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Kedington scarecrow festival attracts more entries than ever




Perverse as it may seem, the coronavirus lockdown seems to have had a positive impact on the number of entries for one village’s annual scarecrow festival.

This year the annual Meadowlark in Kedington, of which the scarecrow festival forms an integral part, was cancelled because of the current public health crisis.

But despite the setback, folk in the village have shown a bigger appetite than usual for the competition, the entries for which were on display last week.

Ketton Scarecrow organisers Matt and Liz Garwood with their children William and Hannah and Beryl the bin woman. Picture by Mark Westley
Ketton Scarecrow organisers Matt and Liz Garwood with their children William and Hannah and Beryl the bin woman. Picture by Mark Westley

Liz Garwood, who, with husband Matt’s help has co-ordinated Ketton Scarecrows for the past six years, said: “We usually get about 10, which we are really pleased with but this year we’ve got 32, which is really amazing.

“They really are amazing. They are all very different but all of them make you stop and smile. Every year I can’t believe what people make.

“There has been some really good ones.”

This scarecrow even comes with a vehicle
This scarecrow even comes with a vehicle

The competition usually calls on people to make a scarecrow that links in to the main theme of the Meadowlark walking pageant, but with that falling by the wayside entrants were given licence to make whatever they wanted – which Liz thinks may have contributed to the higher number of scarecrows.

With social distancing rules in place it was also felt that the judging panel could not be used this year, so the scarecrow festival was also held purely for fun and not as a competition.

Liz, whose family entered their own scarecrow into the festival, added: “There were no rules apart from we said to use what you had at home rather than going out and buying things, obviously because we were all stuck at home.”

  • With all of the other events that make up Meadlowlark Week having been cancelled, a Just Giving page has been set up to help raise £2,000 for the Kedington Community Association (KCA), which maintains the community centre and the adjacent Great Meadow.

The centre and the meadow are central to Meadowlark Week, which last year raised £5,000 towards the costs of their upkeep.

To donate go HERE


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