Friday, 17 September 2021

Village gets behind Sonning scarecrow trail

SUPERHEROES, monsters and children’s characters featured in Sonning’s eighth biennial scarecrow trail over the bank holiday weekend

SUPERHEROES, monsters and children’s characters featured in Sonning’s eighth biennial scarecrow trail over the bank holiday weekend.

Thousands of visitors flocked to the village to view about 60 scarecrows created by residents.


Designs included a life-sized Batman and Superman fighting above a “skyline” of painted cardboard boxes outside a house in High Street.

A neighbouring property was decorated with the front of a Viking longboat while another featured characters from the Disney film Frozen.

One home in Pearson Road was festooned with tie-dyed fabrics and Sixties characters including supermodel Twiggy and a curly-haired “hippy” wearing a paisley shirt and jacket.

A house opposite appeared to be inhabited by the Loch Ness monster, whose head stuck out of an upstairs window while its tail protruded from another.


Other creations included “minions” from Despicable Me, the Stig from Top Gear, Rafiki and Simba from The Lion King, Mr Toad from The Wind in the Willows and characters from the computer game Minecraft.

Click here to see more photographs of the displays.

The event also featured several open gardens and a car show in the Old Forge yard, off Pearson Road.

St Andrew’s Church was open to visitors and refreshments were served at the village hall. The Mill dinner theatre and the Great House Hotel offered free parking.

The weekend raised at least £15,000, which will go towards village amenities. Previous trails have paid for children’s play equipment, the Sonning jubilee clock and the restoration of the village’s water pump in High Street.

Barbara Carr, a member of the Sonning scarecrow and open gardens committee, said: “This was by far and away our best year to date.

“The quality of the entries is always strong but this time we had exceptionally good attendance, which was probably helped by the weather. It was busy from start to finish.

“Everyone loves looking at the scarecrows, especially the children, while parents enjoy exploring the open gardens.

“Most people in the village are keen to get involved and support it, though I’m sure some people go away until it’s finished. I don’t think George Clooney was around over the weekend!

“It was nice to see some new residents taking part this year.”




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