Browns School hosts Horbling’s first Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrows made by pupils at Browns Church of England Primary School in Horbling, members of Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust, were part of Lincolnshire village’s first Scarecrow Festival on 3rd October 2021. Each of the school’s four classes entered a unique straw-based creation based on a different fictional book or character, including one of Harry Potter complete with his trademark glasses and lightning scar. Horbling households also joined in the fun, displaying their own hand-crafted scarecrows throughout the village. All the enthusiastic entrants were competing to win an assortment of prizes including prosecco, luxury chocolates and biscuits.

The successful event attracted around 150 families. Visitors collected a map from the school and then followed the trail around the village, checking out the scarecrows and voting for their favourites. As festival hosts, Browns School served refreshments throughout the day and held a raffle and tombola. There were also stalls featuring local crafters in the school grounds.

Sally Howley, Headteacher of Browns Church of England Primary School, says the children were very excited to host Horbling’s first Scarecrow Festival and display their entries in the school grounds for visitors to see. She comments: “It was a fantastic, fun-filled day and helped to reignite some community spirit into the village after what has been a difficult 18 months for us all.” 

Although it was difficult to pick the best scarecrows from so many inventive entries, after all the votes were counted the first prize was awarded to Louise Brown for her humorous scarecrow legs clad in high-vis trousers poking out from under a car.

The second prize went to Danielle Benbrow for her environmentally-themed scarecrow, complete with a David Attenborough mask and Save the Oceans placard.

Sian Levan won third prize for her scarecrow dressed as everyone’s favourite nanny, Mary Poppins, suspended by her open umbrella from an upstairs window.

All monies raised from the Scarecrow Festival were donated to Browns Church of England School, Horbling, which is a member of the Lincolnshire Anglican Academy Trust.