Crosspool Festival scarecrow competition is now open

The Crosspool Festival scarecrow competition is now open!

The theme this year is Wild Crosspool. Build a scarecrow to reflect local wildlife, a wild personality or just let your imagination go wild!

Scarecrows need to be in place for judging by 10am Saturday 23 June and need to remain there for the duration of the festival.

Entry forms available from Nest cafe.

Further details can be provided by emailing beckiegreenuk@yahoo.co.uk.

Your guide to the 2016 scarecrows of Crosspool

Wish you were here by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane
Last year’s winner: Wish you were here by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane
Over 20 households in the neighbourhood will be displaying a scarecrow in their front garden as part of a scarecrow competition at this year’s Crosspool Festival.

The list of roads where we are expecting to see scarecrows is below. Happy hunting!

Street

Scarecrow names/themes

Benty Lane Carnival
Beavers around the world join the carnival
Barholm Road Ellie Faulkner
Jessica Ennis
Barnfield Drive Carnival
Cardoness Road Rio the carnival bird
Den Bank Crescent Doriteia de Den Bank
Domingo de Den Bank
Dransfield Road Rio the carnival queen
Take a Daly dive
Forres Road Olympic cheer girl
Hagg Lane  Action!
Lydgate Lane Rio Olympics
Manchester Road Bob the Olympic scooter champion
Rosie Arch
Arthur the Archer
Goalkeeper Graham
Golfing Bob
Horse riding hero
The fat golfer
Jazzy javelin
Marsh Lane Olympics, let’s dive in
Rygate Road Football
Sandygate Road Olympic Gold-winning symnastics Gloria

 

Enter the Crosspool Festival scarecrow competition – deadline Monday

Wish you were here by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane
Last year’s winning scarecrow by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane

From Rachel Suddrick, Sally Parkinson, Debbie Boyd and Beckie Howe:

We would like to invite you to join in with the Crosspool Festival scarecrow competition. The theme for the festival is Carnival and the Olympics so we would like you as a family to make a scarecrow that represents either. This might be a sportsman, Brazilian carnival queen or a carnival animal, go wild and use your imagination!

If you have not made a scarecrow before, it is easier than you might think and there is lots of information and advice online.

All scarecrows need to be displayed on or in the front of your home, visible from the road. This might be in a window, a front garden or even on your door! You can make them as big or as small as you like!

They should be in place by 10 am on Saturday 25 June and should remain in place throughout the festival. Each entry will be judged by local sculpture Noel Lockley at some point during the festival. Winners will be announced on Saturday 3 July at the Festival Fayre. This year we are also adding a local children’s group category, so if you are involved in any group that works with children in Crosspool, then please ask them if they would like to enter a crow.

Monday 13 June is the closing date for the scarecrow competition.

The prizes this year are

  • 1st 2 season tickets for 2016/17 at HALLAM FC
  • 2nd a family pass for CANNON HALL FARM
  • 3rd £25 voucher for uncle Sams donated by AFP VAN AND MORORHOME HIRE
  • Children’s groups can also enter, the prize for this section is a £25 voucher for an outlet of your choice sponsored by PLANCON
  • All enteries will receive a prize sponsored by SHERWOOD BUILDING SERVICES

You can enter via Nest cafe or by emailing beckiegreenuk@yahoo.co.uk. Please supply the following information:

Family name or group name:

Scarecrow name/theme:

Address the scarecrow will be displayed at:

Contact number:

You’ll also need to supply a £3 entry fee.

All profits will be split between LISA and FOLA. Entry forms can also be collected and returned to Nest in Crosspool. If you go to school in Crosspool but don’t live in Crosspool and would still like to join in, please contact us and we will arrange for your scarecrow to be displayed.

We hope you have great fun making your scarecrows together as a family and will enjoy spotting scarecrows around Crosspool during the festival week. A list of roads on which we expect scarecrows to be displayed will be available to collect from NEST from Friday 17 June and on this website.

Does your Crosspool group want to take part in this year’s scarecrow competition?

Wish you were here by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane
Last year’s winner: Wish you were here by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane

This year’s Crosspool Festival scarecrow competition has a new category which is open to all groups who work with children in Crosspool.

