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Fun Fair news from around the country

Fright Night Costume Competition Winner Announced

We had a great response to our Fright Night Halloween Costume Competition with so many people coming along in costume - and no wonder as we were offering £500 for the best costume! Fairgoers were asked to take a picture of themselves in all their made up glory (or should we say gory!) and send it to us by email.

And the winner is....

(Submitted by Keira Farley)

So really well done to the winner - £500 pounds is officially yours! - But it was a close call.....

In second place we had a spooky effort from Ava and Scarlett:

And following close on their heels in third was this creepy character:

Our second and third place runners-up receive free access to any future George Irvin funfair of their choice.

Here are some of the other entries that we also liked:

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So well done to all the above for a really great effort.


Irvin Leisure raise £4300 for great causes

It was our absolute pleasure to present the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham Council with a cheque for £4300 to go towards The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham Appeal Fund and the Grenfell Tower appeal.

The money donated was raised by our amazing funfair visitors at the Shepherds Bush Green Summer Funfair - it is with their generosity and support that we are able to do our bit to help support our local communities and as always we are extremely grateful for the support of all our funfair visitors.

Nominated charities for the mayoral year 2017 - 2018

The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham Appeal Fund

The Mayor has chosen to support Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank and The Barons Court Project as his chosen charities to support during his mayoral year.

Both have an impressive record in helping people in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank

The Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank is an independent charity founded in 2010, to meet the need of local people experiencing food poverty. Since launching, they have provided enough food to prepare over 200,000 meals and grown from one Foodbank Centre - into three. As well as emergency food parcels, they also work with partners to try and solve some of the underlying causes of poverty. The generosity of the public ensures that they can continue to meet growing need. 

Barons Court Project

Supporting people on low incomes who are vulnerable to mental health problems/and or homelessness

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Grenfell Towers Appeal

The Grenfell Towers Appeal was set up to support the people affected by the tragic fire at Grenfell Towers and is working with local authorities to coordinate relief efforts and make sure funds get to where they are most needed.

Photo: George Irvin presenting the donation to the Mayor of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Councillor Michael Cartwright


Annual Hampton Court Easter Fair raises over £2000 for The Princess Alice Hospice

Irvin Leisure is proud to announce that the sum of £2000 was raised for the the Princess Alice Hospice charity at George Irvin's annual Easter funfair at Hampton Court on Thursday 13th April. The funfair was a great success running from the 13th to the 18th April 2017, with over 40,000 visitors attending over the six days.

The Princess Alice Hospice is a wonderful charity providing specialist nurses, doctors, therapists, social workers, and bereavement volunteers who all offer care and support for families at home or at the Hospice in Esher. For more information about the The Princess Alice Hospice please visit: www.pah.org.uk

George Irvin's Funfair has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity over the years and we'd like to thank all our supporters who attended this fair. The generous support of the local community helps us to continue to give to these fantastic causes.


George Irvin's Carousel gets a makeover at London Fashion Week

Fashion designer Marta Jakubowski showed real style at this years' London Fashion week by using a funfair carousel from Irvin Leisure to show off her Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Created by set designer Gary Card, the carousel was redressed in hot pink and rotated at slower speeds to show off the chic eveningwear in matching fuchsia, tangerine and black.

We're really glad to see this timeless attraction being used in new and interesting ways. But if you are a purist and like to see the carousel in its traditional form then why not head over to one of our upcoming funfairs and take a ride for old time's sake!


Fairfield Funfair in Kingston raises £1000 for Momentum

George Irvin's funfairs are once again generously donating £1000 to the Mayor of Kingston upon Thames's Charitable Trust. The Mayor' charitable trust is proud to be supporting Momentum during 2016/2017 which an amazing charity that supports children with cancer and other life-limiting conditions. 

One of Momentum's main aims is to improve the healing environment in local hospitals. Being admitted to hospital is very traumatic for children and their families.

Research shows that the environment in which children are treated makes a huge difference to their experience in hospital and can even have an impact on how well they respond to treatment. Momentum has achieved incredible results in each of their partner hospitals, from refurbishing treatment rooms to providing facilities for parents.

