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Cawston Church behind bank holiday festival

Cawston Parish Church is heavily involved in an open gardens weekend and scarecrow festival, designed to bring the village together again after a summer of cancelled events.

The village, between Reepham and Aylsham, had originally scheduled many other events for that weekend, including a flower festival in the medieval St Agnes’ Church, musical concerts and a programme of events and services, but these all had to be cancelled owing to Covid-19 restrictions. However, the organisers behind those events decided that they would retain plans for the village’s scarecrow festival, as it was easy to see how this could be done in a socially distanced way.
The church has also joined forces with the team behind the village’s popular Grow, Make and Bake event, which was also cancelled, and has organised a Cawston Open Gardens event on the same weekend. The aim is to show off the fruits of people’s lockdown gardening.
Rev Andrew Whitehead said: “The start of 2020 has been such a tough time for everyone, and we were keen to keep something in our summer programme for people to look forward to. The Cawston Scarecrow Festival seemed like an ideal way to lift people’s spirits and to bring the community together. Having the open gardens on the same weekend gives us the perfect combination of socially-distanced events for the village.”
Residents of Cawston can register their creations online here. The event is free to enter and there is a chance to win a prize for best scarecrow. All entries will go into a map to be sold in the village’s shop. The map will also have details of the gardens opening.
Cawston Scarecrow Festival runs from Saturday August 29 to Monday 31 and the open gardens event will take place from 10am to 2pm on the Saturday.
Visit the festival website and facebook page.
This story first appeared in the North Norfolk News.


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