Wardle Scarecrow Festival raises £600 for Rochdale Children’s Moorland Home

Date published: 23 October 2021

This year’s annual Wardle Scarecrow Festival has raised £600 for charity.

At the start of October, residents made and displayed over 100 scarecrows in the village as the festival returned for a third year.

Visitors came from all over the North West to see the displays, which included an eight-foot chicken, a life-sized horse, Pennywise the clown from Stephen King’s IT, Spongebob Squarepants, an Only Fools and Horses display and even artist Vincent van Gogh.

This year’s winner was the ‘Tyranno-Straw-Rus Rex’ on Wardle Fold, which received 647 votes on the Wardle Scarecrow Festival Facebook page.

Following closely in second place was ‘Alfredo and his drunken driver’ at Hogan’s Farm, with 641 votes.

Maps of the route were sold for £1 each, raising funds for local charity Rochdale Children's Moorland Home. The Moorland Home at Wardle’s Nab Farm acts as a respite for children from disadvantaged families as well as offering a week’s holiday for disadvantaged children. Providing the children with an excellent environment to improve their social skills, quite often, this is the only opportunity that these children have for a holiday.

The farm was donated by Frederick Lye, one of Rochdale's most distinguished citizens and benefactors, to the committee in the 1920s.

The Wardle Scarecrow Festival will return in October next year.


A life-sized horse scarecrow made of straw
Alfredo and his drunken driver


An eight-foot tall chicken scarecrow


A scarecrow Vincent van Gogh paints away
Vincent van Gogh, surrounded by depictions of his most famous work, 'Sunflowers'


Only Fools and Horses' Del Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert Trotter
Only Fools and Horses' Del Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert Trotter


A scarecrow wedding
A nice day for a white wedding in Wardle


A space shuttle and astronaut


Pennywise the clown surrounded by red balloons
Pennywise the clown with his iconic red balloon


A pirate scarecrow


Spongebob Squarepants scarecrow
Spongebob Squarepants


Two Ghostbusters
Who ya gonna call?: A Ghostbusters-themed display


A fishing scarecrow


Bertie Bassett scarecrow
Bertie Bassett and scarecrow dog


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