The crowds packed the streets of Alverstoke village for a hugely successful Michaelmas Fayre in 2016. Thousands milling around 100 stalls, the church, Parish Centre and green for an amazing fayre.
Join us again this year for the
Michaelmas Fayre on Saturday 30th September 2017
from 12noon to 4.00pm throughout Alverstoke Village.
Previous Stall Holders remember 11th July is the deadline for assured renewals of having a Stall Pitch; thereafter applications will be added to the waiting list for a stall!
Enjoy a traffic free Alverstoke village for an afternoon packed with marching bands, 100 plus local organisations with stalls, plenty of food and drink, the village shops at the heart of Alverstoke, music in the church, and so much more. A fabulous community atmosphere makes for a memorable event. The day ends with a packed Community Concert drawing on a whole range of musicians in St.Mary’s Church from 7.00-9.00pm concluding with the wholehearted singing of ‘Not the Last Night of the Proms’.
St.Mary’s Church is pleased to be a partner with Gosport Rotary Club in hosting the Fair. Some £10,000 or more is estimated to be made by the many community groups and charities which are represented allowing them to invest in their work, volunteering and activities around Gosport. Please come along and offer all the support you can give on such a worthwhile occasion when a community comes together.
To find out more information please send an enquiry to the Secretary and Chairman using the box below:
In his article for the 2016 Fayre brochure the Rector wrote:
Michaelmas Fairs are a community tradition that go back to the medieval period. They can also be known as ‘Goose Fairs’ from the days of Queen Elizabeth who ate goose to celebrate the nation’s deliverance from the Armada.
Even though our current Michaelmas Fayre in Alverstoke may only be in it’s twenties, there will have been a long tradition of celebrating Michaelmas in our parish church.
The feast of St.Michael on 29th September, who is a celebrated angel in the Bible, with the associations at the end of the season’s harvest, of the nights drawing in, of farm labourers seeking winter employment, will have moved our community in celebration for many centuries past.
In that tradition let us enter in this Michaelmas Fayre on 30th September with a great community spirit by celebrating local businesses, institutions, charitable groups and organisations. Among them the Gosport Rotary Club without whom this fayre would not happen, and with whom St.Mary’s Parish Church is delighted to be associated as a partner in hosting the fayre.
From their Michaelmas services in church, the historic fairs also called out to God for safe keeping through the pending winter. This weekend the church will be keeping the annual Harvest Thanksgiving, from which place a community grateful for its blessings has always been called to express generosity of spirit to the poor. So, let’s make this to be a generous fair in supporting those who are fundraising for the many valuable charities represented here today.
Revd Andrew Norris, Rector