Hello fellow passengers,
Welcome to this month’s ON THE BUSES newsletter.
ON THE BUSES EVENT 2016
Next month is the main ON THE BUSES event and this
year it will be held at Elstree TV and FIlm studios.
Sitcom Heaven – Saturday 25 June 2016 at Elstree Studios
Come and celebrate some of the Best of British big screen hit sitcoms at the home to many of the great cinema versions
of small screen comedy classics.
The day comprises two sessions:
A Tribute to
On the Buses – all three OTB films were made at Elstree
Come and join Anna Karen (Olive) & Andria Lawrence
(Turnaround Betty) along with the film's Executive Producer Roy Skeggs and a host of cast and crew for an EXCLUSIVE
screening of previously UNSEEN interviews with Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis & Anna Karen, the screening of some classic
On the Buses moments and question & answer sessions with the guests. And there’ll be a signing session too.
So get your tickets. Plus it will be the last time we are able to get such a number of ON THE BUSES special guests all
together in one place for such an event. So don't miss the bus, get your tickets NOW.
Before it's to late
you must buy your tickets direct from the Studios. To order your tickets click on the red link below, or you will miss
the bus on this VERY SPECIAL TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
In the evening From 6:30 - 9:30pm Man About the House & George & Mildred with special tribute
to the late Yootha Joyce. Come and join Sally Thomsett (Jo), Norman Eshley (Jeffrey Fourmile) and Nicholas Bond Owen
(Tristram) along with fellow cast and crew members for a fun evening of exclusive recordings, question & answer sessions,
signings and a tribute to the much loved Yootha Joyce.
*SPECIAL OFFER* Buy an adult ticket for both sessions AFTERNOON
AND EVENING (£50) and receive a FREE copy of the New Elstree Studios Book RRP £30.
miss the bus get your tickets NOW before it's too late. To order your tickets click the link below link below
Don't forget there are
also two bus tours taking place over the weekend.
For Saturday Morning Tour
bus locations tour on the morning of this year's On the Buses event departs from Elstree Studios. Therefore it is essential
ALL tickets are bought in advance for this event. No tickets will be sellable on the day due to the studio's security
policy. To purchase your tickets (£5) for this tour of filming locations to feature in the spin-off films contact at
For Sunday Morning Tour
Tickets are £10 as this is a longer tour and takes in the
famous ‘Cemetery Gates’ and includes some other never before visited film locations. For further details and
how to get tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE LAUNCH OF A NEW ON THE BUSES BOOK
Date: Saturday the 14th
of May 2016
Venue: Venue 96, Shenley Road, Borehamwood WD6 1BG
On the Buses: The
Filming Locations by Craig Walker
Published by Caledonian Books LTD.
The most comprehensive book ever
written about filming locations that featured in the hit British sitcom On the Buses. Cataloguing over 200 filming locations
used in the television series and three spin-off films with then and now photographs, directions on how to visit each location
using public transport, trip and travel suggestions and some rare photographs from behind the scenes. A book to reminisce,
to use as a guide and also encourages you to turn into a location detective. Brought to you by Caledonian Books LTD.
Pop along to Borehamwood to attend the launch of On the Buses: The Filming Locations - a book cataloging well over 200
filming locations, directions on how to reach these locations and lots more. Many newly unearthed locations from the TV
series and films within the book laced with then and now photographs. The launch is held in a town rich with filming locations
and if you wish the author Craig Walker will lead you on a tour of some of them at the end of the event. Admittance is free.
If you wish to attend email Craig Walker at email@example.com
A MESSAGE FROM REG VARNEY'S DAUGHTER
Hello Steve and all the fanclub members,
I really had to write to you about the exciting things that have been happening here in Devon. (About time, I
hear you say!)
A few months ago I was approached by a nice man called Michael Downes who does a lot of work for
our really interesting little museum called The Fairlynch. He said that as it was the centenary of my dad`s birth in
1916, he would like to organise an exhibition in his honour. Wow! Well, I went up into the attic and had a wonderful
wallow in nostalgia. My mum Lily had kept lots of old photographs, cuttings, magazines and awards from dad`s long career.
Where to start.! Michael came round to chat and I told him all about my father`s early life then about his start
in show business at 15, then right through his career, including "On the Buses" and beyond. Dad always had
the funniest stories about his early life and times in the theatre so I had plenty of material.
The upshot is
that Michael and the Fairlynch have made a wonderful exhibition with all the old photos and awards and suchlike, including
some of my father`s own paintings which I am auctioning in aid of the North Devon Children`s Hospice. Michael also
wrote a little book which the museum have on sale all about dad`s life and career which includes many of the old photos.
I found it very touching that so many people still remember and love him. I am very proud.
was not enough; on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of July, just before what would have been his birthday, the museum
have organized a vintage open top double decker bus for trips around the town!
Yet another bit of news is that
a very talented writer named Steve Andrews who also lives in Budleigh has taken stories from my father`s book called "The
Little Clown". The book tells stories of growing up in the East End of London and his early start in showbusiness
singing and playing the piano in the working men`s clubs. He is turning them into a show including songs he used to
sing and memories of those long ago times. I am really looking forward to it. the show will be called "Before
the Buses" and is here in Budleigh on the 1st and 2nd of July.
If any of you are going to be down this way,
do visit the Reg Varney Exhibition, come along and see the show, or maybe take the bus along the sea front. Budleigh
is a lovely place to visit anyway!
Thank you all so much for being loyal fans.
REG VARNEY EXHIBITION
The Reg Varney Exhibition is on at the museum of Budleigh
Salterton where Reg spent his retirement. This is a great exhibition covering Reg’s life and career and you can
see some very rare photos and items, there is also a rambling tour you can take following in Reg’s footsteps.
Plus there are other special events at on various dates as part of this exhibition on so get yourself down there and
spend a nice time visiting the museum and the seaside. Budleigh Salterton is a small town on the coast in East Devon, England,
15 miles south-east of Exeter.
Opening times for the Museum: Easter to the end of October. 14:00 - 16:30 daily,
Admission is free
Would you like to own an original Reg Varney painting and help Children's Hospice South West?
go to Latest museum news
and scroll down the page to find out how to bid for one of the paintings.