All the fun of the fayre at Lodsworth

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The entertainment and even the refreshments were all produced locally when villagers held their annual Lodsworth Country Fayre around the beautiful old church of St Peters.

The event was held on a sunny afternoon both inside the historic church and around it in the churchyard.

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And Caroline Neville, one of the organising team told the Observer: “There was laughter and learning all around and visitors came from far afield.

Children and adults alike enjoyed being taught to play the ukulele by Marco Frankland of Good Gracious Music who also founded the South Downs Ukelele Orchestra which is in demand all over the Rother Valley.

“To the delight of all the pupils,” said Caroline, “under Marco’s guidance they could all soon strum a short tune.”

Many visitors had fun with a spinning wheel, a traditional craft not often seen nowadays which was demonstrated inside the church.

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They also gathered to watch blacksmith Graham as he moulded a snake on his travelling forge and Mark as he painted a picture of the event.

Peter’s week old chicks, that he had bred particularly for the day, were a major attraction, as were the alpaca who regularly popped their heads over the old church wall to see what was going on.

“And everyone was thrilled,” said Caroline, “to hear that a new cria, Autumn Glory, had been born at Redlands farm early that very morning.”

Val, Lodsworth’s very own Italian focaccia maker, brought a freshly baked and still warm tray of her breads and pizza and bake-off celebrity Miranda Gore-Browne dropped in with a basket of her mouth watering shortbreads and recipe books to autograph.

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There was also a corner for children’s storytelling. There were home made soaps, gifts, Langhams beer and the homemade snacks and cakes produced by Lodsworth ladies.

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