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Andover Carnival 2013

THOUSANDS of people flocked onto Andover’s Streets and Vigo Park as the town was once again filled with Andover Carnival’s unique celebratory spirit.

While the crowds in Vigo Park basked in the perfect weather, many with picnics spread on the grass. The event boasted a whole host of entertainment from live music, including Class A and family fun from face painting to a challenging climbing wall and a free cycle experience.

Led by the Carnival Royals, with the Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe, the open-themed carnival procession came down from Weyhill Road past Beech Hurst where it collected the walking procession, then continued through the town centre before finishing at Vigo Road.

Onlookers were rewarded with a colourful and musical spectacle, as the longest procession for many years snaked through the streets. The fire brigade helped keep the waiting crowds cool in the record temperatures with a dash of their water cannon spray.

We are delighted that Iris has agreed to accept the role of Patron she will be an outstanding Ambassador for the Andover Carnival.

We are delighted that Iris has agreed to accept the role of Patron she will be an outstanding Ambassador for the Andover Carnival.


We are proud to announce that Councilor Iris Anderson is to become the new Patron to the Andover Carnival. An active Councilor, Iris was a driving force behind the success of the new Pop Up Shop on Bridge Street and a formidable advocate supporting the residents and local businesses of her ward.

Iris has been the Ambassador for the Carnival Prince and Princess and their attendants for 7 years now and has seen the Carnival grow from a small walking event to today’s huge free community event with its family fun day and float procession.

“Being Ambassador is very exciting,” Iris said, “because you never know from one year to another what we’re going to do: To see the children grow up over the years is absolutely amazing.”

Dedicated to serving our town, Iris has been actively involved in charity work and community fundraising for nearly 35 years, from working with the schools that her six children attended and supporting a host of charities including Andover Fibromyalgia and ME Chatterbook Group, Andover Parkinsons Group and the Katie Piper Foundation. Iris says that her “greatest experience was kickboxing with Andy Livery which raised £750 for charity.“

Iris has also recently begun an over 50s Club which provides companionship and activities for its members. When we asked iris why she takes on so many roles for the benefit of our community she simply replied “I love to give a little of my time to everybody so I think everyone gets a fair share of you.”

Presented with Pride: Andover Carnival receives a cheque from Phil Evans Photography & the Pride of Andover Awards.

Patron of the Andover Carnival, Councillor Iris Anderson was delighted to receive a cheque for £130 from Phil Evans Photography. The cheque was donated, with kind permission of the Pride of Andover Team, from sales of the £5 digital downloads Phil Evans took as their official photographer during the awards ceremony held at the Lights Theatre, which were hosted by Esther Rantzen.

Gold Sponsor of the Awards, David Mellor from David Mellor & Sons Jewellers is pictured here with Councillor Barbara Long, presenting David Wybrow with his photograph. David was Highly Commended in the Good Neighbour Category with over 300 comments on Facebook about his impeccable customer service skills.

Jo Pothecary, the Manager of Andover’s Tesco Metro Store in the Chantry Centre, where David is currently employed, said “ Customers say that he always cheers them up – they go to his checkout especially!”

Phil Evans told us, “David is just one of many people in our town who exemplify the true spirit of Andover. The Pride of Andover is a great event as it gives the town the opportunity to say thank you.”

To read more about the Pride of Andover Awards and inspirational stories of caring and giving, visit their website at

The Royal’s Visit the residents of Lion Oak Court

On January 4th the residents of Lion Oak Court in Salisbury Road were pleased to welcome, for the third year running, the Prince and Princess of Andover Carnival together with their attendants for the celebration of Twelfth Night.

The evening, led by the Reverend Jill Bentall and arranged by Councillor lris Andersen, has become firmly fixed in the calendar of Christmas events at Lion Oak Court.

Sonia Lower, Wellbeing Co-ordinator at Lion Oak Court said “The residents always look forward to this evening which concludes our Christmas celebrations and are already Iooking forward to celebrating Twelfth Night in 2015! We are immensely grateful to everyone involved, but particularly the young people, for such an enjoyable evening.

