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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.

David Mellor again supports Andover Carnival

As Ruby sponsors, local family jewellers, David Mellor, are again giving their invaluable support to Andover Carnival.

David Mellor Jewellers has been in business for around 40 years. There are branches in Andover, Totton and Eastleigh. The firm has been a great supporter of the Pride of Andover Awards and give their enthusiastic backing again to Andover Carnival.

Mike Hall, Chairman of Andover Carnival stated “The Carnival is growing every year and with the invaluable support of businesses such as David Mellor it helps us to keep improving the event. It’s great to be working with them again.”

The weeks are flying by and July 17th will soon be upon us. Without the support of local businesses such as David Mellor the event could not take place.

Simplyhealth supports Andover Carnival again

The UK’s leading cash plan provider Simplyhealth will once again be a sponsor of the 2016 Andover Carnival on 17th July. The generosity of Simplyhealth ensures that the Carnival will take place and enables us to support our chosen charities, who are soon to be announced.

Simplyhealth’s contribution shows its commitment to the Andover community and support from local businesses such as Simplyhealth is an invaluable help.

Mark Hamson, spokesman for Simplyhealth comments:- “ The Andover Carnival is a key date in the town’s calendar which brings the whole community together as well as raising money for local charities. It brings us great pleasure to sponsor this event…”

The Vigo Road Recreation Ground is again the venue for Family Fun Day; all the traditional music, fairground and stalls, plus a few extra attractions will be there. The Procession for floats and walkers will navigate the Andover streets from 4p.m.

Simplyhealth has active community funds in three of its locations, Andover, Leeds and Manchester, which exist to support charities and organisations in the local community. To contact the Andover community fund please email Visit Simplyhealth’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @SimplyhealthUK to find out more on how the company works with local and national charities.

Carnival Royalty attend Kids Bake Off

Andover Carnival Royalty recently attended a Kids’ Bake Off at the Travelling Cupcake. Under Holly’s supervision they and some friends (and parents) learnt the art of baking and made scones – which were then quickly devoured!

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“Really good fun” – “Best part was getting messy” – “Kept the kids quiet and entertained” – were some of the comments.

Travelling Cupcake - Kids Baking Party final

The Kids’ Bake Offs are a new venture from Travelling Cupcake, catering for parties of up to 16 and ages from 3 to 13. Cost is £175 for 10 children, including a birthday cake and afternoon tea.

Interested? Phone 07446 046426 or e-mail

We Need Your Help!

It’s Not All Free!

Over the past five years tens of thousands of local people have benefitted from the Andover Carnival as it has flourished and grown. With the reintroduction of the float procession and a new, thriving festival of stalls and entertainment in the Park, the annual event has gone from strength to strength.

What you may not know is that this giant event is run by an average of just ten local people who give their time and skills for free: And, although this is a free community event, it actually costs over £15,000 to stage. The Andover Carnival Organisation relies on generous donations and sponsorships from local organisations and businesses, not only to provide the floats, activities and entertainment but the unseen costs of road closures, toilets, security, litter picking and insurances – to name but just a few.

We Need You!

Our small team is a friendly bunch of local people of all ages and from all walks of life: from business owners to beauticians however what we do all have in common is a desire to do something useful to make the community we live in a better place and raise funds for local charities. Everyone is welcome and you all have something that you can bring to the Carnival there are no skills required, we are just looking for enthusiastic people that enjoy giving back to the community and can share their ideas and time.

So come on, spend just a couple of hours one evening every month at our meetings, to help us plan and be an active part of the organising and implementation of the carnival. Or if you can spare a little more time you might like to join the fun helping with one or two of our fundraising events – or you can just help us out on Carnival Day itself.

Everyone can do just a little and yet make such a big difference to our town.

We Need Your Money!

The Andover Carnival is a voluntary organisation that receives no funding other than the monies we raise ourselves through generous donations and sponsorship. Every little helps.

And We Need Local Business to HELP US Too!

We are extremely grateful to the generosity of some of our larger local employers such as Simply Health, Stannah and Le Creuset who have supported us in previous years through sponsorship, and to our local haulage companies such as Switch, Andover Transport, Howard Tenens, Transplus and Danabb Transport who have kindly provided us with the lorries and volunteer drivers for our floats. Without such generosity from these community spirited local companies there would simply be no Carnival at all.

So if you own or work for a local company – big or small – and you don’t yet support the Andover Carnival, then please make 2013 the year that you join in! It doesn’t have to be a big cash donation, we have sponsorship packages to suit all budgets – or you can simply provide a raffle prize, or volunteers from your company for Carnival Day: All contributions are really appreciated and help to ensure that we can continue the Andover Carnival tradition and provide a fun spectacle for the whole town to enjoy.

For more information and to download entry forms for the 2013 carnival visit or visit our Facebook page

We Need Your Help! So go on, have fun and do something good for your town.

The Great Eggscape!

