Images credit: members of Handforth Scarecrow Festival on Facebook
Residents, businesses and community groups in Handforth are preparing for their first ever scarecrow festival – taking place this weekend.
Handforth resident Janine Murphy, with the assistance of Julie Smith, has organised the event to bring the community together and provide some lighthearted fun to the village over the Easter period.
In all, there are 132 colourful creations dotted all around Handforth, and these will be on display in windows and gardens from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th April.
Janine, a solicitor and mum of two daughters, told So Cheshire: “When Handforth was unceremoniously put on the map last month due to its Zoom parish council meeting, I thought it would be good to try and organise something to bring our lovely little community together.
“I posted on a community Facebook page to see if anyone fancied doing scarecrows over Easter weekend… the response was much more than the couple of mums I thought would be game!
She added: “Handforth is a great place to live and comes together throughout the year. The support we have received for the scarecrow festival is testament to that.”
An online map is currently being produced, and will be posted to the scarecrow festival’s Facebook group in time for the weekend.
There will also be a list of the streets taking part (along with the number of scarecrows per street) as well as the names of businesses and community groups joining in.
Winning scarecrows in all three categories will each be awarded a rosette.
Organisers have also received cash donations which will be awarded as prizes for those entering in the community groups category.
The money will also go towards buying the rosettes and an Easter egg for each home that enters.
Additionally local businesses have donated prizes – including a Northern Rail family weekend ticket (worth £250), an Easter basket containing Easter goodies, an anti-aging facial and a selection of gift vouchers.
And, as for judging the competition – who else would have the authority but Jackie Weaver of course?
The now globally-famous Zoom meeting maestro will be using the video conferencing technology once again to attend virtually and select a winner.
Joining Mrs Weaver on the judging panel will be St Chad’s vicar Rev Steve Burmester.
To find out more, visit the Handforth Scarecrow Festival group on Facebook, here.