News & Events



We are looking forward to a calendar of Events over the year.

Punch and Judy is as busy as ever with many bookings for fetes and events in and around London and the Home Counties.  These include:

Kingswood Village Day        
Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May, 2018    

Rusper Village Day        
Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May, 2018

Cowpie Country Show  www.cowpie.co.uk                  
Sunday, 13th May, 2018                

May Fayre and Puppet Festival celebrating Mr.Punch’s 356th Birthday. 

Covent Garden  www.alternativearts.co.uk   
Sunday, 13th May, 2018          

Walton on the Hill Pageant    
Saturday, 19th May, 2018

Bookham Village Day www.bookhamcommunityassociation.org       
Saturday, 16th June, 2018   

London bus Museum   www.londonbusmuseum.com
Sunday, 24th June, 2018   
Sunday, 21st October, 2018

Godstone Green Fete & Donkey Derby www.godstonefete.co.uk
Bank Holiday Monday,
27th August, 2018        

Orsett Show   www.orsettshow.co.uk
Saturday, 1st September, 2018    

And many more.
Pauline and Tony are booked for appearances as “Rusty” and “Dusty” at “Day Out with Thomas Events at Didcot Railway Centre on 17th/18th March and 6th/7th October, 2018 www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk. and would be interested in hearing  from any other Railways having Thomas Events and needing the characters “Rusty” and “Dusty”.    

Magic Shows are booked in at schools and Nurseries and private birthday parties.

Father Christmas is being booked for the 2018 season and likely to be even busier with the help of his reindeer of course.

We give talks to Groups on “The History of Punch and Judy” and also the History of Horse-drawn vehicles and in particular the Victorian Horse-drawn Omnibus.

 

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.

Our work continues with our Vintage vehicles and we are delighted that we have been asked back to take part in the Heritage Open Days which are supported by Mole Valley District Council.  We will be offering rides on our restored Horse-drawn Bus which used to run from Dorking to Holmwood. The dates of the Heritage Open days are:  13th, 14th, 15th and 16th September, 2018.  Tickets can be booked through our website.
We have just completed restoration on our 1911 London four-light Garden Seat horse-drawn Omnibus and it was time to have a dress rehearsal before taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Show, 2017.  It was a wonderful day on Sunday, 29th October, 2017 when for the first time in over 100 years the Horse-bus was taken for a short tour of the Sussex country lanes, firstly with just the driver and when she reported the journey was all OK it was time for the volunteers to hop aboard.
Our Vintage Horse-drawn vehicles work continues on the horse-drawn 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