Fife church hosting Christmas scarecrow extravaganza

Lindores Parish Church in Newburgh is planning a scarecrow extravaganza this Christmas.

Rev Valerie Walker dreamed up the idea as something that would capture people’s imaginations, get the whole community involved, and perhaps even cast a fresh light on the Christmas story.

The Scouts donated a pile of unused disposable overalls left over from their last scarecrow mission; a local farmer donated a pile of straw; and a bunch of volunteers met in a local barn and, working two metres apart, stuffed numerous scarecrows. Local individuals and organisations, including primary schools, are dressing up scarecrows as shepherds, angels or wise people. Some are even making animals for the stable.

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Valerie said: “In normal years, we have a pyjama service on Christmas Eve, when the church is jam-packed with excited children. The excitement, and the sound volume, reaches the roof. But Christmas 2020, with all its challenges, allows us to try something different.”

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