Andover MS society – Carnival Donation

Andover MS society was founded in 1977 by the now president of the Andover and Winchester Groups, Sandy Burnfield.

They started by setting up regular meetings and have now organised a weekly strength and balance exercise class.  Part of the weekly support session is dedicated to the delivery of a specialist seated strength and balance class which has been established in partnership with Valley Leisure Ltd to enable those attending to keep strong and steady on their feet. It’s also a nice opportunity for those affected by MS to meet others and provide support and information to help people manage the condition.

Andover MS Society also help vulnerable sufferers  with support and also offer small grants to help with the cost of any mobility equipment they may require.

All the helpers are volunteers who help by manning awareness and fundraising events during the year.

The money donated by Andover Carnival will be used to fund the weekly exercise classes, fortnightly therapy sessions and to also be used to fund necessary equipment for vulnerable sufferers of MS so please dig deep for this great charity!

Andover Carnival is going plastic free.


Andover Carnival is aiming to be single use plastic free by 2021.

The issue of single use plastic waste was recently highlighted by Iris Andersen to the park organiser Tony Burley and it was that initial conversation that has led to the ban scheduled to be introduced fully at the 2021 event.

Following on from the successes of other festivals and events the Andover Carnival Organisation has decided that they must follow suit.

Whilst it too late to implement the ban on the sale of single use plastics for this year’s event being held In Vigo Recreation Ground on the 21st July, the committee will be working hard to fully implement the ban for the 2021 event.

Andover Carnival’s family fun day held in Vigo recreation ground in July every year is possibly the single largest free to enter event in the local annual calendar, which supports 2 local charities; whilst the event is free to enter, visitors are encouraged to donate generously in the charity buckets at the gates, with all the proceeds going to the chosen charities, who this year are, I can Therapy Centre and Andover Young Carers.

The event attracts in excess of 8000 visitors over the course of the day; whilst nowhere as big as festivals such as Glastonbury, nevertheless we must all play our part in reducing our reliance on single use plastics, and actively encourage alternatives.

This annual event is organised by a group of 12 volunteers who dedicate many hours of their time for free.

Tony Burley who has organised the Family fun day in the park for the last 8 years said “I amended the park application form some years ago and reminded our vendors to recycle everything where possible and consider the use of corn starch cups”. It is now time to take further steps to help our environment so we will be banning the sale of drinks in plastic bottles and the use of plastic cups, straws, cutlery and food containers from 2021.

We would also hope the visitors that attend will follow the lead shown by other events and bring drinks and food in reusable containers as opposed to single use plastic containers..  There has for some time been a ban on bringing glass bottles etc. into the park – this could be extended to single use plastic bottles in the future.

We hope that in 2020 we will see a significant reduction in the use of single use plastics; given the challenges in implementing our decision we will need at least a year to work with our vendors in order to achieve our goal for 2021.

Simplyhealth to sponsor the Carnival once more!

Andover Carnival is thrilled to announce that Simplyhealth are once again supporting the Andover Carnival, as they have now done for several years.

Carnival Chairman Larna Burley said “Simplyhealth have once again offered to support this event, as they have now done for a few years and we are, as always grateful.  Without sponsorship it would be impossible to run the event which in turn would not raise funds for our two local charities chosen for this year who are Andover Young Carers and the I Can Therapy Centre.

Simplyhealth is an established and trusted national brand that has had its home here in Andover for many years and is the  leading provider of health cash plans, dental payment and pet health plans. Simplyhealth has been helping people get the healthcare support they need for over 140 years. The contribution that Simplyhealth makes to the Ando

We would like to thank Simplyhealth once again for its generous support of our event.
ver 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.



Andover Carnival are delighted to announce that The Commercial Centre, based in Picket Piece, have agreed to sponsor the Carnival for their second time.  Having sponsored us for the first time last year they enjoyed supporting this well loved event which is looked forward to by so many in the community.

Simon Potter, joint proprietor of The Commercial Centre said “We are happy to support the Carnival once again as it’s a much loved community event and always a great, fun day.  We had a really enjoyable time last year, including judging the procession which we look forward to helping out with again this year”

The Commercial Centre is just two miles east of Andover town centre and it is home to over 60 local businesses. It offers various sizes of offices, commercial and business units to rent on either a long or short term basis.  These units are very popular and there is even a small shop and post office on site.  For more information contact The Commercial Centre on 01264 332274 or visit their website on

There is still time to enter a float in this year’s Carnival.  Just visit for your entry form.  Let’s make it bigger and better than ever!

