Update June 2021:
Update 20th February 2021:
A decision whether to run the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival in 2021 will be taken by the end of the Spring. If the festival goes ahead, it will be held on the weekend of the 21st/22nd August 2021.
We will keep you updated on decisions regarding the event.
Update 20th June 2020:
STATEMENT ON THE CANCELLATION OF THE 2020 FLAMSTEAD SCARECROW FESTIVAL
The organisers of the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival “Friends of St Leonard’s” have this week taken the decision to cancel the Festival in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and current Government restrictions on holding large-scale events.
In doing so we have taken into consideration the availability of our volunteers to be able to run a large-scale event in August, especially when many of them have been shielding.
We have also had to consider the availability of the venues we use around the village, which are not currently allowed to open fully under government guidelines.
Additionally, we have taken into account the risk to our village residents (many of whom are in older demographics), and our community buildings and businesses, of inviting a large amount of people to our village when we do not have the infrastructure in place under current conditions to be able to run the event.
We are very sad to have to cancel the festival for the second year in a row as we know what a well-supported event it is, so thanks to all of those who were planning to attend the event this summer.
The Flamstead Scarecrow Festival will aim to be back in 2021, so please do watch out for further updates on our Website and Social Media Channels, and stay safe this summer.
FoSL and the organising committee
BBC Three Counties 2018 Highlights
Mum's Guide to Harpenden 2018 Highlights
CANCELLATION OF THE 2019 FESTIVAL
The planned 18th annual Flamstead Scarecrow Festival was Cancelled in 2019 due to a tragic event in our village which took place just before the festival weekend. A “Heritage Autumn Fayre” took place in the village in Autumn 2019 to fulfil some of the objectives for the St Leonard’s Heritage Lottery Bid.
The AGM for the 17th Annual Flamstead Scarecrow Festival was held on the 9th October 2018 at St Leonard’s Church, where we celebrated our Scarecrow Festival Winners, reviewed the running of the festival this year, and relayed plans for the running of the event in 2019.
Including Gift Aid, the 2018 Scarecrow Festival raised around £23,000, which is all going toward the church transformation project. We are very pleased that such a fantastic amount was raised!
Our sincere thanks go to each and every person who made the 2018 Scarecrow Festival possible and who was involved in making the event such a great success!
In 2019, the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival will be supporting Friends of St Leonard’s and the Flamstead Heritage Project’s vision is to protect St Leonard’s Church for future generations to use and enjoy by donating the proceeds of the Scarecrow Festival to the project. In 2018 we raised 23k for this project. Find out more about how the proceeds from the festival will be spent.