It may be a year late, but it’s back and it’s free. The popular Chillerton and Gatcombe Scarecrow Festival returns for 2022, after an enforced break in its biennial schedule last year due to Covid.
The event starts tomorrow (Saturday) and runs through to June 3, and it’s going to be worth the wait, because there will be more than 100 gallybaggers to find across the two villages. Once you’ve located those sometimes elusive crow-scarers, you are invited to vote for your favourite, with forms available from Aunt Sally’s Tea Room in the village hall or the newly-renovated Gallybagger Inn, both open from 11am to 4pm each day.
Tomorrow evening the Gallybagger will also be open from 7pm to 11pm to mark the start of the festival, with live music from Mark Bennett and, on the final day of the festival, it will open again at 7pm with music from End of the Line duo. The much-anticipated announcement of the 2022 winners will take place.