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Fete equipment lost in barn fire

The barn fire started in the early hours of the morning of Friday 4. Picture: ESSEX FIRE SERVICE

The barn fire started in the early hours of the morning of Friday 4. Picture: ESSEX FIRE SERVICE

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Organisers of the popular Cavendish summer fete are to meet to discuss how to replace around £10,000 of equipment lost in a devastating barn fire.

The remains of the barn and equipment following the blaze in Pentlow Picture: MIKE WARDThe remains of the barn and equipment following the blaze in Pentlow Picture: MIKE WARD

The equipment, built up over 20 years, was lost when the barn in Pentlow was gutted in the fire on January 4.

It was used for events throughout the year – including the popular summer fete – and included four marquees, three barbecues, 48 traffic cones, 18 6ft tables, six gas cylinders, one tug of war rope, 40 wooden stakes, 30 metal stakes and a collection of signs, bunting and smaller items.

Cavendish Community Council said it hopes to be able to restock the items over time to continue to support clubs and societies in the area.

But there is a fear that the council’s reserves and money from the insurance claim may not be enough to cover the cost of the lost equipment.

The Cavendish Village Fete in full swing on the green. Picture: PHIL MORLEYThe Cavendish Village Fete in full swing on the green. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Mike Ward, chairman of Cavendish Community Council, said: “We’ve always had a ‘rainy day’ fund – a contingency fund for things such as if the bonfire night got rained off.

“But we never expected to have to use it to restock events equipment that we acquired over 20 years.

“We are able to support village clubs and societies through the free use of the equipment so it’s shocking to lose it all.

“At our next community council meeting, we will discuss what is the best way forward in replacing the equipment lost.

“We hope to be able to slowly get it back so we can continue to support the community.”

Mr Ward added that the next event in the council’s calendar would be Cavendish Open Gardens, which will take place in April.

Essex Fire and Rescure Service are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Five crews, both from Essex Fire and Rescue Service and neighbouring Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, were called to the scene at around 12.30am and reported the whole barn was alight on arrival.

A number of cylinders had to be removed by firefighters but no-one was injured in the blaze, which reduced the barn to a pile of rubble.

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