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Take part in the Village Survey

The Flamstead future working group has been set up to survey parishioners about their views on the future of Flamstead, to reflect back the findings and to make proposals to the Parish Council. Why do you need to take part? Because the combined responses will be used to guide the Council’s decisions. The main survey is open to individual residents of Flamstead Parish in Hertfordshire aged 16 or over.

Flamstead future...have your say

Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow Festival 2016

The very popular and highly successful annual Scarecrow Festival will be held between Friday 19th (Mid-day onwards) - Sunday 21st August 2016.

Started in 2002 as a means of raising money for the upkeep of the Village Church and the Herts Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre the festival has gone from strength to strength. Every year so far there have been over 90 scarecrows on display and many people now look forward to the annual event. The last few years over 5000 people have visited the village each year.
The scarecrows will be on display and voting forms will be available from mid day on Friday. Voting closes on Sunday at 5pm.
In addition to the scarecrows there will be lots of other things to see and do. The village pubs and shop as well as the Pavilion on the Recreational Ground will be open over the weekend selling a range of food and drinks.
The village hall will be open selling teas and cakes. In addition there will be range of craft stalls in the hall and the village shop will be selling ice creams, cold drinks and sandwiches.
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Viewing/voting times are as follows:
  • Friday   12.00 - 5.00
  • Saturday   10.00 - 6.00
  • Sunday   10.30 - 5.00

Events planned for the weekend include:
(to be confirmed)
All Week end:
  • Village Hall & Surrounding Area
    • Cream Teas
    • Refreshments
    • Craft Stalls
    • Cake Sale
    • Tombola
    • Train Rides
  • Village Pubs
    • Spotted Dog PH: TBA 
    • Three Black Birds PH: TBA 
    • Rose and Crown PH: BBQ and Real Ales, Treasure Hunt and 25 scarecrows in Trowley Bottom, well worth the short walk down the hill to Trowley Bottom, or catch the free bus
  • Village Shop
    • Sandwiches
    • Drinks
    • Ice creams
    • Sweets
  • Methodist Church
    • Food
    • Cakes
  • Refreshments in the village hall - cream teas and home cakes - walk the scarecrow trail and then come and enjoy a cream tea without a pang of guilt!
  • Sale of Bric a Brac in the village hall
  • Tour Bus will operate from village hall to take the elderly / disabled around the village, starting and finishing at the village hall, runs on the hour every hour apart from 1pm - listen for the announcements
  • Care Bus will operate from near to the car park to take less-abled visitors to and from the village
  • Model train rides - St Leonard's Church yard
Entertainment / Activities Friday
  • 12:00 - 3:00: BBC 3 Counties Radio Transmits Live from the Village (tbc)
  • Three Blackbirds Full Food Menu on as Usual, Selection of Ales
  • Spotted Dog PH: Full Food Menu on as Usual, Selection of Ales
  • Cake Stall in the village hall - Herts MS Therapy Centre
  • 10:00 - 2:00: L&D Hospital Radio Transmits Live from the Village
  • 11:00 - 11:30: Children’s Story Reading by Judith McMullen
  • 2:00 - 2:30: English Miscellany
  • 2:30 - 2:45: Mummers
  • 2:45 - 3:15: Punch & Judy Show
  • 3:00: Talk by Eric Edwards on the History of Flamstead Church
  • 3:15 - 3:45: English Miscellany
  • 3:45 - 4:15: Punch & Judy Show
  • 1:00: Cricket Match Recreational Ground
  • 12:00 - 12:30: Children’s Story Reading by Clive Hayward
  • 2:00 - 2:30: Aldbury Morris Men - Village Hall Car Park
  • 2:30 - 3:15: Hemel Hempstead Band - adjacent to Village Hall
  • 3:00: Talk by Eric Edwards on the History of Flamstead Church
  • 3:15 - 3:45: Aldbury Morris Men
  • 4:00 - 4:45: Hemel Hempstead Band - The Grand Finale!
Other Activities / Events in the Village over the Weekend include:
  • St. Leonard’s Church: Flamstead History Society
  • Village Hall: Cream Teas, HMSTC Raffle Tickets, Cake Stalls, Tombola etc
  • Church Yard: Craft Stalls, Train Rides
  • Methodist Church: Afternoon Tea (Friday), Refreshments, Tea and Cakes (Saturday and Sunday) (tbc)
  • Three Black Birds PH: Saturday: Steel Band, Caribbean BBQ, DJ and Cocktails; Sunday: Bouncy Castle, Face Painting
  • Spotted Dog PH: TBA
  • Rose and Crown: Real Ales, BBQ
  • Village Shop: Cold Drinks, Ice Creams, Sweets, T-Shirts, Sandwiches and Snacks
  • Apple Trees, Church Rd: Peppa Pig Saturday and Sunday 11.30am and 2.30pm, Bouncy Castle, Peppa Pig Trail and Refreshments
Please, please, please park in the signposted Free Carpark, collect your voting form, walk the sign posted scarecrow trail and view the scarecrows, make your choice and deliver your voting form to the village hall.
Satnav Post code: AL3 8DE. Latitude 51° 49" 11.21' Longitude -0° 26" 45.28' 

There will be disabled parking (space permitting) where they you can also take advantage of the Markyate/Flamstead care bus which will be making tours of the scarecrow trail.
The village is not too large and it will take about 1.1/2 hrs to walk round the village, enjoy the scenery and see all the scarecrows. Please use the car parks provided if you are able-bodied. Flamstead is not too large and will not support a cars driving or parking carelessly around the village - there is no parking in the village. We also have to ensure that emergency vehicles can get in and out of the village.
We DO NOT provide maps of where the scarecrows are, with people registering their scarecrows as late a Saturday morning it is not practical to do so. However, if you have a smart phone an up to date map of the scarecrows will be available to view on your smart phone . If you prefer a paper map why not print it out before you come.

Pictures of the scarecrows will be posted in the marquee should you 'forget' which one you intend to vote for. As with previous years it is also planned to post pictures of all the scarecrows plus the winners on this web site.
Please support the event, don't just come and look, buy a voting form. All the money raised goes towards worthy causes; the Village Church and the Herts Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. Lots of villagers give up their free time not just to make scarecrows but in organising the event; organising carparks, printing forms, distributing forms, cooking cakes, manning the various stalls and events, etc., etc., all the for good of the event and the causes it supports.
2015 Winners complete 2015 entry
2014 Winners complete 2014 entry
2013 winners complete 2013 entry
2012 winners complete 2012 entry
2011 winners complete 2011 entry
2010 winners complete 2010 entry
2009 winners complete 2009 entry
2008 winners complete 2008 entry
2007 winners complete 2007 entry
2006 winners 2006 also rans
2005 winners 2005 also rans
2004 winners and entries
2003 winners and entries
2002 winners and entries
(*) Suggested Donation
Vote in the 2015 Hanging Basket competition

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