The team at R4C are all involved in their local communities, whether as a member of local groups or parish council. We also all enjoy a good day out and over the summer Sarah attended her local agricultural show in Minsterley, Shropshire. Taking a leaf out of Kirsty Allsop’s book she (with a little help from visiting friends), entered various classes in the home section and no-one was more surpised than her to come away with 3 prizes! All that remained was to eat them…and plan for next year.
Cerys also enjoyed a day attending the Norland Scarecrow festival with her family who live in the area. It takes place over the first weekend in September every year. A huge community effort with themed (books this year) scarecrows and exhibits, spread across a 3 mile circular route. Visitors can complete a form for a small fee to guess the name of the books depicted, and the fundraising from this is distributed to local good causes.
A wet weekend didn’t deter hundreds of visitors from walking the route, and a tea tent staffed by local volunteers offered a break on the way around. This is a great example of community activity, with individual and group effort combining with collective planning, co-ordinating and delivery all contributing towards making a great event of which they can be rightly proud.
Particularly good was the way a number of entries were placed where children could sit, explore and generally enjoy getting hands on with some of the exhibits, different from the “look but don’t touch” approach often seen. The picture below shows children enjoying the Narnia exhibit, while Aslan looks on.