A church congregation in Hucknall played host to a strangely silent group of new parishioners on Sunday when scarecrows appeared in the pews and even at the altar.
The scarecrows were placed at St John’s Church on Nottingham Road in time for the prize-giving ceremony for a competition which began during the church’s harvest festival on September 26.
Rev Louise Nicolls said: “The scarecrow festival brought together a variety groups of different interests within the community for a fun and colourful harvest celebration.
“Approximately 200 people of all ages came in to St John’s Church to look and vote for their favourite scarecrow. This year’s entries were very creative and many people found it difficult to pick a favourite. But there had to be a winner...’
The 1st Hucknall Rainbows won the children’s category with their splendid creation of ‘Our Queen’ while Mary-Ann Blackburn’s Scaredycrow took the top spot in the family category.
Each winner received a £50 prize, but Mary-Ann very kindly chose to donate her winnings to the food bank at Under One Roof, Vine Terrace, Hucknall.
Bookings secretary Stephanie Townsend said: “We had 18 entries altogether and about 350 votes were cast in total from 175 voters.
“This is the third scarecrow festival we have done. The church makes no profit so all entry fees go towards the prize money. It is all good fun. “The previous vicar David Ford came up with the original idea. It got quite a lot of interest.
“The scarecrows were on the altar and scattered everywhere!”
Stephanie added that the informal atmosphere was a good way of bringing people, who might otherwise be intimidated, into the church for a look around.