SCARECROWS did not scare visitors away from a church’s harvest weekend.
In fact, numbers were up at Ruislip Manor Methodist Church in Torrington Road, for its first scarecrow festival.
Church member Graham Lee said: “It’s the first time we have attempted this and we had quite a few people who I have never seen before come in to the festival which is excellent.
“We actually drove through a village on the way back from holiday and this whole village was full of scarecrows, and that’s why we thought we wanted to do it.
“Now we’ve managed to do something at the church and we did it at the harvest weekend this time.
“It was about members getting together and doing something active.
“We had 16 different groups making the scarecrows and one group did six different scarecrows.
“There were over 20 of them.”
The festival and harvest weekend raised £60 for Whitechapel Mission, a charity for homeless people.
“It was a small amount compared with the value of the clothing, toiletries and food we managed to collect,” said Mr Lee.
Churchgoers saw more than 20 lifesize scarecrows displayed at the church last month that had been handmade by church members.
On Tuesday last week, children from Sunshine House special school for visually impaired children in Dene Road, Northwood, visited the scarecrows to touch and feel them.