From 9th to 11th June we had a tremendous Scarecrow Festival with a total of 39 scarecrows; let’s see if we can make over 40 next year!
Friday night saw a wonderful parade of entourages led by the Malvern Boys Brigade Drum and Bugle band. People had gone to a great deal of trouble to create their entourages and this year we had divided the entourages into four groups for judging. The winners were:
Schools: St. Peter’s primary school
Clubs and Associations: Bromyard Beavers
Individual: Carole Hughes
Businesses: Bromyard Vets
Saturday brought sunshine and the judging of the individual scarecrows.
- 1st Bromyard Youth Club
- 2nd Pencombe School
- 3rd West Midlands Learning Campus (Rowden House school)
- St. Michael’s Hospice
- Bredenbury Primary School
- St. Peter’s Primary School
Over the weekend we held our traditional competition for both adults and children. The competition for the adults was to decide the title of each scarecrow and then to match it to one of the cryptic clues in the competition leaflet.
The winner of the adult’s competition was Nigel Tolley who will receive £50 prize money.
The children’s competition entailed working out the answer from the clues provided on each scarecrow board. The answers had to have the letters from the word WEATHER, our theme for this year. We had seven winners this year so they will all receive a book token for £25.
The winners are:
Cobi Box, Millie Price, Ellie Weaver, Caitlin Sarah Cox, Dexter Edwards, Morgan Tolley, Lola Crampton.
Saturday afternoon saw a new venture for us. We held a straw scarecrow building competition in the garden of the Falcon Hotel. We were thrilled when a number of families turned up and set about constructing their creations in the hour allowed. The Cbeebies team from BBC children’s television were there to film the proceedings too. The winners were the Grafham family for their amazing octopus.
On Saturday evening we held our traditional Scarecrows’ Supper and this year we were entertained by the Worcester Ukulele Club who provided us with a terrific evening, so much so that we hope to book them again for next year’s supper.
Next year’s scarecrow festival will be held on 8, 9 and 10 June 2018 and the theme will be NUMBERS, so that can be any book, play, film, poem etc that has numbers in its title.
Finally, we must give our thanks to our sponsors for their kind support of our event.