Visitors to Eywas Harold for this year's Festival of Arts who popped into the Methodist Chapel, were greeted at the entrance by a scarecrow minister, poised ready to get up and preach. Chapel members Pat and David Smith came up with the idea of the scarecrow whose outfit of collar and full suit came complete with Bible and a copy of Hymns and Psalms.
Although the festival is in its second year, this was the first year the chapel provided a venue for exhibitors. Organisers provided special bunting specifically for the Methodist Church. Member Jo Russell, who helped organise a children's art competition in the local library, informed that there were "quite a few" visitors to the chapel and that members are keen to be involved again in the future in making the chapel building an inviting space for people who never or rarely attend church for worship. "All the congregation were involved in all aspects of the Arts Festival, they were totally involved," and were very pleased when the scarecrow received recognition with a recommendation certificate.
Fiona Witcher, quilter and owner of Fiona's Furnishings exhibited some of her work in the chapel. Though not a member herself, Fiona's mother was a staunch Methodist and long-time member at Eywas Harold Chapel.
Also on display were hand-made and poetry gifts from Francesca Kay, wooden bowls and pots from wood turner Dave Morton and paintings, drawings and prints from Pauline Elliot, as well as artworks from Food Painter Alice Straker.