Scarecrow festival was a scream

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SCARECROWS might be designed to keep away birds but this terrifying bunch in Bitchfield have got us shaking in our boots here at Journal towers.

Some of these figures are so well put together they look like they are about to rise up against their creators, unite Bitchfield with Lower Bitchfield and invade Boothby Pagnall.

Fortunately for us all, they remained placid and even helped Bitchfield villagers raise £740 towards replacing the heating system in the village church.

One of the event organisers, Martin Hewitt, said: “We raised twice as much as we expected which is great.

“The whole idea for the event was to try to bring the village more closer together. We are delighted with the community spirit it endeared and are really chuffed with how the whole weekend went.

“We’ve already had people saying they want to be involved next year.”

More than 20 scarecrow creations were on show including schoolchildren, Queen Victoria, a chimney sweep and a vicar.

Lady Cholmeley judged the event, with the adult entry being won by Mrs Ann Shepherd for her chef and the children’s section was won by Alice and Emily Payne for their vet. The event organisers thanked sponsors Bassingthorpe Beef, Berrys Farm Shop, Bloomsbury Bakers, Chandlers Oil and Gas, Easton Walled Gardens, Great Wood Farm Early Years Centre and Ropsley Farms for their support.