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Canvey Island Town Council recently held Canvey Island’s first ever scarecrow competition. Residents were asked to create and enter a scarecrow in to one of three categories, businesses, public and schools and early years settings, with a prize for the winner of each category. The prizes were kindly donated by Morrisons, Canvey Island. The Town Council was overwhelmed with a total of 26 different entries which all showed a great level of originality and creativity.

The high standard of the entries made judging a difficult task for the panel, which included the Town Mayor, Cllr Doreen Anderson, Cllr John Anderson and Morrisons Canvey Community Champion, Alan Browne. Due to the difficulty of choosing a winner, the judging panel decided to also recognise two highly commended entries in each category.

The winner of the schools and early years category was Little Tewkes Nursery and Children’s Centre, with highly commended recognition going to Leigh Beck Infants and Nursery Academy and Northwick Park Primary and Nursery Academy.

In the businesses category, Island Fabrics won with The Hug in a Shrug Project and Canvey First Responders receiving highly commended, and in the public category the winner was The McDermott family, with highly commended going to Stacy Grant and Rosamunde Gibbs.

Photographs of all the scarecrows were displayed in the Town Council offices for residents to view on Thursday 20th October and again on Thursday 27th once the winners had been announced and notified.

Town Mayor, Cllr Doreen Anderson said “We were very pleased to receive so many entries in the first Canvey scarecrow competition, and I was blown away by the enthusiasm of those who entered. It was wonderful to visit the schools and early years settings to view their scarecrows and the judging was incredibly difficult, due to how impressive all of the scarecrows were. Well done and thank you to all who entered.”

The Town Council would like to thank Morrisons for their very kind donation of the prizes and Bill & Michelle Dudbridge for organising hay bales for the schools. Please keep an eye out for upcoming news regarding next year’s competition, should this return the Town Council would like to hear from you.  

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Winning Entry for the Scarecrow Competition from the McDermott Family