ON a sunny autumn day, the ringing bells attracted dozens of visitors to the second Country Fayre held around Lodsworth’s beautiful ancient church, St Peter’s.
There were delicious snacks and cakes cooked and served by the parishioners and incredible mille feuille brought by Serge of The Hollist Arms.
Visitors ate under the old trees in the churchyard, drinking wine and Langhams’ Beer while listening to talented rector, the Rev David Welsman, with his wife and Lynne and Rob, singing All you need is Love.
Geese bobbed their necks in time and baby chickens chirped.
Stan was there again with his popular hand-crafted walking sticks and Peter chiselled away his rustic garden seats.
River Pieman was selling beautiful children’s dresses and bunting she makes from vintage materials.
Children enjoyed stories, pony rides and learning to dance the maypole for next spring, while grown-ups could buy handmade soaps, organic oils, corn dollies (and sign up for classes), cards drawn by local artists and commission a portrait of their favourite animal.
Talented violinist Francis Macnamara returned and a short concert was enjoyed inside the church, where arts and craft antiques were displayed by expert Patch Rogers.
Planning is now starting again for next year and more talents are welcome to join the event.