The 13th National Funfair Extravaganza takes place on next Saturday 20th January.

Sponsored by the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain (Western Section), this free to enter event takes place at Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2JH from 10.30 - 17.00. Featuring Showmen's Transport Display, Fairground Models (65+), Slide & Film Shows (Allan Ford & Steve Perry), Sales Stands, Grand Prize Raffle (Donations welcome!), Hot & Cold Refreshments, Licensed Bar (12.00 - 17.00) and Free Parking.

Provisional Agenda includes official opening at 10.30am, first film show Hereford May Fair 1988 at 11am, at 1pm Allan Ford will be presenting a Wall of Death Slide Show, 2.30pm is the trophy presentations, 3pm is the University of Bristol's film Open Space featuring Danter's open at King's Park Bournemouth in 1988, coming to a climax at 4.30pm with the annual raffle prize draw.

This year's show will see a record amount of exhibitors and to accomodate them the main hall will be without the round stall which was used in recent years for refreshments. The trophies up for grabs include Best Model In Show Trophy (Abie Morris Memorial Trophy) sponsored by Midland Section of Showmen's Guild, 1/50th Scale Trophy sponsored by John ‘JJ’ Jennings, 4mm Scale ‘Bob Johnson Memorial Trophy’ sponsored by Tewkesbury Fair Society, 1/24th Scale Trophy sponsored by late Rod Spooner, Junior Trophy (16 & under) sponsored by Edward & Ellen Danter, Junior Runner Up Trophy (16 & under), Best Vintage Transport Model Shield sponsored by Ian Tressler, Best Vintage Ride Model Shield sponsored by Ian Tressler and Best Vintage Artwork Shield sponsored by Ian Tressler.

By car: From A40/A417 Elmbridge Roundabout (2 miles) take final exit (B4063) to Churchdown. At 2nd traffic lights (1 mile) turn right (opposite Hare & Hounds Pub). At 3rd mini Roundabout (1 mile) turn right to Community Centre.

By public transport: From Gloucester Railway Station: Cross A430 Bruton Way to the Bus Station, from Bay D Bus 97 (xx06hrs) bus to Cheltenham, leave bus approx 24 mins later at Community Centre stop in Parton Road. The building is on your right and turn right alongside the mini-roundabout.

The latest edition of the Fairground Association of Great Britain's quarterly journal Fairground Mercury arrived at members' doorsteps.

Vol. 40 Issue 3 (December 2017) has been enlarged to 40 pages to mark the 40th anniversary of the FAGB in January. In his jottings Graham Downie announces the recent sad passing of the FAGB's Vice Chairman Michael (Mick) Claffey from Cancer aged 69 years. I will in the meantime provide my personal tribute to Mick. He was most highly respected and knowledgable enthusiast who the younger generation like myself always looked up to. A great embassador to the fairground business the showmen unanimously spoke in awe of him. His role as Vice Chairman was also significant as he was intrumental with the help of the now Secretary David Wragg (of whom he proprosed to join the Committee) to resurrect Nottingham Goose Fair's FAGB Model Show and Exhibition. His funeral from all accounts was extremely well attended. Our condolences go to his family and close friends for their recent loss.

Going back to the magazine, the main feature is an article by Mike Hanna which documents the history of Rose's Pleasure Parks – the funfair operated by brothers Johnny and Freddie Rose for over four decades from the 1940s. The article is illustrated with 26 photographs, most of them taken by that doyen of fairground enthusiasts, the late Philip Bradley. Also in this issue: Roger Mills recalls that very special firm, Robert Edwards & Sons of Swindon who ceased travelling 25 years ago, his article containing some classic colour shots from the 1950s and 1960s; showman Brian Collins writes about his pioneering venture at Alton Towers; a long-forgotten vintage amusement park in Wales is remembered; while Alan Ingram recounts his earliest fairground outings over 30 years ago. As usual Mike Willis documents all the machine changes that have occurred since the September issue of the Mercury, and Doug Roseaman offers his customary tips to fairground model-makers.

To join the association and receive four free copies of this journal per year visit www.fagb.co.uk.

Fairground Mercury

The latest edition of the Fairground Society's quarterly journal Platform arrived at members' doorsteps.

Inside Issue 130 (November 2017) the editor Stephen Smith provides an interesting article about Bertie Parkin's unique Space Ships family ride from the 1950's being saved and is now safely stored at Dingles awaiting restoration, details about the five Skid's built by Hayes Fabrications (two of which were recently restored for travelling) and Tommy Green talks about the showmen's engines and Cinemograph Shows his great-uncle George Green travelled. These and many more make this 40 page magazine a great bedtime read.

To join the association and receive four free copies of this journal per year visit www.fairgroundsociety.co.uk.


The end of September provides a great time for fairground enthusiasts in the UK and Europe. The anticipation begins to build to see what arrives at Nottingham Goose and Hull Fairs which both begin early next month.

To wet your appetite here are a couple of constantly updated photograph sites from local enthusiasts from both cities.

For Nottingham Goose Fair: Phil Heath Photography on Blogspot.

For Hull Fair: Roger Wilson's Flickr Account.

The latest edition of the Fairground Association of Great Britain's quarterly journal Fairground Mercury arrived at members' doorsteps.

The Vol. 40 Issue 2 (September 2017) features latest changes of ownership of fairground and amusement park rides, David Wragg gives members an insight on the recent purchase of the Maurer Power Tower by Peter Sedgwick Jnr, Shaun Martin provides a history about Freefall Towers, a biography about the enterprising Kent showman Henry Smith and his introduction of novelty rides to Margate's Dreamland Amusement Park during the 1970's & 1980's, Doug Roseamann provides a fitting tribute to enterprising modelmaker the late Vic King, Owen Ralph recalls his boyhood memories of Preston Whit Fair during the 1980's and the threat it faces today plus some feedback from previous issues and other tributes making this 32 page magazine a great bedtime read.

To join the association and receive four free copies of this journal per year visit www.fagb.co.uk.

Fairground Mercury

Latest fairground model from Steven Wilcox is this working 1:24 scale model based on a Fairtrade Services Waltzer.

The model designed and constructed for owner Ray Grieve includes the latest RGB programmed LED lighting. All parts are designed by Steven and produced by his 3D printer. There has been lots of enquiries about future models but Steven does a very busy order book at this moment if you are prepared to wait. He can be contacted via his website www.sandbmodels.com.

The new website for James Noyce and Sons from Farnborough is now online.

The website aimed towards fun fair hire of amusements was the design and development of local web designer MPC Web Design. The new website can be accessed via www.jnoyce-funfairs.com.

Middlesex fairground firm Traylen's Amusements Ltd recently overhauled its Coming Events list.

Billy Traylen told Fair-Pix that his website was out-of-date and featured dates from 2010. After some research he commissioned MPC Web Design to overhaul the company's wesbite refreshing its look and bring the Coming Events list up to date. Latest dates can be viewed on www.traylensfunfair.co.uk.

UPDATED: 05/12/2017

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