The first Reydon Scarecrow Trail was held in September 2010 to support fund raising for the Reydon Christmas Lights appeal, and at the same time create a community event for the whole village. Having formed a small committee about 18 months prior to the first trail, the event was planned and publicised. The Scarecrow Committee were thrilled to have over 60 scarecrows entered, and to see the village full of local families and visitors alike enjoying the trail, many on foot or by bicycle. Just over £1000 was raised. Due to popular demand there was another trail in September 2011, this time with over 70 scarecrows, including a special competition for a children's hand held scarecrow. Local artists were also involved, with open studios and an exhibition in the Village Hall. Even more people came to see the trail and the total raised was over £1800. After such success, there was of course another trail in September 2012, during which a fun time was had by all and over £1900 raised.
The idea is simple, anyone who wishes to take part fills in an entry form in advance, then makes a scarecrow to stand outside their home, (or if preferred in another location in the village) so it is visible from the road. The scarecrows are numbered by the Scarecrow Committee and a map produced. The map is sold at Barbrook's and The Randolph prior to the event and at the Village Hall on the Scarecrow Trail weekend itself. The full trail takes 3 to 4 hours to walk round, so many people travel by bicycle, or view the scarecrows over 2 days. The Village Hall is open for tea, cake and light refreshments, and viewers are encouraged to vote for their favourite scarecrow. The event is rounded off with a village ‘Songs of Praise' in The Randolph garden, often attended by some of the scarecrows as well as many villagers!
The next trail takes place on the weekend of 14/15 September 2019.
The theme this year will be 'Name That Song'.
The Trail will run from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, a fun way to explore Reydon. All money raised will go to Reydon Christmas Lights.
Here is the entry form if you would like to enter a scarecrow. Paper copies of the form are available from Barbrooks and Boydens.
For more information, pleas contact Brenda Doy on 723927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.