Scarecrow Trail 2022: 14th & 15th May
The School Scarecrow Trail will take place for the first time since 2019 this year, on the weekend of 14th and 15th May. Members of the Friends of Keevil School (FOKS) attended the Parish Council meeting in January and said they were very keen to consult fully with residents, and welcomed suggestions from villagers especially on siting of the scarecrows: feedback should be made via Geoff West or Pat Tucker on the Parish Council, so that they can be addressed collectively during regular meetings between the school and the council.
News from Keevil School
A brief report from the Parish Council of the meeting at the school on July 12th 2021:
A meeting took place on the 12th July between members of the Parish Council and Keevil school Head Teacher Lyndsey Hermon, and School Governor Ben Gunstone. Various topics were raised, one of them being that the current policy of parents dropping off pupils without parking up at the school had proved so successful that it is to be continued after the school returns in September for the Autumn Term. It is hoped that it will remain school policy indefinitely.
There is to be no Scarecrow Trail this year, but it is planned by FOKS, to reinstate the Trail next May. It was stressed that the school need to liaise with the Parish Council more closely on this matter as planning evolves from its infancy at the beginning of the year until fruition. It is hoped that better communications will lead to a more harmonious Trail that does not intrude on members of the village.
The school has also mentioned that there would be a presence from them at forth coming Council meetings, so that any issues that might affect the village can be presented.
Geoff West, chair, Keevil Parish Council
Further information from the school can be found on their website.
About the Scarecrow Trail
This popular annual event is managed by and for the benefit of Keevil School, not the village or villagers of Keevil. It is the largest fundraising event the school holds, and 10% of the profits go to local charities.
- In 2018 £400 was donated to St Leonard’s Church, £400 to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, and £250 to the Keevil Community Shed.
- In 2017 the donation was split between St Leonard’s Church, The Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the Keevil Community Shed via Keevil Parish Council. In addition to this, the school children collected donations in the car park for Cancer Research and raised £282.75.
- In 2016 donations were made to Keevil Parish Council and Wiltshire Young Carers.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, there was no Scarecrow Trail event in 2020 or 2021.
At the request of the Chairman of the Parish Council, from 2018 onwards the event name was corrected to “The Keevil School Scarecrow Trail”. The Chairman also attended a meeting with the Scarecrow Organising Committee at which she pointed out that some visitors following the trail onto the Playing Field had let their dogs onto the main field which is prohibited.