September welcomed the return of Healeyfield Parish Council’s Autumn Festival and Scarecrow Competition. This marked the second year since the pandemic, and we were thrilled once again with the number of entries. 

The competition featured an eclectic array of categories which truly showcased the diversity and creativity within our community. The categories included the Tallest Sunflower, an Edible Necklace, Garden in a Biscuit Tin, Three Decorated Buns, Pot of Homemade Jam and a Painted Stone. 

We were delighted to receive entries into every single category. The Morris and Winter families once again shone brilliantly, taking home a treasure trove of rosettes for their outstanding entries. The Farrimond and Piggott families also emerged as winners in this vibrant display of community talent. 

This year we had the privilege of witnessing the Castleside Primary School children dazzle us with their remarkable Autumnal artwork. Their diverse artistic styles came together to create a magnificent display that was a joy to see. 

The weather on the day, unfortunately, did not play in our favour, keeping many attendees away from the event. However, those who braved the elements were rewarded with an enjoyable afternoon. They strolled among the displays, rekindled old friendships over a cup of tea and slice of cake and truly embodied the essence of community spirit. 

The Autumn Festivals inception was inspired by the idea of reviving the spirit of the old Castleside Show, where residents could showcase their talents and unite as a community. We value your input and invite you to share your ideas for our future event. What categories would you like to see? How would you like the event to evolve? Please contact us through our website or leave a message with a Parish Councillor, or on the Castleside Community Facebook page. 


The Scarecrow Competition returned to its pre-Covid glory, with ten imaginative entries this year. The theme revolved around Superheros, and our community did not disappoint. Congratulations go to the Farrimond Family, who demonstrated exceptional teamwork in creating the magnificent “Bananaman”, even his wellies were hand-painted, an extraordinary feat! 

A special mention is deserved by Steph Winter and her helper Mason for their superhero scarecrow that symbolized family, friends and health professionals. It’s caption read, “There is a superhero in all of us, we just need the courage to put on the cape”. An inspiration to us all. 

We look forward to planning next year’s event, inspired by your ideas and unwavering support. The Autumn Festival and Scarecrow Competition continue to be a vibrant testament to our community’s creativity, resilience and unity, we look forward to the exciting possibilities the future holds. 

Cllr Judith Robson