VIDEO: Community turns out for Oving scarecrows

ALMOST the entire population of Oving again turned out for this year’s scarecrow day on Saturday.

The fine weather encouraged families to come and walk around the village, spotting all the wonderful creations that various villagers and groups had been busy making.

Judging the competition this year was well-known actress and author Sue Jameson, and she admitted she faced a tough task.

She said: “There are 67 scarecrows to view so we’ve been kept busy. They are all amazing, the standard is very high and people have put an incredible amount of effort in.”

Eventually a winner was picked and Sue handed out the prizes as her popular character Great Aunt Loretta in CBeebie’s Grampa in my Pocket.

As well as the scarecrows there was plenty of activities to keep families entertained.

There was face-painting and badge-making in St Andrew’s Church, where Animal Magic brought along owls, tortoises, dogs and hedgehogs.

The tractor rides proved a hit as always, and quirky fun was provided by duo Alby and Doris.

Organiser Ian Mann said: “Sue Jameson did an absolutely amazing job with the judging, she looked at every single scarecrow, making notes and scoring them as she went along.

“She was so pleased by the efforts that people had taken in the design and making of their scarecrows that had made it so difficult to choose a winner.

“Sue spent time chatting with adults and children about her television roles, her passion with horses that she owns or has owned.

“The committee were over the moon with Sue agreeing to be the judge and could not have been happier with how she went about doing the judging. She was a truly amazing person.”

For more pictures, and to find out who took the day’s prizes, see this Thursday’s Chichester Observer.