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And finally…Blackrod Scarecrow Festival Updates 2017

01/09/17

Around £2000 was raised from the sale of programmes this year and this is the money the scarecrow fund gives back to the community.

This year we have given £250 to Blackrod Luncheon Club who meet each Monday in the Methodist Church; £100 each to the Pool, Rounders and Bowling teams who play at Hilltops; a willow structure which will appear in our village very soon £175; and we have booked a minibus for next year’s festival on both days to help our older visitors to tour the exhibits £200.

We have retained £500 as we are hoping to plant a herb bed in the spring for everyone to use.  The remaining £500 will top up the fund to pay the expenses for next year.  We hope you enjoy the benefits of some or all of these facilities during the next 12 months!

New dates for 2018 will be 30th June and 1st July We have needed to bring our festival forward a week and Adlington Carnival have had to move to 7th and 8th July as the mighty Ironman is happening on 15th July and who would argue with them!!

Charnock Richard’s scarecrow festival takes place over the weekend of 9th and 10th September – we wish them well.

 

02/08/17

Well we were lucky once again with our British weather and enjoyed near perfect conditions once the early drizzle had disappeared.

Business was very brisk throughout the village as visitors got around as many of the wonderful creations as they could.

The two schools and the Methodist Church raised £7100 between them to use for their own projects, St Katharine’s  raised £2333,  and the sales of the programmes topped £2000, which will be given away to projects and organizations within the village.

If you have any particular suggestions please contact Jean Hibbert – 01204 691575.  This was a great financial boost for our village as well as being another brilliant day to remember.

Sincere thanks to all who made scarecrows, sold programmes, put bins out, cleared up – you did a fabulous job!!  Next year’s dates are 30th June and 1st July – thinking caps on!!!

Congratulations to the festival raffle winners: £100 was won by Amanda Shaw from Aspull;  £50 by Andrew Knee from Breightmet and £25 went to Tracy Brown of Horwich.

If you haven’t seen the beautiful banner which members of Stitch and Knit created do call into the Library – it is hung on the wall in the entrance – right hand side.

Images from this were used to create the cards which are still on sale in church and in the Library – £1 each – and all funds from the sale of these will go to the Scarecrow Festival Fund.

5/7/17 The Hampers raffle winners are:-
1st – Grocery hamper – A. Fitzsimmons
2nd – Toiletries hamper – Pat Hart
3rd – Confectionery hamper – Hannah Skinner
4th – Acdo hamper – A. Lawley

Scarecrows are here again with over 100 to see around the village!

Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd July

A wonderful response once again from the good folks of the village so we are looking forward to another great weekend of fun and fundraising for the benefit of our village.

The Community Centre is opening up and there will be lots to see including displays showing the work being done on the Terraced Gardens at Rivington as well as an update on Blackrod’s Neighbourhood Plan.  Do call in and have a look as you explore the village – there will be volunteers to answer any questions you may have.

The programme is still only £2 and shows all the locations of the scarecrows, a map, a free raffle ticket – 3 cash prizes – 1st prize £100.  Better odds than the Lottery so do buy one – you only need 1 per family and you can use it on both days!!!  Bargain.  The proceeds of the programme pay for the festival and we give the rest away to a project in the village. They are available from church, some of the shops in the village and over the weekend from selling points opposite the chemist’s, near Barn Acre and near the Cheethams.

Blackrod Primary School is open on Saturday 1st and the Church School is open both days – 1st and 2ndThe Owls Nursery is open on 1st and the Methodist Church is open both days.  So plenty of food available!

Are you a budding photographer?  Perhaps you could help to cover an area of the village taking shots for our gallery on St Katharine’s website?  Again just contact Jean on 691575.  If you are an amateur then you could also enter the festival photographic competition with a chance to win £100.

Blackrod Art Class have their annual exhibition on at the Library from 3rd June so call in and maybe treat yourself to an original artwork.

The Library will be open both days for the Scarecrow Festival – call in and see our new Scarecrow Banner made by members of Stitch & Knit group at CreateBolton with funding from the Blackrod Community group.

May 2017 Post

Scarecrows are here again with 111 entries in!

A wonderful response once again from the good folks of the village so we are looking forward to another great weekend of fun and fundraising for the benefit of our village.

Please remember to call in church on Monday 12 June between 7.30 and 8.30pm to collect your Scarecrow pack.

The Community Centre are opening up and there will be lots to see including displays showing the work being done on the Terraced Gardens at Rivington as well as an update on Blackrod’s Neighbourhood Plan.  Do call in and have a look as you explore the village – there will be volunteers to answer any questions you may have.

The programme is still only £2 and shows all the locations of the scarecrows, a map, a free raffle ticket – 3 cash prizes – 1st prize £100.  Better odds than the Lottery so do buy one – you only need 1 per family and you can use it on both days!!!  Bargain.  The proceeds of the programme pay for the festival and we give the rest away to a project in the village. They are available from church, some of the shops in the village and over the weekend from selling points opposite the chemist’s, near Barn Acre and near the Cheethams.

Blackrod Primary School are open on Saturday 1st and the Church School are open both days – 1st and 2nd.  The Owls Nursery are open on 1st and the Methodist Church are open both days.  So plenty of food available!

Do you buy large plastic “pop” bottles?  If so we need 48 empty ones which we can fill with water to secure our new gazebos in case there is a hurricane during the festival!  Just leave them near the front door at 6 Nightingale Road anytime from now on – many thanks.

Are you a budding photographer?  Perhaps you could help to cover an area of the village taking shots for our gallery on St Katharine’s website?  Again just contact Jean on 691575.  If you are an amateur then you could also enter the festival photographic competition with a chance to win £100.

Remember the Blackrod Art Class have their annual exhibition on at the Library from 3rd June so call in and maybe treat yourself to an original artwork.