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Scarecrows created for West Norfolk villages' event include Boris Johnson, Humpty Dumpty, Minions, Harry Potter and dragon designs




West Norfolk villages joined forces to create handmade scarecrows covering a whole host of themes in order to bring some community cheer over the weekend.

Clenchwarton, West Lynn, Terrington and the Walpoles held a 'Scarecrow Trail' in which families and schools spent time making the designs before displaying them for others to see.

The event proved popular despite the poor weather on Saturday and Sunday, having been initially thought up by Becky Stockmier of Clenchwarton.

Scarecrow festival at Walpole, Terrington and Clenchwarton Ian Maguire his wife Tracey made them. (36179884)
Scarecrow festival at Walpole, Terrington and Clenchwarton Ian Maguire his wife Tracey made them. (36179884)

Her idea was then taken up by other villages including West Lynn where Kelly Hall and Sarah Stevens decided to get involved.

Among the designs were a smoking dragon, Boris Johnson standing behind a 'Stay Alert, Control the Virus and Stay Safe' lectern, Minions, Humpty Dumpty, superheroes,bunnies, Harry Potter and plenty more fictional characters as participants put their creative talents to effective use.

Mrs Stevens said: "It was absolutely brilliant and there was a great community spirit among the six villages. Some people went all out having had a week to create a scarecrow.

Scarecrow festival at Walpole, Terrington and Clenchwarton Emily Nell and Oscar Nell. (36179886)
Scarecrow festival at Walpole, Terrington and Clenchwarton Emily Nell and Oscar Nell. (36179886)

"It was not a competition and there were no rules. It was a free-for-all where people could just use their imagination. A lot of people bought straw from the village store in Clenchwarton as well as using things from around the house."

Organisers are now hoping to make the 'Scarecrow Trail' an annual event with next year's event potentially being "bigger and better" with no lockdown restrictions in place.

Mrs Stevens added: "The idea was to bring some smiles. A lot of people in the town centre [Lynn] drove around the villages after seeing pictures of the scarecrows on Facebook. They were saying we need to go to West Lynn or Clenchwarton for a drive on a rainy day."

West Lynn Primary School took part with Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils whose parents are key workers making scarecrows at the St Peter's Road site. Others were encouraged to make designs with their parents from home.

And a line of scarecrows were put up on display on the school fence afterwards.

Kath Hodgson, a teacher at the school, said: "Parents were able to make them with their children at home then, with the key workers, we decided to do something with them as well while maintaining social distancing.

"We provided them with the materials and they created them. The scarecrows have now come down [from the fence] because of the weather but they lasted for a while."

Speaking about next year's event, Mrs Hodgson added: "Obviously with the current situation we do not know how it will be done but it might be more of a class effort next year."



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