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Lloyds Banking Group announced as main sponsors

Support for the 2016 Andover Carnival has been boosted by Lloyds Banking Group coming on board as the main sponsor.

While Lloyds is a familiar sight on the High Street it may not be so widely known as a supporter of local communities, through fundraising and volunteering.

Nationally, the Group took on, in 2014, a four-year support for Children in Need.

Locally, the bank’s site in Charlton Place has elected to support Andover Guide Dogs as their charity of the year for 2016. They will be holding a fun day at Vigo Park on 4th June to promote local charities and now they have committed to sponsoring Andover Carnival.

Referring to their sponsorship of Andover Carnival a Lloyds spokesman said “Lloyds Banking Group is a large employer in Andover. As part of a group-wide initiative, ‘Helping Britain Prosper’, we are enthusiastically seeking out new opportunities to support our local community through fundraising and volunteering. We are ecstatic to say that we will be joining as a main sponsor for the Andover Carnival in 2016 as one of the many activities we have planned this year. We believe the carnival gives so much back to the community and charities it supports and want to be a part of it.”

The Andover Carnival committee is delighted that Lloyds are throwing their valued support behind the Carnival this year.

Carnival Royalty attend Kids Bake Off

Andover Carnival Royalty recently attended a Kids’ Bake Off at the Travelling Cupcake. Under Holly’s supervision they and some friends (and parents) learnt the art of baking and made scones – which were then quickly devoured!

Travelling Cupcake - Kids Baking Party 1

“Really good fun” – “Best part was getting messy” – “Kept the kids quiet and entertained” – were some of the comments.

Travelling Cupcake - Kids Baking Party final

The Kids’ Bake Offs are a new venture from Travelling Cupcake, catering for parties of up to 16 and ages from 3 to 13. Cost is £175 for 10 children, including a birthday cake and afternoon tea.

Interested? Phone 07446 046426 or e-mail

Simplyhealth supports Andover Carnival again

The UK’s leading cash plan provider Simplyhealth will once again be a sponsor of the 2016 Andover Carnival on 17th July. The generosity of Simplyhealth ensures that the Carnival will take place and enables us to support our chosen charities, who are soon to be announced.

Simplyhealth’s contribution shows its commitment to the Andover community and support from local businesses such as Simplyhealth is an invaluable help.

Mark Hamson, spokesman for Simplyhealth comments:- “ The Andover Carnival is a key date in the town’s calendar which brings the whole community together as well as raising money for local charities. It brings us great pleasure to sponsor this event…”

The Vigo Road Recreation Ground is again the venue for Family Fun Day; all the traditional music, fairground and stalls, plus a few extra attractions will be there. The Procession for floats and walkers will navigate the Andover streets from 4p.m.

Simplyhealth has active community funds in three of its locations, Andover, Leeds and Manchester, which exist to support charities and organisations in the local community. To contact the Andover community fund please email Visit Simplyhealth’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @SimplyhealthUK to find out more on how the company works with local and national charities.

David Mellor again supports Andover Carnival

As Ruby sponsors, local family jewellers, David Mellor, are again giving their invaluable support to Andover Carnival.

David Mellor Jewellers has been in business for around 40 years. There are branches in Andover, Totton and Eastleigh. The firm has been a great supporter of the Pride of Andover Awards and give their enthusiastic backing again to Andover Carnival.

Mike Hall, Chairman of Andover Carnival stated “The Carnival is growing every year and with the invaluable support of businesses such as David Mellor it helps us to keep improving the event. It’s great to be working with them again.”

The weeks are flying by and July 17th will soon be upon us. Without the support of local businesses such as David Mellor the event could not take place.

Andover Carnival Pancake Race

Once again, it’s that time of year for the Andover Carnival Pancake race supported by ‘The Breeze Andover.

You will need to be registered by 11.45 am ready for a warm up before the race starts at 12 Noon. This event will take place on Tuesday 17th February 2015.

We are offering local companies, businesses and organisations a chance to enter a team of four employees to take part in this fun relay race which will be the distance from the Newbury Building Society office to Millets.

There are prizes to be won and the opportunity to have custody of the Winner’s Trophy for a whole year.

It will cost just £20 to enter a team and all proceeds raised will be presented to the Andover Carnivals local charities for 2015.

Full information about this event is enclosed together with an entry form.

We very much hope that your company or business will be able to take part and support these local charities. Completed application forms should be sent to:

Andover Carnival. Suite 12, Andover House, George Yard, Andover. SP10 1PB.
(For the attention of lris Andersen, Pancake Race.)

All entries need to be in by 13th February 2015.

lf you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact lris Andersen on:
Mob: 07880814737

lf not, we look forward to seeing you there.
Yours sincerely, lris Andersen. Patron of the Andover Carnival.

Warm – and winning lots of trophies!

The residents at Hampshire Greyhound Rescue will be more snug and warm in their kennels this winter – thanks to the generous donations of Andover residents on Carnival Day back in July. David Woods from Hampshire Greyhound’s told the Carnival team that they have already had new double glazed windows put in to replace the old single glazing, “which has helped to improve the comfort of our Greyhounds no end as it’s much warmer than it used to be.”

They are also keen to get some new lighting and additional heating put into the kennels “if we can find an electrician who can quote a sensible price to do the work. All the kennels have foam insulation under the beds, and once the electrics have been done, there’ll be insulation going on top of all the kennels too, which will help keep them snug through the winter.”