After a child has been diagnosed with cancer, they can often struggle to deal with the emotional and the physical changes that they find themselves suddenly dealing with. Momentum offers tailored support to each individual child and their family and provides a variety of therapy services including music, dance and drama. The charity also raises funds for trips and treats, including respite holidays at their stunning log cabins in the New Forest, which are equipped with their own beach hut.

And should the very worst happen, Momentum continues to support families through the heartbreak of losing a child. Through its Echoes programme, run by a dedicated group of bereaved parents, it works hard to identify the needs of each family to provide help where it can.

For more information visit: www.moment-um.org or call 020 8974 5931.

George Irvin's funfair is incredibly happy to be supporting this wonderful cause and we thank all our funfair visitors for their help in raising this money.

Photo shows: Ms Marie Claire Edwards, Services Manager - Green Spaces, Climate Change & Sustainability; The Mayor of the Royal Borough, Cllr Geoff Austin; George Irvin Snr and The Mayoress of the Royal Borough, Mrs Sheila Austin.


Annual Shepherds Bush Green Fun Fair raises £1000 for Charity

Irvin Leisure is delighted to announce that the annual Shepherds Bush Green Fun Fair held on the 22nd July to 7th August raised £1000 for the Major of Hammersmith & Fulham's charities. This term Councillor Mercy Umeh, Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham is supporting Hammersmith & Fulham Mind and Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank, two great charities in the local area that are really making a different to local people's lives.

The picture shows George Irvin Jr and his wife Ashley alongside Cllr Mercy Umeh, The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham and Mr Maxwell Umeh, Consort to the Mayor.

George Irvin's Funfair has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity over the years and we'd like to thank all our supporters who attended this fair. The generous support of the local community helps us to continue to give to these fantastic causes.


Generous George Irvin Supports Hospice

George Irvin's Funfair recently presented a cheque for £2,000 to us at Hampton Court Palace.

The funds were raised, in part, from the sale of wristbands on ‘Charity Tuesday' at this year's Hampton Court Fair.

Unfortunately, bad weather over the Easter weekend meant that the footfall at the Fair was lower than usual and fewer than anticipated wristbands were sold.

However, George Irvin generously decided to top up the proceeds from the wristband sales with an additional donation, to ensure that we still received the £2,000 that he had pledged.

George had been inspired to support the Hospice after talking to Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nina Kale, who cares for Hospice patients in the comfort of their own homes.

Mia Patterson from our Fundraising Team said: "Everyone at the Hospice wants to say a huge ‘Thank-you' to George and his team for their fundraising.

"As a charity, our care is only free thanks to the generosity of supporters like Irvin Leisure. This kind donation will help us to continue to care for our patients and their families when they need us most."

The funfair will be raising money again for us at next year's Hampton Court Fair on the 14th to 18th April 2017; when it is hoped that the weather will be kinder.

For further information on fundraising for Hampton Court Palace please contact the Fundraising Team on 01372 461808 or email supportercare@pah.org.uk .


George Irvin's Shepherds Bush Funfair Raises £1000 for Charity

The Charity Wristband Day at this Easter's funfair at Shepherds Bush Green was a roaring success and raised £1000 for charity. The picture above shows George Irvin Jnr presenting the cheque to the Mayor of London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

These funds will go towards the following two charities:

  *     Lupus -  Hammersmith Hospital.        http://www.londonlupuscentre.co.uk/about-us/charities/  *     Maggie's West London Cancer Centre - Charing Cross Hospital.        https://www.maggiescentres.org/our-centres/maggies-west-london/

George Irvin's Funfair has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity over the years and we'd like to thank all our supporters who attended this fair. The generous support of the local community helps us to continue to give to these fantastic causes.


Enter Islington in Bloom 2016 and win up to £100!

This year's Islington in Bloom competition will open for entries Friday - 15th April and you could be in with a chance to win up to £100 in Camden Garden Centre vouchers!

The competition invites Islington's residents and businesses to enter their blooming masterpieces. If you don't have a window box, container garden or front garden at home you could plant up a tree pit on your street, estate or a forgotten corner in your community. George Irvin leisure sponsors the Best Children's Planting category You can also nominate an area of planting that you feel deserves a prize. So if you marvel at a great pub garden or a well planted street on your journey to work every day you can nominate them too. Camden Garden Centre - Free compost, half price plant and £5 gift voucher for EVERY entrant, from Camden Garden Centre.

