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Scarecrow Festival

From Elvis to Elton, Bowie to Beethoven, and Lennon to Lemmy the theme of this years Scarecrow festival in Loddon and Chedgrave is Music Through The Years.

A wide selection of composers, songwriters, Disco Divas, Rock N Rollers, Punks, music hall legends and Glam Rockers, will be on display during the week of the 19th – 24th June throughout Loddon and Chedgrave. The week long festivities will culminate on Saturday 25th June with a carnival procession from Chedgrave to Loddon as part of a day long celebration that will include craft stalls, live music, food stalls, and a tombola, as well as the parade through the town, and much, much more.

The week long celebrations kick off on Saturday 18th June with the start of the scarecrow trail and 2 day open garden event for the Holy Trinity Church, and a music quiz at the Angel Public House, Loddon on Tuesday 21st June.

Before the celebrations commence there will be workshops on Sunday 22nd May, and Sunday 5th June at the Lecture Hall in George Lane, Loddon between 2-5pm with expert assistance available for people who wish to enter a scarecrow into the festival. All that people will need to do is bring clothes to put on your scarecrow as the rest of the materials will be provided. Entering a scarecrow into the festival costs £5 for adults, and £2 for children with prizes for the 3 best entries as voted for by members of the public including a £50 first prize. Anyone wishing to take part in the workshops should contact Pat Howe on 07757 014514 or Julie Stimpson on 07747 068533.

Entertainment on the 25th June will include the Carnival parade at 2pm, that will include the Phoenix Marching band and many local residents in a fine selection of costumes, will begin in Chedgrave, and make its way through the centre of Loddon, concluding at the church plain where the days entertainment will take place. Entertainment at the church plain will run from 12- 6pm with a break for the parade between 2-3pm. Artists who are performing include headline act the highly acclaimed West African Kora player Sefo Kanuteh with his band Meriya who will take to the stage just after 4pm. J Q’s Jazz quintet will open and close the days entertainment, with The Invidia Rock and soul choir, and Violinists Isabella and Sofia also on between 12-2pm. Between 3-6pm Songwriter Naomi Sutherland, and Simon Lovick singing the songs of Elvis will appear before Sefo, and JQ’s jazz quintet round off the day.