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High Wych Scarecrow Festival launched with toadstool and butterfly making session

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Organisers of the High Wych Scarecrow Festival were looking for fungis – and fun girls – to help launch the event.

Villagers gathered outside the Memorial Hall on Saturday July 3 to make toadstools out of recycled umbrellas and traffic cones and paint large butterflies out of recycled plastic to dot around the village in the week leading up to the event.

Organisers have decided to take a leap of faith, defying the threat of Covid-19, and hold the popular festival on the weekend of September 11-12. Visitors have marvelled at the various creations in previous years and it is hoped this year will be no exception.

Rachel Mabey painting a toadstool. Pic: Vikki Lince (48874514)
Rachel Mabey painting a toadstool. Pic: Vikki Lince (48874514)

Festival organiser Janet Bellingham said that 50 people turned up for the toadstool making and added that the 4ft wide butterflies would be secured to the palings in front of what was The Old Rectory in High Wych Road.

“The children painted small butterflies, which will be placed on the park and school railings,” said Janet. “Further butterflies are still to be made next week by children at High Wych C of E Primary School.”

She was delighted with the turnout, despite a short shower of rain resulting in the quick erection of two gazebos. “It was particularly good to meet up with friends and faces not seen for some time and to enjoy fellowship, coffee and cake together,” she added.

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