Plenty to crow about in Handforth

Over 130 wonderful straw creations brought lots of colour and fun to Handforth over the Easter weekend for their first ever Scarecrow Festival.

Local resident resident Janine Murphy, with the assistance of Julie Smith, organised the fun event which was supported by residents, businesses and community groups across Handforth.

The weird and wonderful creations were on display in windows, gardens and streets for families to enjoy.

Janine Murphy said "The festival was fantastic - there was a real buzz around the village the whole weekend and luckily we had the weather on our side too! I would like to thank each & every person made the weekend and Handforth's first ever scarecrow festival a resounding success; all of the homes, businesses and community groups that entered, the local businesses and groups/associations that donated cash, prizes and eggs, the judges, the photographer, the local press that provided coverage and every person that came to visit the scarecrows."

The winners:-

Home category:-

1st - Humpty Dumpty

2nd - Mad Hatters Tea Party

3rd - Hook & Peter Pan Pirate Ship

4th - Racing horse jumping over a hedge


1st - Rick Green Cycles

2nd - Shentons Farm Shop

3rd - East Cheshire Hospice Shop

4th - The Beauty Spa

Community Groups

1st - Handforth Youth Centre

2nd - Gwyneth Morley Court

3rd - St Mary's Brownies & Guides Group

4th - Time Out Group

There was also an additional category of 'best road' added last minute due to the sheer effort and amazing scarecrows on Hurlbote Close.

Photos credit @handforth Pics.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Jean Berman
Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 1:41 pm
How fabulous. Well done everyone
Andrew Backhouse
Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 6:24 pm
It was wonderful to see lots of people out walking around the village, seeing what they could find, chatting to others, and just building that sense of community that we need. There were even some scarecrows added to the mix that were not entered formally in to the competition, just to show how people can join the fun. A brilliant idea.