A show of scarecrows in Tong in the first days of August will draw visitors, raise funds and keep the children of the village busy.

The idea’s been launched by the committee of Tong Village Hall, looking for ideas to raise much-needed funds to fix the roof of the village hall. Committee member Isobel Ann Macdonald spotted the trend of village scarecrow shows on the mainland and decided to give it a try in Tong.

She said: “This is the first time it’s happened in Lewis, in my lifetime anyway, and we’re hoping if it takes off to make it an annual event.

"The idea is that people can make scarecrows out of anything they want – cardboard, recycled junk or even traditional straw – and put them up around the village in crofts, gardens or verges, anywhere that’s visible and safe, really!”

The scarecrows can go up anytime next week (from Monday July 30th) and a judging will be held on Friday night (August 3rd) at 7.30pm.

The winner will be presented with a rainbow unicorn to add to their garden décor – and the scarecrows can stay in place too, if you wish!

Isobel Ann said: “We’ll be very happy if people want to come and have a look at our scarecrows next week, and we do encourage as many people as possible to take part. You can work on your scarecrow indoors, so it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing, and choose any theme you like – I think ours is going to be a pirate, or something similarly nautical!”

Scarecrows must be in place in Tong by Friday August 3rd.

If you visit Tong next week and enjoy the show, you can make a donation to the village hall roof appeal by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.