CHILDREN and families eagerly explored Westwood this week in search of the village scarecrows.

With a wide range of characters on the trail, there were plenty of opportunities for them to identify those on display.

This year’s theme was One of a Pair with 33 scarecrows on display, including one at the No.10 tea rooms at Avoncliff.

Trail committee member Vicky Down said: “It’s great fun and an absolutely great way of bringing the local community together.

“Last year, more than 750 people took part and we raised over £2,000. We are hoping to beat those figures this year.”

The trail takes place from Saturday, May 26 to Sunday, June 3 and covers the whole of Upper and Lower Westwood and Avoncliff.

Trail maps at £3.50 each are available from the Westwood Post Office and Shop, the New Inn, the Westwood Parish Room, and the No.10 tea rooms at Avoncliff.

The organisers staged a barbecue from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday, May 26 at the Westwood Nursery School which will be repeated on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3.

Along with Westwood Parish Room, the nursery school staff will also be serving much-needed refreshments to visitors.

Local resident, Lilly Webb, said: “It’s a lot of fun, especially for the children, and brings together lots of different parties in the village.

“It’s really popular and offers the chance to do something for the local community.”

The organisers are hoping to raise more than £2,000 this week from the trail. The money will be distributed between the Westwood Nursery School and Westwood with Iford Primary School.