Ex-straw-dinary scenes as scarecrows show support for key workers

There have been plenty of new additions to local villages in Derbyshire over the last few weeks as local residents of Calow, Holymoorside and Walton have been making scarecrows of key workers.

Bethany Wileman initiated the project in the village of Calow to inspire residents to show their support for the key workers. From this, there have been dozens of scarecrows made by children and families, which have been on display outside their homes to highlight the fantastic work our key workers have been undertaking throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

From bin men to nurses, delivery drivers to super heroes, the villages of Calow, Holymoorside and Walton have seen it all!

The scarecrows have been a highlight of many of the local residents daily exercise walks and local Facebook groups have had some fantastic comments on the displays.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Thacker, MBE, said: “It has been fantastic to see the community spirit shown over the last few weeks. The creativity of the residents is incredible and shows how communities can come together during these difficult times”.

“It is heart-warming to see our key workers celebrated in this way for their commitment to the cause of keeping essential services running in the District and of course caring for those most vulnerable”.

“I have seen many scarecrows on my daily walk in my local parish of Holymoorside and Walton and the people of North East Derbyshire have really shown their Derbyshire spirit to come together and raise an incredible amount of money for Chesterfield Royal Hospital and put many smiles on people’s faces as they have been undertaking their daily walk and exercise”.

The competition in Holymoorside and Walton has now closed, however donations can still be made to support the Chesterfield Royal Hospital and to see the scarecrows on Catherine Allen’s JustGiving page.

The residents of Calow have been posting their scarecrows in the local Facebook community group for all to see.

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