Family steps in to save annual scarecrow trail event By Ivo Le Maistre Smith on Thursday 12 May 2016

Scarecrows will be visiting the Railway Walk again this year, thanks to a local family that didn’t want to see them disappear from the Island’s events calendar.

The generous family, who wish to remain anonymous, decided to sponsor the annual Family Nursing & Home Care (FNHC) Scarecrow Trail, after it was announced that it would be cancelled if someone didn’t come forward to help with the running costs of the popular community event.

‘We are thrilled that someone has stepped forward to save our scarecrow trail,’ said Ivo Le Maistre Smith, Fundraising Manager at FNHC.

‘One family enjoyed the event so much over the past two years that they wanted to use their own money to save the event. It’s such a generous gesture and we are so grateful to them for helping us to put the event on for another year for the public to enjoy.’

This year’s event, which is set to take place on the 2nd and 3rd of July, will see properties all along the Railway Walk, from Corbière to St Aubin, display scarecrows made by individuals, local groups, schools and businesses.

The theme for this year’s trail is ‘Royalty,’ and FNHC is inviting schools and organisations to enter their scarecrows into the trail for the chance to win a range of cash prizes. The closing date to enter a scarecrow for this year is 3rd June, but FNHC urge people who want to take part to get in touch well before then.

During the week of the Scarecrow Trail, FNHC will sell trail maps showing where all the scarecrows are located, and an answer sheet for people to fill in. Participants will be asked to identity which ‘royal’ each scarecrow represents and to vote for their favourite scarecrow. The organisers will then count up votes for the best scarecrow and enter anyone who votes into a draw for a cash prize of £50.  People’s Choice prizes for the best scarecrows include a £150 first prize, £50 second prize and a £25 third prize. Last year, a team from Poplars Day Centre won first prize with their rendition of ‘The Tin Man’ from The Wizard of Oz.

Mr Le Maistre Smith, added: ‘Last year 30 scarecrows took part. The trail was littered with a host of familiar faces, from ET to Jack Sparrow. Anyone can get involved in the trail by making a scarecrow or by following the route and identifying the scarecrows on 2nd and 3rd July. The event is great fun for all the family and will help to raise much needed funds for our community nursing teams.’

To enter a scarecrow, please download an entry form at: fnhc.org,je

For more information, please contact Ivo Le Maistre Smith on 015234 443664 or email ivo@fnhc.org.je