The scarecrows are coming to town!

Bradley Stoke Town Council’s first-ever Scarecrow Trail has attracted around 30 entrants who will now go on to make a figure and display it over the autumn half-term holiday. Members of the public will be able to take part in the trail from Saturday 24th to Saturday 31st October 2020 (inclusive).

Poster promoting the Scarecrow Trail.

Trail maps costing £1 will be available from the town council offices (at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road BS32 8HL), the Willow Brook Centre management office and the Hollow Tree pub, from the first week in October.

Scarecrows will be displayed between the hours of 9am and dusk (but 4pm on the final day).

Entries for the prize draw must be returned to the town council offices by 6pm on Saturday 31st October, 6pm.

Winners will be published on the town council’s website, www.bradleystoke.gov.uk, on Sunday 1st November.

For more details about taking part in the trail, visit the dedicated event page on the council’s website.

All proceeds from this event will go towards the mayor’s charities which are Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and Next Link Domestic Abuse Services.

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Message from the mayor

We are delighted that we have approximately 30 scarecrows for the children and adults to find throughout the town from Saturday 24th October to Saturday 31st October 2020.

A fun trail following the famous wizards and witches scarecrows to spot and identify in our lovely town setting. There will be plenty of scarecrows for the children to guess and some cryptic ones for the grown ups too, in this our first time of holding this event.

Photo of Cllr Tony Griffiths dressed as a scarecrow.
Town mayor Tony Griffiths gets into the spirit of the upcoming scarecrow trail.

Maps will be available from the first week in October from the town council offices, the Willow Brook Centre and the Hollow Tree Pub (a good excuse to pop in for a quick drink and refreshments).

The initiative provides affordable family fun, where trail maps are £1 with the chance to win £50 by entering the prize draw. Prizes are also available for the favourite, funniest and the mayor’s personal favourite scarecrow.

I would like to extend my personal thanks to Odile McIntosh (deputy town clerk) for her hard work and to Andy Wynn (Willow Brook Centre manager), Chris (manager of The Hollow Tree public house) and Specsavers for sponsoring this event.

Cllr Tony Griffiths
Mayor of Bradley Stoke


Photo of children and staff at Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club with their entry for the scarecrow trail.
Children and staff at Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club with their scarecrow entry.

The children at Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club, the after-school and holiday club based at Baileys Court Activity Centre, have been having a great time making their own entry for the upcoming scarecrow trail. Rather appropriately they were asked to create a likeness of an owl who is the pet of a well-known wizard. Can you guess the owl’s name?

This article originally appeared in the October 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on pages 18 & 19). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.


Update: Confirmation of trail map availability

Added 14th October 2020.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has confirmed that trail maps costing £1 are available now from the three venues mentioned in the article. There are 26 scarecrows listed on the map.


Update: The scarecrows are out!

Added 24th October 2020.

The 2020 Bradley Stoke Scarecrow Trail is now under way! It runs until Saturday 31st October. For the latest updates, see this post on the Bradley Stoke Journal’s Facebook page.

Photo of a scarecrow trail figure at the Jubilee Centre.
Scarecrow trail figure at the Jubilee Centre.

Update: Trail map corrections

Added 26th October 2020.

Scarecrow #23 (Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club) is located at Baileys Court Activity Centre (not Cooks Close).

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