Scarecrow Week 16-23 June 2021
Scarecrows welcome, but no judging or prizes this year
2019 Winning Scarecrow Entry
Dean Parkin, Scarecrow-in-Chief
I Hope everyone is staying safe and busy making scarecrows.
There seems to be a lot appearing in local villages so I’m hopefully we will have quite a few appearing around our village. Remember that this year it is an open theme.
We normally make some straw available but in light of the current climate with social distancing I thought it best we give this a miss this year, so use whatever you can get your hands on.
If your creations can be displayed during the original dates which are Wednesday 17th June to Wednesday 24th June I’ll get them photographed for the village website and Facebook page. Feel free to keep them up longer if you wish.
Any viewings must of course be in line with government recommendations regarding social distancing that are relevant at that time.
Regrettably due to the current situation regarding Covid-19, the Fete committee has taken the decision to cancel the Badsworth Summer Fete and also the Scarecrow Competition. We appreciate that this news will be disappointing, however the committee believes it is the right decision based on the current information to hand. Should circumstances change later on in the year, the committee will look at the possibility of arranging an alternative village event.
We appreciate many people are at home and some children would enjoy making a scarecrow. Should residents still wish to display a scarecrow then we are sure this will be appreciated by the many residents and walkers that pass through on their daily exercise (similar to the Badsworth bear hunt). We would suggest that they are displayed during the original dates (Wednesday 17th June to 24th June) with any theme you wish. This would be completely voluntary, with no entry fee, competition, prizes or maps etc. – Just for a bit of fun! Any viewings must of course be in line with government recommendations regarding social distancing that are relevant at that time.
The committee has been working hard to organise both these events but unfortunately in light of the current situation we are all facing we are going to place both the Village Fete and Scarecrow Competition on hold and will make a final decision towards the end of April.
We will probably have to cancel the Fete Day due to social distancing but we can all hope the situation will improve. For the Scarecrow Competition we wouldn’t have the same issue around social gatherings and it would be good to keep this going ahead.
If we do have to cancel the Fete Day and/or the Scarecrow Competition we will look at rescheduling these later in the year.
Once we make a final decision in April I’ll email all the regular scarecrow entrants, place a notice on the village notice board and on the village website.
If anyone has any comments or feedback on both these events then please let me know.
What we wouldn’t do is put anyone at risk.
Dean Parkin, 07952 494466,
The Fete and Scarecrow Competition Committee had its first committee meeting of the year in January to start the organisation of this year’s events. Village Fete Day will be taking place on Saturday 20th June starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm. Scarecrow Week will be running from Wednesday 17th June until Wednesday 24th June. Entry fee is £3.
We asked the children at the village school to vote for this year’s theme. The theme they have picked is Fantasy. This could be anything from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings, Unicorns to
Fairies. All you need to do now is drop Dean Parkin a note with your name, address, phone number and email address then drop your entry fee off.
We are looking for any willing volunteers from the village to help out with the organising and running of the Fete Day. Without everyone’s help we wouldn’t be able to make the day the success it is. So, if any of you can help in any way please complete the contact form or attend the next committee meeting which will be taking place on Wednesday 11th March at 6.15pm at the village school.
We are continuing to run our successful bottle stall again this year on Fete Day which regularly raises around £500 for local charities. In order to keep this a success, we need your help with this in donating any bottles you have, these can be anything from sauces, soft drinks to wine or beer. The only change this year is the drop off point, please drop these off with Dean Parkin, details below.
More details will follow in the next edition of Our Badsworth Way and the website will be updated as the Fete and Scarecrows develop.
Dean Parkin, 11 The Croft, 07952 494466,