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One of the charities set to benefit from this year’s Andover Carnival is Challengers.

Challengers provide help for thousands of disabled children and their families, who cannot use everyday leisure and play facilities. Their aim is to help disabled children, through access to these, to develop and reach their full potential.

Their policy is “no child is turned away”.

Locally, Challengers have operated the Andover Youthscheme since 2014. Currently over 30 families with disabled children aged from 13 – 18 rely on the scheme to provide play and leisure activities for them at the Andover Sports Academy on Saturdays during term time and during the Easter and summer holidays, plus days out to local attractions, the cinema and swimming.
Challengers’ community funding officer, Rhiannon Hopkin, said “We are thrilled to be chosen as one of the charities of the year for the fantastic Andover Carnival. Thank you so much to the Andover Carnival and the people of Andover for supporting our local Youthscheme. We plan to have a stall at Vigo Park on 17th July – do stop by and say “hello” to Challengers.”


Andover Talking Newspapers are one of the charities who will share some of the proceeds of the 2016 Andover Carnival on 17th July.

Talking Newspapers serve blind and visually impaired folk in Test Valley by distributing weekly memory sticks containing news from the Andover Advertiser and other local news outlets. Each client has a long-loan sound box which plays the sticks. Obviously supplying and maintaining these boxes and sticks costs money.

Chairman of Andover Talking Newspapers, Michael Shellard, said ”This is a wonderful service given to people in Test Valley solely by volunteers. I hope that our sponsorship by the Andover Carnival will put our name and what we do before a large audience. There are probably families/friends of visually impaired people who haven’t heard of Andover Talking Newspapers. If, after the Carnival, we have a little cash and 20 new clients I shall be extremely pleased”.

The Winners are…

The Andover Carnival are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Royals Competition:

Prince: James Holmes

Princess: Maddison Ayres

Attendant 1: Ellie Randall

Attendant 2: Oliva Eggleton

Prince James Holmes    Princess Maddison Ayres
Attendant 1 Ellie-May Randel    Attendant 2 Olivia Eggleton





A new attraction in the 2016 Andover Carnival procession will be the Devizes Male Majorettes who will be performing along the procession route.

Set up in 2014 this very different group raises funds for a charity supporting special needs children and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Their appearance at Andover Carnival has been generously funded and sponsored by Bulpitt Print Limited based on East Portway.

Male majorettes

Bournemouth Carnival Band…

76 trombones led the big parade – O.K. so we haven’t got 76 trombones, but we have got the Bournemouth Carnival Band who will be taking part in the procession through the streets of Andover.

Well worth seeing, so come on, book your place on the pavement and prepare to be entertained!

Many thanks to Wimpy for funding and sponsoring Bournemouth Carnival Bands attendance at this years event.


Bournemouth band


Calling all community-minded Andoverians!

The Carnival committee are working their socks off to give the people of Andover a great day on July 17th, but there are only a dozen of us. We need help especially for marshalling the parade, helping to set up and dismantle everything in Vigo Park – any task that comes up on the day. It’s not just work, it is fun!

We especially need at least 3 fit volunteers to push the barrows at the back of the procession to collect the last few unwanted pennies.

If you can help in any way please get in touch by going to our website




7p.m. at the WHITE HART HOTEL

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Andover Carnival will be held at 7p.m. at the White Hart Hotel, Andover, on Monday, 5th September.
Andover residents are invited to come along. If you have any criticisms or helpful suggestions for improvements, this is the place to air them. Feedback is essential towards taking the Carnival forward. Hopefully there will be a full room on the night.

ANDOVER CARNIVAL – thanks everyone!

Andover Carnival Committee want to say thank you to all the wonderful people who turned out to support the 2016 Carnival – whether it was cheering on the procession from the pavements or enjoying the atmosphere at Vigo Park

To all those fantastic folk who volunteered to help in any way, our heartfelt thanks! It’s people like you who make the Carnival a success.

Our sponsors – Lloyds Banking Group, Simply Health, David Mellor Jewellers and Ocado – where would we be without you?

Our two charities this year, Andover Talking Newspapers and Challengers, were over the moon to be presented with a cheque for £2000 each at the Annual General Meeting on Monday evening.

Last, but not least, we must mention the companies supplying lorries for the procession and the drivers who give their time for free.

Here’s looking forward to 16th July 2017! Put the date in your diary now!


Charity applications invited now!

We know it’s not been that long since the Carnival but we are already working on next years event which will take place on Sunday, 16th July. The stage has been booked and we already have acts applying to play in the park and keep the crowds entertained.

The 2016 Carnival, thanks to sponsors and the generosity of the crowds on the day, allowed Andover Talking Newspapers and Challengers to share £4000. So the search is now on for next years Charities.

If you are part of an organisation / charity and would like to be considered then apply now! Application forms can be downloaded here. The closing date is 31st January 2017.