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Tithe Barn secures National Lottery support

The Tithe Barn Trust is ecstatic that they have secured a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £98,900, the final funds needed for the urgent repair works to begin on the unique timber frame Tithe Barn in Landbeach, near Cambridge.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the grant will mean that a skilled team of craftsmen of Thatchers and Carpenters can set to work carefully restoring and repairing the building which is believed to date from the medieval period.

Tithe Barns are increasingly rare in the UK and the Landbeach Barn is the only one remaining in Cambridgeshire with so many historic features including an elm timber frame, thatched roof, timber granary and brick threshing floor.

The Tithe Barn Trust is a small charity committed to saving and sympathetically restoring the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn. Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable objective is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn and education, aiming to ensure that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future. As part of this, the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant will be used to deliver a programme of activities for the public, including hard hat tours, thatching demonstrations, school visits and trial events such as a farmer’s market and art exhibition.

Gemma O’Shea, Volunteer and Chair of Tithe Barn Trust, says: “It is incredibly exciting that the restoration works can now start to the Barn. We have been fundraising so that the repairs can begin to save the Barn before it is lost. We have to thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Amey Community Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the October Fund and the public for supporting such a worthwhile project.”

3 Ways YOU can get involved in the Tithe Barn project;

1. Volunteer. Visit https://do-it.org/organisations/tithe-barn-trust  or email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.

2. Become a Friend. Visit www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/become-a-member/

3. Visit the Tithe Barn and come along to one of our next events. Keep checking www.tithebarntrust.org.uk to find out more.

Romeo & Juliet & Angie!

The Tithe Barn Trust welcomed nearly one hundred visitors to the Tithe Barn, in Landbeach near Cambridge, on the evening of Thursday 20th June to watch ‘Romeo & Juliet & Angie!’.

After the success of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ last year at this historic Tithe Barn, the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA) returned to present this adaption of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and famous tragedies. Director Chris Mckay of CSVPA says “It was our pleasure to present this turbo charged, much abbreviated version of Romeo and Juliet, showcasing one student in particular (‘Angie’ Ziqi Huang) who will be joining us again next year for our foundation course. We performed this play with a cast of only three actors, Angie, myself, and following my cameo in last year’s production, I gleefully introduced Rachel Ellis, head of our drama program, into the cast!”.

Gemma O’Shea, Chair of the Tithe Barn Trust, says “We have to thank CSVPA for volunteering their time, bringing their energy and making Shakespeare accessible to so many.”

The Tithe Barn Trust is a small charity committed to saving and sympathetically restoring the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn. The Tithe Barn Trust has a 99 year lease of the Tithe Barn. Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable aim is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn and education. We want to ensure that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future and performances like this are very much part of the plan.

Tithe Barn Trust awarded £100k

The Tithe Barn Trust is over the moon to announce that we have received a grant offer for £100,000 from the Amey Community Fund.

Gemma O’Shea, Volunteer and Chair of Tithe Barn Trust, says “This is a significant step forward in securing the £242,000 needed towards the urgent repair works to the unique timber frame Tithe Barn in Landbeach, near Cambridge. Our thanks go to the Amey Community Fund for supporting such as worthwhile project.”

Tithe Barns are increasingly rare in the UK and the Landbeach Barn is the only one remaining in Cambridgeshire in its original condition with a thatched roof, timber frame, timber granary and brick threshing floor. However, the building is at risk of being lost and there is a critical need to undertake the urgent repairs to avoid this. A 2015 condition survey concluded that ‘The building is in poor condition…if the rot spreads and more frame timbers are weakened, the risk of failure increases. If nothing were done, I would anticipate that the building could suffer a major failure (perhaps collapse) with the next few years, probably within 5 or less.’ Several of those five years have now passed and there is an increasingly pressing need to deliver the repairs necessary to save the Barn before it is lost.

The Tithe Barn Trust is a small charity committed to saving and sympathetically restoring the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn. Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable aim is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn and education. We want to ensure that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future.

The Amey Community Fund awards grants to support community, environmental and heritage projects run by non-profit organisations based in Cambridgeshire, within 10 miles of a landfill site. The fund is managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and is part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund.

4 Ways YOU can get involved in the Tithe Barn project;

  1. Make a donation today at https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/TitheBarnTrust
  2. Become a Friend. Visit http://www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/become-a-member/
  3. Volunteer. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.
  4. Visit the Tithe Barn and come along to one of our next events https://tithebarntrust.org.uk/learning/

Active and involved

We have to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along to our ‘Outdoor Gym’ session on Saturday 23rd February. Volunteers of all ages got stuck in and helped the Tithe Barn Trust tidy the hedge and meadow strip to the Tithe Barn. The session was led by our very own Landscape Architect and Horticulturalist. The unique medieval timber frame Tithe Barn was also open for those who wanted to take a peek. Of course there was the all-important tea and biscuits on offer too!

Carols at the Barn

Carols at the Tithe Barn was the perfect way to start our festive season, so thank you to everyone for making this event so special. Visitors were able to escape the commercialisation of Christmas and sang classic carols such as Silent Night and Away in the Manger.

