THE organisers of the Awbridge Village fete have declared this year’s event a success.

The event welcomed more than 3,000 visitors this year, with more than 300 classic cars on display.

Alongside the classic car show, the fete featured an array of attractions, including a dog show, a performance by Romsey Voices, fairground attractions and more.

Kerry Daley, secretary of the Awbridge District Village Association (ADVA), said: “Russets Funfair has been a staple since we began our fete and Hansards Pet Centre pulled of their brilliant dog show once again. Fabulous entertainment from the Romsey Voices and Romsey Ukulele Group (RUG).

Awbridge Village FeteAwbridge Village Fete (Image: Awbridge District Village Association)

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“Our beer tent and the food stalls all ran out before the end of the event and we had even doubled up from last year!”

However, the event faced some challenges, with complaints being raised regarding the event’s new parking facilities, with lack of help, and a single entrance/exit leading to congestion and frustration.

According to ADVA, the frustrations with parking lead to some visitors deciding against attending the fete.

Fred Tucker, ADVA chairman, said the committee wanted to apologise for any inconvenience caused, saying: “We are committed to improving the parking situation for next year to ensure that all attendees can enjoy the fete without any hassle.”

Despite these challenges, the fete raised nearly £7,000 for the village.

The committee said: “A huge thank you to everyone who attended, participated, and contributed to making this year's fete an unforgettable experience.  Special thank you to the team of volunteers who do an amazing job on the day and go above and beyond what is needed.

Awbridge Village FeteAwbridge Village Fete (Image: Awbridge District Village Association)

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“ADVA would love to hear from villagers if they have any ideas for the village that ADVA could fund. There are already a few projects underway to improve the village hall and playground.  ADVA has recently added new hand dyers to the toilet facilities and have upgraded the sound system and are now looking into better wifi.”

The Awbridge District Village Association is holding its AGM on July 2 at 7.30pm in the Awbridge Village Hall.

Residents are invited to come along and share their thoughts for the village. Alternatively, they can contact the associations’ secretary Kerry Daley at