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


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

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).
teddy 2


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





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”.


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 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…

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.