Of course we have to thank our volunteers too. Gemma O’Shea, Volunteer Chair of Trustees, says “We’re so lucky to have such dedicated volunteers who willingly give their time. As the event was free to everyone and we’re a small charity working with a tiny budget we have to be really resourceful. Maggie, one of our fabulous volunteers, used lots of foliage with holly and ivy foraged from the garden to create some traditional hand tied arrangements to hang around the unique timber frame Tithe Barn. Our thanks have to go to Tesco Milton also for donating mulled wine and mince pies for the event.

April showers…

Huge thanks have to go to our visitors who braved the rain and came along to our April event. Despite the April showers, they were able to spot animals hiding around the Tithe Barn and win an Easter egg. Then they sowed dwarf French bean seeds to take home and grow their own veg for our July competition. Thank goodness we had a few spare pairs of wellies to borrow as the grass track was incredibly wet. At least the ducks loved it though!

College supports Tithe Barn

Have you spotted the sheaf of longstraw yet? As part of their ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign, the Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, are sending a sheaf of longstraw to different locations around Cambridgeshire until they raise enough to rethatch and restore the Tithe Barn in Landbeach, near Cambridge.

This week Cottenham Village College students and staff showed their support for the Tithe Barn project. Helen Cassady, Cottenham Village College Principal, says “I believe the Tithe Barn is an important part of our local history. We are proud to support the project and to look forward to experiencing the barn in its former medieval glory.”

The Tithe Barn Trust aims to save and sympathetically restore the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn for everyone to enjoy, 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 public can help by sponsoring a sheaf for as little as £5 at www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/TitheBarnTrust .

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 10th February from 10am – 1pm volunteer and get active and involved at our ‘Outdoor gym’ and help us tidy the hedge and grass track to the Tithe Barn. The barn will be open to visit too.

Pencil Sunday 8 April in your diary too for our ‘I-Spy the barn’s wildlife & Grow your own’ event from 2pm – 5pm. Families can spot the barn’s wildlife and claim a prize. Then sow seeds to take home and grow your own veg for our July competition.

Follow the Tithe Barn Trust on Twitter @TBarnT and like us on Facebook FriendsofLandbeachTitheBarn to keep updated about our events and to find out where the sheaf of longstraw will be next week.

3 Ways YOU can get involved;
1. Make a donation today at www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/TitheBarnTrust
2. Become a Friend. Visit https://tithebarntrust.org.uk/join-get-involved/become-a-member/
3. Volunteer. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.

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 https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/TitheBarnTrust

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 tithebarntrust@gmail.com .

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.

3 Ways YOU can get involved;

  1. Make a donation today at https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/TitheBarnTrust
  2. Become a Friend. Visit www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/become-a-member/
  3. Volunteer. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.

‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign

The Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, officially launched their ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign today.

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. You can sponsor a sheaf for as little as £5. Click here to sponsor a sheaf. 

The Tithe Barn Trust believes the Landbeach Tithe barn, near Cambridge, 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 have been converted in the UK and their historic features are being lost forever. Sadly, the Landbeach Tithe Barn is in a poor condition and deteriorating.

Gemma O’Shea, Chair of Tithe Barn Trust Trustees, says “The Landbeach Tithe Barn is in urgent need of a new thatch and the roof structure and frame needs attention too. We feel the Heritage Open Days weekend is a fitting date to launch our Sponsor a Sheaf campaign. The Barn has been standing since medieval times and we can’t allow ourselves to be the generation that loses it forever. Please help save the barn by sponsoring a sheaf for the roof.”

The Tithe Barn reflects the agricultural heritage of East Anglia and is an important part of our local community history. Tithe Barns hint at a different side of history, not just the story of the wealthy. The Tithe Barn would have been used to store Tithes, a tax which was a tenth of all crops, the contributions being stacked in the barn for winter threshing and storage.

Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable object 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.

Support has been demonstrated for the Tithe Barn Trust’s planned restoration project through over £20,000’s worth of pro bono work to date. Support and interest continues to grow for the project, with visitors coming from as far afield as Edinburgh for our 2017 Heritage Open Day this Saturday. If you missed our Heritage Open Day the Tithe Barn Trust welcomes education and group visits, so do get in touch if you’d like to arrange a visit.
We’ve been working hard; however, we still need your help to save this gem at the heart of Landbeach.
3 Ways YOU can get involved;
1. Make a donation today at https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/TitheBarnTrust
2. Become a Friend. Click here to become a Member
3. Volunteer. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.

Tithe Barn Heritage Open Day

Thank you to our volunteers and all the visitors that came to our Tithe Barn Heritage Open day on Saturday 9th September 2017. A brilliant day with visitors coming from as far a field as Edinburgh.

Plenty of Corn Dollies were made, so it should be a good harvest next year. An ancient tradition, as Corn dollies were made at Harvest time from the last sheaf of corn cut. The Corn Spirit was believed to live in the corn doll and was kept until the following spring and then ploughed into the first furrow to ensure a good harvest.