Sheaf spotted punting

As part of the launch of their ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign, the Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, will send a sheaf of longstraw to different locations around Cambridgeshire until they raise enough to rethatch the Tithe Barn in Landbeach, near Cambridge.

Melanie Hale, Tithe Barn Trust Trustee and volunteer photographer, says “The Landbeach Tithe Barn is unique and is in serious need of rethatching. So, every week until we raise the funds, the Tithe Barn Trust will be sending a sheaf of longstraw to various locations around Cambridgeshire to highlight our fundraising quest. As punting is quintessentially Cambridge and the Tithe Barn is so close to the city, a punt tour was the obvious choice to kick off our ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign. Our thanks go to Scudamore’s for supporting the Tithe Barn Trust this week. To make suggestions of where we might find the sheaf next week, people can tweet @TBarnT.”

The public can help this sheaf find the way back to its new home on the Landbeach Tithe Barn’s roof by sponsoring a sheaf for as little as £5 at

The Tithe Barn Trust aims to save and sympathetically restore the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn for community use, but we need you to help us. We estimate we’ll need 5 tonnes of locally sourced hand drawn Longstraw to rethatch the roof.

The Tithe Barn Trust believes the medieval Tithe barn, with thatched roof, brick threshing floor and timber granary, to be unique to Cambridgeshire and even of national significance. It is one of the few Tithe Barns in the country still standing next to its medieval rectory. Over 90% of Tithe Barns in the UK have been converted and their historic features are being lost forever. Sadly, the Landbeach Tithe Barn is in a poor condition and deteriorating.

Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable aim is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn, once restored, and education. We want to ensure that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future.

On Saturday 7th October you can be among the first to watch film at the atmospheric Grade II Listed timber frame Tithe Barn for FREE. Brought to you by the Cambridge Film Trust, the Tithe Barn pop up ‘Cinema’ will show Cambridge archive footage from 2pm till 4pm.

Later in October we’ll also be working in partnership with the Fen Edge Archaeology group (FEAG) to undertake a geophysical survey of the land surrounding the Tithe Barn. The Tithe Barn sits adjacent to the Scheduled Ancient Monument of shrunken earthworks of a medieval moated manor. Archaeologists have identified an elevated platform area half way along the Tithe Barn’s access track as being of potential archaeological interest and significance. The public will be able to learn more and get hands-on helping FEAG with the geophysics from Sunday 22nd October until Sunday 29th October. Pre booking essential via .

Follow the Tithe Barn Trust on Twitter @TBarnT and like us on Facebook FriendsofLandbeachTithe Barn to find out where the sheaf of longstraw will be next week.

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