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170+ Thank You’s!

A very Happy New Year to everyone…..and WOW what a spectacular Christmas it was in our lovely town…

Not least because of 170+ sparkling Christmas trees (with an accompanying 2,500+ coloured lights!)

A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who bought a tree – and an equally MASSIVE thank you to the Pigs who organised everything so swimmingly (…particularly in the rain last Saturday when all of the trees were removed).





Big Hearted Pigs Happy to Help!!

Some local projects take a lot of cash and a lot of effort to get them up-and-running. This certainly applies any community heartbeat defibrillator scheme – and Alresford’s is no different, particularly as it has involved the placement of seven new units throughout the town, with an eighth planned by the end of the year.

With funds in relatively short supply, we were delighted to step forward to make a large enough contribution to make this important project possible.

Pictured below at the ‘launch’ of one of the new units are 2015 Chair Pig, Bill Biggs and fellow Pig, Chris Lillywhite, along with Dr. Peter Stokes from the The Alresford Community Cardiac Defibrillator Scheme committee.


Donating at the Double!

Immediately after the memorable Duck Race, we are delighted to report that off went our ‘school and youth needs committee’ to hand out two donation cheques.

First up, Deputy Chair Pig Dave Liddiard visited Sun Hill Infants school to see their brand new ‘guided reading books’ in action. Having been approached by the ‘Friends of Sun Hill Infants’ group we were pleased to make a £2,000 donation to replace the school’s out-of-date collection.

Then off went the team for another well appreciated donation – the sponsorship and supply of team kits for the terrific Perins sports teams, ahead of their sporting adventure in South Africa. We wish them all the best and if they play as well as they look, they are bound to be a big success!

Good luck to all of the teams and all the best to the teachers, organisers and supporters!

A Big Duck Race THANK YOU!

We would like to do a big ‘shout out’ to the main Duck Race sponsor, Hydrotech, the 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 and all 32 individual sponsors of every participating Duck (…no matter how fit and water-worthy they were!)

Equally importantly, we’d like to thank everyone who attended and helped to raise a record amount of money….cash which has been gratefully received and will be spent in the community on a whole host of local needy causes.

A HUGE thank you to you all!

 Trophies being presented at the Alresford Duck Race

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

Celebrating over 40 years in Alresford

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