Come along and help us to find these naughty Easter Eggs who have managed to escape from the Easter Bunny and are hiding out in the grounds of a friendly Andover pub.

The Railway Tavern landlords Alun& SJ Grace have organised an Eggciting Easter Egg Hunt in support of the Andover Carnival, and its charity fundraising on Sunday 31st March 2013.

The Railway Tavern on Weyhill Road will host this Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt, which will start from 12.00 pm.  Entry is Free and every child will also win a prize. Donations on the day will be gratefully received – all of which will go to the Andover Carnival and its adopted charities. The Railway Tavern will be serving home cooked food and the day is expected to finish at around 2.00pm.

For further information, please telephone SJ Grace on 01264 362474 or email:

A boost for two very special local charities from Andover Carnival

Andover Carnival is hoping to make a very big difference to two very small, but indispensable Andover based charities: Andover Child Contact Centre and Andover Fibromyalgia are now set to benefit from the fundraising activities of the Andover Carnival this year.

Andover Child Contact Centre is a little heard of charity that helps to support the children of estranged parents. In situations where divorced parents cannot get on with each other, the charity enables the children, who find themselves in this situation through no fault of their own, to have contact and maintain relationships with their parents. The charity provides these children with a safe environment where they can play and have fun with mum or dad, supervised by the charities volunteers. To find out more about the Andover Contact Centre please visit

Andover Fibromyalgia & ME Chatterbook Group aims to encourage people living with Fibromyalgia & M.E in the area to chat via their website forum or Tumblr and attend regular meetings (if they are able) so members can support each other & their families. Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness characterised by chronic widespread pain, hypersensitivity to pain (and other stimuli), chronic fatigue and sleep disturbances. To find out more about the Andover Fibromyalgia & ME Chatterbook Group please visit

It was a really difficult choice, made all the more so by the current financial climate and a record number of deserving applications. Indeed, the committee wishes they could help them all, and would like to thank those who applied this year and applaud the tireless hard work they all contribute to helping those in need of support in Andover.

The Andover Carnival comes to town on Sunday 7th July 2013. This year sees an Open Theme so we will all eagerly await the float procession to see what themes they have chosen to decorate their lorries. Together with a walking procession – last year saw a multitude of fabulous blue Smurfs – marching bands and vintage vehicles, Andover Carnival is shaping up to be the bigger and better than ever. The organisers hope this fun filled family day, which includes circus performances, entertainment and live music in Vigo Recreation Park will raise enough to enable them to support these local charities who, in turn give support to some of those most in need in our community.

This year Andover Carnival would like to say a huge thank you to our main sponsors for 2013 – Le Creuset and Simplyhealth

Both companies have kindly supported the Andover Carnival in the past, and this year, with their continuing help we will ensure that the 2013 carnival is another great success for the town. Not only does their generosity enable the Carnival itself to take place but, perhaps more importantly, their patronage gives us the ability to support local charities that desperately need funds in order to carry out their vital roles.

Internationally renowned and recognised World-wide for market-leading, premium quality ranges of enamelled Cast Iron cookware, 3-ply Stainless Steel, Toughened Non-Stick, Stoneware and an outstanding range of Wine Accessories, Le Creuset is used, loved and trusted by leading professional chefs and passionate home cooks around the globe who are looking for style, performance and delicious results every time. With its UK head office and exclusive Brand Retail Store based on Walworth Business Park in Andover, Le Creuset offers an extensive collection of superb quality cookware for all occasions and cooking styles – a must-have addition for any stylish kitchen.

Simplyhealth is another trusted brand with its home here in Andover. For many years, Simplyhealth has believed in helping people access affordable healthcare and delivering exceptional personal customer service. . Its range of health cash plans, dental plans, private medical insurance and self funded health plans help four million people to look after their health and 20,000 businesses choose Simplyhealth as their healthcare provider.

Other local businesses in the town also lend their support to the Carnival on a regular basis and we would also like to take this opportunity to thank them too. Mailboxes Etc, the Breeze, the Andover Gazette and the Andover Advertiser work tirelessly on our behalf to promote the Andover Carnival. Many others provide donations, sponsor adverts or provide prizes and we would like to thank them too.

The contribution that local businesses, large and small make to the Andover Carnival is not just a charitable contribution; it is also a demonstration of their sense of 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. We would like to thank you all once again for your generous support of our town.

Andover Carnival Organisation. Alcohol Policy for family fun day 7th July 2013 to be held in Vigo park 12 noon to 9pm.

This alcohol policy aims to manage the potential problems associated with irresponsible sale and consumption of alcohol. Key issues considered were the protection of minors, dealing with excessively intoxicated adults and a restriction on glass containers.

Members of the public are not restricted from bringing alcoholic drinks in to the Vigo park for personal consumption, except where they contravene the policy set out below.

