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Scarecrows join the congregation
10:32am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
Some members of the congregation attending harvest evensong didn’t seem to want to join in with the hymns and prayers...
That’s not surprising, as they were the left-over entries from the Scarecrow Festival at St John the Baptist’s, North Baddesley.
Scarecrows sprawled in the pews and a few were propped up in the porch to greet worshippers arriving for the ecumenical service.
Organiser, Sally Kerson, said the weekend’s event had drawn a bumper crop of 30 entries – more than double the turnout for last year’s first festival.
She said the event was now firmly established on the church calendar as part of the Harvest Festival celebrations, which take place on the last weekend of September.
On Saturday morning, judging took place at the church, with Mrs Penelope Chamberlayne Macdonald, of Cranbury Park, picking “Bert the Recycling Gardener”, made by the Bradbury family from Rownhams Lane, as winner in the adults section, and Jokey the Smurf, the children’s winner.
Jokey was created by Year 6 pupils from North Baddesley Junior School who had been unable to attend go on the school’s residential week.
Sally, the parish administrator and lay reader, said she was hoping for an even bigger turnout next year.
“We could easily fit in 60,” she said. “Lots of people who came along to see the scarecrows said they were going to enter next year.”
“It’s really brought the community together.”
There were entries from schools, pre-schools, Brownies, Cubs, the WI and Red Cross.
Sally made crows for children to track down as part of a treasure hunt around the church grounds and the Berie Boozle Band came to play in the afternoon.
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