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.

Calling all proud parents!

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!

How about considering an entry in this year’s Andover Carnival?

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 Supporting Local Charities

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…


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 andovercarnival.org