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

Pauline and Tony are booked for appearances as Rusty and Dusty at Day Out With Thomas events at Didcot Railway Centre  East Anglian Railway museum and now additional railways at Spa Valley and Tyne and Wear.  

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   Kingswood Village day, West End Fete, Harwell Feast, Banstead May Fair Chertsey Show  Orsett Show 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.  The 1911 horse bus restoration continues with the help of Crofords  and has been booked by the 2017 Lord Mayor elect to represent his club The Lime Street Ward Club.   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.  

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. 

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.



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.