Polegate Scarecrow Festival raises over £1,000 for charity

A GROUP of scarecrow enthusiasts have raised over £1,000 for two charities through their annual festival.

About 15 scarecrows were displayed around Polegate near Eastbourne and judged by Polegate Mayor Douglas Murray.

There were four awards up for grabs, Best in Show, Best Display of Scarecrows, People’s Choice and a Highly Recommended award.

Nathan Dunbar, Events Director for the Polegate Scarecrows Community Fund said: “Thank you to all the scarecrow creators who continue to support us, especially this year as the Polegate Scarecrow Festival raises much-needed funds for charity for five consecutive years.

The Alice in Wonderland display from Argus: Polegate SundownersAlice in Wonderland display from Polegate Sundowners

“We have now raised over £5,000 for local causes.”

Mayor Douglas Murray said: “As Mayor of Polegate, I have had the privilege of being part of the awards ceremonies and it was my honor to award Best Show for Polegate’s 2022 Scarecrow Competition to Debbie.

“Your scarecrow was declared a winner this year. It was amazingly designed and built from several items bought from charity shops around town, donated by others, or found in the garden.

The Argus: Debbie Gearing, left, won the Best in Show awardDebbie Gearing, left, won the Best in Show award

“It included a vintage scooter, a handmade Union Jack flag and a variety of wigs. I even spotted threads in my hair, it’s a great example of the ingenuity of our city’s residents.”

Debbie Gearing won the Best in Show award for her portrayal of a family of scarecrows sitting in a garden.

Lola from Polegate received a highly commended award for her “Gangster Granny” scarecrow.

The Argus: From left Douglas Murray, Nathan Dunbar and LolaFrom left: Douglas Murray, Nathan Dunbar and Lola

Another entry was a flying scarecrow on the side of a house.

There was also an Alice in Wonderland display that won “Best Display”.

The scarecrows were on display across the city for two weeks leading up to the judging on Saturday, July 23rd.

The competition raised more than £1,000 and donated £501.65 to St Wilfrid’s Hospice and SERV Sussex, a charity which provides transport services for blood and other urgent medical items for NHS hospitals.

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