WHIXALL residents have helped raise more than £1,000 following the village’s first running of a new “traditional” scarecrow hunt.

Earlier this month the parish received an influx of new faces in the form of various scarecrows.

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

More than 40 scarecrows appeared, ready for judging, which took place on Saturday, September 19.

Two categories were created for the competition, with competitors able to create a ‘traditional’ or ‘fun’ scarecrow and 143 people voted.

The winners were announced by Reverend Deborah Walton at Whixall Social Centre, with trophies and prizes on offer for the winners.

The winner of the traditional competition was Jas and Jim Downey, with The Day Family and Isobel James runners up.

Meanwhile Alison Birch won the fun contest, with the Reeves Family in second and the Prestons and Jane Clorley joint third.

Overall the competition raised £1,270.60 raised for the three good causes, with Dave praising all those who took part.

“Extremely well done Whixall,” said Dave

“I will do a sum up over the next couple of days but many thanks to everyone who took part and made the effort to support us.”