Scarecrow competition and harvest festival at Billinghay


A scarecrow competition and harvest festival event is being held in Billinghay to raise funds to improve its playing field.

Members of the Billinghay Park Project and people behind the Billinghay Community Plan have organised the event which takes place at Billinghay Village Hall from 11am onwards tomorrow (Saturday).

The aim is to raise some money to improve the field and generate a fun, community day out.

Villagers have created around 30 scarecrows and people can pick up a map for 50p (towards the park project appeal) from the village hall to follow the trail around Billinghay, which starts and ends there.

There will be food outlets, candyfloss, doughnuts and soup on sale and guest appearances from children’s TV characters at the hall and field where there will also be a bouncy slide and castle.

There is live music by 14-year-old vocalist Ellie Mae and there will be a car boot sale (£3 per pitch), charity stalls in the village hall and games, as well as a cake and jam making competition.

Kathryn Locke from the Billinghay Community Plan explained: “We are doing a community plan to tie in with the district’s local plan for development. Billinghay has been classed as a growth village and will be getting another 500 homes, so residents are being asked where we want houses and whether there should be more shops and employment opportunities. It is very exciting. The community plan was started in July last year and we have had lots of events to engage the community and raise the profile of Billinghay as a nice place to live.”

The Park Project volunteers are currently applying for grant aid to support their aims to improve the park.

For more information contact Amanda on 07593125261 or Claire on 01526 861165.