From Dancing to Dogs! Andover Carnival Name Their 2014 Beneficiaries.

The Andover Carnival Team are delighted to announce that two very different local groups have been chosen to benefit from the Andover Carnival this year: Andover Dance Group Oblivion and Hampshire Greyhound Rescue have been chosen by the committee to receive donations from the Carnival’s fundraising activities.

It was another very difficult choice again this year but the team are pleased to be able to champion these two small organisations where the Carnival’s support will make such a big difference. These two very different groups demonstrate the diversity of our community and provide an excellent example of the range of different community organisations, not just registered charities, which benefit from the fundraising activities of the Andover Carnival.

Oblivion Dance Group is an inclusive dance group for children and young adults aged from seven to twenty-one. Open to local children of all ability levels, from all backgrounds, the aim of the group is to provide fun and to build confidence and creativity.

Tanya Tuson, founder of Oblivion Dance Group explained how they first opened last year, after her daughter Chloe found herself wanting to do street dance classes. Unable to find classes in the area, she decided to start one herself. “I had worked in child care for many years but never a dance class, so it’s been a steep learning curve for me too,” Tanya said.

Oblivion are trained and choreographed by Tee Minya: A talented dancer and sought after judge, Tee is a member of dance group Nemesis, who stormed to success reaching the Britain’s Got Talent finals in 2008. Oblivion hope to follow their success and enable local children to take part in national Competition.

Hampshire Greyhound Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit, self financing, charitable organisation who accept no sponsorship from the greyhound racing industry and whose sole aim is to provide a haven for those unfortunate greyhounds who slip through the safety net after their racing careers are over.

The group told us, “if you choose to rehome a Greyhound we can guarantee that you will have the most wonderfully gentle, adaptable and affectionate dog, which will reward you with faithful and appreciative companionship, every day of its life.”

Hampshire Greyhound Rescue support and help all owners but are also looking to recruit local people in the Andover area to become ‘foster parents’ to their greyhounds. Most have never set paw inside a home before and they know nothing of home life, so need foster carers to help them through that transition period of being a racer into becoming a pet. If you feel you would like to foster one of our dogs or better still adopt one, please contact David on 07875028427.

You can view the ‘hounds’ they have up for adoption on their web-site;

The Andover Carnival comes to town on Sunday 20th July 2014. This year once again has an Open Theme and the Carnival Team can’t wait to see what themes the entries for both floats and walkers have chosen. 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.

For more information Alun Grace, the Carnival Chairperson can be contacted via their web site, by phone on 01264 362474 or email at

Carnival Supports Oblivion Dance with their very first stage performance.

The Andover Carnival Royals enjoyed a fabulous dance performance at Harrow Way School by Oblivion Dance Group. Oblivion Dance invited the Carnival Royals and their Patron Iris Anderson back stage to meet Tee and the dancers before the show.

Choreographed by Tee Minya, a member of Britain’s Got Talent dance finalists Nemesis, Oblivion had only discovered the week of their show that they had been chosen as one of the community groups the Andover Carnival will be supporting this year.

The Dance Group Manager, Tanya Tuson, told us, “ I was in shock when I received the call and very excited to be one of the ones chosen. I can’t thank them enough for their support and look forward to all the fund raising we will be doing with the Andover Carnival.”

The group has only been going for a year and after a performance that wowed the audience, Tanya reflected on their success. “Well just a year after I began the group, here we are with the first Oblivion dance show. The show was amazing, all the children did a fantastic job and I’m very proud of every single one of them.”

The Andover Carnival Royals are photographed with Carnival Patron, Iris Anderson, and Vice Chair, Mike Hall, compare for the evening Adam Ferris, their dance teacher Tee Minya and assistant manager Kieran Tuson.

A Big Company with an even Bigger Heart.

Andover Carnival is absolutely delighted to welcome Simplyhealth as one of the event’s main sponsors again this year.

