A SPECIAL guest has been booked to open this year’s summer fete at Beoley Church – none other than the St Leonard’s version of the well known character Worzel Gummidge.
The fete, on Saturday, July 6, opens at 1.30pm and runs till 4.30pm and is on the theme of scarecrows.
Worzel became famous through a series of books published by Puffin telling stories of Scatterbrook Farm where he resided with his wife, one Earthy Mangold, and where he became involved in various hilarious exploits with Aunt Sally.
The stories were very successful and first went ‘on air’ on Children’s Hour in 1946.
However, many people’s memories will be from the television series shown from 1979 to 1981 where the well crafted script brought his funny and rather silly antics to life.
Central to the theme of the fete will be the ‘Scarecrow Competition’.
Participants may make a scarecrow, or come as a scarecrow. Meanwhile his erstwhile girlfriend, Aunt Sally, will also be seen wandering around the church grounds and if seen may well offer some flowers and a raffle ticket.
The fete will also have plenty of stalls, sideshows, raffle, food, and as a memory of the day, sticks of St Leonard’s Rock.
The Redditch branch of the fire service will be there with one of their fire engines as will the police.
A shuttle bus service will run from Church Hill centre to Beoley village hall to help visitors.