Stamcamp, Uffington Scarecrow Festival and Bythams charity horse ride postponed

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WET weather has forced a number of events across the area to be postponed.

Stamcamp, a scout and guide camp which takes place at Burghley Park in Stamford on the first May bank holiday every year, has been put back because the ground is waterlogged.

Organisers met with staff at Burghley House on Tuesday to decide whether the event should go ahead but deemed the ground to be unsuitable.

District commissioner for Stamford and Bourne Scouts Anthony Hockey said: “We rely on Burghley Park allowing us to use a field each year but they have had an inspection and the ground is waterlogged.

“We had to take into account the ground conditions, the weather forecast and how it would affect the activities we wanted to do.

“We also have to think about the children’s safety. We don’t want them getting cold and wet all weekend and any continual rain would mean that some of the activities might have to be cancelled.

“We are really disappointed to fall victim to the weather.

“A lot of time and effort has gone into the preparation and it was going to be a really exciting camp with lots of new things happening this year, but we have got to put it behind us and look ahead.”

The camp organisers are looking into the possibility of rescheduling the camp for the August bank holiday weekend if a new venue can be found or turning it into a shorter camp and holding it in September.

Burghley Park won’t be available as preparations will be underway for this year’s Burghley Horse Trials.

Uffington Scarecrow Festival will not take place on Sunday and Monday as planned because the ground in the village is waterlogged.

The event will now take place on Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5 to coincide with the village’s diamond jubilee celebrations.

The Bythams charity sponsored horse ride, which starts at Grimsthorpe Castle, was due to take place on Monday but it has now been moved to Sunday, May 20.

The event raises funds to help maintain the village churches of Little Bytham, Castle Bytham, Careby and Creeton, and will be supporting 2012 Paralympic medal hopeful Emma Sheardown, based at Hough-on-the –Hill near Grantham,