AN ISLE of Wight business owner says “it feels personal now” after her scarecrow display was further vandalised ahead of a festival this weekend, with parts “dumped in Shanklin”.

Yesterday (Thursday), The Wellness Barn, based in Gatcombe, told the County Press it was 'gutted' to learn its scarecrow had been stolen ahead of the Chillerton and Gatcombe Scarecrow Festival – barely an hour after it was put on show.  

Now, Tammie Faithfull for the business says what’s left of her ‘Gallybagger’ display has been further vandalised, and parts of it have been dumped in Shanklin.

She says her scarecrow’s head is missing, but at least its uniform and apron – embroidered with her business’ logo – can be recovered.

"After my Facebook appeal someone went back and vandalised it more," said Tammie. 

"It feels personal now. I'm so upset."

Isle of Wight County Press: The stolen Isle of Wight scarecrow.

Speaking to the County Press last night, Tammie said: “It took us around two full days to make, with staff volunteering their own time.

“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.”

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.