Success for villages’ first scarecrow festival

Ditchingham and Broome Open Gardens and Scarecrow festival. June 2016. Picture: James Bass

Ditchingham and Broome Open Gardens and Scarecrow festival. June 2016. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

David Cameron, a surfer dude and a skydiver stuck in a tree were just a few of the creations made from straw found in Ditchingham and Broome at the weekend.

The open gardens and scarecrow festival was held for the first year, organised by a team of three from the villages with the help of their partners.

Fourteen gardens were open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, and 19 homeowners and groups displayed scarecrows.

Stephen Simmonds, one of the organisers, said: “We wanted it to be a fun community event and everyone said they really enjoyed it and how friendly and enthusiastic everyone was.

“People put a lot of effort into their scarecrows and we had lots of people who volunteered to help on the day.

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“And what’s really nice is that people have already been asking if we are going to do it again next year.”

Groups were charged £5 to take part in the trail, which included a shuttle bus around the villages provided by Grebe Coaches.

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And money raised from the event will be donated to St Michael’s Church in Broome and St Mary’s in Ditchingham. Tea and cake was also served at the church, with Ploughman’s lunches available in the village hall. A children’s competition to describe the scarecrows on show was won by Olivia Davey, who received £10 prize money.

Mr Simmonds, who organised the event with Steve Harris and Vicky Dowe, said he hoped it would return again next year.

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