Wheels turning for popular bikes and barrows festival

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Get on your bikes – or 
barrows – for a quirky 
May bank holiday weekend.

Scorton Bikes and Barrows Festival is back for its fourth year raising vital funds for village groups and community projects.

New to this year’s calendar is a Folk Festival on the Field on Sunday May 4 – a day of live bands, local ales, stalls, a hog roast and children’s entertainment.

A mass bike ride around the village will kick off the weekend, allowing cyclists to admire the many decorated bicycles and wheelbarrows which are a main feature of the event.

St Peter’s Church will be transformed into a crafts hub and will also host children’s storytelling, Slaidburn Band concert, a special Songs of Praise singalong and World War One exhibition.

In the village hall, there will be a spring fair, classic afternoon tea and a Lancashire Food and Gift Fair

Budding Bradley Wiggins might want to join in one of the cycle rides with other athletic events including the popular Sherriff 10k, named after local dad, Philip Sherriff, who sadly died in 2012. This event is in aid of the Bottlestop Campaign. A children’s fun run and the traditional rose queen festival add to the line-up.

lFor a full list of events and timings visit www.bikesandbarrows.co.uk or www.facebook.com/bikesandbarrows

and is action packed with events to suit everyone - families, cyclists, runners, walkers and visitors wanting to enjoy a day out.

The main feature of the Festival is the decorated bicycles and wheelbarrows displayed throughout the village. Some are themed, some relate to current affairs and some are just plain wacky! Locals have been heard discussing ‘Jack and the Bikestalk’, the ‘Red Barrows’ and ‘Ghostrider’; Scorton households are being encouraged to get busy in a bid to keep up with the Jones’!

The build up to the Festival includes last week’s Grand Auction which managed to raise a whopping £5300 towards village projects. There were over eighty donations of gifts and promises together with some very generous bidders.

The Festival weekend kicks off with a mass bike ride around the village for all to view the fascinating exhibits in gardens, up trees and hidden behind hedges! St Peter’s Church will be transformed into a crafts hub and local experts will be on hand to help make a new stained glass window. Over the weekend it will also host children’s storytelling, a silver band concert featuring Slaidburn Band and a special Songs of Praise singalong. The church will also feature throughout the weekend a special Scorton World War One exhibition commemorating 100 years since the start of ‘the war to end all wars’.

Scorton Village Hall will be very busy over the weekend hosting many events including a Spring Fair of bric-a-brac, plants and gifts; a special Classic Afternoon Tea; the evergreen one man play Old Herbaceous and a Lancashire Food & Gift Fair of jewellery, ceramics, homeware, local food and much more.

Scorton and cycling go hand in hand so there are cycle rides for any budding Bradley Wiggins; visitors are welcome to try a 32 miler to Condor Green and a family friendly ride of 7 miles around Barnacre, both organised by Garstang Cycling Club. Other athletic events include the popular Sherriff 10k, named after local dad, Philip Sherriff who was sadly taken away from us in 2012. The event will help raise funds for the important Bottlestop Campaign. There is also a children’s fun run in the morning for any potential Seb Coe’s. If you don’t fancy being too energetic then visitors can stroll about and look at the many decorated exhibits around the village.

New to this year’s Bikes & Barrows calendar is the Folk Festival on the Field on Sunday 4th - a day of live band sessions, local ales, stalls, a hog roast and children’s entertainment. The village tradition, Scorton Rose Queen Festival will take place where the village stops for the fancy dress parade and then all head to the field for games and events. The last day of the festival showcases other less traditional activities including a dog show, wacky wheelbarrow racing, an egg throwing competition and an afternoon of Sheep Racing - when was the last time you saw a herd of racing sheep?!

Festival spokesperson Joanne Golton says: “Bikes and Barrows raises money for village projects so we hope that lots of people will steer themselves to Scorton on as many wheels as they wish, over the bank holiday weekend. It’s a great example of the village coming together and putting on a fabulous display for residents and visitors alike. There are so many events to please all tastes; we hope people turn out in force over the weekend to enjoy what’s on offer.

Those wishing to get involved can call Annie Collinson on 01524 791329. For a full list of all the events and timings please visit www.bikesandbarrows.co.uk or www.facebook.com/bikesandbarrows