Prizes for each category:

1st - £100

2nd - £75

3rd - £50

Categories:

Best Front GardenBest Tree PitBest Container GardenBest Children's PlantingBest Community Centre GardenBest Residential Communal GardenBest Community GardenBest StreetBest EstateBest Forgotten CornerBest Blooming Pub or Business

You have until 31st May to enter so don't delay! Judging will take place between mid June - beginning of July. You will be able to enter online or pick up an entry form from any of Islington's libraries, leisure centres or the Town Hall and 222 Upper Street office reception areas. 

For more information or to enter visit: www.islington.gov.uk/inbloom, call 020 7527 2838 or email inbloom@islington.gov.uk


George Irvin's Fun Fair help raise £35,000 for St John's Hospice

Easter Fayre Raises £35,000! Thousands filled St John's Wood Church Gardens in support.

There was a funfair, donkey rides, the chance to meet Peppa Pig, face painting and a BBQ surrounded by an array of local traders selling food, toys, jewellery and many more homemade crafts. We would like to thank our sponsors; Barclays St John's Wood, Hamptons International, Yasmeen Restaurant and Casualty First, as well as our loyal volunteers for making the event possible. Thank you to all our supporters who attended. The generous support of the local community helps us to continue to deliver our expert palliative care services both on-site and in the community completely free of charge.

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Hampton Court Funfair 2016

The Hampton Court Funfair, crammed with family fun and white knuckle rides, is gearing up for its annual showpiece this Easter. Best of all it will be FREE to enter!

The Fair will open at 12noon on Good Friday 25th March and stay open right through to 11pm that night and then open the same time every day for five days right up to and including Tuesday 29th March.

A special Punch and Judy show joins a packed Bank Holiday weekend featuring children's rides, traditional games and stalls, a wonderful Carousel as center-piece, and even a Ferris Wheel.

George Irvin's Hampton Court Palace Easter Funfair has entertained families through generations and has become a focal point of local life, running for over 150 years.

The origin of the fair stretches back into the mists of time to the 16th century, but it really burst into life when Queen Victoria, opened the Palace State Apartments to the public in 1838.

Londoners flocked to the area in vast numbers and enterprising showmen set up games stalls such as Coconut Shies, Tests of Strength and Fortune Tellers along the bank of River Thames, which runs alongside the Palace. 

The fair became an official event soon after, when a showman named Billy Stevens dived into the River Thames from Hampton Court Bridge to save a drowning boy who happened to be the child of a senior Lieutenant from the Palace. Billy's reward was to be granted permission to stage a large funfair on the Green every Bank Holiday weekend.

Fairs became an established part of London life in the 1860s and were recorded in the works of novelist Anthony Trollope. Meanwhile, the development of rail and tram networks boosted Hampton Court Palace's popularity, bringing an influx of tourists out to Surrey from the capital.

The fairs ran through both World Wars and the Showmen's Guild worked with the government to support public morale. The Green was ploughed up during WW2 to make sure enemy planes couldn't land but a tarmac area was reserved so the fair could still take place.

The organizers continued to innovate, with new attractions including the arrival of one of the first sets of Dodgem Cars in the UK.

George Irvin, who had attended the fair since childhood, took over its management in 1992 and brought about a series of improvements, working with Historic Royal Palaces-the independent charity that cares for Hampton Court Palace.

 "This fair is part of my history and local history so I wanted to make sure it was something all the family could enjoy and that the area embraced it as a fundamental part of life,"

said Mr Irvin.

"We work closely with the residents and council to ensure it runs smoothly and we're very proud of what we present every year.

"It's great to see smiling faces and happy families which takes me back to my childhood when the fair coming to town was a big, exciting event. We aim to give the public the best of modern attractions while holding onto a rich tradition of fair-ground rides."

The Irvin organization has contributed to improvements on the Green and assists the Palace with many of their other events. Careful management of the fair is a priority with no alcohol allowed, First Aiders on site, and an efficient parking scheme is used to minimize traffic around the event.

"There is so much on offer at the fair,"

added Mr Irvin.

