Cinderford celebrates the Queen’s Jubilee with Royal scarecrows

By Jake Chown  
Sunday 29th May 2022 6:00 am
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Scarecrows have been spotted in Cinderford over the last month

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SCARECROWS are popping up all over Cinderford just in time for the Jubillee celebrations - and the organisers are urging the whole town to get involved.

Cinderford Town Council has led efforts to setup a Scarecrow Trail, inspired by the one created to raise a smile during the pandemic in Berry Hill back in 2020, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubillee next week.

Scarecrows have been spotted on display outside people’s homes, in gardens and in shop windows since May 1, and the organisers say they “would love to see more” popping up all over the town in the lead up to the Jubillee.

And the council has also promised a prize for the “best Scarecrow in Cinderford”.

While there is no particular theme for the trail, many have created Royal-inspired entries - including several of Queen Elizebeth II herself, and one of her eldest son Charles.

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Other designs include a golfer, Cinderford Town footballer, Where’s Wally, Woody from Toy Story and Superman, at properties stretching “from Steam Mills up to Abbots Road”.

The council created a light-hearted poem to promote the trail online, which it shared on its Facebook page and website.

It reads: “We would like to create a trail, for all the Town to see, of Scarecrows that will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“We would like to create a trail, but can’t do it on our own, your help is needed up and down, outside an office or your home.

“We would like to create a trail and hope you all join in, the best Scarecrow that’s in Cinderford, a prize it will duly win.”

The idea to create a trail came from Cinderford resident Elaine Bradley, who contacted the town council to help her spread the word.

Elaine said: “I’d seen trails in other villages in the Forest but we’d never had one in Cinderford, so I thought it’d be a nice thing to do in the build up to the Jubilee.

“All are welcome to get involved, we’d like to see as many as possible!”

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The council has created a map of the many scarecrows to be found across the town, which is constantly being updated.

The most recently updated map can be found on the council’s Facebook page, where pictures of the newest scarecrows are also shared regularly.

Anyone who has made a scarecrow should email [email protected] with a picture, your name and contact details.

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