As costs rise and sponsors fall by the wayside, organisers of the historic and much-loved Andover Carnival have declared that this year’s event is under the very real threat of cancellation.
The economic situation has affected everybody and the Andover Carnival is no exception. We have been extremely grateful for our sponsors in previous years and the current ones that have already agreed to help fund 2018 but with costs rising , the loss of some sponsors for this year and without any local business currently plugging those gaps there is a real possibility that this year’s event will have to be cancelled. Last year the costs of providing the entertainment escalated, and even adopting a lean approach saw the event still costing around £16,000.
Volunteer committee members are giving all their free hours to exploring every avenue for new sponsors and alternative funding and have set up a crowd-funding page in the hope of getting the people of Andover to give their support. With in excess of 8,000 people enjoying last year’s free event, if everyone gave £1, the issue would simply disappear. Chairperson Larna Burley said “ Let’s ensure that this historic event isn’t lost which brings so much of the community together for one brilliant free day of family fun and entertainment. The day sees in excess of 8000 local people attended each year and the numbers continue to grow. The committee which is run by a small team of local volunteers put in a huge amount of work which results in the road procession and the thriving park that showcases local bands/ acts, supports local business to sell via the stalls raises charity awareness, and provides a huge amount of entertainment for the day. It would be a huge loss for the town if this year’s event didn’t happen. The event brings huge visibility for our sponsors due to the sheer number of people that we see in one day and in the scheme of things is very cost effective way of advertising.”
Plans for the Carnival in July this year are already well advanced, however funds and support need to be in place by the middle of February to meet all of the costs so that planning can proceed. Year-on year, this effort is all to raise much needed money for very deserving local charities and until now the event has generated donations of up to £4000 to these very worthwhile causes, all of the money that is raised by the local community on carnival day is donated directly to that years chosen charity/ charities.
Any amount donated (from £1 to £4,000) will be accepted and would ensure that Carnival 2018 can go ahead. Please help save the Andover Carnival by donating today. We have 4 weeks to raise the much needed funds in order to guarantee that we are financially able to put on this year’s event.
Please donate today by visiting: https://www.gofundme.com/andovercarnival
Should anyone know of any local business who may be interested in sponsoring this year’s event please contact either Larna Burley or Carole Bazzoni by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Andover Carnival is in need of your help with marshalling the Procession on Sunday, 16th July. This is a essential part of making the procession safe for both participants and spectators. It’s not just a big help but also a lot of fun!
If you can offer your assistance for all or part of the afternoon, there will be a meeting for volunteers (male or female, must be over the age of 18) on 5th July at 6.30p.m. at the Best Western Andover (formerly the Quality Hotel). All the relevant information will be given to you then.
PLEASE consider coming forward with your offer of help. It will be greatly appreciated.
Are there any unwanted, unloved teddies or other fluffy toys in your cupboards? How about having a clear out – gain yourself some space and make a great contribution to the Andover Carnival.
The Teddy Tombola stall at the Carnival in Vigo Park on 16th July would welcome all your cuddly toys with open arms! This stall is one of the major earners of the day, usually raising around £650 to go to our adopted charities for the year.
So don’t send your teddies to the picnic in the woods, sent them to Vigo Park instead!
They will receive a great welcome from Yvonne at Asda or you can drop them in to the office of Martin & Co. in Bridge Street (opposite the Post Office).
A staunch supporter of Andover Carnival, locsl family jeweller David Mellor, is once again stepping forward to give invaluable support.
The firm has been in business for around 40 years, with branches in Andover, Totton and Eastleigh.
Sunday, 16 July is rapidly approaching and the Carnival could not take place without the support of local businesses such as David Mellor.
This year the Andover Carnival committee had a very difficult job selecting the two charities to be sponsored. An unprecedented number of applications was received and it was hard to choose just 2 from 19. However, after much thought and discussion, it was decided that the lucky applicants would be Andover Lipreaders and Andover Breathe Easy.
Andover Breathe Easy is a support group for adults with lung conditions and aims to help them understand and manage their breathing problems. They hold social gatherings with speakers from all walks of life, including getting advice from doctors and respiratory nurses, and tips on home safety.
Financial help from the Carnival proceeds would help them to pay for venues and provide a projector for speakers to use, also day trips for members.
Andover Lipreaders teaches adults with hearing loss to manage their hearing loss difficulties and learn lipreading. The aim is to help them cope with hearing loss and enable effective communication, thus reducing the social isolation this can cause.
Funding from the Carnival will help them to provide sessions for 30 to 40 adults, in three terms of ten lessons each.
Lloyds Banking Group is again demonstrating its involvement in the local community by giving its support to the Andover Carnival.
The Group throws itself into fundraising and volunteering throughout the U.K. and after a two-year period of support for Children in Need, the group is now supporting Mental Health UK.
The Andover Carnival committee is delighted that Lloyds Banking Group are again the main sponsor for the 2017 Andover Carnival on Sunday 16th July. Their sponsorship goes a long way towards making the day a big success.
Lee Parker, Head of Andover Operations said “We are ecstatic to be supporting the Andover Carnival by joining as the main sponsor for one of Andover’s biggest community events. Lloyds Banking Groups ‘Helping Britain Prosper’ plan encourages community involvement and sponsoring the local carnival plays a massive part in supporting our communities.”
For more information on Lloyds fundraising go to http://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/Our-Group/responsible-business/prosper-plan/
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.
The search is on for this year’s Carnival Royalty. The competition is again being run on line. To enter your child you must go to andovercarnival.org and fill in the application form, uploading a head and shoulders photo of your prospective Prince or Princess!
There will be an open on line vote, so you can get all your friends and family to vote for your candidate.
Entries close on 23rd April.
All the terms and conditions of entry are on our website.
The children selected to be Prince and Princess will receive cash prizes of £75 each and the two Attendants £25 each.
The Carnival Royalty will ride on a special float in the Carnival procession and there are occasions during their year when they will attend and open functions and events.
Enter Now for you son or daughter – they could be in for an exciting time!
So, the Christmas and New Year festivities are behind us and you may be feeling a bit bored. What you need is something to engage your imagination and give you an incentive.
How about considering an entry in this year’s Andover Carnival?
Anyone can have a go – local charities, organisations, sports, youth and social clubs, businesses, groups of neighbours and friends.
If you want to go for a float in the Carnival Procession a vehicle and driver can be supplied for you, or alternatively, you can enter as a walking group.
Either way, you can get a lot of fun and satisfaction from participating in this annual local event, plus helping to raise money for charity.
Entry forms can be found on our Home Page and a phone number for any questions you may have.
Go on, have a go!!
Andover Carnival is delighted to announce that the proceeds from the 2016 Carnival will be shared by Andover Talking Newspapers and Challengers.
The Andover Youth Scheme operated by Challengers supports 30 local disabled children aged 13-18 and their families with leisure activities, while Andover Talking Newspapers provides local news on memory sticks for the blind and visual impaired.
Keeps an eye for more information coming soon…