Pigs Caught on Camera

A bunch of happy Pigs were recently caught on camera by the Hampshire Chronicle as they supported local cyclist Carl Gough and his passenger Michael Soper in their fundraising efforts in support of Motor Neurone Disease.

Michael, a keen cyclist himself was forced to quit the sport when he developed the disease, but happily took to the road in a specially adapted wheelchair and was towed from Broad Street to Basingstoke on a glorious sunny day by Carl.

Also providing refreshments en-route, the Pigs take their caps off to the brave duo.


Competitive Ducks Caught on Camera…

Who said that the Duck Race was all about family fun? (….actually, that was us!)

Well, suffice to say, it’s also a competitive & (for some lucky owners & punters) lucrative day – hence the training activity that we recently spotted on the River Arle!

We look forward to seeing you – and some well turned out Ducks on Sunday June 21st!

Ducks in training

It’s Official – Duck Race Sponsorship is a Sell-Out

Wow – still 58 days to go until the eagerly anticipated Alresford Duck Race (Sunday afternoon, 21st June at the lovely Weir House) and all bets are off for sponsors!

Joining the main event sponsor, Hydrotech (our thanks to you for sponsoring your 4th consecutive Duck Race) are 7 Race sponsors (Butler & King, C.E. Evans & Son, HBS Fuels, Hellards Estate Agent, Meardean Electrical Supplies Ltd, Philip Prado Estate Agents & Sousa Richards Solicitors) – many thanks to you all.


32 individual sponsors of every participating Duck (whilst there are too many to mention here – we thank every single business for their support, and hope that your chosen Ducks are shaping up well in training).

With a vast range of other family attractions (& refreshments!) already confirmed, including another appearance by the terrific Juggling Jake, everything looks set for a great day!!

See you there on June 21st!

Sometimes our Donations Arrive in Pairs!

New Chair Pig, Bill Biggs was on hand recently to drop in to the delightful Long Barn to collect a cheque from co-owner Jane Marsden. For the second year running, Long Barn commissioned & launched an exclusive, limited edition Christmas bauble by local artist Jen Boardman. With 50p per sale donated to The Pigs, our grateful Chair Pig collected a cheque from Jen (left) and Jane (right).

Donations in pairs 2

Hot on Long Barn’s heels, Bill was on-hand again to collect a generous donation by innovative local business, Alresford Interiors, who had collected donations at last year’s Alresford Show and found a grateful home for them with The Pigs.

Our thanks go out to Directors Frances Cowan and Alex Tolfree pictured below alongside Bill in their lovely East Street shop.

Donations in pairs 1

Three Little Pigs on Hand to Welcome Santa!

A big thank our three little Pigs (plus accompanying wolf!) and the Christmas Tree Committee for their joint efforts in bringing Santa to Alresford once again – to the delight of parents, grandparents and many, many local children.

Here’s to best behaviour in the months ahead, and a repeat visit next December!

Three Little Pigs

159 Christmas Cheers….

Making Alresford a special place at Christmas, whilst also fundraising to support a wide range of local needy causes, is an important part of the Pigs’ year and 2014 certainly proved to be no different!

Our thanks go out once again to everyone who bought one (or in some cases, more) of the 159 trees that adorned the town, with special thanks also to Kevin Burrows, Dave Liddiard and their hard working teams for making this happen – Christmas in Alresford just wouldn’t be the same without you!


Toy Story 2 for the Helpful Pigs…

Having recently helped to provide play equipment for the new Cheriton Baby & Toddler Group, the Pigs were on-hand again to assist when a call came in from Chatterbox in Alresford. With new toys needed for babies, toddlers and older brothers & sisters alike, the Pigs stepped up with a cheque for £700.

Committee member Hannah Rose is pictured below, along with a fabulous ‘thank you’ card, made by the children &  presented to visiting Pig, Paul Greisen.

Toy Story 2

Helping to Raise the Roof!

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!

Alresford Church

Attention seeking Pigs take to the Airwaves!

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?!

BBC Radio Solent


Celebrating over 40 years in Alresford