Object of the Independent Association of Showmen

The object of The Association of Independent Showmen is to promote and support the maintenance of the fairground and circus community, advise that community and help that community prosper..

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Update on continued delayed receipt of membership cards/ lorry cards/ stickers/ newsletters/ merchandise – open letter from the 'Acting' Secretary of the AIS, 19th March, 2019
Having travelled down to Birmingham today to address the ongoing trouble with delayed membership letters with the Royal Mail, I can report the following.
Putting it simply – the standard second class stamp that has been used as the standard postage cost no longer covers the varying weights that can make up the various requests for new membership and membership renewal requests.

Conclusion.
Firstly let me apologise for the ongoing inconvenience, and that in light of the ongoing questions asked regarding this on Facebook, that I am informing you, the members first, to what I have discovered. I have spoken to the membership secretary regarding this matter, and it has been suggested that on posting out the membership letter an email be sent to the member to say that the letter has been sent. It was also brought to my attention by the licensed Royal Mail operative that as of the 25th March these prices will go up.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, which you can find the full text at our AIS members only page on Facebook

Andrew Nixon – 'Acting' Secretary

The origins and development of the AIS

In 1998 through lengthy discussion on the complex nature within the Showmen community, John Crane and Janet Catton both strongly believed and agreed that fairness should be shown to all within the Showmen community, and that a level playing field should be created and maintained for all.
As a result of that discussion they decided to create a new association - The Association of Independent Showmen (AIS).
From these simple beginnings the AIS are now in constant contact with many of the governing bodies both nationally and internationally with regards to every aspect of the showman’s industry and 'travelling' lifestyle.
Over the last twenty years membership has grown to span the whole of the UK, and as a result of the commitment to this core belief the AIS have become a strong voice for Showmen, and are seen as an influential negotiating body for its members and the wider Showmen community.

Membership benefits

With new legislation and guidelines being implemented frequently, there are many areas with which we can offer 'up to the minute' help and advice.
These areas include:
Insurance
Industry legislation
Vehicle regulations  (DVLA/ VOSA)
Health and Safety and testing
HSE, DfE, ADIPS, NAFLIC, ADSC
Local Authorities.
We also offer support and help with regards to education, planning and all aspects of the 'travelling Showmen' lifestyle in today's world.

Members Gallery

If you would like to see your rides, stalls, tractors, or any other aspects of Fairs and circuses here in this gallery, please send your images to the ais.sect@yahoo.co. uk.

The Current - 2019 - Committee

As of the last general meeting of the AIS in 2019 you will be left in no doubt of the quality of the delegates who are now representing you all as members of the AIS. Given below are contact details of the current committee with a link to their dedicated page regarding the area of representation and the work they are doing at the highest level (still under construction).

John Crane - President

Read the latest comments from John here.

Phil Raymond

Read the latest from Phil here.

Alternatively you can contact Phil direct on 07768 221810

Robert Wilkinson

Read the latest from Robert, and the latest information on planning here.

Alternatively you can contact Robert direct on 07956 994199

Treasurer
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Read the latest from here.

Please note: The treasurer's role is currently under review

Transport and Safety
- Fred Meakin

Read the latest from Fred, and the latest information on transport and safety here.

Alternatively you can contact Fred direct on 07842 698858

Transport and Safety
- Rodney Harrison

Read the latest from Rodney, and the latest information on transport and safety here.

Alternatively you can contact Rodney direct on 07811 188191

Education - Helen Hatt

Read the latest from Helen, and the latest information on Education here.

Alternatively you can contact Helen direct on 07885 327382

Equalities and Cultural Rights - Andrew Nixon

Read the latest from Andrew, and the latest information on Cultural rights recognition here.

Alternatively you can contact Andrew direct on 07803 783269

Circus - Bobby Roberts

Read the latest from Bobby, and the latest information on Circus here.

Alternatively you can contact Bobby direct on 07774 858700

General Secretary - Kathleen Carolan

Read the latest from Kathleen, and the latest information on membership here.

Alternatively you can contact Kathleen direct on 07507 322707 (between 10.00am - 5.00pm

AIS Scotland - Robert Davis

Read the latest from Robert, and the latest information on Scotland here.

Alternatively you can contact Robert direct on 07778 873184

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