WHITCHURCH residents will have plenty to get involved with this winter, with the launching of two competitions.

From late November until mid-December, two competitions will run consecutively, with involving the putting up of scarecrows and the other involving the town’s businesses.

The Whitchurch Panto Christmas Scarecrow Competition will see residents display their best scarecrows around town to be judged by someone who knows 'a thing or two' about Christmas.

Scarecrows must be in place for December 5, with judging taking place on December 12.

The competition is being backed by Whitchurch Helping Hands and the Camber of Trade and 'fabulous' prizes are available to be won.

Steve Chapman from Whitchurch Helping Hands promoted the competition, hoping it would 'being smiles' to Whitchurch.

"Bringing smiles to the Streets of Whitchurch this Christmas," he said. "Join in this Family Festive Fun and raise spirits to the roof.

"Have your Christmas Scarecrow displayed from Saturday, December 5 to be judged by a very experienced secretly magical judge on December 12, who knows a thing or two about Christmas."

For more information, visit Whitchurch Christmas Scarecrows on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/670323563871401 Meanwhile another competition will be taking place in the town from November 22 to December 6.

The competition is tied to the various businesses in town, with participates throwing their name into a virtual hat, with prizes to be won.

The competition is being run by Saul Mellor of Get Moving Estate Agents, who says winners will be announced on the days leading up to Christmas Eve.

"The competition will run on the Get Moving Estate Agents Facebook page, all entries free," said Saul.

"Competition entries to open on November 22 and close on December 6, with a winner announced every working day up to Christmas Eve.

"The whole point of this is to show that Whitchurch companies have so much to offer and there is no need to go out of town for products and services."

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/getmovingestateagents