SCARECROW FESTIVAL INFORMATION - 2021
 The Festival will be open for viewing at the following dates/times:
 Friday September 24th 2021 - 12 noon to 5pm
 Saturday September 25th 2021 - 10.00am to 5pm
 Sunday September 26th 2021 - 10.00am to 5pm

Scarecrow Registration...
To register your scarecrow entry, you need to complete and return a SCARECROW REGISTRATION FORM which are available now in the Co-op Store, Martin Thomas Butchers, St Chads Church and the Pattingham Club.
There will also be a Registration Form in the July issue of the Parish News - OR, you can download a Scarecrow Registration Form by clicking
here...
IMPORTANT : Completed Registration Forms need to be returned by 21st August 2021 !
Scarecrow Pew Ends...
Details on who to contact about the pew ends will follow in the Parish News, and on posters around the village.
Pew End Arrangement Order Form now available for download...
Click here >>


 

FREE Car Parking near the village...
A purpose Car Park will be available in a field a few yards down the Patshull Road, which will be clearly signposted and is for all to use at NO charge.
Vehicles are left at the owner's risk.




Our Anti-Covid Strategy...
Under the large cloud of the COVID-19 virus situation existing in the UK and Worldwide, the decision process by the Steering Committee to hold a Scarecrow Festival in Pattingham began in early 2021. Each twist and turn of the virus phenomena was monitored and a series of very guarded decisions were put in place over several months, until eventually in June it was decided to move the event forward by releasing the scarecrow registration forms. The quantity of these returned, it was felt, would indicate the strength of feeling from villagers as to whether the event should take place.

Four registration stations were placed around the village… in the Church, the Co-op, Martin Thomas butchers and the Pattingham Club. Within days, over 40 registration forms had been taken! Over the next few days, the display at the Co-op was filled several times with the result that to date around 150 forms have been taken. A sure sign from villagers that they are in favour of their favourite event… the Pattingham Scarecrow Festival.

Sponsorships from local businesses and also individual donations to help finance the event has also seen tremendous support, again indicating the positive backing of people in the area towards the festival.

The event has always carried with it the excitement, happiness and feel-good factor for all generations from a young child in a push chair to proud grandparents escorting their grandchildren around the village trail of unique and individual scarecrows. What better medicine could be given to the people of Pattingham after the months of forced isolation and lack of future events to look forward to ?

It has been decided that this year's event will only be publicised in Pattingham and the surrounding villages in order to control the amount of people attending the event so that it can be operated in the safest possible way.

The festival is mainly an outside event and will be set in a Covid safe environment with hand sanitiser stations placed around the village. The planned indoor activities within the Church and the Village Hall will be reviewed before the opening of the event and a decision made as to whether these will operate.

The committee has always been ultra-cautious in deciding the future of the 2021 Scarecrow Festival striving always to maintain the maximum safety of Pattingham villagers, their families and friends against COVID-19.

Mike Coope - Steering Committee



How the proceeds from previous Scarecrow Festivals have benefitted the local community..
2011 -
The total proceeds raised at this first event amounted to £7,000.
This was used to fund the NEW glass doors in the porch of St Chad's Church in Pattingham.
see below >>

2013 - The total proceeds raised this year was £10,500.
This amount was used as a further contribution to the NEW church glass doors, together with £4,200 given to help fund the development of the new play area on the village playing fields, the Pattingham Regeneration Group.

2015 - This 3rd event raised £12,500.
To date this has been used to fund £5000 worth of educational equipment in St Chad's C of E First School. The remaining amount will be used to finance another modernisation project in St Chad's Church.

2017 - This 4th event raised £13,600
The proceeds raised from this 4th event will be used in supporting our local school, St Chad's C of E (VC) First School, together with providing funds for further modernisation of the Church building.

2021
The proceeds raised from this 5th event will be used in supporting our local School, St Chad’s C of E (VC) First School, the village Playing Fields Adult Gym project, and St.Chad’s Church West End Door project


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