Scarecrow Festival News – August 2018


Well the sun shone and we all had a wonderful time!!  Another Scarecrow Festival has happened bringing visitors to our village and smiling faces to our streets.  Thank you to all who helped in any way at any time over the weekend and to all those who stepped up and created some wonderful scarecrows.

Hopefully you all got the chance to walk round and see what others had made.  If not our team of photographers – Brian Dean, Becky Coop, Paul Bennett, Natalie Sweet and Roy Stafford tried to cover all the exhibits between them and you can see these images at

The Festival funds paid for a minibus which ran hourly from Playdays on both days and the results from the sale of programmes are:

£600 for a defibrillator cabinet to be positioned on the outside of the Sports and Community Centre

£250 to Bolton Mountain Rescue for helping with the moors fire control

£150 retained to pay for minibuses for 2 days at the next festival

£1000 to carry us forward for all the costs involved in putting it on.

The two schools and the two churches raised £8500 between them which they will use for their own projects

We have a small balance from last year which we can dip into as and when the need arises for organizations needing help in the coming 12 months.


The programme raffle winners were:

£100 – Ryan Bamforth from Horwich, £50 – Anita McMahon from Shevington, and £25 – Nicky Woods from Blackrod.

The winners of the St Katharine’s hamper raffle over scarecrow weekend are:

1st Prize: Jennie Jones – Grocery hamper,  2nd Prize: L Openshaw – Confectionery hamper

3rd Prize: Noel Higginson – Toiletries hamper,  4th prize: Jo Mundy – Garden planter

The Scarecrow Festival Prize Draw winners:

£100 – Ryan Bamforth from Horwich, £50 – Anita McMahon from Shevington, £25 – Nicky Woods from Blackrod

We are hoping that this year the sale of the programmes will go towards the provision of a defibrillator cabinet so the machine can be positioned outside the Blackrod Sports and Community Centre on Greenbarn Way and so be accessible to all.

Worzel, Crowman and Aunt Sally melted in the heat once more, but brought lots of smiles to lots of faces and the donations they received for photos etc, which amounted to over £200, they have very kindly given to the Scarecrow Festival Fund.

Lots of children entered the guessing game and after a draw the lucky winners were Millie Shepherd from Blackrod, Isaac Bailes from Sharples, Jessica Thompson from Wigan, and Izzi Refoy from Coppull.

The adult winner – the only one to get it all right – was Ian Fishwick of Walshaw.

As long as the Ironman don’t mess up the dates again next year the festival will be 6th and 7th July 2019!