Amazing scarecrow trail produces miles of smiles in village

Jodi Martin with her daughter, 18-months-old Amy, with their scarecrow Fireman Sam, in the Rockland

Jodi Martin with her daughter, 18-months-old Amy, with their scarecrow Fireman Sam, in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

They are designed to scare - but all they’ve produced is smiles.

Esme Collison-Smith, three, with her mum, Hannah, and her sister, four-months-old Nell, take a close

Esme Collison-Smith, three, with her mum, Hannah, and her sister, four-months-old Nell, take a close look at Dorothy and the tin man in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

The scarecrow trail in Rockland St Mary will run from Monday October, 26 to Sunday November, 8 and is hosting 30 creative designs inspired by television and film.

It has been organised by the Friends of Rockland St Mary School (FORMS) in order to raise funds, with a suggested donation of £1 for a trail map.

Dorothy with the scarecrow, lion and tin man in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENIS

Dorothy with the scarecrow, lion and tin man in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Claire Artingstall, chair of FORMS, said: “We wanted to organise something fun for not only the families at the school but also our local and very supportive community during half term.

“Obviously trick or treating isn’t advised at the moment, so this gave us an opportunity to do something a bit different and really fun even if we went into lockdown.

Gru and the minions, one of the creations in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE B

Gru and the minions, one of the creations in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020


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“Already we have seen so many people walking around the village smiling. Covid has affected so many people’s lives in a negative way and the Trail has brought people’s smiles back.”

Maps are available from Rockland Village Shop or can be downloaded by searching the FORMS page on Facebook.

A mermaid is one of the creations in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A mermaid is one of the creations in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

On holiday in Norfolk, Susan and Andy Nolan with their son Jack, 10, visit Rockland St Mary scarecro

On holiday in Norfolk, Susan and Andy Nolan with their son Jack, 10, visit Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

The Cat in the Hat is one of the creations in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE

The Cat in the Hat is one of the creations in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Minions are hanging around in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Minions are hanging around in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Darren McGee with his scarecrow creations, Batman and Robin, in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail

Darren McGee with his scarecrow creations, Batman and Robin, in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

One of the scarecrows in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

One of the scarecrows in the Rockland St Mary scarecrow trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

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