It’s never easy cancelling one event in a season let alone two.
This year Arreton Barns had to take the difficult decision to cancel both the Sweetcorn Fayre and the annual fireworks and bonfire due to adverse weather conditions.
Jane Gibbs, owner of Arreton Barns “there is so much planning that goes on throughout the year from a dedicated team and the decision to cancel these events is never an easy, or quick, decision. We understand the disappointment people feel when we cancel these events but the safety of our visitors and staff is what’s most important.”
September and October both saw substantial amounts of rainfall, leaving the fields for onsite parking at Arreton Barns waterlogged and unusable. Over the weekend of the Sweetcorn Fayre the Isle of Wight also saw gusts of winds reaching 69 mph, recorded at The Needles, making it unsafe for marquees.
Tony Wake of Beaulieu Respite said “it was with a very heavy heart that we had to cancel this year’s Sweetcorn Fayre. The decision was a tough one to make as it’s the charities that ultimately suffer. Thank you to Jane and Andrew though for many years of amazing support for our – and so many more – local charities. We are looking forward to coming back in 2020
bigger and better than ever.”
Over the years the Gibbs family has raised over £250,000 for local charities and endeavour to increase this next year with the return of the Sweetcorn Fayre on 26th & 27th September 2020, pop it in your diaries now!