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Scarecrows invade village near Bourne

A village near Bourne was overrun by scarecrows at the weekend for the fifth year in succession.

The Dyke Scarecrow Festival took place from Friday to Sunday and residents and visitors got to see a range of scarecrows in different settings including in gardens, on grass verges and even in trees.

Dyke's villagers have become more creative each year and this festival was no different with more than 40 scarecrows and scarecrow babies found around the village.

A scarecrow crèche with a cot, a pram and a garden swing was found outside the Village Hall while there was also ‘The Early Bird that Catches the Worm’ entry from the Dyke Woman's Institute (WI). The scarecrow dressed in bloomers had her head in a haystack looking for her chicken.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ kept visitors entertained from the roof of a porch while ‘Dorothy’ looked on from a doorway.

‘Wing Walker’ was found in a tree and ‘Sea Sick Steve’ rested by his sand pies.

Members of the Royal Family visited again too.

The scarecrow’s attracted a lot of attention from visitors who strolled around the village deciding which was best.

Many visitors stopped by the Village Hall for tea and homemade cakes made by the WI and other villagers.

"It was a real team effort serving in the busy tearoom. Thank you to all involved," said Anne Irwin, secretary of the Dyke Village Hall Management


Day time entertainment on the Scarecrow Site in both the arena and beer tent was also enjoyed.

Acoustic duo Tabi and Martin from Two Dimensional performed covers and some original material while local dance school Bourne to Dance gave

insight into their broad range of dance genres and some musical theatre.

The audience had great fun watching and singing along to Bourne Tuneless Choir, which was formed in 2016. The choir encourages those who

have been told that they cannot sing to sing and have fun.

Friends of Stamford and Rutland Theatre were also on hand. The group is comprised of many different local dramatic and musical societies and

performed a broad section of songs and dance.

LDC Dance members delivered a fabulous and wide range of urban dance group performances.

There was also a karate display, while members of Lives, a Lincolnshire-based charity, gave demonstrations on how and when to perform CPR and

how to use a defibrillator.

A large marquee and gazebos housed a variety of stalls and entertainment.

Classic cars and tractors were a great source of conversation and there was considerable excitement when a Lancaster flew over.

Evening entertainment came from Dean and Co and Pennyless while Richard Cejer flew in from Holland to play into the late evening.

A living scarecrow came in the form of ‘Uninvited Guest’, a local group led by Peter Hulme who lives in the village. They sang and played into the

latter part of the evening.

A raffle and tombola stall was organised by Coun Brenda Johnson and supported by Jane Jordon Roberts. Scarecrow Babies were sold off at the end.

Organisers thanked the sponsors including Bourne Snooker Centre, The Stores Dept, Bourne Lions, Vets for Pets, Bourne to Dance, Universal

Fitness Centre and The Wishing Well Inn.

"Thank you to the Dyke Scarecrow Festival Committee for all your hard work and to friends of the committee including Dyke WI," said Anne.

"A special thank you to Steve Castel and his family for organising the Beer Tent and to Anna McIvor for organising and booking the stallholders.

"Our greatest thanks to all Dyke villagers whose creativity, enthusiasm and forbearance is much appreciated.

"This year’s scarecrows are our best ever."

The winners of the Scarecrow Competition were:

- Joint third prize: Sheldon the Spider and Bottom’s Up;

- Second prize: Co-Crow the Clown; and

- First prize: Princess Rainbow Sparkles.

Bethany and Pippa Longland stepped up to receive the trophy on behalf the Longland family for the second year running.

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