Children make giant gingerbread scarecrow

Luke Tuffs with The Gingerbread Man scarecrow.
Luke Tuffs with The Gingerbread Man scarecrow.
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HURRY, there’s not much time to see this huge gingerbread man.

He was created by a group of Crafty Turners who love making things – even 6ft scarecrows.

The group – made up of and run by a dozen children – meets weekly in Havant where they make all sorts of items out of lots of different materials.

Each year they make a scarecrow for the Hayling Scarecrow Festival.

Though it is on hold this year the Crafty Turners went ahead and decided to make one anyway.

It is on display outside Hayling Hardware, in Elm Grove, until Saturday.

Luke Tuffs, 10, from Farlington, said: ‘We decided we still wanted to make a scarecrow.

‘We’ve never won before and because we are technically the only ones to enter we have put a first prize sign on it.

‘We hope we might inspire other people to build one.’

The children were inspired by the Dreamworks film Shrek.

The youngsters spent hours cutting out the main body and covering the back with hessian. A computer was used to create the letters and shapes to make the club name.

Once the letters were cut out and painted the last job was to assemble it.

The pieces were taken to Hayling Hardware where the whole thing was put together.

Tony Adams, the owner of the store, said: ‘They’ve done very well. It’s looks great.

‘The customers have been saying how wonderful it looks.’

Mick Giles, from Farlington, set up the group six years ago.

They meet at the St John’s Ambulance Hall, in Havant, and in Mr Giles’s workshop.

He said: ‘It is a class for children, run by children.

‘We have entered the Scarecrow Festival for the last four years.

‘When I told them it wasn’t on this year they went ahead anyway.

‘This is what we’re trying to inspire in the children – that they don’t have to conform.

‘We teach them to be creative in every aspect.’

The festival organisers are taking a break to decide whether there is enough interest to keep it going.