Thousands of pounds have been raised for good causes by a village fete, as over 1500 people descended on Goodworth Clatford.

While the exact amount is yet to be determined, the Goodworth Clatford Village Fete, which took place on Bank Holiday Monday, is estimated to have raised between £6,000-£7,000 for charity, including £4,000 towards St Peter’s Church.

Jane Drew, the event’s organiser, said: “It was a great success. I’m absolutely amazed, and delighted, by the number of people who turned up.

“The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold. The thing that struck me the most was people talking to friends, and saying they hadn’t seen each other in ages.

“It was a real community get together and I think all the groups that came had lots of interest.”

The fete regularly raises thousands of pounds for good causes in the local area, having done so for many years – except in 2020.

After it was called off last year due to the pandemic, the organisers took steps to ensure that the event will be Covid-safe, with a number of measures in place, including track and trace QR codes, antibacterial sprays for table tops and individually wrapped cakes on the cake stall.

Following set up from 11am, the fete opened at 1pm, with a variety of events taking place. These included fun dog shows with categories including ‘dog with the waggiest tail’ and ‘cutest puppy under 12 months’.

There was also a boat race, live magic and presentations by the Test Valley mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper, while organisations including the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the WI and the Scouts were helping to host a range of activities.

Tea and cake were served throughout the afternoon, while there were plenty of activities to try including a coconut shy, raffles and a carousel.