AN ISLE of Wight business is 'gutted' to learn its scarecrow has been stolen ahead of the Chillerton and Gatcombe Scarecrow Festival – barely an hour after it was put on show.  

The Wellness Barn, based in Gatcombe, says it was “so excited to be part of the event”, and is gutted to learn its scarecrow had been taken before the festival has even begun.  

"So gutted," said Tammie Faithfull for the business.

“It took us around two full days to make, with staff volunteering their own time.

“We bought the head for it, and had to source the other materials.”

The County Press is told the scarecrow even had the business' logo-embroidered uniform and apron.

“We are a small business offering wellness holistic, massage and beauty treatments in Gatcombe,” said Tammie.

“We offer oncology massages to people with cancer, and regularly fundraise for the Wessex Cancer Support charity.

“We really wanted to get involved with this fantastic community spirited event, and were so excited to be part of it.

“It only stood in place for an hour, and I feel really saddened that someone would steal this before the festival has even started.

"If anyone finds it dumped somewhere, please let me know."

Villagers are working hard to have their ‘Gallybaggers’ ready for the popular Isle of Wight festival, which kickstart this Saturday.

Earlier this week, the County Press got a sneak peek at some of the wonderful scarecrows on display.

It's the largest scarecrow festival on the south coast, with thousands coming to visit the two villages over the half-term break.

Organised by the Chillerton and Gatcombe Community Association, around 50 volunteers all pull together to make the event a biannual success.