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Meltham’s Scarecrows Were Quite a Spectacle

The Scarecrows of Meltham created quite a spectacle at the village festival

Meltham was a hub of activity during the annual May Day Scarecrow Festival and we enjoyed the best weather ever recorded for the bank holiday. Residents, School’s, Community groups and Businesses all pitched in and created some fabulous Scarecrows which were all displayed along a route through Meltham.


With over 60 exhibits the judges had a tough job as they made their way around the route, critiquing all the entries in each category. In addition to the Scarecrow trail, there was live music, street food, craft stalls and much more as people from Meltham, Holmfirth, Huddersfield and Saddleworth came along to enjoy the festivities.

Bertie Bassett Scarecrow Allegro Optical Opticians organisers of Meltham Scarecrow festival

Allegro Optical Opticians organisers of Meltham Scarecrow festival

As one of the organiser of the event Allegro Optical Opticians was in the thick of it. Our team were all there volunteering to help make the event a success. Selling programmes, manning the Meltham Business Association Stall and even putting up and taking down the gazebos and marquee. Our very own Managing Director Stephen Tighe was one of the judges and he probably had the toughest job as he tried to choose an overall winner.

Meltham Optics window scarecrow fest-our window 2018 close upMaypole Scarecrows 2018 Meltham Opticians

Foxhole Scarecrow 2018 Meltham Scarecrow Festival Opticians

At Allegro Optical we believe in supporting Meltham and its community. The local residents have welcomed us so warmly and really taken the business to their hearts, so we try to give something back as a thank you.  Allegro Optical Opticians provide professional, ethical and affordable eyecare to the local community. To book your appointment with the team that cares call 01484 907090

The staff of Allegro Optical Opticians on the Meltham Business Association Stand


Carrots, Scarecrows and Opticians in Meltham

Carrots, Scarecrows and Opticians?

Now there’s a tenuous link if ever there was one. What are we on about, we hear you ask? Well believe it or not, at Allegro Optical Opticians in Meltham, there is a very clear link between all three.

Firstly yesterday was International Carrot day. We all know that carrots are good for our eyes and our eye health. Carrots are very rich in beta-carotene, a carotenoid pigment which is an essential precursor to vitamin A. Deficiencies in vitamin A are the leading causes of blindness in the developing world. A lack of vitamin A can also lead to the development of Cataracts, Macular degeneration and Xerophthalmia (a disease which is characterized by dry eyes, swollen eyelids and corneal ulcers).

Carrots also contain lutein, which is an important antioxidant. Lutein-rich foods can increase the density of pigment in the macula, the area in the centre of the retina. As pigment density increases, the retina is protected more and the risk of macular degeneration decreases. So yes Carrots are very good to maintain eye health.

Meltham’s Scarecrows

Secondly, Scarecrows were used in the past to protect young carrot crops from birds. In fact, there have been many a Scarecrow with a carrot for a nose. So what better link than to next months Meltham Scarecrow Festival?

Cawford the Meltham Scarecrow visits Allegro Optical Opticians

Allegro Optical is very involved in organising this year’s event, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The event is held every year on the first bank holiday in May and this year is no exception.

On Monday 7th May, Meltham will play host to hundreds of Scarecrows, all dotted around the village. Between 10am and 4pm there will be live bands, street food, a Samba band workshop, a fancy dress competition to find the best Scarecrow costume and much more. There is a treasure hunt and the main Scarecrow competition to find the very best Scarecrows in the village. Businesses, Community Groups, Charities and children all compete in the various groups to win their sections. It gets very competitive!

Loving local

At Allegro Optical Opticians we believe passionately in supporting our local community. This is why we do everything we can to help and our team gets involved in many local events. We believe in giving something back to the community that has supported us since we opened just twelve months ago.

Allegro Optical Opticians members of Meltham Business Association

As part of Meltham Business Association, we’ve been working hard with other local businesses to make the Scarecrow Festival a success. As part of the Meltham Scarecrow Festival, we are holding a Scarecrow Workshop this evening in the Church Hall. Between 7.00 and 9.00pm residents can come along and find out how to make their very own Scarecrow.

The Meltham Scarecrow festival group are made up of members from Meltham Business Association and Meltham Over 60s group. Together we are working to bring a fantastic spring festival to our lovely village. To find out more about Meltham Scarecrow Festival visit or why not come along on the 7th May and find out for yourself all that this fantastic event has to offer.


So following on from the workshop yesterday, we thought we would add a few photos of the event.Allegro Optical Opticians at the Meltham Scarecrow Festival Workshop