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New sponsor for the Carnival!

Andover Carnival are delighted to welcome on board a new sponsor for this year.  Andover Central Club have been around for a long time now and have always promoted the Carnival but this year wanted to get more involved.

The Central Club are always looking for new members and have a special offer on their membership fees from 1st July with them starting from as low as £14.

They have darts, pool and crib teams along with their darts academy and for those that like to watch sport they have several large screens to watch it on.  They also offer weekly events with bands, discos and tribute acts and have just introduced Cocktail nights.

On top of all this it’s a fantastic spot to watch the Carnival from!
We would like to thank Andover Central Club for coming on board this year and supporting us.

Icknield School – Funds raised on carnival day

Icknield School is based in River Way, Andover and is a Special School for children and young people aged 3-19 with severe learning difficulties.

One of the schools top priorities is to provide a happy, safe and exciting learning environment for the children.  They are justifiably proud of their vibrant, friendly school where all the staff and governors work together to provide the best possible learning opportunities for the children in their care.  They are also proud of the fact that they were judged to be “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

Funds raised by the Carnival will go towards purchasing a new standing frame for use in the school.  Regular use of standing frames for students who are unable to walk carries many advantages.  They enable the student to stand up straight which aids posture, weight bearing opportunities and muscle tone. They also aid digestion and give the student the chance to be upright (rather than sit in a wheelchair) thereby being “as tall” as their peer group friends.

A new standing frame costs around £3000 but with regular maintenance can be used for several years so we would love to raise as much as we can to help with the purchase of this frame for this amazing school so please DIG DEEP on the day!

Andover MS society – Carnival Donation

Andover MS society was founded in 1977 by the now president of the Andover and Winchester Groups, Sandy Burnfield.

They started by setting up regular meetings and have now organised a weekly strength and balance exercise class.  Part of the weekly support session is dedicated to the delivery of a specialist seated strength and balance class which has been established in partnership with Valley Leisure Ltd to enable those attending to keep strong and steady on their feet. It’s also a nice opportunity for those affected by MS to meet others and provide support and information to help people manage the condition.

Andover MS Society also help vulnerable sufferers  with support and also offer small grants to help with the cost of any mobility equipment they may require.

All the helpers are volunteers who help by manning awareness and fundraising events during the year.

The money donated by Andover Carnival will be used to fund the weekly exercise classes, fortnightly therapy sessions and to also be used to fund necessary equipment for vulnerable sufferers of MS so please dig deep for this great charity!


A new sponsor for Andover Carnival this year is The Commercial Centre in Picket Piece, although they have sponsored many local events in the past and will continue to do so.
Simon Potter, joint proprietor of The Commercial Centre, said “We saw that the Carnival Committee was appealing for funds to enable it to go ahead this year and we always try to support the community that supports us.”

The Commercial Centre was developed in 1988 and offers commercial and industrial units and offices to rent. All units are occupied. There is ample free parking for businesses and clients. A video security system is in place and all units are protected by an out-of-hours security patrol.

Andover Carnival Committee are delighted that The Commercial Centre is extending their community sponsorship towards enabling Carnival 2018 to go ahead.


The Andover Carnival committee is delighted that Lloyds Banking Group is again one of the main sponsors for the 2018 Andover Carnival on Sunday 15th July. Their sponsorship goes a long way towards making the day a big success.

The charity of the Year for LBG is Mental Health UK but they also support a lot of other charities and causes throughout the UK.

Sam Abraham, one of Lloyds Helping Britain prosper ambassadors said “The Andover Carnival continues to be an important calendar event for Lloyds Banking Group. Supporting our local community is really important, it’s an opportunity for colleagues to give back to their local town and gives us a sense of community and pride. Each year we get the chance to make a difference and support local charities in achieving success and that makes us feel extremely proud”

For more information on Lloyds fundraising go to

Reigning champions Simplyhealth support Andover Carnival once again

Everyday health plan provider Simplyhealth is once more showing it’s support for the local community, by becoming one of the main sponsors of the Andover Carnival. Its invaluable financial support will enable the Carnival to take place on Sunday 15th July and will help our chosen charities to receive much needed funding.

Colin Perry, Chair of Andover Community Fund comments: “We’re really looking forward to supporting the Andover Carnival again this year. It’s a key date in the town’s diary bringing the whole community together. We’ve already started planning our float for this year and look forward to getting involved while raising money for local causes.”

On Sunday 15th July 2018, Vigo Road Recreation Ground will be filled with funfairs, amusements, stalls and refreshments, plus the acts appearing on the sound stage.

The procession for floats and walkers will be on the move through Andover’s streets from 4p.m.


The Andover Carnival committee are delighted to announce that the 2018 Andover Carnival will take place. Following an appeal in the press and on social media, we have managed to secure the much needed funds for this year’s event.

We would first like to thank our sponsors that have supported us now for many years and have once again confirmed their commitment to this year’s event. These are; Lloyds Banking Group, Simply Health, David Mellor and Ocado. Since the appeal we are delighted to announce some new sponsors. Thanks must go to Andover Central Club, Orvis, Andover Commercial Centre and Jungle Jungle, who all wanted to ensure that this popular local event did not disappear from the calendar.

The Go Fundme page, secured generous donations from the public and thanks to Mark Way School, who had a dress-down day which raised £62, and Lloyds who held a fund-raising day in their offices, which brought in £150.

As well as securing extra funds the Carnival committee has scrutinised every item of funding and expenditure. All avenues were explored to see where cost reductions could be made, while ensuring that all essentials, such as security and toilets, were not compromised. The meeting concluded that the event could go ahead and plans are well in hand.

So, Andoverians, your support is now needed to come forward with entries for the procession, park stalls and on stage acts as well as anyone wishing to help on the day all application forms can be found on our Homepage.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 15th July 2018.


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:
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


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.


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.