial fund raising, design and building the bus, 2009 launch on time, the formation of 10 community visits and 2011 “Beyond the Bus” training event for the strategic building of local churches with young people. They organised our 2014 gift day on Sunday 13th July to raise funds for the refurbishment of the bus after completing 5 years of service. Supporting LYM to employ our previous LYM Youth Missioner in September 2014 and in 2015 refurbishing parts of the bus and expanding a new visit to support parents at the North Sea Camp prison. Work with 10 partner churches. Employ a part-time schools worker in November 2017. Support local events in the community including Carrington Steam Rally, Pinchbeck and Gosberton. Refurbish screen technology in summer 2018 and Winter 2019. They have also navigated the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 and managed to get the road back on the road in July 2020 when pubs and restaurants opened up. The Management Group have also helped maximise the bus on the road during the two other lock-downs of November 2020 and Jan-May 2021. They played a key role in the bus visiting the Community event in Spalding with CAP and “Skate Jam” in Boston in August 2021.
Things to come: 2022 and beyond……All projects constantly face challenges, the Management Group will need to look into the challenges that Covid has brought with a reduction in people giving up their time to serve on the bus. We are also considering all that will be involved in replacing our current vehicle. Our bus was 20 years old when purchased and has served us for nearly 13 years. The young people have looked after the bus incredibly well, but the sun, time and outside weather is starting to leave its mark….watch this space……