A POPULAR marmalade festival proved a success once again.

More than 300 people flocked to The Barns in Church Road, Michelmersh, on Saturday as the annual marmalade festival returned.

Residents could buy home-made marmalade and enjoy cakes, tea and coffee.

The event raised money for the St Mary’s Church in the village.

Elisabeth Hill, one of the organisers, said: “We had a fantastic morning. It was a fundraiser for the village church of St Marys in Michelmersh.

“The church is Grade I listed and its origins date back to 985. It has the only free standing wooden tower in Hampshire.

“Like most rural churches we have to look outwards for support and would welcome any newcomers to worship there or within the four other churches that we are linked with in The Benefice of Braishfield. Namely, Farley, Braishfield, Timsbury and Awbridge.

“We often share services and feel part of a church community.”

This was the event’s third year.

Ms Hill said it will “probably” be run again next year.