Over the first weekend in August the 14th annual Scarcrow trail took place. The two day event was a great success, especially with the influx of visitors due to the lifting of the Covid-19 restrictions. Seventy groups competed to explore the village and guess the scarecrow theme names and judge the winners:
Best Scarecrow: No 12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Kitty Bennett)
Cleverest: No 18 Stig of the Dump (Jonathan Higgins)
Funniest: No 6 The Big Friendly Giant (complete with sound effects) (Jackie Young)
The two winners of the guess the scarecrow competition were Sarah Andrews and Libby Hobbs. In the name a scarecrow raffle, four people each day won doll-sized scarecrows, kindly knitted by Mollie Page of the Solva Craft group.
The tie-break question this year was: “ My greatest pleasure since lock-down is…”
The replies reflected how pleased people were to be back in Solva:
“Knowing the real meaning of community”
“Being able to enjoy the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline.”
“Eating Solva Seafood and seeing the Solva sights”.
“Sunset on Whitesand beach with our whole family”
Plus a splendid poem by 7 years old Seb Hobbs:
The sea, the sea, the Solva sea, sea shells along the shore
And there are lots of fish in the sea and sometimes
We have them for our tea, sitting by Solva shore.
I like it here, no more noise, not any more.
Over £580 was raised for Solva Memorial Hall. Thank you to all scarecrow makers, contributors, Bay View Stores, all who took part and especially Chief Scarecrow Fran Barker.
Full list of the scarecrows:
1. Andrew P. Dr Dolittle
2. Natasha Davies The Tiddler
3. Jackie Young James & Giant Peach
4 Lucy Vaughan Room on the Broom
5. Libby Hobbs Harry Potter/Goblet of Fire
5A Judy Wright Tiger who came to Tea Runner up: Best
6. Jackie Young Big Friendly Giant Winner: Funniest
7. Jimmy/Sandra Just William
8. Frazer Nicol Little Mermaid
9. Wells/Andrews Very Hungry Caterpillar
10 Ifor & Gill Lambchop/Flat Stanley
11 Janine & Howard Tintin & Snowy
12 Kitty Bennet Harry Potter/Chamb Secrets Winner: Best
13 Ann Tyler The Worst Witch Runner up: Funniest
14 Lena Dixon Cat in a Hat
15 Mollie Page Red Riding Hood
16 WI/Jane Pascoe Heidi
17 Harbour Inn Pippi Longstocking
18 Jonathan & June Stig of the Dump Winner: Cleverest
19 Terry/Jackie Snowman & Snowdog
20 Peter & Jane Adventures Captain Pugwash
21 Chris & Ellie Peter Pan Runner up: Cleverest
22 Marian Jones Batman
Kitty Bennett wins the 2020 Trophy for Best Scarecrow, with her first entry in the Scarecrow trail.
Winners of the “Guess the Scarecrow Competition
Congratulations to: Sarah Andrews and Libby Hobbs