THE ORGANISERS of this year’s Belbroughton Scarecrow Weekend are busy planning for the big annual event which is now just two weeks away.
And this year plans are afoot to have the five main roads into the village closed off, effectively making it completely pedestrianised and much safer for visitors. Hartle Lane, Holy Cross Lane, Bradford Lane, Hackmans Great Lane and a section of Lower Drayton Road will all be shut if the proposals are given the go ahead.
Last year between 10,000 and 15,000 descended on Belbroughton on each of the two days to see the hundreds of scarecrows made by villagers, schoolchildren, groups and other organisations.
This year the festival will run from 10am to 5pm on September 24 and 25 and have an ABC – Authors, Books and Characters – literary theme.
They will be judged over the course of the weekend and as well as Belbroughton residents, people from outside of the village are also being urged to create scarecrows and enter them into the separate category.
Those wanting to enter need to register at the event website – www.belbroughtonscarecrow.co.uk/ – by clicking the ‘competition link’. There is £100 up for grabs for the winner of the ‘guest scarecrow’ section.
And it will not just be the straw characters on offer, there will be a host of other attractions on the two days, including a knight school on the school field, a host of live entertainment across three stages, art and crafts displays and stalls, fairground rides, church tower tours and classic cars.
Rich Goodwin will be doing aerial displays at 3pm both days and there will be food and drink available.
On the school field there will be a Knight School running and there will be the ‘Big Belbroughton Bake Off’ which challenges residents to make cakes. All cakes are welcome and there will be four judging categories – lemon drizzle, chocolate, Victoria sponge and ‘show stopper’.
Volunteers are also being sought to help out at the event which raised £52,000 for the village last year alone.
Belbroughton First School, the Holy Trinity Church and the Recreation Centre received £11,000 each, with the Belbroughton Cricket Club, Belbroughton Football Club, Kidderminster Air Cadets, First Steps Nursery, toddler group, Belbroughton Horticultural Society and More the Merrier also receiving a slice of the funds.
And three charities – the Black Country Foodbank, the Kidderminster Foodbank and the British Heart Foundation – also received £1,000 each, while £1,300 went to other charities.
For more about the festival, entering the scarecrow competition or volunteering, visit www.belbroughtonscarecrow.co.uk or search for ‘Belbroughton Scarecrow Festival’ on Facebook.