Elford Village

Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow Festival 2019

The event was held again last year over the 2 days of August Bank Holiday.  We welcomed in excess of 5000 visitors over the very hot and sunny 2 days, which helped us to raise in excess of £24,000!

The majority of the funds were distributed to The Village Hall and St Peter’s Church, with donations also made to Midlands Air Ambulance and Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A gesture was also made to The Police Cadets, whom without their help with parking, the event would have been very difficult to run.   Plus a contribution was made to the PTA of The Howard School who also opened their gates to visitors.    

For the first time, Elford Hall Gardens had active participation in the event and saw record numbers of visitors, all stopping for ice cream which had been arranged by the committee.

It truly was a full village event, and thanks need to be made to many groups, including The Cricket Club for their cooperation in relocating the cricket match which should have been on the Saturday of the event.

This event takes a lot of organisation and we presently have a 50 Page plan demonstrating the extent and organisation of the festival.  We are pleased to report, however, there were no incidences to report of, other than the need of our reliable onsite Paramedic to treat a wasp sting to the Chairman’s ankle on day one….

The event is completely run by volunteers, last year seeing a record high of over 60 to support the event over the 2 days, plus the set-up and clear-up. We thank all who helped make this event, the huge success that it was!    

The Festival is run entirely for good causes; total donations made have reached far more than the organisers could ever have thought possible- in excess of £90,000 since the event started.                                                   

The plan is to hold an event in 2021, after taking 2020 as a year off.

For the latest and up-to-date information about the annual Scarecrow Festival please visit the Scarecrow Festival website at http://elfordscarecrowfestival.uk/