The annual scarecrow trail will be open once again at Tutshill, with yet more excitements and intriguing challenges to suit all ages. For 3 weeks from Saturday 28th March until Friday 17th April the sound of families eagerly debating the name of the many scarecrows will be heard all around the route. Some scarecrows have been made by the householders themselves and others have been made by residents, schools or groups, businesses and clubs based in the area but off the route These are kindly hosted in other people’s gardens. The variety and design of this year’s scarecrows is ingenious; ranging from traditional book titles known and loved across the generations, to the many popular books available more recently.
THE ROUTE starts at the local Lifestyle Express store on the Beachley Road (NP16 7YB), where you collect the quiz sheet, winds its way round the village and ends up at St Luke’s Church Tutshill where there is a special post box. Look out for the bright posters. Funds raised by the sale of the quiz sheets this year include a donation to Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) and other parish activities. Everyone can choose their favourite scarecrow when they buy a quiz sheet, and the one with the most votes will be awarded a prize.
The RESULTS SHOW LIVE event will be at the spacious Tutshill Church on 18th April from 2.30-4pm, taking advantage of the church’s refurbishment, which allows for community events like this. There, the quiz prize winners will be announced and also the title of the favourite scarecrow, as decided by those who bought a quiz sheet. There will be an afternoon of crafts, childrens’ activities, and delicious refreshments for all Scarecrow Trailers, young and old.
The event attracts more visitors every year with people from all parts of Britain as well as overseas walking the route and guessing the name of the 30 or so scarecrows so come along and join in the fun. Last year over 600 quiz sheets were sold with many families of 4 or more walking the route.
The organising team are grateful for the marvellous support of the whole community. Jane Penny, Children and Families Minister for the Tidenham Parish said “ there is a lot of hard work and community good will and partnership put into getting this competition ready, including making, hosting, collating the entries, designing & printing the trail sheets, marking the answer sheets and helping with the Results Show. On behalf of the Vicar of the Parish and the team I would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone.”
(PIC – Many of the scarecrows are life sized and Hope Lyall guesses one of the quiz entries for last year.)