Visit Figures of History as the Scarecrow Festival takes over Holgate

The annual Holgate Scarecrow Festival returned to York yesterday (May 19) and runs until 4pm tomorrow (May 21) in and around Holgate.

This year’s theme is ‘Time Machine – Characters from History’ and includes scarecrows from Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Queen Elizabeth I, Barbara Hepworth, a Viking and the Eurotunnel.

York Press: A Viking ScarecrowA Viking scarecrow (Image: Included)

The event is organized by the Friends of St Paul’s School to raise money for their primary school but with the help of local businesses, along with West Bank Park, Holgate Windmill and St Paul’s Church.

Friends of St Paul’s School Co-Chairs Jo Mensah and Kate Godfrey said: “The Scarecrow Festival has been such a huge success over the past few years that we can’t wait for people to enjoy it again this weekend can.”

“Our army of incredibly creative volunteers and support from local businesses and organizations never ceases to amaze us.

“With a decent weather weekend, everyone in the community can look forward to enjoying the spectacle. Please give the Scarecrows a warm welcome as you pass them.”

York Press: A scarecrow of Queen Elizabeth is on display at the festivalA scarecrow of Queen Elizabeth is on display at the festival (Image: Included)

Maps can be found on-line on the People’s Fundraising website or at cafes open today and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm in West Bank Park.

Also St Paul’s Church is open today from 10am to 4pm for refreshments and crafts.

As reported by The Press, St Paul’s Church of England primary school, based in Holgate, once again maintained its ‘good’ rating following a recent ungraded inspection.

The inspector noted that the school is “at the heart of their community” and that “the students are proud of their school and enjoy coming to school and learning with their friends”.

The school, which has the motto ‘A Place to Belong’, proved to be a welcoming place where students feel a strong sense of belonging and learning at school is fun.

Students’ behavior in class and at social events was described as “extremely positive”, learning in mathematics was “strong” and the school’s prioritization of reading was recognized.

York Press: An Einstein ScarecrowAn Einstein Scarecrow (Image: Included)

Inspectors found that the school’s students were “attentive and respectful” and that they “worked well together”.

Tom Mitchell, the school’s chief executive, said: “It is reassuring that the inspection has produced some of the positive experiences that our students have on a day-to-day basis.”

“Both our Principal, Christie Waite, and our Deputy Principal, Yvonne Methley, attended the two day inspection and the school thanks them very much for their leadership and commitment. The entire school community can look to the future with great optimism.” Visit Figures of History as the Scarecrow Festival takes over Holgate

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