On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September, Belbroughton celebrated it’s much loved, annual event – The Scarecrow weekend! Each year the residents of Belbroughton take part in creating a unique, and often humourous Scarecrow.
The festivities draw crowds of people from all over the UK to the quaint, little countryside village. On entering the village you are greeted by a smattering of straw faces dotted in the most inconspiciously, inventive of places.
There are lots of things to see and do as the Scarecrow Weekend takes over the whole village.
This year saw the arrival of a delicious Farmers Market – selling everything from Hog Roast to Jersey Vanilla Icecream with cindertoffee pieces and cupcakes
and local Charity fundraising events such as an Open Day with tombola raffle at the Belbroughton Animal Sanctuary.
In the Holy Trinity Church, there were opportunities to try out Bell ringing and watch wool spinners and other local artisans practice their skills.
Artists from around the area displayed their paintings in various locations throughout the village.
Belbroughton History Society had a stand in the church where members, Sarah & James Bradley, held an exhibition of their groups large photographic collection.
It was also an opportunity to showcase their recent publications on Belbroughton.
In order to promote the Belbroughton History Society’s Full Circle film search, also on display was a selection of archive film and information about how members of the community could deposit any of their own homemovies or film that related to the local area.
Artist, John Instance, spoke to Full Circle’s Belbroughton History Society about his 8mm film collection which dates back around 45 years and contains footage of a mounted Police march through Cannon Hill Park. John, was born in Selly Park, Birmingham and worked in the Jewellery Quarter, and then in electronics. He set up business in Bewdley in 1982, an Art gallery called The Old Bank Craft Studio which remained there for 23 years until some unfortunate flooding caused it to close down. John continues to work as an Artist and paints from his home studio, holding exhibitions of his work.
John Harvey, a visitor to Belbroughton’s Scarecrow Weekend, spoke of his own cinefilm collection which contains footage of Bearwood and Warley Woods from around 1986. It was a successful weekend, with a number of people coming forward to discuss personal collections that held footage relating the Belbroughton and the larger West Midlands area.
If you have any film or homemovies relating to Belbroughton or the surrounding area please contact Sarah Bradley, Chair of The Belbroughton History Society by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Belbroughton History Society are the participating Full Circle group for that area. They will be acting as a collection point for footage found in the community.
For more information about The Full Circle Project or on how you can deposit footage relating to the wider Midlands area or to find out details of your nearest participating group, please contact: Full Circle Curator: Lucie Kerley by email: email@example.com or call 0116 252 5931
Photographs courtesy of Lucie Kerley