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Stoke Bardolph scarecrow festival is back to raise cash for charities

The annual Stoke Bardolph scarecrow competition will be held on August bank holiday weekend.


A popular family event, featuring scores of incredible creations, is set to return next month.

The residents of Stoke Bardolph will be hosting their famous scarecrow competition during the August bank holiday weekend (Saturday, August 26 – Monday 28).

Local resident and organiser, Sue Harte has been involved in the annual Stoke Bardolph Scarecrow event since its inception in 2021.

Sue told us that “the first year it was just to see how many scarecrows we could get throughout the village.

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Pictured: Some of last year’s entries (PHOTOS: Sue Harte)

“There were no map sales and it was just a bit of fun for local villages and communities to get involved with and have a lovely walk around our village.”

It was after the first event which was a great success that Sue suggested at the next parish meeting that the village should make it a regular annual event.

Pictured: Some of last year’s entries (PHOTOS: Sue Harte)

Sue added “So here we are in 2023 and this will be our 3rd scarecrow event – we were on Notts TV last year and Notts TV is also covering this year’s event.

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“We normally have 20-25 scarecrows on display throughout the village.”

For those attending the event this year, scarecrow maps are a £1.00 each (you can pay more if you want) from the village hall and 100% of the map sales goes to the favoured charity of the scarecrow that is placed as 1st.

Pictured: Some of last years entries (PHOTOS: Sue Harte)

Scarecrows will be judged 1st 2nd 3rd and prizes given with local Trent Valley Councillors Mike Adams and Sam Smith judging the scarecrows.

Sue said everyone is welcome and added: “There is free, safe parking at the village hall where refreshments are also available, so why not get on your raincoats and wellies (if needed) and have a stomp around to find the scarecrows, you could even finish off your walk with a pint or two at the Ferry Boat.”

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VIDEO: Notts TV visit the event in 2022 (Courtesy of Sue Harte)

Last year the map sales totalled £180.00 which was split between the Village Hall Trust and Harley Jay Trust.

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