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SCARECROW WINNERS | Chorleywood Magazine


Posted On November 4, 2017
November 04, 2017

Our second Chorleywood Magazine Scarecrow Trail (22 – 24 Sept,) supported by Chorleywood estate agents John Roberts and Sewell and Gardner was a total hit !

The scarecrows with the top ten votes are published in the November issue of Chorleywood Magazine. The winner is Vincent Van Gogh by Barbara Sedassy and Emma Child, second is BFG by Chorleywood Bookshop and third Russell Robyn Hood by Russell School. The top ten are listed below – pictures to come very soon.  The standard was incredibly high this year and we have added a few extra commendations of our own – it was very tricky, we wanted to acknowledge so many. There wasn’t enough space for all scarecrows in the printed issue but the entire straw crew should be posted here in the next few days. Well done to all for making Chorleywood an even happier place! Look out for our next potential community project Window Wanderland – details in Nov magazine.

We had 48 straw entrants this year from stars of stage and screen to characters from books, the Bible, nursery rhymes, fairy stories and folk tales as well as artists, sporting greats, superheroes, saints and a few personal legends. From a combination of scarecrow maker donations and trail followers we have raised over £650 for Hurstleigh Homes garden project.





1st. VINCENT VAN GOGH  Created by Barbara Sedassy and Emma Child. The Dutch post impressionist artist painting stunning sunflowers in the cottage garden in Quickley Lane just delighted passers by … his work mounted in the hedge gallery grew over the weekend!  BFG Chorleywood Bookshop excelled themselves with this  scarecrow of a Roald Dahl legend the Big Friendly Giant. Made by Helen who cleverly created the appealing moon shaped face by dipping bandages in plaster.

2nd. BFG  Chorleywood Bookshop excelled themselves with this  scarecrow of a Roald Dahl legend the Big Friendly Giant. Made by Helen who cleverly created the appealing moon shaped face by dipping bandages in plaster.ROBYN RUSSELL HOOD.

3rd ROBYN RUSSELL HOOD. For the second year running Russell School make the top ten, this time with a female version of the famous outlaw. “We made her using school uniform and bits from the charity shop and the school costume cupboard but she didn’t look quite right” says main maker Becky Clarke, “ My daughter Lucy helped make her look better with battlements on the arms and hems, scarf and leather straps as well as a waistcoat suggested by a friend. She was a real team effort! Lots of texture used to effect here with leather, rope, feathers, hessian, felt and wool.

4th Joint between CORPSE BRIDE (Andrew Fleming Florist) and the ingenious APPLE INSPIRED SCARECROWS IN CHORLEYWOOD ORCHARD mad by Chorleywood BEAVERS. Florist Tai did a brilliant job of crafting zombie woman Emily from the animated musical movie, paying so much attention to detail from dip dyed gown, raffia locks, googly eyes and exaggerated lips down to the wire shoes – plus a dramatic floral headdress of course. Well done too to Chorleywood Beavers for making Steve Jobs, Granny Smith, Sir Isaac Newton, Geoff Hamilton, William Tell, Bob Flowerdew. Almost as much care was taken on the choice of apple linked people as the making! The heartwarming crop of fruit namesakes remained in situ for Apple Day.

5th MATILDA (Chorleywood Library). A favourite with so many young voters and one of three Dahl characters on the trail (the third was a fab Fantastic Mr Fox in Valley Road). Such a great face.

6th CAPTAIN JAMES HOOK (Chorleywood Evening WI) Joint effort from the Pugh family with Penny making and dressing Cp’n Hook and Mike setting him up. Hook’s Tinkerbell companion was also much appreciated by trail followers.

7th SUPERCROW (Chorleywood Peace Hospice Shop). Lyn Judge and friends literally went to town ( or city) by making the superhero fly in the shop window. The backdrop with skyscrapers, visual sounds effects and telephone kiosk really set the scene.

8th SPIDERMAN (Hillside Pre School) complete with spider’s web was a hit with both children and adults.

9th Joint between GREEN MAN (Rootz) and BRUCE FORSYTH – (Miya Wiggins and Mum Joanne). The Green Man made by Charlotte and Maud for Rootz was a clever choice and brilliantly executed with painstaking layering of real leaves and a greenery crown while Bruce Forsyth’s scarecrow tribute captured his personality perfectly – Didn’t he do well!

10th Joint between ROBIN HOOD (Friends of Chorleywood House) and GEORGE AND THE DRAGON (Christ Church School). The stance and facial expression of Robin were amazing whilst George, made by the children of Christ Church School, definitely made an impression in battle with the dragon on the school roof.



Here are just a few scarecrows who didn’t make the top ten we felt deserved a mention.

CHARLIE CHAPLIN (Land of Liberty) for the idea (The Legend of Charlie Chaplin and the Old Boot) plus creative execution.

The story, related in the pub to this day, is of Charlie often having lunch at the Land of Lib while he was working at Denham Studios in the 1970s. He enjoyed ham, egg and chips but one day complained to the landlady that her ham was as ‘tough as leather’. Next time he ordered, she gave him an old leather boot on a plate!

We loved the use of hops for hair, beer bottle tops for eyes and catering bucket for head.

NEARLY AN ALL BLACK (Matthews family) The straw toddler in action deserves a mention for the family connection and cuteness. Photo shows Lucy and Dayne Matthews with Tama and Maui in their All Black strips – Dayne is a NZ Maori and sons Tama and Maui were keen to do a rugby theme!

We were also swayed by the upcycled goalposts made out of a broken table.

JEEPERS CREEPERS (Peter Ellis) for impact. Scary but powerful, this bad guy from the horror film of the same name standing high on a stake was memorable. His neighbour, CAPTAIN HOOK no 2, made by staff and children Chenies School, was another cleverly crafted rogue legend.

PETER PAN – made by Little Cakes Montessori School the Neverland hero flying high suspended from a tree on the edge of Chorleywood House grounds, was striking and had an appealing face.

OLD MACDONALD (Woodoaks Farm) for traditional style. The props helped tell the story and what better for a farm related scarecrow than a sacking head and straw moustache

SERENA WILLIAMS at Chorleywood Tennis Club got our vote for being so distinctive.

Not forgetting MICHAEL JACKSON in his glitzy costume, (made by William and Catherine Nice), who had superstar presence perched on the porch roof in Chorleywood Bottom! Looked a bit Dangerous.




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