Villages unite over cake and creativity at Gallybagger Festival

The Chillerton & Rookley Gallybagger Festival was an ‘amazing success, with more than 5,000 visitors to the two villages over the half-term week and 550 votes to decide the winning scarecrow. Aunt Sally’s Tearoom was so busy they ran out of home-made cake twice, with panicked calls to local residents to bake more, with one lady whipping up 40 cakes to keep sweet-toothed visitors satisfied.’ 

Tim Bailey, trustee of the Gallybaggers Inn, said: “This year’s festival was an amazing success and we’ve had really positive feedback.

“This is a wonderful community event, with well over 100 scarecrows and 96 individual participants. We’re already looking forward to doing it all again in two years’ time.”

The eventual winner was Rachael Groves and family, for her whimsical creation on Miss Trunchbull and Matilda at the top of The Green in Chillerton. Rachael was presented with the Ann Dent Memorial Cup.