Thank you to everyone who supported this year's event, and well done to all the volunteers and the splendid committee who organised it.
Thank you to all the villagers who made wonderful scarecrows and brought a lot of happy smiles to a few thousand faces.
Wray Scarecrow Festival - 2016 Winners
‘Explorers’ Category Prize Winners:
1st Prize and Thomas’ Trophy: Gulliver’s Travels – Vera and Eric Guy (Prize donated by Coniston Ferry Services)
2nd Prize: Explorers on the Moon – Ruth and John Gordon (Prize donated by G.C. Outdoors)
3rd Prize: Charles Darwin – Judith Smith and Ken Wilson (Prize donated by Sunsoar Paragliding)
‘Topical’ Category Prize Winner : William Shakespeare – Anne and John Yellowley
‘Animated’ Category Prize Winner: Moon Walking – Peter Foster
‘Traditional’ Category Prize Winner: Wray’s Old Crownies – Jonathan Wright
Additional Prize Winners: (in no particular order)
Straw Poll – The Halsey Family
North to the Pole – Sue and Mark Rowland
Mallory – Frances and David Hartnup
Scarecrows Climb Everest – Peter Edge
Wray Explorers –David Kenyon
Ex- Forces Explorers – Bill Bowman
Live Long and Prosper – Kim and Shaun Blackburn
Gulliver’s Travels – Jane and Roger Shimmin
Jacques Cousteau – Corinne Singleton
Pizza Planet – Richard Scott
On the Sea Bed – The Bobbin Mill Group
Very Highly Commended: (in no particular order)
Sir Edmund Hillary – Di and John Turner
Sam the Dog – The Perrins Family
Internet Explorer – The Postlethwaite Family
Ziggy Strawdust – The Whiteley Family
Star Ship Enterprise – Duncan and Laura Emmett
The Climber – Mr and Mrs Carr
Hello Sailor – Louise Howarth
El Banco de Wray – Ian Simpson
Octonaut - Robin Mason
Sir Edmund Hillary – 3rd Hornby Scouts
Chairman’s Choice Special Award: Indiana Jones – The Watts Family
2015 Peoples’ Choice Award: Every Woman’s Fantasy – Peter Foster
(Prizes donated by IGA Ltd.)
1st. Prize: Aliens – Caton Community Primary School
2nd. Prize: 3 Peak Challenge – Tatham Fells Primary School
3rd. Prize: Space – Hornby St. Margaret CE Primary School
Very Highly Commended: (in no particular order)
Ocean Explorers – Melling St. Wilfred CE Primary School
Space Explorers – Wray with Botton Endowed Primary School
Jack and the Beanstalk – Wray Pre-School and Forest School
Exploring at Altitude – Casterton Sedbergh Preparatory School
Hot Air Balloon – Infinity Pre-School , Caton
Indiana Jones – Wennington Hall School, Yr 8
Jacques Cousteau – Ingleton Primary School
Wray Scarecrow Festival and Fair 2016 – What was On & Where
There are Scarecrows around every corner of the village throughout the 10 day Festival. Can you find them all? Don’t forget to vote for your favourite.
During the week Wray School will be putting on a performance of
traditional Maypole dancing every day at 1.30pm
To keep you going during your visit, delicious refreshments will be on sale in The Institute on Main Street, the George and Dragon, and at the Bridge House Farm Tearooms every day.
Saturday April 23rd
The 10k Road Race starts just past the old Bobbin Mill on Harterbeck LA2 8QR at 1.15pm. Great turn out this year, 130 entries, results on the right hand side of this page and photos here
Sunday April 24th
Plenty of bargains to be found at the Car Boot Sale, held on the “School Field” from 8.00 until 2.00pm
Wednesday April 27th
Sally Naden of Radio Lancashire will be broadcasting her morning show from The Institute on Main Street, from 10.00am until 11.00am. Come and meet her and let her know which your favourite scarecrow is. You can also send us your photos and we'd love to publish them.
Friday April 29th
Join the Mayor of Lancaster at Gars End (top end of Main Street) at 7.00pm as he leads the Giant Scarecrow Parade through the village down to Bridge House Farm Tearooms where he will award prizes for the best Scarecrows.
Stay on after the prizes are awarded for the village party (open invitation to residents and visitors alike) for food, drinks, live music and fairground rides until 10.30pm.
Saturday April 30th
If you haven’t already tried the delicious homemade sandwiches and cakes at the Institute, this might be an ideal opportunity. Don’t forget Bridge House Tearooms at the end of the village will also be open and the George and Dragon public house.
Sunday May 1st
Come enjoy some “Open Mike” live entertainment – music, song, comedy etc. - at our Bus(k) shelter on the flood gardens from 11.00am until 4.00pm. Contact Simon Carruthers on 07976 238802 if you’d like to take part.
There will be plenty of interesting items to be bought at the Vintage and Collectables Market on the “School Field” from 11.00am until 4.00pm.
The Vintage Vehicle (motor cycles and cars) Show will be held at the same time and place as the market – a double event not to be missed!
Monday May 2nd (Bank Holiday Monday)
The Wray Caton Moor Fell Race starts in the village at 11.15am – registration and
entries on the day is at The Institute, Main Street LA2 8QA.
Entry: Adults £5,
Course: Adults - 6.5 miles, 1,000ft ascent
Juniors £2, - 6-8yrs, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16 & under 18
Juniors - Under 18 & Under 17 - 3.0 miles, 500ft ascent/descent
Under 14 - 2.3 miles, 400ft ascent/descent
Under 12 – 1.3 miles, 250ft ascent/descent
Under 10 – 1.0 miles, 150ft ascent/descent
Under 8 – 0.5 miles, 100ft ascent/descent
Start: Adults 11.30am
Juniors – massed start shortly after adults
Come enjoy some more “Open Mike” live entertainment – music, song, comedy etc. - at our Bus(k) shelter on the flood gardens from 11.00am until 4.00pm
The Wray Fair
on the School Field runs from 11.00am until 4.30pm. Entry is £3 00 for adults and £1.50 for Pensioners – Under 16s free. The day includes stalls and arena events - approximate times for the latter are:
11.00 QES Samba Band
11.30 Taekwondo join-in display
12.00 Trials Display with Three times Junior World Champion Ben Slinger
12.30 Chainsaw Carving
13.00 Dog Agility
13.30 Junior Football Match
14.00 Birds of Prey Display
14.45 Trials Display with Ben Slinger
15.15 Croix Du Nord join-in display
15.45 Chainsaw Carving
And finally, don’t forget…
The Fairground will be up and running over the Bank Holiday week-end:
Friday 29th April 4.00pm to 10.00pm
Saturday 30th April 10.00am to 10.00pm
Sunday 1st May 10.00am to 10.00pm
Monday 2nd May 10.00am to 10.00pm