Hampshire village gearing up for its annual Michaelmas Fayre

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ALVERSTOKE village is gearing up for an annual celebration.

Its Michaelmas Fayre takes place on Saturday, September 24 from 1pm to 5pm.

The village is closed to traffic for the afternoon and there will be stalls lining the pavements as well as a band marching through the streets.

St Mary’s Church will also be putting on performances for the day. There will be jazz and organ music from 1pm, with free admission.

And at 7pm Gosport Solent Brass will be performing Not the Last Night of the Proms along with other local musical talent. Admission is £3 for adults, and £1 for children and students.

It is one of a number of events planned for the church over the coming weeks.

On Sunday, September 25, there will be a Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration, which includes Holy Communion from 10am, and at 6.30pm ‘songs of praise’.

Pet owners can take their animals – of all shapes and sizes – to be blessed at the church from 4pm on Saturday, October 1.

Animals must be kept on a lead or cage, while larger ones, such as horses, have to stay in the churchyard.

The Rev Ted Goodyer said: ‘All animals receive a personal blessing during the service and you can light a candle in memory of a beloved pet who is no longer with you.’ A collection will also be taken for the Stubbington Ark.