Judgement has been delivered on Hambledon’s speed watch scarecrows and the winners declared.
And, as befits our small and connected community, they ranged from a nonagenarian to a youngster aged five.
Jane Woolley, long-standing village resident, founder of Hambledon Village Trust and for many years its parish clerk, was asked to step in to conduct the judging, after local police casualty reduction officer Steve Milton had to withdraw at the last minute.
With notebook and pen she examined all the scarecrows scattered around the village. More than 30 were inspected, each one a home-made creation by local families and friends, individuals and groups, and each delivering a message to motorists to drive slowly through Hambledon’s narrow lanes.
They have attracted so much attention that they have featured on BBC radio and television and in the Surrey Advertiser.
And the winner was….Norman Gravestock, for his injured pensioner scarecrow in Church Lane, slumped on the roadside with the message “They Said Slow Down”.
At the age of 91, Norman, pictured below, was the oldest participant and he decided his award of a Merry Harriers llama trek was more punishment than prize, so opted for a meal for two at the pub instead.
The runners-up were Jude Milan, from Paddock Close, with her clown scarecrow, who also won dinner at the Merry Harriers; Hambledon Nursery School for its Captain Hambledon scarecrow, receiving cup cakes from Nelly’s Bakes in the Old Coal Yard; five-year-old Charlie Perkins from Malthouse Lane for his angry dragon scarecrow, winning a hamper of goodies from Hambledon’s community-run village shop; Cathy and Liv Coleman, cousins from Rock Hill, for their cyclist scarecrow, who received a two-week family pass to Fearless martial arts, also based in the Old Coal Yard; and Robin Cole and Hambledon Football Club for the Badger scarecrow outside the club’s Badger Park ground, for which they won a £30 Waitrose voucher.