East Budleigh scarecrow festival

PUBLISHED: 18:30 17 June 2011

If you spot someone odd hanging around East Budleigh from tomorrow, you can be sure it will be one of scores of scarecrows decorating the gardens and streets of the village as part of the weekend-long festival.

East Budleigh scarecrow festival, June 17-19, promises a host of entertainment and activities for the young and old.

All funds from the three-day festival, organised by the Friends of All Saints Church, will benefit the upkeep of the church and churchyard.

Dr Todd Gray, from Exeter University, kicks off the festival at 7.30pm, on Friday, June 17, with a talk in the church, entitled The Calendar Year in Devon: Customs and Traditions over the Past 500 Years.

Tickets are £5 from East Budleigh Garage, the East Budleigh Shop, or at the door.

The scarecrow festival will be officially opened on Saturday at midday, in the village hall, by The Reverend Anne Charlton.

To help boost funds, a weekend toll bridge will be in place in the village from midday until 4.30pm.

There will also be a duck race in the brook by the village hall, starting at 3pm, on both days.

During the weekend, from noon until 4.30pm, All Saints Church will have an exhibition of colourful knitting produced by the village for the children of Moldova.

Drakes Primary School is holding an open day on Saturday, from 10am-3pm, which includes tours of pupils’ work and an exhibition of old photographs with the theme, Dipping into the Past.

The scarecrow festival draws to a close on Sunday June 19 when All Saints Church holds songs of praise at 6.30pm.

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