Billinghay scarecrow weekend is the people’s choice

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Festival organiser Claire Markham with Archie Markham 5 and erin Markham 4. EMN-160310-135738001
Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Festival organiser Claire Markham with Archie Markham 5 and erin Markham 4. EMN-160310-135738001

Billinghay villagers held their annual scarecrow trail last week as a pre-cursor to this month’s upcoming annual feast weekend.

Clair Markham from Billinghay Community Group, which organised it, said: “We had 18 entries this year, with the winner being ‘Asleep on the Job’.”

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Kelly Greig and Gabrielle Greig 9 with their winning scarecrow. EMN-160310-135710001

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Kelly Greig and Gabrielle Greig 9 with their winning scarecrow. EMN-160310-135710001

This entry won the Old Mill Crafts trophy, with prizes for second and third as well.

“We also had a people’s vote and there was a tie between three entries named Lincolnshire Day, Worzel Gummidge and Strictly Come Dancing,” she said.

People could collect entry forms to make their vote as well as maps of where to find all the entrants for a small charge to cover costs. Judging took place on Saturday although the creations were out all weekend.

The Co-op provided a selection of Lincolnshire produce which was presented to the People’s Vote winner, Worzel Gummidge (chosen by a draw out of hat to end the deadlock.)

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Co-op staff L-R Steph May and Nikita Thornton with their scarecrow. EMN-160310-135656001

Billinghay Scarecrow Festival. Co-op staff L-R Steph May and Nikita Thornton with their scarecrow. EMN-160310-135656001

The Billinghay Belles WI group made some fabulous bunting which was used to decorate the village and Mrs Markham thanked them for their support.

The event was also sponsored by Hair by Robert, based in the village.

The weekend was also used to launch the Billinghay village App.

Mrs Markham said: “With support from Fund NK and Village SOS via Community Lincs in Sleaford, we have developed an App for residents and visitors.

“It includes a business directory, groups directory, a calendar of events and links to lots of other village information. We undertook the project to connect with people who are perhaps unaware of things which are happening in the village.”

The App is available to download free from the Apple and Google Stores and they are hoping that many people will contribute to its contents making it a resource for the village.

“We believe that it’s the first of its kind,” said Mrs Markham proudly.