VILLAGERS took part in a scarecrow event to raise money for their local church.

Launton near Bicester held a Scarecrow Trail last week where people got creative and made scarecrows inspired by this year’s theme ‘heroes’.

Planning was done around government Covid guidelines and 42 scarecrows put smiles on people’s faces as they walked around the village to find them.

Those who took part were encouraged to donate £5 to St Mary’s Church in the village.

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Among the 42 entries were three Captain Toms, two Robin Hoods, lots of nurses and NHS staff, Florence Nightingale, two Woodys from Toy Story, two Joe Wickes, Jenson Button, and Bob Marley.

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Celia Evans, one of the organisers, said: “A huge thank you to all the creators of the scarecrows. A lot of time and talent has gone into the heroes that have been made. It has been fantastic to see them all.

“The imagination of the creators has been incredible and we have had many different heroes, from NHS staff to Disney heroes, from historical heroes to groups of heroes and many that sat on walls, hedges and telegraph poles.

“All the scarecrows seemed to survive the mid- week showers and some were even ‘put to bed’ at night time or covered with awnings, umbrellas or all-in-one poncho rain coverings. Congratulations must go to all our entries, as every one of them has been wonderful.”

People could vote for their favourite scarecrow and the winner is yet to be announced.

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So far, the event has raised £1,405 and organisers are grateful for local business such as Stonelily, Suh Wah Takeaway and S&H Coffee Shop for donations.

The village will be holding a ‘Window Wonderland’ event in December to spread Christmas cheer.