Scarecrow Trail 2021
When: Saturday 14th August 2021 -> Saturday 28th August 2021
Where: Bradley Stoke
From August 14th to August 28th, Bradley Stoke has been a busy place!
For 2 weeks there have been 29 scarecrows to visit with the help of a trail map, with the event being run by Bradley Stoke Town Council and organised as a fundraising event for the Mayoral Charities for 2021/22, St Peter’s Hospice and Dogs for Good.
This is the second year for this community event, with the theme of the scarecrows this year depicting characters from children’s books, films or nursery rhymes.
Maps were sold for a £2 charity donation, with around 500 maps being sold over the fortnight.
Cllr Angela Morey, who joined BSTC as an independent councillor in May 2021, organised the event. She comments:
‘I was so excited when I was asked to coordinate the scarecrow trail, having enjoyed the 2020 trail so much and with my background in fundraising. It has been wonderful seeing so many families with maps in their hands and smiles on their faces over the past 2 weeks, enjoying themselves whilst exploring our community. The weather has been pretty kind and the scarecrow designs amazed me, such creativity; we saw scarecrows with music, scarecrows with educational leaflets, and scarecrows made entirely from recycled materials, amazing! I would like to thank everyone who bought maps, all the scarecrow creators and our generous event sponsors. Congratulations to the winners!’
1st place: Mrs Tiggy-Winkle by Gina Eve
(Mrs Tiggy-Winkle is being donated to Hedgehog Rescue in Yate)
2nd place: Super Mario By the Rajnoha family
3rd place: Mr Men by Bradley Stoke Zero Carbon community Group
Joint 4th place: Monsters Inc by Del McIntosh
3 Little Pigs by Wildhearts Childcare
Joint winners: Cruella De Vil by Bradley Stoke Community School
Jack and the Beanstalk by Bradley Stoke in Bloom
Special mention to Erin-Rose Oram, a pupil at Stoke Lodge Primary School, for her Tin Man entry
Winner of the trail map prize draw: The Nicholson family
An award ceremony was held at The Jubilee Centre on Saturday 4th September, where winners were invited to receive their prizes from BSTC Mayor for 2021, Cllr Michael Hill. He comments: ‘I would like to thank Councillor Angela Morey for organising the trail, all the people who made scarecrows, all the businesses that sponsored the event and everyone who toured the town to choose their favourite. It was a great example of the town’s residents having fun and raising money for good causes.’
We hope perhaps next year the award ceremony could be a larger event with all scarecrow creators and the community invited with some scarecrows displayed but currently the council buildings are following reduced capacity rules which we hope will be lifted by next year.
A little more info about our winner: The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter about a hedgehog washer-woman.
Our Mrs Tiggy-Winkle was made with foraged sticks from the nature reserve, and sat happily on her chair next to her washing line. In front of her were some educational leaflets about hedgehog care and some pictures taken by Gina’s nature camera in her garden where she has been lucky enough up to 9 hedgehogs in her garden at a time! She has now started a group if you would like to know more on Facebook: @bradleystokespikyfriends
Mrs Tiggy Winkle has now been donated to a Hedgehog Rescue sanctuary in Yate.
Final amount raised for charity ≈ £1965
Scarecrow Trail Photos
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See photos from last year's Scarecrow Trail
To view photos from last year's event follow this link: Scarecrow Trail 2020