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High Wych Scarecrow Festival in pictures: Was it the best one yet?




Hundreds of visitors flocked to High Wych at the weekend to marvel at the straw crow-ations in the village's annual scarecrow festival.

Dozens of scarecrows were dotted around, lending the village an air of celebrity as creations paid homage to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Boris Johnson and NHS fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore as well as literary characters Paddington Bear, The Gruffalo and The Owl and the Pussycat. The wittiest was arguably the Red Barrows flying display team from the Royal Air Farce.

The event ran from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, and was blessed with dry and warm weather.

High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page

There was live music, art and craft stalls, a barbecue, cake and refreshments for sale. The focal point was St James Church in High Wych Road, with parking laid on at the church, at High Wych C of E Primary School and at the private Rivers Hospital at the entrance to the village.

There were also toadstools made out of recycled umbrellas and traffic cones and large butterflies created using recycled plastic, which were all made by villagers at an event outside the Memorial Hall on July 3.

The event earned rave reviews on the Indie's Facebook page. Catherine O'Reilly said on Friday: "Drove through High Wych this evening, it looks absolutely brilliant! Well done to all the residents of High Wych." Fiona Palmer added: "Worth a drive as the straw scarecrows are amazing."

High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
Joshua, 3, and Emilia, 5, with Paddington and the Gruffalo scarecrows. Picture: Melissa Page
Joshua, 3, and Emilia, 5, with Paddington and the Gruffalo scarecrows. Picture: Melissa Page
Paddington 'Scare' Bear. Picture: Melissa Page
Paddington 'Scare' Bear. Picture: Melissa Page
The High Wych Gnome Society. Picture: Melissa Page
The High Wych Gnome Society. Picture: Melissa Page
Marilyn Monroe. Picture: Melissa Page
Marilyn Monroe. Picture: Melissa Page
High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
Festival-goers with Captain Jack Scarecrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Picture: Melissa Page
Festival-goers with Captain Jack Scarecrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Picture: Melissa Page
Ella, 10, and Freya, 7, by the scarecrows near Rivers Hospital. Picture: Melissa Page
Ella, 10, and Freya, 7, by the scarecrows near Rivers Hospital. Picture: Melissa Page
Joey, 6, and Sonny, 10, with the stag near the entrance to Broadfields. Picture: Melissa Page
Joey, 6, and Sonny, 10, with the stag near the entrance to Broadfields. Picture: Melissa Page
Popeye the sailor scarecrow. Picture: Melissa Page
Popeye the sailor scarecrow. Picture: Melissa Page
Stone the crows! That's a big bird. Picture: Melissa Page
Stone the crows! That's a big bird. Picture: Melissa Page
Tracy and Dan Stratford with their children Lucy, 7, Abby, 3, and Holly, 1. Picture: Melissa Page
Tracy and Dan Stratford with their children Lucy, 7, Abby, 3, and Holly, 1. Picture: Melissa Page
Their Royal Highnesses Horace and Hettie of High Wych. Picture: Melissa Page
Their Royal Highnesses Horace and Hettie of High Wych. Picture: Melissa Page
NHS fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore. Picture: Melissa Page
NHS fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore. Picture: Melissa Page
William Hood, 12, and Harvey Hood, 8, with the Boris Johnson scarecrow – or is it the real thing? Hard to tell. Picture: Melissa Page
William Hood, 12, and Harvey Hood, 8, with the Boris Johnson scarecrow – or is it the real thing? Hard to tell. Picture: Melissa Page
Da Ali G scarecrow was indahouse. Picture: Melissa Page
Da Ali G scarecrow was indahouse. Picture: Melissa Page
Riley, 8, and Halle, 5, with the Owl and the Pussycat scarecrows. Picture: Melissa Page
Riley, 8, and Halle, 5, with the Owl and the Pussycat scarecrows. Picture: Melissa Page
High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
This NHS logo was made by slotting together the plastic protection covers on vaccination needles. Picture: Melissa Page
This NHS logo was made by slotting together the plastic protection covers on vaccination needles. Picture: Melissa Page
Music in the grounds of St James Church. Picture: Melissa Page
Music in the grounds of St James Church. Picture: Melissa Page
Wallace... but where's Gromit? Picture: Melissa Page
Wallace... but where's Gromit? Picture: Melissa Page
St James Church was the focal point of the festival. Picture: Melissa Page
St James Church was the focal point of the festival. Picture: Melissa Page
A mermaid scarecrow. Picture: Melissa Page
A mermaid scarecrow. Picture: Melissa Page
High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
High Wych Scarecrow Festival. Picture: Melissa Page
Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men. Picture: Melissa Page
Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men. Picture: Melissa Page
The Red Barrows from the Royal Air Farce. Picture: Melissa Page
The Red Barrows from the Royal Air Farce. Picture: Melissa Page


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