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 9/10 September 2017.
To make a scarecrow for the trail you must complete an entry form which can be collected from Barbrook's Store or downloaded from the link above. There is no fee to enter a scarecrow. Children's hand held scarecrows can be brought to the Village Hall on the day. If you have entered a scarecrow previously you will automatically be sent an entry form. Then build your scarecrow ready to put out over the scarecrow weekend.
If you have any queries please contact the Scarecrow Committee via the village website.