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).

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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.

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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!

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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

 

Lets Hear it for the Pigs!

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 here’s to three (loud) cheers to all of the residents!

Ellingham Court loop

Forty Years Young!

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!

3 Old Boars + Chairpig

Three Cheers to Long Barn!

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.

Long Barn Bauble

Keystone Cops Save the Day for Santa…

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 unnerved 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….

Father Christmas

Celebrating over 40 years in Alresford