It’s never easy cancelling an event, let alone 2, but that is exactly what Arreton Barns had to do this season – now they are commenting on the reasons why they took a ‘rain’ check.
Both the Sweetcorn Fayre in September and the annual fireworks/bonfire night in November had to be cancelled this year due to adverse weather conditions.
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.
Jane Gibbs, owner of Arreton Barns, has said:
“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.”
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 endeavor to increase this next year with the return of the Sweetcorn Fayre on 26th & 27th September 2020 – pop it in your diaries now!