Do you run a scouting group, playgroup or sports club? Are you a pre-school worker, child minder or junior church leader?

Whatever the group we would love you to enter a scarecrow in our 2016 competition. This year the theme is Carnival and Olympics so there are lots of possibilities for crows.

The scarecrows need to be displayed in Crosspool throughout the festival week in a place visible from the roadside.

This is a great way for your group to be involved in the local community as well as being fantastic publicity for your group.

Entry is just £3 and there will be prizes! Please contact the competitionorganisers for more details on beckiegreenuk@yahoo.co.uk.

View last year’s scarescow competition winners

Preview of 2016 Crosspool Festival: your garden wanted!

The confirmed dates for the 2016 festival are Friday 24 June-3 July, with the Summer Fayre scheduled for Saturday 2 July.

Here’s an update on this year’s festival from the organising committee:

This summer we have entitled the festival Carnival a summer party with great activities happening on the streets to coincide with this year’s Olympics in Brazil, the queen’s 90th celebrations and more besides.

We hope it will be a colourful and exciting week for the community to get out and about, meet the neighbours, make new friends and try new activities.

Open Gardens

Crosspool Open Gardens 2011
Crosspool Open Gardens

Some of the old favourites return such as Open Gardens. Why not share your garden this year? No one expects an immaculate garden, but we all enjoy looking at what each one of us has been doing on our patch.

It’s a great way to be motivated to tidy up your garden and a good time to invite the neighbours round to share a hobby or a fabulous view over a cuppa. And you can make a bob or two for your favourite charity as all proceeds will go to the charities of your choice.

So whatever the size and maturity of your garden, whether you are a beginner or have been opening your garden for many years, if you would like to join the gardeners open day, please get in touch. We will need your name and details by Friday 18 March 2016 in order to prepare the brochure for printing.

Gardeners’ community

Talking about all things in the garden, we would love to hear from you if you would enjoy some sort of gardeners’ community to be formed. We are thinking of gathering together like minded people to enjoy a natter, a helping hand or a word of advice a couple of times a year

If you would like to be involved in this in any way, or have thoughts about how such a group could be helpful within the community, please get in touch.

Scarecrow competition

Also coming again is the popular scarecrow competition. Entry forms will go out through the schools and will also be available from the shops at £3/entry. Scarecrows will be on show all week and will be judged by local sculptor, Noel Lockley. Prizes will be awarded to the best scarecrow makers in recognition of their ingenuity and creativity.

The competition theme is Carnival and Olympics to fit in with the festival theme, so bright and colourful like the amazing costumes some of the carnival goers wear, fantastical animals, sportsmen or something completely different – have fun with that! For further details please contact beckiegreenuk@yahoo.co.uk.

Well dressing

Another great activity that is now established is the well dressing. In case some of you don’t know what this is, a well dressing is the unique Derbyshire tradition of elaborate pictures made for the most part of individual flower petals pressed onto clay covered boards which seems to date from Victorian times to celebrate the blessing of water in any given village.

Why do it in Crosspool? It is a great opportunity to be creative with flowers and to celebrate life itself in our community. So if you are looking for a new venture, why not try your hand at this old craft? The team is looking for new helpers. Instructions given, so no need for previous experience. Just a few hours the week before the festival is needed to be involved in this. If you want further information, get in touch.

Other events and activities

We are also looking for a few more volunteers to help with a new history activity, a new photo competition and general helpful bits and pieces. No previous experience necessary. If you think you could spare a few hours to help or would like further information, please get in touch as soon as possible.

Contact Lindsey on lindseybeagles@gmail.com or phone 0114 230 1041.

Gallery: scarecrows of Crosspool award winners accounced

Over 20 households in the neighbourhood displayed a scarecrow in their front garden as part of a scarecrow competition at this year’s Crosspool Festival.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who made one, they were all fantastic! We raised a fantastic £66 for the two Lydgate schools and we know how much fun the families who entered had making them and the spotters too.

If you did not make a scarecrow this year, don’t worry we will be running the competition next year. We hope you will join in then.

