2018 Scarecrow Festival


Update 22nd July – Winners of Judges Prizes announced

Well done everyone for all your marvellous scarecrows. The judges had a tough task to select the winners and decided to award a joint third place this year.
First Prize – Scarecrow 3 PADD-EATON BEAR at 3 Rosslare
Second Prize – Scarecrow 2 Bear’s Survival School – 21 Chestnut Hill
Joint Third Prize
Scarecrow 20 – Goldilocks and the Three Scares – 20 Marston Lane
Scarecrow 23 – Trash Bag Teddy and Rubbish Rabbit – 28 Greenways

You can still vote for your favourites using our Scarecrow Trail Map.

Thank you to Rev. Phil Rodd and Jane Miller for helping with the judging.

Here is a collage of all the scarecrow photos and the judges.

EVRA 2018 Scarecrows
EVRA 2018 Scarecrows

Update 16th July: Scarecrow and Garage Sale Trail Map published and can be downloaded to print here:

EVRA Scarecrow and Garage Sale Trail Map and Voting Form

Our ninth Scarecrow Festival will be held over the weekend of 21st/22nd July. The format will be similar to previous years with formal judging of entries on the Saturday and a Trail Map and voting form for you to vote for your favourites.

For 2018 the theme will be ‘Famous Teddies’ and will coincide with the Teddy Bears Picnic at St Andrews Church on the Sunday. Not all “Teddies” have to be bears (Teds, Edwards?) so get your thinking caps on and start planning your scarecrow! Waitrose will once again sponsor the Judges Prizes and RJL IFA Ltd will sponsor the prizes for the winners of the Favourite Scarecrow votes.

We will also run a Garage Sale throughout the weekend. Entry forms will be distributed to Residents in early June with the Parish Summer School leaflets and will also be available then from the EVRA Website.

Summer Events_entry_form_2018 final


What a brilliant weekend we had here in Eaton Village with many residents and visitors touring the scarecrows and visiting the garage sales and cake stalls and coming along to our Fun Day at the Cellar House.

The Judges visited all 31 scarecrows on Saturday morning. The standard of entries was very high and they had a difficult task deciding on the prize winners.  The judges prizes are sponsored by Notcutts Garden Centre and Richard Greenacre, the centre manager, agreed to sponsor a fourth prize because the competition was so close. The other judges were Chris Bailey a presenter with Mustard TV and Julie Holmes a Churchwarden at St Andrews Church, Eaton. Here is a photo of the judges from left to right- Richard Greenacre – Notcutts, Chris Bailey, Julie Holmes, with Chris Stebbing Chairman EVRA.

The Judges with Chris Stebbing

The prize winners were:

1st Prize the Gorringe family from Rosslare with their scarecrow – Who’s “Eaton” all the donuts

2nd Prize the Cooke family from Chestnut Hill with their scarecrow – Mr Men make a scarecrow

3rd Prize the Plume family from Abinger Way with their scarecrow – The Wizard of Ab

4th Prize the Parkers of Denmead with their (scary) scarecrow – Sweeney Todd – the Demon Barber

Here are the results from your votes:

Favourite Scarecrow – The Talbot family – Mad Hatters Tea Party – Hardwick Close

Scariest Scarecrow – The Parkers – Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber – Denmead

Best Characterisation – Ben Stevens – BFG (Burhills Friendly Giant) – Burhill

Funniest Scarecrow – The Lloyd Family – The Greenways House of Mouse – Greenways

Here is a link to photos of all the scarecrows.


Here is a link to the presentation of prizes and certificates held at Notcutts on Saturday 22nd July:


The prizes for each of the four categories of favourite scarecrows are sponsored by RJL IFA Ltd of Eaton.

Throughout the weekend we had garage sales and cake stalls around the village. Our Family Fun Day at the Cellar House was very successful and despite the rain arriving later in the afternoon raised over £300 for the Eaton Green playground Fund. In all we have raised £485 over the weekend from donations from garage sales and the cake stalls. Thank you and well done everyone!

We are very grateful for all the support and help we received from the community here in Eaton Village. In particular we thank the 31 scarecrow builders, the three judges, Victoria and Graham at the Cellar House for hosting our Fun Day, all the people holding garage sales, Hazel and Elaine who ran the cake stalls and raised £130 between them!, the people who donated cakes, Nottcuts, RJL IFA Ltd and Reality Estate Agents for sponsoring our events and most of all the many residents and visitors who turned out to make the event a great success. We hope to see everyone again next year.

