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Andover’s new Shilling Fair gets Council support

Test Valley Borough Councillor Iris Andersen, Jenny Atherton, Director FUSE Projects Event Management and Andover Town Councillor Barbara Long.

Andover’s High Street took a step back in time on Sunday with the new Andover Shilling Fair, which was supported by Test Valley Borough Council.

A £2,000 Councillor Community Grant was given to the organisers of the event by St. Mary’s ward member Councillor Iris Andersen, who said “I am delighted we were able to give financial support to the organisation of this wonderful event, celebrating Andover’s Georgian heritage and banking connections. It has been a great success and helped attract visitors into the town centre to learn more about its history as well as enjoy a free and entertaining day out.“

Organisers had put together a programme of colourful street performers, Regency costumed figures, a food, drink and craft market, traditional fairground attractions, interactive heritage trail tours, local musicians, rural craft displays, donkey rides, face painting and fun hands-on family craft activities.

Visitors to the event were able to learn about historical events and meet a number of interesting characters on the Andover Heritage Trail, guided on their journey by ‘Mr Heath of Heath’s bank. ‘

The event was managed by the new Andover Shilling Fair voluntary committee and FUSE Projects Event Management, with financial support from Test Valley Borough Council, Andover Town Council, Andover Leisure Centre and the Andover Town Centre Partnership.

For more information about the community grants available from Test Valley Borough Council, visit