New sponsor for the Carnival!

Andover Carnival are delighted to welcome on board a new sponsor for this year.  Andover Central Club have been around for a long time now and have always promoted the Carnival but this year wanted to get more involved.

The Central Club are always looking for new members and have a special offer on their membership fees from 1st July with them starting from as low as £14.

They have darts, pool and crib teams along with their darts academy and for those that like to watch sport they have several large screens to watch it on.  They also offer weekly events with bands, discos and tribute acts and have just introduced Cocktail nights.

On top of all this it’s a fantastic spot to watch the Carnival from!
We would like to thank Andover Central Club for coming on board this year and supporting us.

Icknield School – Funds raised on carnival day

Icknield School is based in River Way, Andover and is a Special School for children and young people aged 3-19 with severe learning difficulties.

One of the schools top priorities is to provide a happy, safe and exciting learning environment for the children.  They are justifiably proud of their vibrant, friendly school where all the staff and governors work together to provide the best possible learning opportunities for the children in their care.  They are also proud of the fact that they were judged to be “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

Funds raised by the Carnival will go towards purchasing a new standing frame for use in the school.  Regular use of standing frames for students who are unable to walk carries many advantages.  They enable the student to stand up straight which aids posture, weight bearing opportunities and muscle tone. They also aid digestion and give the student the chance to be upright (rather than sit in a wheelchair) thereby being “as tall” as their peer group friends.

A new standing frame costs around £3000 but with regular maintenance can be used for several years so we would love to raise as much as we can to help with the purchase of this frame for this amazing school so please DIG DEEP on the day!

Local charities to receive cash boost from the Carnival.

We have counted every 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2 and even notes, as well as the JustGiving page and are now excited and proud to announce that all those coins added up up to a massive £4,000!
Andover Young Carers and ICan Therapy will be receiving a cheque for £2,000 each!
Thank you Andover!

Reigning champions Simplyhealth support Andover Carnival once again

Everyday health plan provider Simplyhealth is once more showing it’s support for the local community, by becoming one of the main sponsors of the Andover Carnival. Its invaluable financial support will enable the Carnival to take place on Sunday 15th July and will help our chosen charities to receive much needed funding.

Colin Perry, Chair of Andover Community Fund comments: “We’re really looking forward to supporting the Andover Carnival again this year. It’s a key date in the town’s diary bringing the whole community together. We’ve already started planning our float for this year and look forward to getting involved while raising money for local causes.”

On Sunday 15th July 2018, Vigo Road Recreation Ground will be filled with funfairs, amusements, stalls and refreshments, plus the acts appearing on the sound stage.

The procession for floats and walkers will be on the move through Andover’s streets from 4p.m.


A new sponsor for Andover Carnival this year is The Commercial Centre in Picket Piece, although they have sponsored many local events in the past and will continue to do so.
Simon Potter, joint proprietor of The Commercial Centre, said “We saw that the Carnival Committee was appealing for funds to enable it to go ahead this year and we always try to support the community that supports us.”

The Commercial Centre was developed in 1988 and offers commercial and industrial units and offices to rent. All units are occupied. There is ample free parking for businesses and clients. A video security system is in place and all units are protected by an out-of-hours security patrol.

Andover Carnival Committee are delighted that The Commercial Centre is extending their community sponsorship towards enabling Carnival 2018 to go ahead.


The Andover Carnival committee is delighted that Lloyds Banking Group is again one of the main sponsors for the 2018 Andover Carnival on Sunday 15th July. Their sponsorship goes a long way towards making the day a big success.

The charity of the Year for LBG is Mental Health UK but they also support a lot of other charities and causes throughout the UK.

Sam Abraham, one of Lloyds Helping Britain prosper ambassadors said “The Andover Carnival continues to be an important calendar event for Lloyds Banking Group. Supporting our local community is really important, it’s an opportunity for colleagues to give back to their local town and gives us a sense of community and pride. Each year we get the chance to make a difference and support local charities in achieving success and that makes us feel extremely proud”

For more information on Lloyds fundraising go to