Scarecrow Festival

Pattingham Scarecrow Festival is a 3-day event held in the beautiful village of Pattingham in South Staffs, near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. This extremely popular festival began in 2011 and is a great day out for all the family, especially the children. Until 2017 it was held every other year. It was not held in 2019 and the festival planned for 2020 had to be postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 Scarecrow Festival will take place in the village on September 24th, 25th and 26th, subject to any restrictions.

Further details can be found on the Scarecrow Festival website.

Scarecrow registration forms are now available in the Co-op store, Martin Thomas Butchers, St Chad’s Church and the Pattingham Club. The form will also appear in the Parish News (July and August) and is also downloadable from the information page of the Scarecrow Festival website.
Completed forms need to be returned via the collection boxes before AUGUST 21st 2021.

The Festival will be open for viewing at the following dates/times:
Friday September 24th 2021 – 12 noon to 5pm
Saturday September 25th 2021 – 10.00am to 5pm
Sunday September 26th 2021 – 10.00am to 5pm

Proceeds from the Festival have been dedicated to many local projects benefitting the whole community, including St Chad’s Church, the local School and the Playing Fields.

  • 2011 – The total proceeds raised at this first event amounted to £7,000.
    This was used to fund the NEW glass doors in the porch of St Chad’s Church in Pattingham.
  • 2013 – The total proceeds raised this year was £10,500.
    This amount was used as a further contribution to the NEW church glass doors, together with £4,200 given to help fund the development of the new play area on the village playing fields, the Pattingham Regeneration Group.
  • 2015 – This 3rd event raised £12,500.
    To date this has been used to fund £5000 worth of educational equipment in St Chad’s C of E First School. The remaining amount will be used to finance another modernisation project in St Chad’s Church.
  • 2017 – This latest event raised £13,600.
    £5,000 has been given to St Chad’s C of E First School. The remaining amount will be used to finance another modernisation project in St Chad’s Church.

There is lots more information on the Scarecrow Festival website.

No Scarecrow Festival in 2019 or 2020

The following announcement was made by the steering committee in February 2019.

It is with much sadness that we have to announce that there will not be a Scarecrow Festival in the village this year. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the sale of the Patshull Estate not all of our local farmers are able to guarantee the availability of their fields for car parking in September – and without this facility we cannot organise the Festival. We are most grateful for the use of farmland in the past and quite understand our farmers current difficulties.

Steering Committee – Chrissie Ringrose – Dave & Liz Sampson – Mike & Kath Coope – Dave Challinor

The Vicar said “A huge thank you to the steering committee for all your past hard work. Let’s hope that in a few months we will have more certainty and perhaps can start planning for another event in 2020. If anyone wants to register interest in being part of the Team for the future, please let me or Chrissie Ringrose know. “

On 10th June 2020 the Scarecrow Festival Steering Committee made the following announcement:
A big disappointment to us all, but with the many unknowns concerning the corona virus pandemic and our collective moral responsibility to Pattingham village residents, the Festival Steering Committee has agreed that the 2020 event will not now take place.
The support we have received over the years from the village, from sponsors, from our local farmers, and of course from all the Scarecrow makers has been tremendous and we shall look forward to working with you all again in 2021 –
SEPTEMBER 24th 25th & 26th – put it on your calendars now !!
Chrissie, Dave, Mike & Kath, Iain & Clive – Festival Steering Committee