  • A strict ‘Challenge 25’ ID policy will be in place at the entrance gates to ensure that members of the public bringing in their own alcohol are not under 18 years old.
  • Members of the public wishing to enter the event without an acceptable form of ID will have any alcohol confiscated. Acceptable forms of ID are any of the following:
    – Original Passport
    – Original Drivers Licence Photo Card
    – Original National Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) Card
  • No glass bottles or containers are permitted in Vigo park. Any person found in possession of a glass container will have it confiscated or will be told to leave the Vigo park.
  • No large quantities of alcohol will be allowed in Vigo park.
  • Any person in possession of a large quantity of alcohol at the entrance gates will be asked to confirm it is for their own consumption only.
  • Any person purchasing alcohol for a minor will have the alcohol confiscated and may be ejected from Vigo park.
  • Any person in possession of a large quantity of alcohol will be monitored to ensure that it is not being sold on site or distributed to minors. All such incidents will be logged with event control.
  • Security staff will challenge anyone that appears to be under 25 if they are in possession of alcohol in Vigo park.

Alcohol Sales on site

All sales of alcohol in Vigo park will be from the Railway Tavern static licensed bar, operated by the licences of the Railway Tavern who have submitted the required Temporary Event Notices. All sales will be dispensed in plastic bottles or containers.

Alcohol Search Policy

There is a zero tolerance of alcohol misuse and underage drinking, we will work to achieving this through:
Communication with the public
Complying with our legal responsibilities
Working closely with local authorities and police

  • A search policy will be in operation at the entrance gates throughout the event. The key aims of this search policy are to help ensure that prohibited items do not enter Vigo park and that minors do not bring alcohol in to Vigo park.
  • Signage showing a list of prohibited items will be displayed at all entrance gates.
  • Searching will only be carried out with the persons consent with female – female and male – male. Anyone refusing will be denied entry to the event.
  • As an un-ticketed event, queuing is expected to be minimal at all entrance gates. However preparations have been made to manage a queue at the entrance gates should the need. The search policy is not expected to add a significant amount of time to the ingress.

The gate staff will enforce the following restrictions:

  • Alcohol will be confiscated from those that do not pass the ‘Challenge 25’ ID policy.

ID required will be:
Photo card driving licence
Proof of age cards bearing the PASS hologram

  • Glass containers and other prohibited items will be confiscated or alternatively the person in possession of the item will be offered the opportunity to dispose of the glass containers in the waste bins provided at each entrance or be refused entry to Vigo park.

Items prohibited in Vigo park include (but are not limited to):
– Glass bottles and containers.
– Fireworks, flares and smoke canisters.
– Laser pointers or projectors.
– Guns (including BB guns), knives, clubs, bats or other items that could be used as a weapon.
– BBQ and camp cooking equipment
– Gazebos and tents.
– Bicycles
– Illegal substances.
– Naked flames and candles

Illegal Substances Search Policy

There is a zero tolerance of drugs misuse; we will work to achieving this through:
Communication with the public
Complying with our legal responsibilities
Working closely with local authorities and police

  • Clear signage informing public there is a zero tolerance of drug misuse and that they may be required to allow a search of their person, clothing and belongings on entry and during the event. If they refuse the police maybe informed This is a strict condition of entry.
  • Searching will only be carried out with the persons consent with female- female and male – male. Anyone refusing will be denied access into the event.
  • Found substances will be witnessed being placed into a tamper proof sealed bag and signed by the searcher with the details recorded into a register held within event control.
  • All substances will be secured within a steel lock box in event control with the key being held by the security manager All found substances will be handed over to the police when practicably possible.
  • Any controlled drugs found will be seized and the police informed immediately.
  • Anyone identified as dealing will be searched and the information passed to the police immediately via event control.

A boost for two very special local charities from Andover Carnival

With your help, Andover Carnival has been able to make a very big difference to two very small, but indispensable Andover based charities.

Andover Child Contact Centre and Andover Fibromyalgia attended the Andover Carnival AGM at the White Hart Hotel where the committee presented them each with a cheque for £2000. Councillor Chris Lynn was delighted to receive his cheque on behalf of the Andover Child Contact Centre and explained how the money would help to keep this vital resource open.

Andover Child Contact Centre is a neutral place where children of separated families can enjoy contact with their non-resident parents and sometimes other family members, in a comfortable and safe environment. It is run entirely by CRB checked volunteers who are specially trained for the role.

Emma Jefferies, Chair of the Andover Fibromyalgia and ME Chatterbook Group thanked the committee.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone involved in the Andover Carnival and we are ‘over the moon’ with this amazing donation which we enable us to do so much to help our members”.

Andover Fibromyalgia & ME Chatterbook Group encourages people living with this often painful and debilitating condition from our area to chat via their website forum and they have the opportunity to attend regular meetings (if they are able) so members can support each other and their families.

Andover Carnival Committee are now asking local charities who wish to be considered for adoption as the Andover Carnival Charity for 2014 to submit their requests. As in previous years, when deciding which Charity to adopt as our chosen Charity the committee will always ensure they have a Branch or Network within Andover and the surrounding areas and benefit local people.