Latest News! Work has started today to install a climbing tower and toddler swing at the Eaton Green Playground and this should be finished by the end of the week. We are now working towards purchase of our next pieces of equipment.

The Scarecrow Trail Map for 2017 can be downloaded here: Voting Form and Trail map 2017 final

The Scarecrow Festival and Competition in July 2016 with the theme of Olympics was a big success with many residents and visitors following the Scarecrow trail around the Village. The Committee is now organising the eighth Eaton Village Scarecrow Festival to be held over the week-end of 15th and 16th July 2017. We are also planning to run other events to support the Eaton Green Playground Project so should be an even more exciting week-end!

Notcutts have agreed to sponsor the judges prizes for this year and RJL IFA Ltd will sponsor the prizes for the public vote. We thank both companies for their generous support for our Scarecrow Festival.

The format will be similar to last year with formal judging of entries on the Saturday and a trail map and voting form for Residents to vote for their favourites. The theme will be “Fictional Characters”. This could be from books, films or from your own imagination. So get your thinking caps on and start planning.

Entry forms will be distributed to Residents with the Parish Summer School leaflets but can also be downloaded here:

Summer Events_entry_form_2017 final

There are a few simple rules for the competition:

  • More than one scarecrow can be entered per household in the EVRA area, but only one Judges prize per household will be presented.
  • Please ensure that your scarecrow is safe and secure.

Not sure where to start? Here is our guide to making a scarecrow: Guide on how to make a Scarecrow

On Sunday 16th July 2017 we will have our Family Fun Day in the Cellar House garden where we will have stalls and games with the traditional feel of a village fete.  All money raised from this will go towards our Eaton Green Playground Fund. The Cellar House will have a barbecue in the garden. Come and join us throughout the weekend.

Throughout the weekend there will be several garage sales around the Village. let us know if you want to have a garage sale and we will add you to our map. Further information about this and an entry form can be found in our Summer Events_entry_form_2017 final

Report on 2016 Scarecrow Festival

The presentations for the Scarecrow Competition took place at Waitrose on Tuesday 12th July 2016. Here is the list of prize winners from the Judges and the residents favourites votes:

Results from Judges Awards:
1st Prize – Over the Hedge -Tait Family – Abinger Way
2nd Prize – Kevin Kayak – Ben & Sandra Stevens – Burhill Close
3rd Prize – Slalom Suzy – Flute Family – Brentwood

Results from residents favourites

Favourite Scarecrow – Stan the Strawngman – Lisa & Milly Taylor – Wakehurst Close
Scariest Scarecrow – Sebastian Crow – Coe, Costa & Moore
Funniest Scarecrow – Abinger Athlete – Plume family – Abinger Way
Most Sporty Scarecrow – Eddie the Eagle – Eaton Elephants

Thank you to Waitrose for hosting the event and for donating the Judges prizes. Thanks also to RJL IFA Ltd for donating the prizes for the residents favourite vote.

Thank you also to everyone in Eaton Village who made a scarecrow or toured the trail and made the weekend a great success.

EVRA also received a cheque for £572 from Waitrose from their Green Token scheme for May which will go towards our Eaton Green playground Fund.

Here are photos of the Prize Winners:

2016 Scarerows
Prize Winning Scarecrows
scarecrows for web
More Scarecrows from 2016
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Scarecrow Presentations at Waitrose July 2016

Report on 2015 Scarecrow Festival

Results of Judges Awards

It is good to see so many families out and about looking at the Scarecrows and browsing round the garage sales. Thank you for all your support.

Judging of the Scarecrows has finished and the judges have made their choices:

1st Prize went to the Parker Family for their Scarecrow – Rupert’s Gap Yah!
2nd Prize went to Ben Stevens of Burhill Close for his Scarecrow – Map Man
3rd Prize went to the Cooke Family for their Scarecrow – Rugby Straw Cup

Thank you to Nick Bugden of Notcutts, PCSO Julie Sayer and Ella Waterfield from Eaton Primary School for all their hard work in deciding on the prize winners.

