Once the crisis began to bite, and whilst other operators were standardising on a Saturday timetable on Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays, TMT came up with this shocker.
But barely a week later, by which time most other services were being reduced to Sunday schedules with extra early morning trips Monday to Saturday, TMT announced a further cutback ...
Finally, from this week the service is suspended completely. TMT have said they will be providing an "essential" school trip from Sheffield and back serving Lady Manners School in Bakewell which remains open for "vulnerable" pupils.
There may be any number of reasons for this draconian reduction to zero. Certainly the route was popular with visitors and walkers at all times of the year and Chatsworth House is, of course, closed.
The service is largely commercial, so there is little or no tender money to pay the bills; but has the industry not been promised support from Government (i.e.ultimately from you and me!!!) to keep routes needed by essential workers going?
Presumably there are no essential workers who need to get from Bakewell to Sheffield or vice versa?
Or is T M Travel teetering on the brink of collapse?
One thing is certain - it is tough out there.
1 There is no doubt that God has largely been airbrushed out of Public Life whilst many individuals seem to think they have no need of God. Many have been "persuaded" to reject God with little or no idea of what they are rejecting.
2 Everyday life is packed with idols of all shapes and sizes; money, celebrity, status, the me, me, culture. We are encouraged to follow all sorts of spiritual "crazes" as a more "meaningful" alternative to God.
3 Misusing God's name is normality for the majority - OMG indeed! But we wouldn't "swear" using Allah because that would be offensive!
4 There is a growing concern over mental heath, stress and allied problems. Yet God gave us a scheme which involved one day's complete break from the weekly grind but we have managed to fill it with more of the same.
5 It is interesting that it has taken this crisis to encourage us to support "our neighbour" in the broadest sense - but, in general, we have not been very good at putting others first - and if we have shown great consideration it is only after we have made sure we are OK!
Of course, the above may be viewed as cynical generalisations.
But, one way or another, we have been pretty bad at even considering the acceptance God's Covenant.
On Sunday, Maureen, an elderly (even more elderly) friend of the fbbs was watching the 1956 epic "The Ten Commandments" on the telly.
Maureen commented to her daughter that today's crisis reminded her of the Ten Plagues (remember the Biblically incorrect green dust?) and made her wonder whether the mess we are now in (and seem to always be in!) might have something to do with not keeping the Ten Commandments.
Maureen is not a committed church-goer.
What would God offer as his "half" of the Covenant if we did keep to our side of the deal?
Of course, there have always been doubters.