Borough Council of Wellingborough

Great Doddington Scarecrow Festival

Published Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Great Doddington Parish held its third annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday 14 September.

The festival was set up six years ago in order to raise funds for charities within the village and since its beginnings the number of people attending the event has increased with this year being the best yet with thanks to the glorious weather on the day.

Much fun was had by the children on the bouncy castles, aided by copious amounts of candy floss, stalls offering cakes, teas, tombola and other games.  The adults were able to relax and enjoy the bar, pig roast and live music.

Great effort was made this year by local residents displaying the amazing Scarecrows through the village, showcasing an array of imaginative handmade scarecrows.

The Mayor of the Borough of Wellingborough, Cllr Jo Beirne officially opened the new playground.  The old tired equipment has now been replaced through Friends of Great Doddington Park who spent a number of years raising funds in order to offer the local children a broader range of play.  This had only been possible through grants from the Scarecrow Committee, Wellingborough Council and other fund raising events held throughout the years.

The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Jo Beirne, said: “I am fortunate to attend so many wonderful events across the borough and the Scarecrow Festival was a fantastic example of residents coming together to celebrate community spirit. I would like to thank all the organisers for inviting me to the event, and I wish them all the best for the future.”

Sarita Sharpe, Great Doddington Parish Council, said: “We were totally overwhelmed by the support the festival had this year and managed to raise £3100. This would not have been possible without the support from all that attended on the day, the volunteers and the Scarecrow Committee who work so hard to make it possible.  We are already excited for the next Scarecrow festival in 2021.”