Polegate Scarecrow Festival of 2020, bigger and better supporting local causes.
The Scarecrow Festival ran from June 13th until June 27th!
Nathan Dunbar from Polegate has concluded the Polegate Scarecrow Festival 2020 this week and scarecrows were displayed around the town until Saturday (27th June). The Scarecrow Festival raised over £1300 for Charity which has been split equally between SERV Sussex and St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
Nathan said “I am very pleased with how the scarecrow festival ended up this year and despite worry at the beginning when our Summer Fun-Day had to be cancelled and although the amount of entries were low local residents all came together and put on a true spectacle of scarecrows. I am also glad there were so many people who wanted to come together as a community whilst benefiting local charities, who really need support during these difficult times. I would also like to thank all at the Windsor Club for sponsoring us as we really wouldn’t have had this festival without their funding, also I would like to thank Mr Green for running many different charity sales, collecting donations and selling items all in aid of our beneficiaries.
Polegate Scarecrows Community Fund said, “Thank you very much to all Scarecrow Creators for making this year’s Polegate Scarecrow Festival such a success raising the most amount of money in the past 3 years.
We hope see you back here in time for next year's Scarecrow Festival but this has not yet been confirmed, we appeal for anyone who can help us run the festival or to any businesses that can fund another Scarecrow Festival.”
Nathan has presented 7 awards to the best scarecrows which were judged by Cllr David Watts (Mayor) and Cllr Ms A Snell from Polegate Town Council and 4 special recognition certificates posted to those that made the final stage of judging along with the new People’s Choice certificate voted by the people of Polegate. He will soon present two cheques of £673.02 to each charity.
Nathan would like to also thank all those who supported the events, donated to charity, and gave their time to help us raise over £1300.
Figures are as Follows:
Charity Sales - £801.57
Scarecrow Festival - £544.47
Total - £1,346.04
Each Charity - £673.02
We are very proud to be supporting the fantastic work carried out by St Wilfrid's Hospice for a third year!
St Wilfrid’s Hospice Say -“Our mission is reaching out to transform end of life care for the people of Eastbourne, Seaford, Hailsham, Uckfield, Heathfield and all the points in between. We provide specialist care for people with any progressive, advanced life-limiting illness. Referrals are made by the patient’s GP or other healthcare professionals and care is delivered by a team that includes consultants in palliative medicine, specialist nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, counsellors and social workers.”
All of our income, proceeds and profits between the 1st of May until the 22nd of June will be split 50/50 and go straight to our beneficiaries.
We were delighted to support SERV Sussex last year and we were amazed by their volunteer work so we have decided to support them for a second year!
SERV SUSSEX is a volunteer run, publicly funded charity who transport urgent and emergency blood & blood products, human donor breast milk, medication and medical equipment to Sussex hospitals. Free of charge to the NHS. Volunteers are on call 365 nights a year from 7pm to 6am, as well as 24 hour bank holiday and weekend cover. This includes Christmas day and New years day.
Why not come and speak to our chosen charities at our Summer Fun-Day to find out more about their work and how your money helps.
Best in Show – Debbie – New Road
Best Display of Scarecrows – Polegate Sundowners WI – Levett Road
Best Scarecrow from a Polegate Business – The Dinkum – Pub Roof
Highly Commended Scarecrows:
June – Western Avenue
Melissa – Manor Way
John – Albert Road
Jan – Brightling Road
Special Recognition of Effort:
Julia – Redcroft Way
Mandy – Victoria Road
Sharon – Southfield
Mary – Dover Road
The Grew Family – North Close
We couldn't support our beneficiaries and raise them as much money as we do without the support of the Windsor Club. They donate us 100% of the costs and expenditure of the Scarecrow Festival to enable us to put on the Festival, Fun-Day and the Awards Presentation.
The Windsor Club are at the Polegate Community Centre on 54 Windsor Way, Polegate they are open 7 days a week from 11am. The Windsor Club say, “If you’re interested in joining the club, why not come along and savour our beer and entertainment”. You can also find The Windsor Club on Facebook,