Mon. May 16th, 2022

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End of an era at Arreton Barns

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The Sweetcorn Fayre at Arreton Barns has been a staple event on the Island for more than a decade, but the team behind the popular event have decided to call it a day.

The last scheduled event was for its 13th year in 2019 but, due to high winds and rain, the event had to be cancelled, followed by two years of restrictions due to Covid.

The fayre started off as a small fete-style event back in 2006 growing to be a two-day event in more recent years.

Jane Gibbs, joint owner of Arreton Barns and organiser of the event, said: “Over the past few years we have been lucky enough to work with some amazing and talented people to bring a fun, family and great value event to the Island. However we have become a victim of our own success and organising an event of this scale with mainly volunteers has become too big to manage.

“We know the Sweetcorn Fayre will be sadly missed by many, but – not to worry – there will be many other events happening at Arreton Barns over the coming year; from Easter fun, farm auctions, motorbike gatherings, a Platinum Jubilee tea party and shindig and so much more.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with the Sweetcorn Fayre.”

The Sweetcorn Fayre raised thousands of pounds for local charities during its reign, including Barely Born, St George’s School, Mountbatten Hospice, Challenge and Adventure and most recently, Beaulieu Respite.