News Scarecrow Festival Prize Winners receive Mayoral visit

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The Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Gordon Newton, has met with some of the winners of the Maidstone Scarecrow Festival competition. The Festival was held over the autumn half term and saw more than 20 scarecrows on display around the town centre. They were made by a variety of schools and community groups with the theme of ‘musical legends’.

The scarecrow trail was organised by Maidstone Borough Council and people were asked to vote for their favourites to select the ‘Best School Scarecrow’ and the ‘Best Community Group Scarecrow’.

Senacre Wood Primary School won in the school category with their ‘Elvis’ scarecrow; while the community group was won by the 2nd Allington Brownies with an ‘Ed Sheeran’ scarecrow. Both winners received a £250 prize for their efforts, and a winner’s certificate.

The Mayor attended a special ‘celebration assembly’ at Senacre Wood Primary School to present the winner’s certificate to a group of Year 2 students who had worked on the winning scarecrow. The Mayor then also handed out some additional certificates of achievement to various students before taking a tour of the school. The Mayor of Maidstone said:

“Congratulations to Senacre Wood Primary School and the 2nd Allington Brownies, and well done to everyone who took part this year, the scarecrows really brightened the town up.”

Helen Clarkson, Art Teacher at Senacre Wood Primary School said:

“We are thrilled to have won the Scarecrow competition and we plan to use the prize money to run a school-wide art project next year. Senacre Wood are Art Champions for Animate Arts who are a local company that run art events in schools and the community. The children are always so engaged in whatever the project involves and absolutely love it!”

One of MBC’s priorities is that Maidstone is a Thriving Place and these events support this.

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