EVENT-goers helped raise over £5,000 for a village primary school at is annual May Fayre.

On Saturday families gathered in their droves at Longparish CE Primary School to enjoy a wealth of activities the fayre had to offer.

Organised by the Friends of Longparish School, the main event, which entertained the crowds, was maypole dancing, along with youngsters playing the piano in the school hall.

There was also a performance by Oblivion dance troupe, which meant there was “always something to watch”.

A 90ft obstacle course was tackled by hundreds of people, while others chose to meet members of the emergency services who brought along a fire engine and police car, with youngsters particularly enjoying the visit.

It was not just about the people as animals also got a showing with Reptile Ranch on hand with lizards, snakes and a tarantula for those who were brave enough.

Pets at Home hosted a pet competition and entrants were asked to send in a picture of their furry friends, with everyone who entered given a rosette and a chance to cuddle a guinea pig.

Rebecca Witcher, co-chair of the Friends of Longparish, said: “It was amazing, I think it was our best one yet and it was the most people we have ever had there - it was real success.

“We will have raised over £5,000, which is just phenomenal from a school fete. I feel like the community really got behind us.”

Not only was money raised on the day, but sponsorship was given by local businesses and donations were provided to help run the fayre.

Funds will help fund new IT equipment and music lessons for the school.

n All images by Ian Longthorne