West Hallam - One Small Step
w/e 21 July 2019
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
It should come as no surprise that in the week when
the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 1969 was celebrated
that the annual West Hallam Festival and Scarecrow Trail should
feature in both the well dressings displays and the various scarecrows
around the village.
The main well dressing by Pauline Fearn in front of the Village
Hall depicted the moon landing with the words "One Small
Step" at the top of the panel and "1969-2019"
at the bottom.
A smaller panel nearby was by the Village Pre-School and was
titled "Space Adventure". The adjacent description
stated that the children had great fun using small stones to
create shimmering stars in a black sky. Each well dressing also
had a charity collecting box and this one was in aid of CROAK
(Carers and Relatives of Autistic Kids),
It was only
to be expected that at least would scarecrow would be of an astronaut
and this depiction of Neil Armstrong above was on St Wilfrid's
Road. Another one stood at Scarecrow Headquarters (left) in The
Village and was named Neil Armstraw (right) with the words on
the adjoining description saying "That's one small step
for man, one giant leap for a scarecrow.
Some lateral thinking had been applied to another scarecrow in
The Village to mark the anniversary with this one was named "Rocket
Man", a portrayal of Elton John and a reference to his 1972
recording and also the 2019 film of the same name.
Although not a direct reference to the moon landing, the well
dressing in School Square by the Women, Wine and Words Book Group
title "Save The Planet" did include an image of the
earth as it might appear from space.
It was not all about moon landings though and a traditional scarecrow
was stationed in the garden at Scarecrow Headquarters.
Imaginative use of tomato and pepper plants made for an interesting
vacation of traditional scarecrows with Mr Tomato and Mrs Pepper
sitting outside the Estate Agent's shop in The Village.
Back at the Village Hall plants were also prominent with strategically
placed sunflowers on "Miss July" as the 20th anniversary
of the original release of the Women's Institute calendar was
commemorated which led to the subsequent Calendar Girls film
The Women's Institute organisation provides women with the chance
to build new skills although I doubt that making scarecrow figures
based on the annoyingly repetitive "Baby Shark" song
is one of them. This family of characters based on that song
though are another stop on the Scarecrow Trail that leads far
and wide throughout the village.
Another family of scarecrows adorned this display which is another
on the Scarecrow Trail and is appropriately name "Family
Tree" but there is also a nod towards space exploration
with a star on the top.
There are of course many more well dressings and scarecrows all
around the village but the Festival is now over for this year
so the best advice I can give if you want to see more, is come
back next July.