The Wizard of Ditchling

We can build Scarecrows.


Here's a transcript of the video above.


As some of you may know, I am the Wizard of Ditchling.

We are living in extraordinary times - with the virus has come lockdowns, potential self-isolation and school closures.


There is no doubt this is going to prove a challenging time for everyone; but we are so fortunate where we live surrounded by a wonderful community.

And I have been asked by the Ditchling Fair Committee to let you know about a perfect Stay at Home activity to help you get through this time.

 As anyone who is lucky enough to live here knows Ditchling Fair is a pretty big event –established 1312, Local volunteers have been busy planning it since autumn last year this, in prep our 708th anniversary later in the year.

If we follow the Government's instructions - behave responsibly & stay at home and keep positive, there is still just a slim chance that our incredible fair could still happen this summer. What a party that one will be.

So how are we going to weather the storm whilst we stay at home?

What is the most creative, the most spectacularly defiant and gloriously community spirited thing that we can do?

We can build Scarecrows.

That is right.

The Fair Committee has decided to bring the fair’s Ditchling Scarecrow competition forward, and we are going to hold it during the first week of May.

The Competition will adopt this year’s fair theme:

Friendship, Frivolity and the Future.

How fitting is that? It was almost as if it was meant to be – never has friendship seemed more valuable.
So maybe this Easter we can’t go out, we can’t see our friends, and we have to remain at home.

But we can use this time wisely.

Raid the cupboards, raid the garage, raid the loft - find all those bit’n’pieces you kept meaning to take to the dump (but of course haven’t!) - and up-cycle it all to build the most creative and imaginative scarecrow ever!

For inspiration & scarecrow ideas you can always have a look at Ditchling Fair website for previous scarecrow galleries

Alternatively this year our 75th VE day celebrations have been cancelled - so why not build a tribute to our brave servicemen and women to commemorate them

What about the ‘Roaring 20’s’ - It is after all 2020

Or 2020 Vision - your thoughts on what the future will be like. Lets have a village of robots and spaceships outside our front doors, our front gardens or even hanging outside the window on a coat hanger if you live in a flat. Just make sure it is secure!

Or maybe celebrate our incredible village heritage - the amazing artists that have lived here before us. We could honour them with our own creativity.

Or our historic agrarian roots - never has the farming community been needed more now as they try to feed us at this time. Well let our scarecrows say thank you to them.

And here is the best bit – you can do this at home as a family or even as an individual self-isolating. So if we can’t go out and meet our friends, remember it won’t be forever and we can still be creative and have fun in the bargain.

Even if there are lockdowns – we don’t need to let it get us down.
Come that first week of May we will hopefully still be able to walk through the village (maybe not as groups of course), but we can still feel happy and enjoy everyone’s efforts – young and old.

Get those creative juices and let your imagination run wild.

How do you get involved?

Well to win it you’ve got to be in it - and that means your scarecrow has to be outside your home on Sat 2nd May.

All the details will be available on the Ditchling Fair website ( where you can download an application form. If you can’t get out to drop the form off, well email it to the organisers. No one will be excluded.

And if you are seeing this, and know someone who doesn’t use the internet much, well why not print them a form and let them know?

Lets come together and show ourselves, and the world that although we may temporarily be physically inside - we are still being creative and looking outwards,

we are very much alive and that our scarecrows are coming to prove it!

Thank you for your time.

Take care. Be safe.
And Hang on in there.

Ditchling Scarecrows – Making Life Good.



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About Ditchling Fair

In 1312 King Edward II granted John de Warenne, Lord of the Manor, the right to run a Fair in Ditchling 'in the eve and in the day and in the morrow of St Margaret the Virgin' and thus was to be celebrated on July 20th.

More information is on The Ditchling History Project website (opens in new window)...

John Broomfield Removals

John Broomfield RemovalsJohn Broomfield Removals are generously continuing to sponsor the Ditchling Fair Scarecrow Competition.

They are a local family-run business with 20 years of experience in the removal industry. They have built their reputation through their friendly and professional staff from the local area, which has provided a quality service.