The standard of scarecrows is very high and clearly a lot of work and thought has gone in to each of these. It was not an easy task deciding on the prize winners.

You can see here the report in the EDP about our Scarecrow Festival: http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/scarecrows_take_over_eaton_for_annual_competition_1_4149106

 The winners of the Peoples’ Vote are as follows:

Favourite Scarecrow – Arctic Chills – The Talbot family of Hardwick Close. (Well ahead of rivals for title!)
Scariest Scarecrow – The Tooth Fairy – The Plunkett Family on Greenways. (Just got it by a whisker!)
Most Worldly Scarecrow – Rupert’s Gap Yah! – The Parkers in Denmead Close. (Overwhelming favourite in this category)
Funniest Scarecrow – Joint Winners with equal votes:
– Down Under – Elaine Jermy on Cheyham Mount; and
– Linford Lion – Rachel Booty in Lindford Drive

The winners will receive their prizes and certificates at the presentations at Notcutts on Saturday. All entrants will receive a certificate for their Scarecrow

Here are Photos of the Judges Prize Winners:

1st Prize
Judges 1st Prize
2nd Prize with Judges
Judges 2nd Prize
3rd Prize
Judges 3rd Prize







And here are all the photos: 2015 Scarecrow photos for web

The 2015 Scarecrow Festival will take place over the week-end of 11/12 July 2015. Notcutts has once again generously agreed to sponsor the festival. The theme for 2015 is “Around the World” and we will have 24 Scarecrows on display around the Village.

You can download a copy of the Trail Map here: Voting Form and Trail map 2015 final version

A copy of the Trail Map will be given to each pupil at Eaton Primary School this week. Maps will also be available from some local businesses and the Church hall on Saturday.

The Trail Map includes the location of the Eaton Primary PTA Garage Sales which take place on Saturday 11th July only.

The EVRA Summer Garden competition has been running this week and the location of the entrants is also listed on the Trail Map.

There are some intriguing Scarecrow Names and it will be interesting to see how residents has interpreted the theme.

Eaton Primary School Garage Sale – This will take place on Saturday 11th July alongside the Scarecrow Festival. This is being organised by the Eaton Primary PTA and requests to take part should be sent to the PTA via Eaton Primary School or by email to: eatonpta@gmail.com Garage sale locations will be included on the Scarecrow Trail Maps. There is an entry fee of £5 payable to the PTA.

The EVRA Summer Gardens Competition will also be running during week commencing 6th July – see separate page on website for details.

So plenty happening over the week-end of the Scarecrow Festival.

More information will be published here as we get closer to the event.


Eaton Village 2014 Scarecrow Festival – Results from Judging

The Judges have deliberated and chosen their three favourite Scarecrows. It was a difficult choice but in the end they decided that:

First Prize  – Scarecrow Number 13 – Lady Ga Ga
Second Prize – Scarecrow Number 8 – Minion Straw Head
Third Prize – Scarecrow Number 4 – Fashion vs Zombies

The above winners will receive prizes donated by Waitrose.

Thank you to Pat Seadon and Peter Newell from Waitrose for judging the entries – it was not an easy task.

Thank you for returning your voting forms. The votes have been counted and here are the scarecrows which received the most votes in each category:

Favourite Scarecrow – Number 1 – Cruella de Vil – The Talbot family, Hardwick Close

Scariest Scarecrow – Number 15 – The Devil Wears Primark – The Williams family, Kingswood Close

Most Fashionable Scarecrow – Number 10 – Carole Harper, Greenways

Funniest Scarecrow – Number 26 – The Atkinson family, Church Lane

The above winners will receive prizes donated by the Residents’ Association.

Here are the photos of the Judges favourites.

