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A VILLAGE church turned its pews into stalls to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.

The annual fundraising fete took over St James-without-the-priory-gate Church, in Southwick, near Fareham.

CHARITABLE Organist Pat Matthews plays with, from left, Joan Brumhill, Sara Chambers, Beryl Gow with the Rowans' Eileen Jayne-Wood and Richard Gale. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133146-2)

CHARITABLE Organist Pat Matthews plays with, from left, Joan Brumhill, Sara Chambers, Beryl Gow with the Rowans' Eileen Jayne-Wood and Richard Gale. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133146-2)

The event saw homemade jams, knitted items, toys, chocolates, donations, raffles and a wonderful array of delicious cakes.

While visitors enjoyed the goods, organists took turns to play carols.

The mayor of Winchester Cllr Ernie Jeffs and wife mayoress Barbara also stopped by.

Chairman of The Rowans Hospice Support Group for Southwick, Boarhunt and Meon Eileen Jayne-Wood said: ‘We are grateful to The Squire for allowing us to use the church. It has been absolutely fantastic. We are very well supported by the community.’