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Plenty to crow about: Plains annual scarecrow competition gets underway

Residents in Plains are showing their creative skills and creating an autumn attraction in their village by taking part in a scarecrow-building competition.

Householders are being asked to build a scarecrow outside their homes between now and Saturday, and share pictures on social media to have a chance of winning one of three top prizes.

Organisers from volunteer group Plains Community Futures have also created two new landmarks as part of the event – with cat and bumble bee sculptures being placed at the entrance to the village and passers-by being invited to guess their names.

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Entrants are asked to upload pictures of their scarecrows to the Plains Community Futures page on Facebook, and the group say: “We’re really looking forward to seeing the entries.”

First prize is a £50 gift card for The Entertainer toy shop donated by Plains Evangelical Church; the runner-up will receive a £40 Argos gift card courtesy of Meadowhead Developments and the third-placed entrant can enjoy 12 handcrafted cupcakes donated by local baker Cakes For You.

Prizes are also on offer for the winners of the cat and bee naming competition, with those taking part being asked to comment on the relevant posts on the group’s Facebook page.

Elsewhere in Plains, generous parishioners at the village’s Evangelical Church tried a new twist on an annual event to raise funds for a favourite good cause.

Instead of holding their usual in-person coffee morning in support of Macmillan cancer charity, they made up “tea at home” packs consisting of biscuits donated by Tunnocks, a cupcake from Cakes For You plus tea and coffee, and raised the grand total of £1050.

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