Worzel You Believe It? #halesworthscarecrowfestival #countrypursuits

Warning: for those of a sensitive disposition, this post includes images of clowns

Today, in the paper, reference was made to a new operation providing privileges for the posh, a sort of upmarket Gumtree where you can get your perfect nanny for little Tarquin and Baby Jezebel, or an extra for your grouse shoot or specially crafted yak-leather thongs or some such. This urge to outdo is alive and well in classless Britain and it makes my skin crawl frankly.

However, today I came across an antidote, with the best sort of British oneupmanshipery:

The Halesworth Scarecrow Festival

Each year, over the week nearest Hallowe’en, the Suffolk town of Halesworth runs a challenge for the shops and banks and other businesses: to create an imaginative scarecrow.

This provides entertainment for anyone visiting and, of course, pulls in more visitors.

Children are sent on hunts to find the most bizarre (and a code to lead them to a prize) and money is raised for local charities.

Perhaps these dummies aren’t the best crafted and some are distinctly so-so but then, they don’t pretend to the pretentious end of the spectrum.

They embody an important and often forgotten concept where marketing is involved: fun.

They do that thing which we need more of: smiles.

Happy faces.

Nonsense.

And they use old clothes, cheap materials and a ton of balled up paper.

I had a blazing time snapping away and chatting to other visitors about their favourites, though constant vigilance was required as they did seem to be something of a magnet for Dog and some badly timed leg-cockery.

And the clowns?

Which are you favourites?

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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25 Responses to Worzel You Believe It? #halesworthscarecrowfestival #countrypursuits

  1. gordon759 says:

    For me it’s the climber up the yarn bombed signpost.
    But seeing these I always remember mums ‘Charlie Dimmock’ and the well placed buttons.

    Like

  2. The couple on bamboo poles, and the ?yoga pose

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  3. Ritu says:

    I think I loved the Mr Men ones His Geoffleship!
    Last year we made one for the Gravesham in Bloom competition, it was the Queen and we won first prize!

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  4. I love this idea, although I could give the clowns a miss! My favourites are the Wicked Witch with her stripey sock and Mr & Mrs Scarecrow! šŸ™‚

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  5. Mary Smith says:

    Love the one on the art gallery pole and the Mr & Mrs. Actually, I think they are all great.

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    I loved them all, except the clowns! The Giant Paddington was clever, loved the undertaker, gorgeous Halloween couple.
    Damn it Geoff I lived them all šŸ˜šŸ’œšŸŒ¹

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  7. What is it about the whimsical charm of the most ‘real’ scarecrows – the couple on sticks with their somewhat scary smiles…… Is it because they most resemble the scarecrows I saw in books as a kid? I also quite liked the offering from the funeral home – he looks quite jolly šŸ™‚ I really don’t like clowns though, thank heavens there isn’t a village clown day!

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  8. The pole climber…and is that pole covered in crocheted fabric ??? But, also partial to the witch’s legs under that trunk…very clever.

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  9. Loved the one on the art gallery pole and the Mr & Mrs.Scarecrow. We’re waiting for Bonfire night when I can snaffle all Husband’s old ‘They’ll do for the garden clothes’ for our Guy Fawkes! Cheers for these.

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  10. Mick Canning says:

    All good in different ways, Geoff. A couple of the villages near us also have scarecrow festivals, and they’re always very inventive.

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  11. Has to be SpongeBob Squarepants for me. He reminds me of my breakfast – Shredded Wheat! I think scarecrows can be more frightening than clowns. Well, for me, anyway.

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