Following close competition from across Wales, The Hub Penparcau’s scarecrow has come out on top and has won the title of Scarecrow Champion of Wales 2020.
The Penparcau Community Forum won the county round of the Battle of the Scarecrows competition, organised by CERED, before going on to compete in the national round of the competition. The national round was judged by radio and television presenter Ifan Jones Evans.
The national competition was run by the Mentrau Iaith this year to award scarecrows that portrayed Wales and Welshness.
This year's competition was organised by Mentrau Iaith across Wales as a result of a number of small local shows being cancelled. Making a scarecrow is often a popular competition at those shows. Competitors were encouraged to reuse and recycle items they already had in their houses or sheds and to be as creative as possible by making a Scarecrow on the theme of Wales or Welshness. In addition to the title of Battle of the Scarecrows Champion, the Hub will also receive a special prize, a unique and colourful illustration by artist Rhys Padarn Jones.
The Hub’s scarecrow was based on two children in traditional Welsh costume with the famous words of the Football Association of Wales – 'Together Stronger' as the backdrop to the work.
Clare Jackson, the Forum's Local Conversations Officer, said: “We thought that making a scarecrow would be an excellent contribution to the new community garden and the bee garden facilitated by the Penparcau Planting Project. We are always looking at ways of supporting the Welsh language at The Hub, and making a scarecrow was a great opportunity to do so. Also, it helped put a smile on the faces of the village residents. Children inspire us with hope and happiness. They can also embrace change and show compassion in a way that we sometimes lose in adulthood which is why they were the inspiration.”
Non Davies, Cered Manager (Ceredigion Welsh Language Initiative), said: “CERED staff have been working closely with The Hub Penparcau community crew over the past year and are therefore delighted with their success. The aim of the competition was to give individuals, families and community groups the opportunity to work together and create something that would give communities across Wales something to smile about. The Hub’s effort has certainly succeeded in doing so.”