From the 24th – 27th September, Bingham saw a Scarecrow Festival celebrated across the town.
The event also included a Safari sale, an increasingly popular event which involves residents and/or local businesses selling items from the comfort of their driveways or front gardens.
Bingham resident Sarah Hills was the organiser of the eventful week. She said, “The scarecrow and Safari Sale are my 5th event that I have done. The first event I put together was during Halloween last year, then I did a Christmas event which raised money for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. I also put on a Valentines even and an Easter event where every child that took part received an Easter Egg which were donated by local people and businesses from Bingham.
“My events get bigger and bigger every time. My next trail event will be even bigger as it will be celebrating 1 year since starting them!”
The Bingham Scarecrow Festival saw a whopping 36 home-made Scarecrows displayed across Bingham. Maps were provided for locals to find the characters easily, taking them on a scenic walk around Bingham.
The Safari Sale included a tombola, cake stall and raffle where first and second prizes were donated by local Bingham businesses, Bake a Wish and Deano Barbers.
Through the Bingham Scarecrow Festival and The Safari Sale, all proceeds made went to Dove Cottage Day Hospice at Stathern.
Sarah continued, “I think the event went really well and I always get asked ‘what’s next?
“The children love doing the events and just to hear them laugh and shout is a fab feeling. I come up with crazy ideas when I’m sleeping. My girls think I’m mad but I enjoy it so much as the events help me with my anxiety.”
The next upcoming event that Sarah has planned is a Halloween trail running from 23rd – 31st October, where locals will decorate their windows and exterior of their homes for the spooky season. Maps will then be provided for families to follow a trail, ending at Sarah’s home which will be lit up green and have a smoke machine. Every child that takes part and makes it to the end will receive a bag of sweets donated by residents and local businesses in Bingham.
For those of you who are wandering, ‘so what plans do you have next Sarah?’, well, all of her events are shared on the True Bingham and Facebook page along with her very own ‘Sarah Community Trail’ Facebook page.
Sarah concluded, “I have received some lovely gifts from the parents and children of Bingham to say thank you for getting them through the last 18 months of the covid pandemic.”