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Royal seal of approval for Wetwang Scarecrow Festival

The popular annual Wetwang Scarecrow Festival will receive the royal seal of approval this year with one of the main themes being Royalty through the ages.

The festival will take place over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend from Thursday 2nd until Sunday 5th June.

This year there will be three categories for the creative residents of Wetwang to base their designs upon – Royalty through the ages, celebrities from TV and film and Other – giving entrants plenty of scope to let their imaginations run wild.

This year, as part of the Jubilee celebrations, Wetwang Parish Council is holding a best dressed house competition, which will be voted for by the public, alongside the public vote for the best scarecrow.

For for the first time, there will be a scarecrow class for children aged 14 years and younger to put their creative skills to the test.

Carol Albinger from the Wetwang Village Hall Committee, which organises the event, said she was looking forward to another great festival.

There will be a category for children aged 14 and under for this year.

“Our theme of Royalty through the ages fits in perfectly with the Jubilee celebrations and, because we traditionally hold the scarecrow festival during that week of the year, it made perfect sense to hold the festival across the Jubilee bank holiday,” she said.

“We hope people will get creative and have some fun with the theme and create some famous kings and queens from the past.

“However, if people prefer, we also have characters from TV and film and the Other category, so there is plenty of choice.

“Last year, we had a good number of entries in our newcomers category, which is open to those new to village or those who have not entered for the past five years, and so I hope many of those will enter again.

“We also have a new class for children under the age of 14, so it would be great to get a good turnout in this group.

“This year, running alongside the scarecrow festival, the parish council is having a best dressed house competition as part of the Jubilee celebrations and so there will be lots going on.”

As in previous years, the village hall will be open daily during the festival from 10am to 4pm for maps, stalls, the Scarecrow café and toilets.

Volunteers are also required to help over the four days, so if you can spare a few hours to supervise on a stall or help in the cafe, please get in touch with one of the committee members or leave a message at 01377 236572.

Morning sessions run from 10am to 1pm and afternoons from 1-4pm.

Craft stalls will be in the meeting room at Wetwang Village Hall. The cost per table is £10.

For more details, email wetwangvillagehall@gmail.com.

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