Message from the Showmen’s Guild President – May 2024

President John Thurston speaks on running costs for fairs, the push for a reduction in VAT, the acquisition of an important piece of the Guild’s heritage and other current Guild issues. There have been mixed reports of business from members over the Easter Bank Holiday …

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Please support fairs, say officials at Western Section Luncheon

£1.1 billion levelling up fund to bring people into the town centre? Funfairs do that for free, Showmen’s Guild President tells luncheon guests. There was a sad note to this year’s Western Section Annual Luncheon as Chairman Steven Hill announce the sudden passing, the previous …

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Message from the Showmen’s Guild President: April 2024

Let’s be proud of our national bid for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage: Guild President, John Thurston, speaks on the importance of the bid for ICH status and current Guild issues. At the moment we are progressing our bid for our landscape of fairs nationwide and …

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Message from the Showmen’s Guild President: March 2024

John Thurston, Showmen’s Guild President, details progress on the Guild’s bid to be accorded UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status for Fairs and Showmen and the new industry partnership with the Nationwide Caterers Association. The Showmen’s Guild are using our refreshed links with the Local Government …

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Guild announces plans for agreement with NCASS

The Showmen’s Guild has announced it is working with the Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) towards a membership agreement for Showmen with catering. The Showmen’s Guild is pleased to announce that it is looking to work with colleagues at sister trade association, NCASS, the Nationwide Caterers …

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Showmen’s Guild Central Council

Guild Rules, safety, insurance and education among key issues discussed at annual meeting in London. The Showmen’s Guild Central Council meeting returned to the Union Jack Club in London on 17-18 January for their annual meeting where a range of issues was discussed including, importantly, …

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Scottish Chairman warns of risks to fairground industry

‘We need more fairs’ Chairman tells luncheon guests as historic fairs disappear and regulations hinder the development of new ones. The annual Scottish Section luncheon took place in its regular venue, the Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel, on Friday 17 November 2023. Welcoming guests, Chairman Alex James …

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Message from the Showmen’s Guild President – October 2023

Guild President John Thurston speaks on current issues being addressed by the Guild, including council charges to Showmen; building a working relationship with the Local Government Association; lobbying the Treasury for lower VAT for Showmen; and LEZ After a summer of rain of biblical proportions, …

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Message from the Showmen’s Guild President – August 2023

Guild President John Thurston speaks on making the case for our heritage community-based entertainment, environmental responsibility, working with ADIPS and HSE, ULEZ expansion and the appointment of new General Secretary, Rob Marshall MBE. So much for global warming… We must have had one of the …

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Message from the Showmen’s Guild President: July 2023

Guild President John Thurston recalls the heydays of Cambridge Midsummer Fair, its decline over the years and hope for the future as the Eastern Counties Section take over the running of the fair. Cambridge Midsummer Fair opening It seems a lifetime ago since I was …

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