"Families have been flocking here for more than 150 years and we are looking forward to the next 150 years of high quality family entertainment."

There is a Car Park and great close public transport links.

Families can also visit the shops, cafes and bars of East Molesey, enjoy a stunning view of the River Thames and visit Hampton Court Palace, its Maze and gardens.

Visit the Hampton Court Palace website for more information on this unique royal building and further information on travelling to the Easter Fair. http://www.hrp.org.uk/

 We look forward to welcoming you to Hampton Court Fair.  You can also check out our other website www.hamptoncourtfunfair.com            

                                 


IMG at the Natural History Museum

Irvin leisure are proud to be joining IMG at the Natural History Museum again this year with one of our Traditional Carousels as part of the truly magical Christmas that the IMG creates for the Museum each year.

From the rows of trees lit with sparkly fairy lights at the spectacular Swarovski ice skating rink, set against the truly marvellous backdrop of the Natural History Museum building, who could ask for a more beautiful place to make long lasting Christmas memories !

Sure to be a big hit with romantic couples and families alike. So come and enjoy the traditional Christmas spirit of London, go for a skate and then finish the day off with a fun filled twirl on our Victorian style Carousel!

Remember everyone, you never know who you might bump into, even Matt Damon is having fun! ...

So have yourself a merry little Christmas x


Blooming Marvelous!

We had the great privilege of helping Bloomberg with their annual Summer Picnic


Oh we do like to be beside the seaside

Margate was a happy hunting ground for George Irvin's Family Fair for many years. Up until the 1990s we would visit there every summer, and George is in fact lifetime president of the Twinning Association of the Town! Unfortunately the park on which the fair operated was sold by the local authority and so we could not return, but we do miss it. That is why we were thrilled to be invited to support the magnificent Dreamland Project, as Dreamland was our near neighbour in years gone by.

We were asked to build our iconic Helter Skelter whilst Dreamland await the arrival of their renovated unit, and were delighted to do this.

 

Later on we will be providing a Twister and Swingboats, again pending the arrival of the fully renovated attractions, but Dreamland want their newly arriving guests to have a marvellous time and we are proud to help them.

 

As you can see, we as always follow all strict safety requirements as we work. It might take a little longer but it is certainly safer for everyone!

 

You can read all about the Dreamland project in this first class Guardian Article, and admire as we do the vision and drive of the organising team. Visit http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2015/jun/10/margate-dreamland-seaside-fairground-reopening#img-1


Proud to paint Palace Monument

As most local people are aware, we have been attending Crystal Palace with our annual funfairs now since the 1940s so we have actually been involved in fairs here longer than the Crystal Palace was actually on site. As a mark of respect to the former Palace, a number of years ago we were asked to help to erect a small part of the Palace structure as shown in these images.

The other day, by chance, John Greatrex of the Crystal Palace Heritage Group asked us if we could donate time and materials to giving this striking monument which was part of the former structure of Crystal Palace was in need of a bit of tlc, and whilst operating our popular family fair this spring our staff spent a bit of time painting and renovating this iconic monument to this wonderful and innovative building, sadly destroyed by fire in 1936 but never forgotten. 

We were delighted to help as we always support community projects and see ourselves as stakeholders in this wonderful place and to us the past is as important as the future.


Stare at the skies at Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace was 600 years old this Easter and the Palace staged a lot of historical commemorative pageants, but sadly no beheadings despite the place's rather bloody past! However it all culminated in the most magnificent fireworks display and we thought you might love this photo taken from our fair!


St Johns Hospice Easter Fayre raises more than £45,000

We always take part in the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth annual fetes and festivals that raise much needed funds for this magnificent establishment. That is why we were delighted to read the press release below, celebrating their success at the recent event staged on March 21st and 22nd 2015.

Thousands enjoyed fun for all the family last weekend. 

It was our first two-day Easter Fayre with a host of Easter treats for everyone. Over 70 stalls sold a variety of tempting goods including food, fashion and books while the rest of the grounds were filled with fairground rides to the delight of local children, as well as an Easter egg hunt and the chance to meet Peppa Pig herself. It could not have gone ahead without the kind support of our sponsors: Hamptons International, Jonathan Arrons Residential and Barclays plus of course Irvin Leisure who provided the rides. The whole event was a huge success not least because of the help of an army of volunteers and the support of the local community. Thank you so much to everyone who took part and supported your local Hospice.

