In recent days, the population local to our Cheshire office has suddenly increased with the mysterious appearance of a couple of dozen characters who all look busy but strangely… don’t say a word?!
Keen to shed light on the case, a tentative stroll around the neighbourhood turned into a full blown ‘Scarecrow Safari’ with the help of a handy map that had thoughtfully been created by the organisers, in exchange for a modest donation.
The characters are, in fact, all ‘scarecrows’ created by residents and business people as part of a two-week competition to raise funds for Middlewood House, the local community centre. The theme for the competition is ‘Occupations’ with some very interesting and highly creative, if slightly loose, interpretations on display.
What really impressed us was not just the terrific display of imagination but also the sheer amount of time and effort that has obviously gone into creating the entries, with an inspired use of supporting props, including outfits that would grace any self-respecting charity shop.
Our favourite characters, in no particular order, include the photographer; farmer with chickens; flowerpot man; and retired librarian. The overall winner will be announced on 8th September at the Middlewood House Summer Fayre.
Until then, it’s interesting to note the marked absence of crows and woodpigeons in the area!
Many congratulations to Steve & Sheila for their creation Tommy the ‘Cooper’ (A real barrel of laughs) which the judges chose as their winner.