Marehay show set to be bigger than ever this year

MDB090901c1'Marehay show scarecrow entries. show steward Bertie Masters, treasurer Trevor Bonsall and marketing Jan Salt
MDB090901c1'Marehay show scarecrow entries. show steward Bertie Masters, treasurer Trevor Bonsall and marketing Jan Salt
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SCARECrows are set to fill the gardens of Marehay villagers once more in time for this year’s show.

The popular event will be held on the village recreation ground on Derby Road for the first time on September 3.

In previous years the show, which features a host of growing competitions, games and stalls, has been held in the Kestrel pub on Upper Marehay Road and at Marehay Chapel on Warmwells Lane.

But following the efforts of local group, Marehay Community Trust, to resolve a series of drainage problems that have plagued the recreation ground for years, it will now be held in the village’s main green space.

Jannette Ward, representing the Marehay Show Committee, which organises the yearly show, said: “It is going to be bigger and better this year. The reason it is going to be on the local park is because villagers have supported the Marehay Community Trust so much.

“People really rallied together to make the improvements.”

Members of the trust dug out drains in the turf of the recreation ground to limit flooding problems there during spring. The site had been unusable in recent years due to the amount of water on the surface.

Amber Valley Borough Councillor for the Ripley and Marehay ward, Lyndsay Cox, is proud of the community’s achievements in improving the once boggy ground in time for this year’s show.

She said: “It is a wonderful community event and shows all the hard work of local people - it just shows what sort of community spirit there is here.”

Villagers now have just two weeks to prepare their entries for this year’s scarecrow competition, which asks villagers to make weird and wonderful scarecrows in their gardens.

A scarecrow version of Spiderman scaling the side of a house turned heads in 2010, as did a version of children’s favourite, Bob the Builder and an 8ft tall leprechaun holding a guitar in the Kestrel public house car park.

Prizes will be awarded to first second and third places in an adult and a junior section. Both be decided by a panel of judges.

Also this year an award will be give out to the people’s favourite.

A tent is to be set up in the main show with photos of all the year’s entries, giving people the chance to vote for their favourite.

For details of how to enter visit Make sure you read all about it in the News.