Pomeroy Hosts Scarecrow Visitors
As well as the usual ghosts and ghouls, Pomeroy hosted a lot of additional unique visitors this Halloween in the form of over 30 fabulous scarecrow displays!
The Scarecrow initiative is supported by the Connecting Pomeroy project, funded through the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and led by Mid Ulster District Council.
Local community groups / organisations, businesses, school and family groups got involved creating a range of scarecrows depicting organisation / group activities, strange characters and of course the Covid-19 pandemic was interpreted with the ‘Covid Fleadh’, ‘Covid Crow’ and ‘Keep Safe Kev’ scarecrows, all making an appearance.
The public were invited to vote for the Best Scarecrow Display, and with just under 2,000 votes cast, the overall winner was the Queen Elizabeth II Primary School’s entry ‘Growing together at Queen Elizabeth II Primary School’.
Judging also took place in two categories and the winners were as follows;
Category 1 – Business, Organisations, Community groups and schools
1st Place – ‘The Family’ scarecrows created by the Pomeroy in Bloom Group.
2nd Place (Joint) – ‘Needlework lady’ created by Pomeroy Resource Centre and ‘Covid Fleadh’ created by Pomeroy CCE.
3rd Place (Joint) – ‘Professor Edwards’ by St Mary’s PS, ‘Growing together at Queen Elizabeth II Primary School’ by Queen Elizabeth II PS, ‘Bee man’ by Mid Ulster Bee-keeping Association and ‘Shed man’ by Pomeroy Men’s Shed.
Category 2 for Household / Family groups the winning scarecrows were:
1st Place – ‘The witch that caused distraction’,
2nd Place (Joint) – ‘Everybody knows crows are scared of clowns’ and ‘Barbra’.
3rd Place - ‘Riff & Raff’.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan had an opportunity to see the marvellous creations for himself. He said,
With many of the fun activities normally associated with Halloween not possible this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pomeroy Scarecrow trail allowed local families, community groups, businesses, schools and organisations to come together safely and get creative to produce these fantastic scarecrows which have brought such fun and colour to the village. I have been really impressed with the standard of the scarecrows produced and in awe of the level of hard work and commitment put into them by those taking part. Well done everyone.
Teresa Canavan Chief Executive of Rural Action who judged the competition alongside Clare Linney from Mid Ulster District Council, added, “The Pomeroy Scarecrow trail shows a fantastic display of community creativity, with over 30 scarecrows spread right across the village. They definitely lift the mood and help bring a smile to your face. Well done Pomeroy!”
The Connecting Pomeroy project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Delivery of the initiative is being spearheaded by a community partnership and co-ordinated by Mid Ulster District Council. Match-funding has been provided by the Department for Communities, Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
For more information go to the Connecting Pomeroy page.