Scarecrows and flower festival draw crowds to Hanham

Families flocked to Hanham High Street today to take part in a scarecrow hunt.

There are more than 40 scarecrows to find in the windows of shops and businesses and the theme is Films.

The event has been organised by the Friends of Christchurch School.  The trail starts and ends at the community centre.

The scarecrows will be on display all weekend.

Entry forms will be available from the community centre tomorrow between 10am and 2pm. There will be a prize for the most correctly guessed scarecrows and the best scarecrow gets a trophy to keep for a year.

Today also saw Hanham Methodist Church celebrating its annual festival of flowers.

This year the theme was A Walk Through Hanham, with floral interpretations  of 11 local places or people, including Hanham Hall, the historic Blue Bowl and Maypole pubs, preacher John Wesley, the shoe and boot industry, the Whitsuntide Procession and the war memorial, marking 100 years since the start of World War One

There is also a floral tribute to local hero John Chiddy, a father of eight who in 1876 saved many lives by removing  a boulder from the Great Western Railway line at Conham just moments before the Flying Dutchman Express was due to pass.

He was struck by the train and killed. £400 was collected which was used to buy some land and build a house for his family.

A new road in Hanham also honours the local hero.

Kingswood Heritage Museum allowed the church to borrow artefacts from its collection for the festival and the church is also grateful to Hanham Local History Society for supplying information for the programmes.