Lady Ga Ga Judges 1st prizeMinion Straw Head Judges 2nd PrizeFashion vs Zombies judges 3rd Prize

Here are photos of the Peoples’ Favourite Scarecrows

Cruella de Vil The Devil Wears PrimarkGloria from the Swinging 60sGuaranteed to Scare the Birds

Here are photos of the prize winners

Judges 1st prize winnersjudges 2nd prize winnersJudges 3rd prize winnersFavourite Scarecrow winners Funniest Scarecrow winners    Most fashionable Scarecrow winners Scariest Scarecrow winners

Here are photos of all the other Scarecrows

Cellar Sid ViciousAlfred Coraline Katy Perry        Disco DudeFangtasticDSC03295Merrow PunkFrankenstein in Flares Michael thriller Jackson Murder at the Disco Punk Chick and Friend Punk Granny Punky Scary and in Fashion Minecraft Bad Guys Scary Oat Couture Show Shelley  The Mummy Rerurns with a New Hat The Scary Godmother The White Witch Trendy Rev Vivacious Vivienne Wacky Wait

The 2014 Eaton Village Scarecrow Festival will be held over this coming week-end of 19th and 20th July. Waitrose has once again generously agreed to sponsor the prizes.

The format will be similar to previous years with formal judging of entries on the Saturday and a trail map and voting form for Residents to vote for their favourites over the week-end. The theme this year will be ‘Scary Fashions’ and there will be 29 Scarecrows to visit. On Saturday 19th July there will be 12 garage sales around the Village. The location of the garage sales is also marked on the trail map.

Refreshment stops can be found at the Church on Saturday and at Waitrose, Red Lion, Cellar House and Stephanies over the week-end.

Please come and see our Scarecrows this week-end.

The Trail Map and voting form can be downloaded here: Voting Form and Trail map 2014 Final

Building a scarecrow but not sure where to start? Try our guide to making a scarecrow – Guide on how to make a Scarecrow

Take a look at our Scarecrow Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EatonScarecrows/ 

Report on 2013 Scarecrow Festival

Results from Judging

Once again the Judges for the Eaton Village Scarecrow Competition had a difficult time selecting their favourites. The standard of entries was very good and whittling the 36 entrants down to 3 was not easy (in fact they decided on 4). However, the Judges reached their verdict with the following results:

Judges Prizes

Judges 1st prize – Number 23 “ET and Elliot” – Wakehurst Close

Judges 2nd prize – Number 3 “Charlie” – Merrow Gardens

Judges 3rd prize – Number 26 “Heroes and Villains” – Greenways

The Judges also decided to award a special 4th prize to scarecrow Number 4 “Popeye” – Amderley Drive

All of the above entrants will receive vouchers donated by Notcutts Norwich.

EVRA wish to thank the Judges for their time and patience and for assisting us with the scarecrow Competition. The Judges this year were: Stephen Boon – Manager Notcutts, Caroline Ackroyd – Norwich City Councillor, and Matt Davies – Norwich Fringe Project.

Results of the voting from the Trail Maps

Favourite Scarecrow – No 17 – “Shaun the Sheep” – Greenways – the Harper family
Scarecrow most likely to scare crows – No 19 – “The Child Catcher” – Church Lane – Coe Costa & Moore Opticians
Most Original Scarecrow – No 31 – “Testing, Testing” – Church Lane – The Atkinsons
Funniest Scarecrow – No 7 – “Spongebob and Friends” – Abinger Way – Tirana & Charlie

The winners will receive a Notcutts gift voucher from the Residents’ Association

More than 80 voting forms were received. Thank you all for your participation in our week-end. We will see you again next year.

Chris Stebbing – EVRA Vice-Chairman

Here are photos of the scarecrows:

Judges 1st Prize No 23 ET and Elliot Judges 2nd Prize No 3 Charlie Judges 3rd Prize No 26 Heroes vs Villains Judges Special Prize No 4 Popeye


No 1 Kermit and Mis Piggy No 2 Buzz No 5 Allice in Wonderland No 6 Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men No 7 Spongebob and Friends No 8 Scary Smurf No 9 Bob the Builder No 10 Peppa Pig No 11 Anne of Green gables No 12 I'm Crackers about cheese No 13 Bob the Builder No 14 Fifi the Flowerpot No 15 Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men No 16 Cleopatra No 17 Shaun the Sheep No 18 Zebedee No 19 The Child Catcher No 20 Spiderman No 21 Wallace and a bit of Gromit No 22 Minion Man No 24 The Mad Hatter No 25 Dennis the Menace No 27 But on another planet No 28 Harry Potter No 29 Dennis and Gnasher No 30 Scary Poppins No 31 Testing, Testing No 32 Parsley No 33 Hermoine Granger No 34 Postman Pat No 35 Straw Wars No 36 Bill and Ben

The scarecrows are coming

They’re back! The Eaton Village Scarecrow Festival and Competition will be held over the week-end of 20th/21st July and we will have 36 scarecrows on show. The competition this year will be sponsored by Notcutts and the theme is: Favourite Childhood TV/Film Characters.

