THE Alderholt giant awakened from its slumber for the annual St James’ Church Festival at the weekend.

A colourful fancy dress parade made its way from St James’ First School up to St James’ Church ready to enjoy a variety of fun activities for all ages at the grand fete on Saturday.

At the fete visitors could have a go at some traditional games including hook-a-duck, the coconut shy as well as face painting and having a go on the bouncy castle. There was also music to keep everyone entertained.

This year’s festival was inspired by the theme “As time goes by...”.

For Vicar Pip Martin this was also a weekend of farewell after more than 26 years caring for the parish.

“The Festival reflects so much that is positive and strong about the village community,” he said. “I often think that Alderholt is a hidden gem. People might drive through and hardly think it worth stopping, and yet in reality it is a village with real character and depth - and a lot of amazing people. The festival helps to bring everyone together and shows that, although it’s on the edge of the village, St James’ Church seeks to be at the heart of the community.”