Flock of scarecrows draws crowds

PUBLISHED: 14:13 02 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

THOSE who drove through the village of East Bergholt over the weekend could be forgiven if they found themselves looking twice at people's front gardens.

THOSE who drove through East Bergholt over the

weekend could be forgiven if they found themselves looking twice at people's front


Astronaut Neil Armstrong,

highwayman Dick Turpin and

fairytale Alice in Wonderland were among the elaborate characters who popped up outside people's homes.

The third annual scarecrow hunt drew in hundreds of people from East Bergholt and beyond and has become a highlight in the village as it helps to raise funds for the nursery school.

Among the 45 colourful scarecrows made were Noah and his Ark,

Incy-Wincy Spider, Hansel and Gretel, Humpty Dumpty, The Gingerbread Man and Pussy In The Well.

This year's themes were historical characters, fairy tales and nursery rhymes and a quiz was based on the scarecrows.

Frances Torrington, chairwoman of fundraising for the nursery, hoped the event would raise £500.

She said: "The nursery relies on events like these to keep fees down and keep it going. People have put a lot of work into making the


Nursery school children entertained their parents with the play Chicken Licken in the grounds and a raffle, stalls, tombola and collection buckets helped raise further funds.

Anglia Television's weather

presenter Becky Jago was at the

annual garden party at Chilton Meadows Nursing Home in Onehouse on Saturday.

Becky, who grew up in Stowmarket, officially opened the garden party and spent some time speaking to some of the residents and staff from the home.

More than 200 vintage cars were also on display in the parkland

surrounding Glemham Hall at the weekend.

The event, which attracted a large crowd, was organised by Ipswich Greyfriars Round Table and the Suffolk Vintage Enthusiasts Club in aid of Ipswich children's hospice.

Best vehicle was judged to be a 1936 Rolls Royce owned by Bernie Fosdike, from Ipswich, and the

runner-up was a 1927 Lagonda owned by Frank Tufts, from Felixstowe.

Hundreds of people also supped pints at the annual beer festival at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket at the weekend.

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