The last Michaelmas Fayre was amazing. The hot weather brought record crowds to enjoy a record number of stalls plus all the entertainment, music and refreshments. The closure of Green Road added much to the ambience, safety and enjoyment of the Fayre. A wonderful community celebration from which approaching £20,000 was raised for local causes and charities. Even in the churchyard over 1200 traditional fete games were played and enjoyed!
Alverstoke Michaelmas Fayre
SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2019
between 12noon to 4.00pm throughout Alverstoke Village.
Any Enquiries about the Michaelmas Fayre are welcome using the contact box below. Please note that stalls for the fayre are now fully booked for 2019, and so any enquiries for a stall will now be put on a waiting list.
To find out more information please send an enquiry to the Secretary and Chairman using the box below:
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’.
Find the Kid’s Messy 10 Penny Fun Fete in the churchyard through the afternoon, along with music performed in St.Mary’s.
St.Mary’s Church is pleased to be a partner with Gosport Rotary Club in hosting the Fair. Up to £20,000 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.
In his article for the 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