Ex-straw-dinary festival returns!

One of the exhibits at last year's festival
One of the exhibits at last year's festival
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A mini Scarecrow Festival is set to take place in Clitheroe later this month to raise funds for a worthwhile cause.

Once again, two small streets in the town, with big hearts, are trying to raise money for Ribble Valley Foodbank on Saturday, August 11th - the same day as the town’s famous food festival.

One of the organisers of the scarecrow exhibits, said: “While all the residents think the idea of the food festival to showcase local produce is a great one, they are also mindful of those who may go hungry locally. The households on Cowper Avenue, and some on Milton Avenue, just off Waddington Road, are again holding their very own Scarecrow Streets!

“Many people pass close by on their way to and from the Festival, or park at Chester Avenue Car Park. The Scarecrows will be out in force!

“Can you find them? Residents are hoping that donations (money or tins) might be dropped into the collection buckets for the Ribble Valley Foodbank over the course of the day, as people enjoy the festivities, but also spare a thought for those less fortunate than themselves.

“Follow the signs from Waddington Road, or from the Scarecrow kindly made by the Platform Gallery. We would like to thank Ribble Valley Borough Council for their help and support with the event.”

* The foodbank began through local Christians becoming concerned at the number of people in need of emergency food in the area, and so Clitheroe Christians in Partnership decided to go ahead and set up a Trussell Trust Foodbank in 2013. Since the foodbank was launched, almost 7,000 people have received three days emergency food and around 600 Christmas parcels have been distributed.

A typical food parcel contains a nutritionally balanced, non-perishable, tinned and dried foods.