Residents of West Overton have created a nativity scarecrow trail around the village which tells the Christmas story. It starts at The Bell at Bethlehem, the bus stop in the centre of the village, where you can pick-up a map. The trail ends at West Overton Church where a Nativity Story booklet can be collected to take away.
The trail is free but organisers ask for a donation in the Honesty Box at the bus stop. All proceeds go to West Overton, Fyfield and East Kennet PCC.
There are sixteen figures including children and animals to find on the trail. The final group outside the church is a crib scene.
Organiser, Angharad Hughes, told Marlborough.news, “The community of West Overton and surrounding villages have had a lot of fun creating these nativity scarecrows. The idea has been embraced by young and old with many of our scarecrows being made by the children and families of the village.
As a church community we wanted to set up a Covid friendly activity for families to enjoy, where little ones could have fun whilst learning the story of the birth of Jesus along the way.
It was a lovely way of bringing the community together in these strange times and it has been nice to see the villagers smiling and commenting on the characters cropping up around them. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has participated in the project, and hope that the surrounding community can enjoy it also.”
The trail runs throughout December.