JUDGING is now open for Whixall's scarecrow competition.

The competition was organised in response to similar events in neighbouring towns and villages, with three Whixall-based charities benefitting.

More than 40 scarecrows have appeared, ready for judging, with residents having until Saturday, September 19 to decided their winner.

Carole Newey James, who is helping organise the event, explained how people can get involved.

"For a location map and judging form, please call in at 8 Hollinwood Whixall SY132NW," she said. "There are over 40 entries for you choose your favourite.

"The form cost just 50p, and this also gives you a free entry into a prize raffle.

"You have until the morning of Saturday 19 to collect the form, and it must be returned by 12noon.

"So far funds raised stands at more than £700, to be split between three Whixall charities."

Meanwhile Julie Ankers, another event organiser, encouraged people to get involved.

"As you've probably seen in neighbouring towns and villages, residents have been making and displaying scarecrows," said Julie.

"Well one of our own residents of Whixall, Dave Birch came up with the idea of our lovely village of Whixall getting involved and doing something similar.

"Any businesses or individual wishing to sponsor or donate towards our chosen charities please contact us."