What a success this year’s Ferring Scarecrow Trail was! Did you take part? So much effort, energy and love went into making the creative characters which could be spotted peeping over hedges, climbing ladders even paddling in pools in front gardens around the village. So much laughter was had and many conversations were generated by the weeklong festival.

The organisers of this popular event, kindly decided to give all the donations raised this year to Ferring Country Centre. Residents of Ferring paid a suggested donation of £5 to enter their scarecrow and be included on the trail map. Over 70 people took part! Many donations were given on top of this in Rassasy’s Farm and Deli shop, either from purchasing a map or just general donations through support and kindness.

The organisers: Lynzie Crompton, Mary Coe and Becky Higgins accompanied by Anya Clayton (event sponsor from Rassasy’s and provider of prizes) and Stuart Baulk (who provided the trophies) came to present a cheque to Ferring Country Centre on Tuesday 16th November 2021. The event has raised £735 so far but even as I type another £10 has just been donated online!

Some of our Day Service Customers, who made some amazing scarecrows with the support of staff, were also at the cheque presentation. They made some animal scarecrows, including a pig, goat, and goose, to line Charles Way leading up to The Centre. They also made a horse rider scarecrow which sat outside the stables, a gardener scarecrow (with his paintbrush moustache) standing proudly with his wheelbarrow in the Garden Centre. Outside Ranger’s Café a family of scarecrows and two dogs sat around a table being served by a very patient waiter scarecrow and inside the farm there was a friendly farmer scarecrow keeping an eye on the real animals! They had so much fun making them and were proud to hear positive comments from visitors to the Centre.

Anya, Lynzie, Mary, Becky and Stuart were shown around Ferring Country Centre and were very impressed by recent improvements. They saw the classrooms, which is the project they have chosen for the money to go towards. They said they would be excited to come back and see the renovations when they are complete. They were pleased that they would be able to see exactly where the money raised would be used to benefit the adults with learning disabilities.

The event was spotted by The Daily Telegraph who wrote a report about it and included photos. Because the first couple of years of this event have been so well received, it will hopefully be running again next year, in October Half Term 2022. So, get your thinking caps on and start creating ideas! If you didn’t make a scarecrow this year, maybe you could get involved next year! It is rather special when a community comes together, to do something positive, which recognises and supports need within their area. Well done Ferring and thank you to everybody who contributed.

If you meant to give a donation but forgot, don’t worry, it’s not too late! Just click on the link