‘Anything goes’ theme for Loddon and Chedgrave’s scarecrow festival

A scarecrow from last year's festival in Loddon. Picture: Nick Butcher.

A scarecrow from last year's festival in Loddon. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

There's a wild week ahead as 'anything goes' is the theme of this year's scarecrow festival in Loddon and Chedgrave.

Entertainment on Church Plain after last year's Loddon and Chedgrave carnival. Picture: Archant libr

Entertainment on Church Plain after last year's Loddon and Chedgrave carnival. Picture: Archant library. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2016

The annual trail will launch on Monday, June 19, and culminate the following weekend with a carnival procession from Chedgrave to Loddon as part of a day-long celebration that will include craft and food stalls, live music and games.

Residents, businesses and community groups were urged to use their imagination when creating scarecrows for the trail, and a workshop was held to provide a helping hand.

There will be prizes for the best scarecrow and runner up, voted for by visitors.

Last year's event saw iconic musicians taking over the streets, including Bjork, Adam Ant and even Elvis.


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Ahead of the launch, a miniature exhibition is being held this weekend, organised by the Holy Trinity Church in Loddon.

There will be exhibitions of miniature gardens, model railways, boats and aircraft and many tiny curios and collectables. There will also be a photography display, children's crafts and competition, light lunches, teas, stalls and a giant book sale, all held at the church.

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It will run from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

Tickets cost £3 each, or £9 for a family ticket. The event is raising funds for the maintenance and development of Holy Trinity Church.

All of the celebrations will be brought to a close on Sunday, June 25, with the carnival parade at 1.30pm. It will include the Phoenix Marching Band and many local residents in costumes.

The procession will start in Chedgrave and make its way through the centre of Loddon, concluding at the Jubilee Hall playing fields where the entertainment will continue until 6pm.

Artists who are performing include headline act African singer Anna Mudeka and her band, who will take to the stage just after 4pm. The Invidia Rock and Soul Choir, violinists Isabella and Sofia, Simon Lovick singing the songs of Elvis, and local up and coming band The Visitors will complete the line up. The entertainment will come to a close at the Jubilee hall with an evening of swing dance and music.

Programmes for the scarecrow festival are available from Rosie Lee's Tea Rooms, Wards Butchers and Saxon House in Loddon.

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