SCARECROWS will once again be popping up all over Aldbourne as the village prepares for its annual scarecrow trail.

Building on the success of last year's event, residents, community groups and businesses have come forward to create over 40 scarecrows.

This year's chosen theme is 'award winners' so expect to see sporting legends, literary heroes and Oscar-winning films amongst the eclectic mix of creations.

The event is organised by Aldbourne Churches Together (ACT) and will take place this bank holiday weekend, from May 28 to 30. ACT is an integration of St. Michael’s C of E Church with the Methodist Church and assists with many activities in the village.

One area of focus is working with young people and through ACT, the churches are able to work closely with toddler groups, the school and teenagers fostering closer community links and support.

Organiser Zoe Aldred said: “Last year's trail was great fun and this year promises not to disappoint.

"The community has once again come together to build an impressive range of scarecrows. We are sure that anyone who takes part will be blown away by the level of creativity.

"We are very grateful for the support of a number of local businesses including Jungle Mania, Four Barrows Health and Beauty, The White Horse Bookshop, The Blue Boar and The Crown, Aldbourne.

"Thanks to them we are able to offer a fabulous range of prizes including a family ticket to Jungle Mania, two pub meals and book tokens.”

The route provides an opportunity to explore the picturesque village and hot dogs and cakes will be available at the Methodist Church, Lottage Road, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Monday and from noon to 4pm on Sunday.

Scarecrow Trail sheets, available at the Methodist Hall, cost £2.50 with an additional trail for children costing £1.

The children’s theme is children’s films and their characters. For further details visit