To further commemorate our 40th anniversary, two Pigs were invited earlier in the month to appear on Nick Girdler’s bright and breezy Sunday morning Radio Solent show.
Always up for a chat, Chair Pig Phil Withington-Smith, along with publicity officer, David Learmonth headed off to the BBC studios in Southampton and had a good chin-wag with our friendly local DJ.
Commenting on his 15 minutes of fame (or was it 25 minutes?) Phil was heard to say that he won’t be giving up his day job, but did enjoy doing what he does best – talking about the Pigs and about our 40-year history, helping those in our town who are less fortunate than ourselves.
Nice one Phil – Newsnight next?!
Helping organisations who go out of their way to help themselves is central to what the Pigs do.
So when we heard that St. John’s Church were needing some help to try to get themselves up to their massive £50,000 (roof, tower and stonework repair) fundraising target, up stepped Chair Pig, Phil Withington-Smith to present a £500 cheque and a brand new roof tile to Reverend Phil Collins.
If you are ever passing, our tile will be the 3rd row up, 3 spaces from the right!?
We wish everyone ‘good luck’ with the final fundraising activities!
We don’t know about a who’s who. But here’s a hear, hear.
Chair Pig Phil Withington-Smith was on hand recently to present a cheque to Ellingham Close resident Una Yeates & ‘friend & supporter of Ellingham Close’, Tony Stirling – a cheque which will fund a new audio-loop system which will make a big difference to the listening pleasure of many residents.
This is exactly the type of support that we like to offer local people and was a project that we were delighted to contribute towards, so three (loud) cheers to all of the residents!
Established by a small group of hard working local people at a meeting at The Ship Inn, Bishops Sutton on 17th January 1974, The Pigs (aka The Alresford Pigs Association) celebrated 40 successful years in January with a post-meeting meal & celebratory drink back at The Ship!
To all of the Founder members we say a big ‘thank you’ for coming together with a common purpose and a willingness, through combined effort to raise money, and to put it to good use in our local community – whilst having a lot of fun in the process!
Spotted celebrating and raising a glass to all founder members were current Chair Pig Phil Withington-Smith along with three happy founder members, Roger Johnson, Glen Gilbertson and Peter Harwood.
Here’s to another successful and fun 40 years!
We were delighted recently to welcome in the New Year in style with a generous Christmas donation from innovative local Alresford business, Long Barn.
Last autumn, Long Barn commissioned and launched an exclusive, limited edition Christmas bauble, featuring ‘East Street in the snow’ by local artist Jen Boardman. Not surprisingly, the delightful baubles sold out in days to 200 lucky local customers.
With 50p per sale donated to the Pigs, Phil Withington-Smith our grateful Chair Pig visited the store to receive a £100 cheque from Jane who was accompanied by Jen.
Our thanks go out to Long Barn, Jen Boardman and to everyone who supported us by snapping up this exclusive item.
With a lost sleigh, lost presents and a runaway Rudolph, the annual arrival of Father Christmas on Broad Street last Wednesday looked to be in jeopardy!
Luckily, four Keystone Cops, ably directed by compere Chris Lillywhite chased and captured the sleigh and ensured that a relieved FC could be carried safely to the stage to the delight of both children & parents alike.
Seemingly un-nerved by the whole escapade, a cheery FC went on to entertain the massed galleries and host a generous distribution of presents from his grotto!
Our annual thanks go out to FC himself and to everyone who made this possible – subject to good behaviour, we are promised a repeat arrival in December 2014….
On behalf of Dave Liddiard and his hard working Christmas Tree committee, a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who has once again supported us (…and at the same time, a wide range of local needy causes) with the purchase of a tree.
With 161 trees and over 2,500 shining bulbs, the town looks truly spectacular!
A very happy Christmas to you all…..
After hearing that 345’s outdoor storage lockers had been broken in to, we were more than happy to leap to the rescue and fund replacements.
Pictured below is happy Pig, Oliver Wilson-Barnes presenting a cheque for £340 to staff and equally happy youngsters!
It was a damp start for the ducks at this years Duck Race which was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Winchester, Cllr Ernie Jeffs. However the early showers quickly moved on leaving a sunny summers day full of duck racing, face painting, juggling and much more. Attended by over 400 people, the event raised a considerable amount of money which will be distributed to local needs and causes.
Chair Pig Kevin Burrows was on hand recently to hand out ‘big cheques’ to two terrific local initiatives.
First Kevin was spotted presenting a £500 cheque to Jo Ferguson (Manager) of Cherry Tree Pre-School. After months of fundraising, we were delighted to add the finishing touches to the relocated school building in Cheriton by funding the all important window shutters. We wish Jo and all of the staff and children great success in their ‘new home’.
Kevin was also on hand to present a cheque for £520 to Kim Owen Jones (Head Teacher) at Sun Hill Infant School. The school takes great pride in it’s award winning Creative Arts Studio. Unsurprisingly, their request for funding for a new kiln gained unanimous support from the Pigs. Happy baking and glazing to all of the children!