The format will be similar to last year with formal judging of entries on the Saturday and a trail map and voting form for Residents to vote for their favourites. You can download a copy of the Trail map here: Voting Form and Trail map 2013

Notcutts has generously agreed to sponsor the prizes.

Building a scarecrow but not sure where to start? Try our guide to making a scarecrow – Guide on how to make a Scarecrow

The Eaton Primary School PTA is running a Garage Sale on the Saturday which will be linked into the Scarecrow Festival.Map of Garage sales: Eaton PTA Garage sale list

Eaton St Andrews Church Hall will be open and serving refreshments on the Saturday – it will also provide a welcome rest stop during the trail around the Village.
Why not join us on Facebook Log on to Eaton Scarecrow Festival 20th and 21st July 2013

Chris Stebbing – EVRA Vice-Chairman

2012 Scarecrow Festival and Competition Results and photos

More Publicity for Eaton Scarecrows in Evening News 24 July

The Local Life section of the Evening News on Tuesday 24th July included a follow-up article on our scarecrow festival. Here is a scan of the article which was under the headline of: Stone the Crows! Royal Show brought neighbours together

Evening News Item

Scarecrow Competition Presentations 2012

On Tuesday 17th July EVRA winners of the Scarecrow Competition were presented with their prizes. The presentation was held in the restaurant at Waitrose and attended by many of the households who displayed scarecrows. Lucy Webster, Deputy Manager at Waitrose, Eaton, presented the prizes.














Results of the voting from the Trail Maps

Favourite Scarecrow – Eaton Elephants Play Group for “Queen Bee”

Scarecrow most likely to scare crows – The Parker Family for “Queen of Hearts”

Most Original Scarecrow – John & Sally Kerrison for “Royal Mint”

Most Regal Scarecrow – Sarah Spooner for “The Future? – Charles and Friends”

The winners were presented with a certificate and a Waitrose gift voucher from the Residents’ Association

Judges have made their selection

The Judges visited all of the Scarecrows on Saturday morning and their awards are as follows. The prizewinners will receive prizes donated by Waitrose:

1st Prize – Scarecrow Number 16- “Queen of Hearts” in Denmead Close – Well done to the Parker Family

2nd Prize – Scarecrow Number 25 – “Tattie” in Eaton Street – Well done to the Higham Family

3rd Prize – Scarecrow Number 8 – “Queen Juby” in Abinger Way – Well done Sammi Smith

The Judges this year were: Lucy Webtser – Deputy Manager at Waitrose Eaton, Judith Lubbock – City Councillor for Eaton, and PCSO Ian Byrne – one of our neighbourhood policing team. We thank the Judges for giving their time in support of this event. The standard of entries this year was very high and it was not an easy task selecting the final three prize winners.

We also thank Sharon Atkinson and Vanessa Tarling for their support to the EVRA Scarecrow Sub-committee which ensured that the event was a great success.

Here are the Photos of the Scarecrows:

Eaton Scarecrows hit the Evening News!

Monday 16th July – Evening News includes an article and photos of our Scarecrows around Eaton last week-end. Here is a link to the article Evening News Report and a link to the photos Photos in Evening News


Scarecrow Festival 2012

The Eaton Village Scarecrow Festival and Competition is being held over the week-end of 14th and 15th July 2012. More than 30 Scarecrows will be on show around the Village on both Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. The trail map can be downloaded from the link below or you can pick up a paper copy from Waitrose and other local businesses.

Please visit the Scarecrows and vote for your favourites.  The theme for this Royal Jubilee year is “Kings and Queens”, although these do not necessarily have to be royals. Formal judging of the entries will take place during the morning of Saturday 14th July but you have the opportunity to vote throughout the week-end.

Eaton Village Scarecrow Festival Trail Map and Voting Form

Here is a list of the Scarecrow names which I was unable to fit onto the Trail Map.

List of Scarecrow Names

Not sure how to make a Scarecrow? Follow our guide here.  Guide on how to make a Scarecrow