Splashing Out in Ropley!

When the Ropley School Family Swimming Club approached us in search of their final funds to secure the future of their much used and much loved pool, we were delighted to paddle forward and help out.

With every child at Ropley Primary School swimming at the pool every week during the summer season, along with Ropley Pre-School pupils and many other local children, this is a recreational facility that was seen as very important to maintain.

Pictured below at the pool’s opening ceremony is Andrew Wilcox , presenting a cheque of £500 to RSFSC committee members, Mandie Jordan – Treasurer and Debbie Cant – Chairperson.

Here’s to an active, safe and happy summer for all swimmers!


A Late Christmas Gift for the Grateful Pigs

For some lucky people, Christmas comes early – this year Christmas arrived late for us!

For the third year running, innovative local business, Long Barn teamed up with talented local artist Jen Boardman to sell her beautifully designed and decorated, limited edition Alresford Christmas Baubles. With 50p donated to us for every bauble sold – 550 sales later, a cheque for £275 was at the ready!

With the presentation delayed due to the refurbishment of their lovely café, Long Barn’s founding partner Richard Norris was pictured recently along with Jen, handing the cheque over to 2016 Chair Pig Dave Liddiard.

A BIG thank you to Long Barn, to Jen and to everyone who purchased these delightful decorations.

Alresford PIGS Chairman receiving a cheque from the long barn

Technological Pigs Online & Ready to Help….

With their previous 10-year old device running out of steam, The Alresford Pigs recently teamed up with local business, Cato Computers in Four Marks to purchase and deliver a brand new Laptop PC to Cherry Tree Pre-School in Cheriton.

Pictured below is Andrew Wilcox handing over the new machine to a delighted Jo Ferguson, the Pre-School Manager.

We hope that this will prove to be a highly educated donation….


PIGS donating a laptop to Cherry Tree Pre-School

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

Celebrating over 40 years in Alresford

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