The winners

The judge has announced the winning scarecrows.

First prize: family pass to Magna, Wish you were here by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane:

Wish you were here by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane
Wish you were here by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane

Second prize: box of treats from Lounge@Crosspool: Foxy Fower by the Fowler family of Den Bank Drive:

Foxy Fower by the Fowler family of Den Bank Drive
Foxy Fowler by the Fowler family of Den Bank Drive

Third prize: family craft set: Bug hunting Bob by the Mather family of Sandygate Road:

Bug hunting Bob by the Mather family of Sandygate Road
Bug hunting Bob by the Mather family of Sandygate Road

And a judge’s special award goes to The Cows of Crosspool on Den Bank Crescent:

The Cows of Crosspool on Den Bank Crescent
The Cows of Crosspool on Den Bank Crescent

Gallery of 2015 Crosspool scarecrows

List of all scarecrows

The full list of roads which featured scarecrows is below.

Street

Scarecrow names/themes

Cairns Road Minions
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
Coldwell Lane What we are
Den Bank Crescent The cows of Crosspool, featuring Moody Cow!
The return of the Crosspool cows, featuring skinny cow!
Den Bank Drive Foxy Fowler, our favourite things
Den Bank Road Happy camper
Dransfield Road Harry Potter
Sandy
The great outdoors
Forres Avenue Space
Hagg Lane
Manchester Road Cowboy
My family and other animals
Joy and happiness
Ringstead Crescent Olaf
Ryegate Road Animals
Sandygate Road Bug hunting Bob
 Sandygate Park Road Cuddles
Stephen Hill Jerry
Stephen Drive Bella the ballerina
Stephen Hill Road Shrek
Watt Lane Cricket

Your guide to the scarecrows of Crosspool

Over 20 households in the neighbourhood will be displaying a scarecrow in their front garden as part of a scarecrow competition at this year’s Crosspool Festival.

The list of roads where we are expecting to see scarecrows is below. Happy hunting!

Street

Scarecrow names/themes

Cairns Road Minions
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
Coldwell Lane What we are
Den Bank Crescent The cows of Crosspool, featuring Moody Cow!
The return of the Crosspool cows, featuring skinny cow!
Den Bank Drive Foxy Fowler, our favourite things
Den Bank Road Happy camper
Dransfield Road Harry Potter
Sandy
The great outdoors
Forres Avenue Space
Hagg Lane
Manchester Road Cowboy
My family and other animals
Joy and happiness
Ringstead Crescent Olaf
Ryegate Road Animals
Sandygate Road Bug hunting Bob
 Sandygate Park Road Cuddles
Stephen Hill Jerry
Stephen Drive Bella the ballerina
Stephen Hill Road Shrek
Watt Lane Cricket

 

Scarecrow competition at Crosspool Festival

A message from Rachel Suddrick, Sally Parkinson, Beckie Howe and Paula Stacy:

Dear families,

We would like to invite you to join in with the Crosspool Festival scarecrow competition.

The theme for the festival is ‘joy and happiness’ so we would like you as a family to make a scarecrow that represents something that makes your family happy and brings you joy. This might be a book or film character or a scarecrow playing a sport or taking part in a hobby.

All scarecrows need to be displayed on or in the front of your home, visible from the road. This might be in a window, a front garden or even on your door! You can make them as big or as small as you like!

They should be in place by 10am on Saturday 27 June and should remain in place throughout the festival. Each entry will be judged by local sculpture Noel Lockley at some point during the festival. Winners will be announced on Saturday 4 July at the festival Fayre.

If you would like to enter, please collect an entry form from Lounge@Crosspool and return it along with £3 by 12 June. All profits will be going to the two Lydgate Schools.

We hope you have great fun making your scarecrows together as a family and will enjoy spotting scarecrows around Crosspool during the festival week.

A list of roads on which we expect scarecrows to be displayed will be available to collect from Lounge@Crosspool from Saturday 27 July. If you have any further questions please call in at Lounge.

1st prize: Family pass to Magna
2nd prize: Tea and cake voucher for Lounge@Crosspool
3rd prize: Family craft tub