Before we know it scarecrow fever will hit the villages of Pevensey,
Pevensey Bay, Westham and Stone Cross.
From July 18th to August 1st, Pevensey Villages Partnership are staging
the first ever Scarecrow Festival throughout the villages.
If you have never seen such a thing before you are in for a real treat. Villages all over the country have been having festivals for many years. Scarecrows are seen everywhere, singly or in groups, simple or elaborate. Some have even been seen hanging from chimneys – though climbing up there would not be a sensible option for most of us !
It is all about joining in and being part of something that brings enjoyment to both those who make the scarecrows, and those who simply come to look on in awe of peoples creations. Already people are talking about how to make their scarecrow and where to display it. The enthusiasm seems to be growing daily – and not only for the scarecrows.
The whole fortnight will be packed with events. From coffee mornings to talks, from fishing competitions to a variety show, from BBQ’s to quizzes, there is something for everyone. The pubs are already planning “special” events and clubs and groups are deciding what they will have in our diary. There will be a program available at various venues from June, and leaflets will be flooding the villages and tourist information offices from May. Full details of all the events will be available here on the website
Our Scarecrow pages will tell you all you need to know
How to make your scarecrow
Entry form and rules
Our “Best Scarecrow” trophy
We were looking for something unique that the winner would enjoy for the year that they will hold the trophy. We were very lucky to find Jo. We asked Jo if she would like to tell us something about herself. She says……….
My name is Jo aka OntheTide and I make sculptures out of driftwood. With my lurcher dog, Bill and any other family members when the urge takes them, I beach comb around Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne looking for pieces of driftwood and other flotsam and jetsam that I can incorporate into my sculptures. I predominantly make cottages, beach huts and lighthouses but I have been commissioned to recreate a shop, a static caravan and peoples’ own homes. I was delighted and honoured to be approached by Lin to make a unique trophy for the Scarecrow Competition and I do hope the winner enjoys his or her ownership of it, albeit only for a year! My work can be seen on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/ontheTides and also in Starlings Gift Shop in Bexhill. My one regret is I had already booked my holiday and so am unable to personally attend this event.