Abbeyfield houses and homes up and down the country have been welcoming in new faces with a difference as they participated in the inaugural Abbeyfield Scarecrow Challenge.

The competition encouraged residents, staff and volunteers to create a scarecrow with a famous or friendly face, to show off their creative flair.

We had a great number of entries to help to put our houses and homes on the map. Many scarecrows have attracted the attention of passers-by. As the weather grows colder, the scarecrows will serve as a reminder of the warm, friendly environment that Abbeyfield provides.

Entries included scarecrows in the guise of real-life celebrities Marilyn Monroe, Elton John and the Beatles, whilst fictional characters Bob the Builder, Sonic the Hedgehog and Del-Boy, Rodney and Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses (complete with Reliant Robin) also made an appearance.

There are winners in four categories:

Most Humorous Scarecrow - Abbeyfield House, Ivybridge

Abbeyfield House, Ivybridge brought a bit of Hollywood glamour to everyday life. Marilyn Monroe is seen here washing the car!




Best Film Depiction - Jim Gillespie House

Jim Gillespie House showed us there's no place like home with their Wizard of Oz-inspired creations, brining Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Lion and, of course, the Scarecrow to life.




Best TV Show Depiction - Abbeyfield House, Wendover

The Old Vicarage showed they were no plonkers by creating the Only Fools and Horses' Trotter family out of straw, complete with their faithful three-wheeler.




Most Original Scarecrow - The Old Vicarage

Top marks for the arresting developments at The Old Vicarage, where an attempted burglary was fooled by an eagle-eyed copper - thanks for keeping our residents safe!






Check out the other amazing scarecrow competition entries

Abbeyfield House, Bramhall

Abbeyfield House, Beaminster

Abbeyfield House, Beccles

Abbeyfield House, Great Yarmouth

Abbeyfield House, Romsey

Halcyon House

Jim Gillespie House

Kenton House

Lee House

Marsh House

Privett Farm House

Serenus Court


Abbeyfield's Marketing Team

Suzanne Brammer, Digital Officer

Elizabeth Cottam, Senior Digital Officer

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