Oblivion Dance has also had great success when they went to competition in Essex, returning with a host of trophies. With new outfits and coach travel funded by their £2000 donation from The Andover Carnival, four of their dance crews walked away with glittering trophies and group placings from first to fourth.

Last Sunday also saw Oblivion Recall win at competition here, at home at the Lights in Andover, where again the money raised by the Carnival paid for extra crew dance training sessions and the outfits they wore for the competition. Tanya Tuson, from Oblivion added, “We also have a show coming up in January and we are in the process of buying 100 children dance outfits. It’s been amazing that all of the children from Oblivion are benefitting from the money you gave us.” She added that she would like to thank the people of Andover “for the wonderful donation once again.”

Applications have now closed and the Carnival team is in the process of making the very difficult decision as to who is going to be a beneficiary in 2015 and will make the announcement early in the new year.

Neighbourhood panel success for Andover Carnival

Thanks to the generous support of local housing association Aster Communities, Andover Carnival on Sunday the 20th July will be even more colourful. With a fabulous procession of between 22 to 26 floats, groups of walkers and musicians open to entries from local business, charities, community groups and individuals, the Carnival also includes a free entry Family Fun Day, currently held in Vigo Recreation Ground Park from 12pm until 9pm, with table top circus as well as the fun fair rides, craft stalls, amusements and live music.

Andover Carnival is delighted to have been awarded £2,000 from Aster Communities’ neighbourhood panels and would like to say thank you for its support. One of Andover’s biggest free annual community events, the Andover Carnival is organised entirely by volunteers. It actually costs over £15,000 to stage and relies heavily on the kind donations and sponsorships of local organisations and businesses.

Aster Communities is committed to supporting the community and helping local people to enjoy where they live – as well as providing affordable homes for local people. Its invaluable support of Andover Carnival will mean that, like Aster, the Carnival will continue to boost the town’s community spirit by providing an event that encourages participation and is open to everyone.

A Right Royal Occasion!

The new Carnival Royals for 2014 have been crowned today when Andover’s Carnival Prince and Princess were chosen.

Ten girls and three boys were shortlisted finalists and each took their turn in the limelight at the White Hart Hotel on Bridge Street to persuade four judges, Carnival Patron Iris Andersen, our generous host from the White Hart Hotel, Gail Morris, the Andover Advertiser’s Joe Faretra and independent seamstress Ann Roberts why they should become Andover Carnival’s Prince or Princess.

After a great deal of deliberation, while talented young singers Chris Berntsen and Stephanie Boulton entertained the competitors and their parents, the new Royals for 2014 were eventually chosen. Aimee Coombs, and Lewis Blackwell, were both delighted to be crowned as the new Andover Carnival Royalty for 2014. Melissa Mae Oril and Romilly O’Neil, were chosen to be the Princess’s attendants and are looking forward to assisting the new Royals with their many duties.

The Andover Carnival Royals will have pride of place on their very own float in the Carnival Parade on Sunday 20th July and will be busy all year with a host of other town events and have already been invited to open the Fairground Country Fair at Weyhill on the 10th May.

The Prince and Princess will each receive £75 and a family portrait as their prize, while the two attendants will receive a cheque for £25 courtesy of the Andover Advertiser.

Local Franchise Supporting Our Community.

The Andover Carnival team are delighted to welcome Wimpy as the main sponsor of the Andover Carnival’s for 2014.

With two thriving premises in Andover town centre, employing 48 local people, the contribution that Wimpy is making to the Andover Carnival shows the great value they place in our town and their commitment to getting involved with the Andover community.

Well known as a fast food burger restaurant chain, Wimpy is also dedicated to improving the health of their customers by promoting the need for proper nutrition. Not only do they provide important guidelines for their customers that can help them to make wise food choices, but also enable them to make an informed decision, by giving nutritional information of all the food items on their vast menu.

Wimpy will join long-term carnival sponsor Simplyhealth and their combined generosity will ensure that this year’s carnival is better than ever and enable the Carnival to support local charities that desperately need funds in order to carry out their vital roles.

Without the support of local businesses such as these, the Andover Carnival would not be able to reach its goals. We would like to thank Wimpy in Andover for your generous support of our town.

A Big Company with an even Bigger Heart.

Andover Carnival is absolutely delighted to welcome Simplyhealth as one of the event’s main sponsors again this year.

“Simplyhealth has become an integral part of the Andover Carnival and it is a pleasure to welcome then on board once again,” said Carnival Chair, Alun Grace. “We never presume to take their generosity for granted, but the team really appreciate their continuing support as it makes them feel that their own efforts are worthwhile.”

Simplyhealth’s generosity enables the Carnival itself to take place but, perhaps more importantly, their patronage gives us the ability to support local charities that desperately need funds in order to carry out their vital roles.

Simplyhealth is an established and trusted national brand that has had its home here in Andover for many years. Their core values are to enable people to access affordable healthcare and to deliver exceptional personal customer service. Its range of health cash plans, dental plans, private medical insurance and self funded health plans help over four million people to look after their health and 20,000 businesses chose Simplyhealth as their preferred healthcare provider.

The contribution that Simplyhealth makes to the Andover Carnival is not just a charitable contribution but also a demonstration of their commitment to their local community and the value that they place in Andover. Without the support of local businesses such as these, the Andover Carnival would not be able to reach its goals. We would like to thank Simplyhealth once again for your generous support of our town.