We had heard that the Meltham Scarecrow Festival was going to go ahead on the first weekend in July. Over the years we have been enthusiastic competitors in the best Scarecrow competition and have provided refreshments to a host of people visiting the annual festivities in the village. Time to join in once again. Surely after our May Day wash out we would have a lovely sunny July day!
We investigated our store of scarecrows, who have been gathering dust in the church cellar over the past few years. Cheek by jowl stood Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman and Superman, Kung Fu Panda and of course John Wesley on his horse! After some consideration we decided on a recycling theme and a working group met to tidy up and reimagine our crew. Then silently they gathered in the Church Lounge awaiting the big day. A bit scary if you forgot as you walked through!
We prepared for a wonderful sunny day; welcoming visitors for crafts, cakes and coffee in the car park, and once again we were disappointed! Fortunately, some of our scarecrows seemed to like the rain, even if we didn’t! Whilst Superman supervised the hand sanitiser, Batman and Kung Fu Panda kept an eye on proceedings in the hall. The Ninja Turtles were despatched to the centre of the village to advertise our offerings.
We had set out our stalls in the hall on Friday, with lots of cakes and handmade crafts. A careful study of the weather forecast, however, made us go for the safe option and we set up tables for coffee in the church, socially distanced of course! The morning couldn’t have been wetter, perhaps we should think of making an ark next time, but as the day progressed more brave souls arrived to buy cake and stop for coffee. Once again, we had lots of visitors and we enjoyed welcoming them into church.
The added bonus was that on Sunday we were able to share coffee together after the service for the first time for more than a year.
But next time we really would like some sunshine!