Now clearly there are two saints invoked by this charity, but added to that was St Peppa Pig who made a major contribution for the day! Well done to everyone. Even Peppa


Apple iPhone Giveaway!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED

Yes you read correctly - We are giving away a FREE Apple iPhone Every Month! It is really easy to win one as well, just do the following:

SEND YOUR FAVOURITE FUNFAIR IMAGE ALONG WITH YOUR NAME, ADDRESS & TEL NUMBER TO: promotions@irvinleisure.com

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED

The best image WINS an Apple iPhone* 

The winner will be announced via our Facebook page on the 1st Monday of each month

* Terms and conditions apply see Promotion Terms and Conditions


Ecology v Economy? Not at Irvin Leisure

The great environmental campaigner Kermit the Frog once mused in song "It's not easy being green" and how appropriate that was for him, fighting off the rather amorous advances of Miss Piggy, but for Irvin Leisure it is possible. We are often asked about progress on our ground breaking, though not literally we insist, Environmental Action plan dating back to 2007 and featured on these articles. Well, we were asked last Tuesday so that counts, so here is an update.

Here at Irvin Leisure we are constantly aiming to reduce the impact of our business on our immediate surroundings. We also strive to lower the effect our rides, lorries, and generators have on the wider environment, including dedicated measures to lower our carbon footprint. Our funfairs operate in a number of the British isle's most prestigious parks, and stately homes. We make every possible effort to take care of grassed areas, delicate paving, and special features, when moving, and parking our vehicles.

All of the generators we use, have enclosed acoustic cabinets around them, reducing external noise to minimum levels, and preventing any oil or diesel leaks coming into contact with the ground. To further reduce noise pollution, we do not play loud music! We can tailor the music we play to suit your event. 40's, 50's, jazz, swing, present day, we can even supply traditional fairground organ music, all played at respectable levels.With regards to the wider world, some of our rides need no generators at all to operate. Our Helter Skelters only require gravity power, and our swingboats need only muscle power, making them the greenest rides on the road. They do, on some occasions, need electrical power for lighting. This is something we are very aware of, and with constant innovations in technology, we are changing the lights we use, to reduce our power consumption. By 2015 we aim to have changed all our halogen lights to sodium, and all our standard bulbs (over 10000 of them!) to L.E.D bulbs. These changes will reduce our power needs by 90%, thus massively reducing the size of generators we will use in the future.We are also updating our vehicles, and generators, to those with more modern engines and lower emissions.

These direct measures, coupled with our active logistics management, ensure our carbon footprint, and impact on the environment is reduced year on year.


A part of our history rediscovered.

In the 50s and 60s, the Irvin Family owned and operated a fantastic and popular Brooklands Speedway track, and below you can learn all about these rides.

A similar ride to the hugely successful Dodgem, the Brooklands Speedway track (sometimes called a Rally Track) was introduced in the late 1930s – aspiring to the famous Surrey race track of the same name. It was pitched at young male patrons with gag cards stating, "Drive your own sports car!" The cars were driven in one direction, along a slightly banked track and the idea was that riders to raced eachother.

It was a faster ride than the Dodgem, but lacked the excitement generated by one car crashing into another. Unlike the Dodgem, Speedway cars took their power from the floor and not the ceiling nets as with a Dodgem track. Orton Sons &Spooner, who had produced many Dodgems, produced just two Brooklands devices. One was commissioned by R.Edwards & Sons of Swindon and this track survives as part of the Fairground Heritage Trust collection.

Ordered in 1938 (measuring 80 by 40 feet) it originally had a fleet of ten cars made by Rytecraft. These were later replaced by Supercar models. When built up the paybox sits in the large island centre of the track. With a capacity to carry only 20 patrons, the Brooklands was a lot less profitable than the Dodgem, making it less popular with showfolk. However, interestingly the concept of cars being powered through the floor and not the net over the ride through poles has re emerged in our very popular indoor dodgems track, so as they say what goes around comes around, which is most appropriate with dodgems cars!