We Need Teddies….

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).
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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/

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”.