News & Events



We are looking forward to a calendar full of events over the Summer months!

Godstine Fete & Donkey Derby
Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017. The Green Godstone RH9 8DT  11.00am - 5.00pm 
www.godstonefete.co.uk

Pauline and Tony are booked for appearances as Rusty and Dusty at Day Out With Thomas events at Didcot Railway Centre www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk  East Anglian Railway museum www.earm.co.uk and now additional railways at Spa Valley www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk and Tyne and Wear. www.stephensonrailwaymuseum.org  

Punch and Judy is as busy as ever with many re bookings for fetes and events in and around London and the home counties. These include The Cow Pie Rally www.cowpie.co.uk   Kingswood Village day, West End Fete, Harwell Feast, Banstead May Fair Chertsey Show www.chertseyshow.co.uk  Orsett Show www.orsettshow.co.uk and many more.

We have been entertaining at private birthday parties and giving lectures to WI groups and local societies.

Wedding carriage bookings are coming in and our friends from Hamburg are using our Dorking horse bus for their entry in The Lord Mayors Show in November. www.lordmayorsshow.org  The 1911 horse bus restoration continues with the help of Crofords www.wheelwrights.org  and has been booked by the 2017 Lord Mayor elect to represent his club The Lime Street Ward Club. www.lstwc.org.uk   The bus will also take part in this year’s Lord Mayors Show in The City of London.

Work continues on the fire engines and our support within The Firefighters Company. www.firefighterscompany.org  

Our work with The London Bus Museum continues and we are preparing to carry out more renovation work to their collection of London horse buses. www.londonbusmuseum.com 

Father Christmas is being booked for the 2017 season and likely to be even busier with the help of his reindeer of course. School magic shows are booked in as well as many playschools and nurseries and private parties.

 

ARTICLE FROM LEATHERHEAD ADVERTISER. 
DATED THURSDAY, 12TH JANUARY, 2017. ASHTEAD WI.

Our January meeting was a most enjoyable start to the New Year with many members coming along on a very cold evening writes Sandra Brown.

Our Speaker was Tony Drewitt who told us about the history of Punch and Judy.

Tony was following his Father in being a children’s entertainer and his son Christopher was now also involved.  King James I was an avid collector of unusual shows; in 1625 giving a Royal Charter, still held by the Showman’s Guild and they are still permitted to carry a royal coat of arms.

In 1662 Samuel Pepys recorded seeing an Italian puppet show - the name Punch comes from the Italian Punchinello, and it’s possible, but not really known, that Judy was taken from Judas.  Apparently some old Chinese figures have looked very similar to Mr.Punch.

Punch has survived because the stories have always been adaptable to suit different audiences and events over time. 

Finally, we were treated to an entertaining Punch and Judy show by Tony, with the usual cast of a policemen, sausages, a baby, a crocodile, and the like – so there were many childhood memories coming to the fore that evening.  No he wouldn’t tell us where he had ever swallowed the swazzle.