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Scarecrow Festival Begins!

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The 8th annual Haddenham Scarecrow Festival begins today, Saturday 3rd June.

Haddenham Scout and Guide Association are very pleased to confirm that there will be 78 wonderful and varied displays to look for this year, spread all over the village.

This year, Harpers Estate Agents at Fort End have generously sponsored the cost of printing the Map and they have also entered the competition. The Map can be downloaded from here (See PDF) or paper copies are available from Saturday 3rd June from Blooming Fruity, Harpers Estate Agents, Haddenham Garden Centre and 7 Dovecote.

Maps will also be available from Wednesday 7th June at 70 Stanbridge Road and on Saturday 10th June from the Scout and Guide Association stall at Haddenham Fete.

Funds raised from the 2023 Festival will be equally divided between two local causes.

Half the funds raised will go to Aylesbury-based charity "Emmett's Genies". Emmett and his Mum Amy will be helping to sell Maps at Haddenham Fete.

The other half will help support the Haddenham Baptist Church "Hat and Boots" Appeal, set up last November to save and restore the witchert-built chapel in Stockwell. For this reason, many of the 2023 entries have adopted the optional "Hat and Boots" theme!

Full details of how to donate are on the Map. Online donations can be made here.

The Scarecrows will be on display every day until Sunday 18th June and photos will be available to view online towards the end of the Festival. In the meantime, posting photos on local social media is discouraged, pleaase, to allow folk to see the entries 'for real'!

Everyone will have the opportunity to vote for their three favourites. Festival organiser Francesca Flaxton said "This year's Festival promises to be as good as ever. We hope that people will buy or download the Map, donate to our chosen charities, enjoy the Trail and vote for their favourites. Creators of the three most popular Scarecrows will receive Afternoon Tea for Two vouchers kindly donated by Haddenham Garden Centre."

To vote either email the numbers or names of your three favourites to:

Or text: 07554 141810.

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