Despite a rather wet week-end the Scarecrows of Eaton were out on display and many residents took the opportunity to follow the Trail around the Village. The entries were of a very high standard with some witty and innovative interpretations of the theme of gardens and gardening. We also found some unexpected entries as we toured the Village. The Judges had a particularly wet time viewing the entries which was followed by an intense period of discussion to decide on the winners. The Judges were Gerald Cooke – Chairman of EVRA, Simon Wright – MP and Paul from Anglian Busses.
The Judges awards were as follows. The prizewinners will receive vouchers donated by Notcutts:
1st Prize – Scarecrow Number 14 – “Jake the Rake” in Kingswood Close – Well done to Livvy and Luca Roberts
2nd Prize – Scarecrow Number 3 – “Hardy” in Brentwood – Well done to Thomas and James Leny
3rd Prize – Scarecrow Number 9 – “Headboy” at Eaton Primary School – Well done School
We have received a great response from Residents voting for their favourites and voting forms are still arriving at Waitrose and 54 Greenways. Please deliver your vote by the end of Tuesday 19 July. Counting will be finalised later in the week and the results will be announced at the Prize giving Presentations at Notcutts on Saturday 23 July at 9:30am in the Restaurant. Please come and join us at Notcutts.
We have received lots of very complimentary comments about the Scarecrow Trail and how this has raised the level of community spirit within the Village (your words). Many people have said that they will enter next year because they want to be a part of this. We have also heard of others that are determined to beat their neighbours next year by building a better scarecrow!
May we thank the Residents, Eaton Primary School, St Andrews Church and Businesses in Eaton for building and displaying scarecrows. We also thank the Judges for their time and considerations in reaching a decision. We also thank the local businesses for their participation through displaying posters and handing out Trail Maps and Voting Forms and for donating prizes. Our thanks also go to Notcutts Garden Centre for once again sponsoring the main prizes for this EVRA event. A big thank you also to you, the Residents, for getting out there and viewing the scarecrows, despite the rain, and casting your votes. The Scarecrows hope to see you all again next year.
There is also a Facebook Group for the Eaton Scarecrows with photos of all the entries. Please feel free to leave comments about if you can see the photos and what format(s) you would prefer for any future photo albums.