Thank you once again to all shop owners and residents who helped make Alresford even more magical last year. You certainly helped to create a fabulous festive feeling in the town which was enjoyed by young and old alike.
To Order Your Tree Call
The Christmas trees are erected by the Alresford Pigs Association on behalf of the Alresford Chamber of Commerce and as a result a percentage of the price will go to local needy causes – especially relevant over the Christmas period.
The trees are also erected and taken down and then recycled without your involvement. There are three bulb replacement runs carried out over the Christmas and New Year period. There is also a christmas tree hotline available as well as an opportunity to locate or relocate hooks free of charge.
The cost to have a tree and this service is £49.00.
If you would like to have a tree displayed outside your premises this Christmas, please call 07770 873482.
Cheques should be made payable to The Alresford Chamber of Commerce.
Please post your payment to: the Alresford Pigs Association, C/o Barnes and Liddiard, 26 The Dean, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9AZ.
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The closing date for ordering your tree is Monday 18th November.
The trees will be erected on Saturday 23rd November and
removed on Saturday 4th January 2014.
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!
What a memorable, record breaking year 2012 was!
From the wonderful Diamond Jubilee celebrations, to Bradley Wiggins’ unforgettable Tour de France victory, then the spectacular London Olympics followed by the breathtaking Paralympics, the Ryder Cup ‘miracle at Medinah’ followed by Andy Murray’s sensational Grand Slam victory and finally the year end announcement of the pending arrival of a new Royal baby!
Whilst not quite so spectacular, 2012 was another very busy year for The Pigs, with a record number of Christmas trees lighting up the town and over £15,000 raised across a wide variety of events and activities throughout the year- a figure almost matched by the £14,500 donated to a wide range of local worthy causes, assisting young and old throughout our community.
Here’s to making 2013 another record breaking year for fundraising – and even more importantly, for helping local worthy causes!
As tradition has it, in Broad Street under the cover of darkness, expertly compered by our very own Chris Lillywhite with backing vocals by the wonderful school choir, Father Christmas made his annual appearance on December 12th – delighting young and old alike.
Under the watchful eye of a Christmas fairy, upside snowman (must have arrived from the South Pole?) and a bounding Rudolph, the man himself appeared (assisted it would seem by his very own health and safety officer) to bring much joy to the cheering crowds.
Here’s hoping for good behaviour and a similar appearance in 2013!
7.30 am on a soggy Saturday saw hordes of Pigs (and some very welcome Old Boars) armed with ladders and ropes and a mission to once again light up the town. Thanks to terrific work from Dave Liddiard and his team a record 163 trees (and over 2,500 shiny bulbs!) now adorn the shops and homes of our historic town centre.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us with the purchase of a tree – rest assured that the profits generated will be used to help many local worthy causes in 2013.
Happy Christmas to you all!!
In keeping with the memorable celebrations in London, The Pigs made sure that Alresford was treated to a fantastic Jubilee Ball – a Ball fit for a Queen you could say! Over 120 revelers dined on fabulous slow roasted Hampshire Hog whilst dancing the night away to a first-class live band.
Our thanks go out to all of the local businesses who helped to make this a terrific fundraising evening, and to Chris Lillywhite and his team for superbly dressing Perins Hall like never before!
Our Chair Pig, Andrew Wilcox was recently spotted handing over a £200 cheque to Caroline Newman and Sarah Jane Middleton at Busy Bees in Bishops Sutton. We are always keen to support local organisations who work hard to help themselves – consistent with this principle, our donation will ensure that a high quality children’s entertainer can now be booked for a forthcoming fundraising day at this popular local pre-school. Needless to say, we wish the Busy Bees every success on the day!!
The Pigs seek to help a wide variety of local needy causes – from organisations to groups to families and individuals. Most recently we received a request from the Winchester District Citizens Advice Bureau, who needed valuable cash to support local people who were unable to find the £90 administration fee to complete the necessary paperwork to apply for Debt Relief support. Needless to say, we were more than happy to help, and pictured below is long standing Pig, Howard Boardman handing over a valuable cheque to Jenny Meadows, Chief Executive of the Winchester District CAB.
For more information regarding the CAB, please call Jenny on 01962 848006.