Nipper Appleton awarded Showman of the Year at King’s Lynn

In November, Nipper Appleton was on our TV screens in the documentary We Are England. Now, this long-time committee member and organiser of special needs days has been recognised by the Guild for his work. King’s Lynn Mart luncheon The King’s Lynn Mart luncheon was …

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Message from the Showmen’s Guild President – March 2023

Showmen’s Guild President John Thurston speaks on the promising start to the fairground season, the shadow of Covid-19 and its impact on Guild work, getting Showmen’s message across, countering misinformation and making the Guild stronger. As we welcomed the start of the new season with …

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Changing education for Showmen families

Over the last 40 years, the opportunity for Showmen’s children to access and succeed in education has changed enormously. For many years the education of children from travelling families was a contentious issue, with most of them reaching young adulthood with very little formal learning …

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Message from the Showmen’s Guild President – February 2023

Guild President John Thurston speaks on appointment of new General Secretary, educational support, our identity as Showmen, Parliamentary support and local authority Planning support. New General Secretary: By the time this goes to press the Guild hopefully will have a new General Secretary in post. …

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Scottish Section Chairman: Smaller fairs under threat if things don’t change

Rents, public entertainment licensing and lack of protection for fairs highlighted as Chairman seeks support from politicians at Scottish Section’s annual civic luncheon. The Showmen’s Guild is not just a business association, it’s a cultural community recognised as such across Europe, Scottish Section Chairman Alex …

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Message from the Showmen’s Guild President – January 2023

Guild President John Thurston speaks on the never-ending business season overtaking Guild AGM attendances, Management and ADIPS meetings, and the successful presentation of Showmen on the BBC show ‘We Are England’ with Nipper Appleton and John Birch. Business season overtakes Guild AGM attendance: November must …

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Surprise announcement delights showmen at Northern Section luncheon

Hambleton leader announces council waiving costs for Northallerton May Fair next year as “parting gift” to the Showmen. As the post-lunch speeches finished and the event started to draw to a close, the Leader of Hambleton District Council, Cllr Mark Robson, got up to announce …

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Long-serving showmen receive Showmen’s Guild Lancashire Section honors

There were special awards for four long serving North West Showmen and their partners at the Showmen’s Guild Lancashire Section AGM held at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, on November 11. In addition to the Showman of the Year presentation to …

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Message from the Showmen’s Guild President John Thurston

Guild President John Thurston speaks on his pride at the Guild’s attendance at the Cenotaph, the Guild’s own Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum, the Section AGMs, and of the cost of driving in London. Cenotaph Remembrance: Much as I’d been looking forward to the …

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