Spondon Social Safari AND Scarecrow Trail - 8th/9th July 2017

Spondon Social Safari AND Scarecrow Trail - 8th/9th July 2017
Published: 22nd April 2017

The popular annual Spondon Social Safari return to the village once again this summer, this year taking place over the weekend of 8th and 9th July.

Now in its TENTH year, the Safari continues to be very popular and is this year looking to try and get even more participants than ever before. As well as the usual large variety of stalls, activities, open gardens, BBQs and more, this years' Safari will also have an additional element to it - the Spondon Scarecrow Display!

Here, organiser Mel Griffiths tells us more about this year's Safari and how YOU cam get involved:

This year marks the 10th year of the Safari. Year on Year the Safari grows and matures, with increasing funds raised for a wide variety of chosen charities as well as for the Village Improvement Committee.

Last year, the combined funds raised was just over, a staggering £5,000 of which we were able to donate just over £900 to support the Village Improvement Committee which enables them to continue making our village a beautiful place to be and to enjoy.

Over the years, the Spondon Social Safari has moved from being an event of visiting gardens, maturing into something that I feel encompasses the feel about Spondon (something very unique to other suburbs of Derby) in that it is about COMMUNITY and caring for others.

The Social Safari is now about people organising a fund raising event in their own homes or gardens and sharing their talents; last year for example; Sandra and Russ's quirky garden, where on the Saturday night they held a 40's Music event, The Scouts and cubs showed off their skills at putting up tents and 'backwood' food without wichety grubs!!! Participants held children's activities, baked lots of cakes, displayed artistic skills and there was even a Thai chi demonstration.

This year we are attempting to get at least 30 venues to hold an event; so far we have a street party, a garden fete with raffles and cakes, and in early stages of planning … the traders association will present a Scarecrow display around the village centre. Oh did I say Scarecrow display? We'd love individuals, groups and businesses to join us so here goes...

WANTED; individuals, groups and businesses to join us in either holding a charity event or MAKING A SCARECROW to be displayed over the weekend (following week if you which) along the main routes of Spondon. As a community let's make the bus route and village centre somewhere to make people smile.

If you are interested in holding an event or making a Scarecrow to display, please contact me on the following details email:

You can also download an entry form by clicking here.

I will be at Spondon Library on Saturday 29th April, between 10.30am and 12.30pm where I'll be happy to deal with any queries you may have or provide further information.