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!
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!!