“Simplyhealth has become an integral part of the Andover Carnival and it is a pleasure to welcome then on board once again,” said Carnival Chair, Alun Grace. “We never presume to take their generosity for granted, but the team really appreciate their continuing support as it makes them feel that their own efforts are worthwhile.”

Simplyhealth’s generosity enables 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.

Simplyhealth is an established and trusted national brand that has had its home here in Andover for many years. Their core values are to enable people to access affordable healthcare and to deliver exceptional personal customer service. Its range of health cash plans, dental plans, private medical insurance and self funded health plans help over four million people to look after their health and 20,000 businesses chose Simplyhealth as their preferred healthcare provider.

The contribution that Simplyhealth makes to the Andover 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. We would like to thank Simplyhealth once again for your generous support of our town.

Local Franchise Supporting Our Community.

The Andover Carnival team are delighted to welcome Wimpy as the main sponsor of the Andover Carnival’s for 2014.

With two thriving premises in Andover town centre, employing 48 local people, the contribution that Wimpy is making to the Andover Carnival shows the great value they place in our town and their commitment to getting involved with the Andover community.

Well known as a fast food burger restaurant chain, Wimpy is also dedicated to improving the health of their customers by promoting the need for proper nutrition. Not only do they provide important guidelines for their customers that can help them to make wise food choices, but also enable them to make an informed decision, by giving nutritional information of all the food items on their vast menu.

Wimpy will join long-term carnival sponsor Simplyhealth and their combined generosity will ensure that this year’s carnival is better than ever and enable the Carnival to support local charities that desperately need funds in order to carry out their vital roles.

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 Wimpy in Andover for your generous support of our town.

A Right Royal Occasion!

The new Carnival Royals for 2014 have been crowned today when Andover’s Carnival Prince and Princess were chosen.

Ten girls and three boys were shortlisted finalists and each took their turn in the limelight at the White Hart Hotel on Bridge Street to persuade four judges, Carnival Patron Iris Andersen, our generous host from the White Hart Hotel, Gail Morris, the Andover Advertiser’s Joe Faretra and independent seamstress Ann Roberts why they should become Andover Carnival’s Prince or Princess.

After a great deal of deliberation, while talented young singers Chris Berntsen and Stephanie Boulton entertained the competitors and their parents, the new Royals for 2014 were eventually chosen. Aimee Coombs, and Lewis Blackwell, were both delighted to be crowned as the new Andover Carnival Royalty for 2014. Melissa Mae Oril and Romilly O’Neil, were chosen to be the Princess’s attendants and are looking forward to assisting the new Royals with their many duties.

The Andover Carnival Royals will have pride of place on their very own float in the Carnival Parade on Sunday 20th July and will be busy all year with a host of other town events and have already been invited to open the Fairground Country Fair at Weyhill on the 10th May.

The Prince and Princess will each receive £75 and a family portrait as their prize, while the two attendants will receive a cheque for £25 courtesy of the Andover Advertiser.

Neighbourhood panel success for Andover Carnival

Thanks to the generous support of local housing association Aster Communities, Andover Carnival on Sunday the 20th July will be even more colourful. With a fabulous procession of between 22 to 26 floats, groups of walkers and musicians open to entries from local business, charities, community groups and individuals, the Carnival also includes a free entry Family Fun Day, currently held in Vigo Recreation Ground Park from 12pm until 9pm, with table top circus as well as the fun fair rides, craft stalls, amusements and live music.

Andover Carnival is delighted to have been awarded £2,000 from Aster Communities’ neighbourhood panels and would like to say thank you for its support. One of Andover’s biggest free annual community events, the Andover Carnival is organised entirely by volunteers. It actually costs over £15,000 to stage and relies heavily on the kind donations and sponsorships of local organisations and businesses.

Aster Communities is committed to supporting the community and helping local people to enjoy where they live – as well as providing affordable homes for local people. Its invaluable support of Andover Carnival will mean that, like Aster, the Carnival will continue to boost the town’s community spirit by providing an event that encourages participation and is open to everyone.