The winning Scarecrow, Noddy made by Rick & Vicki Chalcraft


The winning scarecrow

by Rick & Vicki Chalcraft

Scawby Gala Weekend 2019

The 7th Gala Weekend organised by Scawby Events Team was a well supported village occasion but unfortunately the weather was very unsettled. Thursday was fine so a lot of people walked or cycled around the village to see the 33 scarecrows, the theme this year was Children’s Books. Thank you scarecrow makers for all your hard work and thanks to everyone who followed the trail and voted for their favourite.

​The winning entry was NODDY made by Rick & Vicki Chalcraft. 

Joint second was SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS made by the Berrymans and THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT made by last year’s winners Janine, John & Maddie. All three of them were amazing.

Two teams won the Scarecrow Trail Quiz both with a score of 31½ so they share the prize and they are: The Berrymans and Allan, Jo & Alfie Calver.


The Treasure Hunt is always popular but with heavy rain on Friday and Saturday we did not sell many maps and only a few people managed to complete it. Well done to everyone who persevered through the rain to do both the Treasure Hunt and the Scarecrow Trail. The Treasure Hunt was won by Jan Tierney & Jane Botham.

We had our coffee morning at The Grove again this year by kind permission of Demeter House School. Everyone enjoyed the live music by George from Rhythm & Riffs and the tour of the Grove was popular. We also enjoyed the cakes, some of them were made by people in the village and some were donated by Lincolnshire Co-op who also supplied the coffee, tea, sugar and milk. Thank you to everyone who baked a cake for us they were all delicious.


On Saturday the heavy rain started late morning but the scouts carried on with their afternoon tea and scout activity demonstrations in the lovely gardens of Scawby Hall. It was also quite cold and warm jumpers under waterproof coats were the order of the day. Plenty of local people turned out and several were seen around the village doing the treasure hunt and viewing the scarecrows in the rain.

Saturday's heavy rain had a detrimental effect on the Bikes, Bands and Beers Festival outside the Sutton Arms. If the weather had been dry a lot more bikes would have turned up but some brave souls did camp overnight. The weather improved around 8pm and the live music went ahead from 6pm until 10pm.

On Sunday morning the team and helpers started arriving at Scawby Playing Field around 8.30am, the sun was shining and the weather was forecast dry. Everything was set up in good time and the team even had time for a well-deserved cup of coffee and a piece of cake. By 12 noon the gala was underway but we could see some gloomy looking black clouds drifting across. At around 12.30pm we had a sharp shower, heavy enough for equipment to need covering up. It lasted around 15 minutes then the sun came out again and the rest of the afternoon was dry and warm. The warmest and driest hours of the whole weekend were between 1pm and 5.30pm on Sunday.

Sue Buss organised a fantastic Dog Show with well over 100 dogs registered, it was enjoyed by both competitors and spectators. You can download a list of the winners in each category from this page.


​Flyin’Ryan Motorcycle Stunt Show was a very exciting event, two displays were performed and people crowded round to see motor cycles jumping over a car and flying through the air at the bottom of the playing field. Scawby Events Team is very grateful to Phil Drury for lending us the barriers necessary to have this display at our gala.

The Party Workshop is always a hit, children love trying out circus skills and learning how to blow giant bubbles. We had a soft play area for tiny tots and a ‘wipe out’ game for their older brothers and sisters. Meet a Creature is popular with children of all ages and adults too. There were lots of unusual animals to look at or hold including a snake and a chameleon. Glanford Lions brought games and Brigg Lions once again were kept very busy manning our Gala Tea Shop. There were lots of classic vehicles, stalls and music, a hog roast and a beer tent.  The scouts sold all their burgers by the end of the afternoon because everyone now knows how good they are.


Brilliant displays by Wado Ryu Karate and Allegro Gym Club were thoroughly enjoyed by crowds sitting on hay bales or on the grass. The superb Tatterfoals Morris Dancers from Brigg gave two performances outside the pavilion during the afternoon.


Presentations were made at the end of the afternoon for the winners of the best scarecrows, treasure hunt and the scarecrow trail winners. The Scawby Community Champion trophy was awarded to Rosemary Platts by Ruth Illman.

Scawby Events Team would like to thank everyone who helped with the Gala Weekend. Thank you also to those who have given us good feedback and thank you to everyone who came along and joined in we could not do it without you.

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