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.
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
the Pattingham Scarecrow Festival.
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.
Coope - Steering Committee