Tithe Barn Trust awarded £12k

The Tithe Barn Trust is delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded grants of £6,000 from the Architectural Heritage Fund and another £6,000 in match funding by the Pilgrim Trust.

Gemma O’Shea, Chair of Trustees, says “This is fantastic news and means a lot to the Tithe Barn Trust, as we’re a small charity and not-for profit volunteer group committed to saving the unique Tithe Barn, in Landbeach near Cambridge, for everyone to enjoy. We’re going to use these grants to appoint a Fundraiser and Business Case Developer. This essential funding will be the enabler we need to help us reach our target of £260,000 to restore the special Grade II listed timber framed Tithe Barn. The public have been incredibly generous and donated over £60,000 already, but we still need to raise more. Our thanks go to the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) and the Pilgrim Trust.”

The AHF is a charity working to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK. The Pilgrim Trust aims to preserve and promote Britain’s historical and intellectual assets and to provide assistance to vulnerable members of society.

Tithe Barns are increasingly rare in the UK and this is the only remaining one in Cambridgeshire in its original condition with thatched roof, timber frame, timber granary and brick threshing floor. Experts believe the barn dates to the medieval period.
Sadly the barn is in a state of disrepair and unless we act now we could lose this national treasure.

4 Ways YOU can get involved;
1. Donate today at www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/TitheBarnTrust
2. Become a Friend. Visit www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/become-a-member/                                                                                                                                  3. Volunteer or become a Trustee. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.
4. Come along to one of next events at the Tithe Barn –

Apple Gifting
Sunday 21st October, 11am-3pm
Begin your own apple gifting tradition. Get hands-on and decorate an apple. In the past these were offered around the community as a sign of friendship, good health and good luck.

Outdoor Gym
Saturday 10th November, 10am-1pm
Get active and involved and help us tidy the hedge and grass track to the Tithe Barn. The barn will be open to visit too.

Carols at the barn
Saturday 8th December, 2.30pm
Start your festive season with Carol singing and enjoy mulled wine or fruit juice and mince pies. Wrap up well.

See you there!

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Shakespeare at the Barn

On Thursday 14th June one hundred visitors came to watch Shakespeare’s comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Tithe Barn performed by the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing arts (CSVPA).
Rachel Ellis, Head of Drama at CSVPA, says “The Tithe Barn is such a wonderful piece of history and I am thrilled at the chance of our students being able to perform in it. The students on our performing arts courses at CSVPA undertake training in both classical and contemporary acting. Their June performance is a reduced Shakespeare play especially edited for a small cast, each actor playing multiple roles. It is a lot of fun! The barn is a vital piece of local history and I feel strongly that it is a gift to be able to share the local cultural heritage of such places with our very international cohort of students. We have students from Cambridgeshire but also as far afield as China, Russia and South America on our courses. We wanted to show our full support for the Tithe Barn Trust’s campaign to restore the barn.”

It was a fantastic evening and demonstrated the Tithe Barn’s true potential at bringing people together.

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.

Medieval to Victorian

Treasure the Treasures on your Doorstep!
Saturday 9th September http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk

As part of Heritage Open Days you’ll be able to transport yourself from the medieval period to the Victorian all in one day. Fen Edge treasures St Peter’s Church in Horningsea, the Landbeach Tithe Barn, All Saints’ Church in Landbeach and St Mary the Virgin Church in Fen Ditton are all opening their doors for free for you to enjoy on Saturday 9th September.

Funded by sales of coprolite, St Peter’s Church was heavily made over by ‘trendy’ Victorian architect Thomas Jekyll, a friend of Whistler and Pugin. See his work, an exhibition of his drawings and listen to talks. You’re invited to bring your own Victoriana and to dress up, or even try bellringing.

Then take the opportunity to see the unique timber frame Landbeach Tithe Barn for yourself. Tithe Barns are rare in the UK and this is the only remaining one in Cambridgeshire in its original condition with thatched roof, timber granary and brick threshing floor. Experts believe the barn may well date to the medieval period. Listen to introductory talks and find out more about how the Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, aims to save and sympathetically restore the Tithe Barn for you to enjoy. Make your own Corn Dolly or try your hand at traditional games.

Complete your free day out by visiting the nearby All Saints’ Church which has medieval origins. Have a go at bellringing, a traditional community activity dating back hundreds of years and gaining in popularity. Or visit St Mary the Virgin Church, watch a demonstration of bellringing, and then take a riverside walk along the Cam.

Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said: “At a time when many of our heritage sites, museums and buildings of cultural interest are under increasing economic pressure it’s heart-warming to see the number of Heritage Open Days events continue to grow. Our army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. We are keen to encourage people to stand up for the places that are important to them by bringing to life their stories for everyone to enjoy.”

Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the country; in 2015, over 4,800 events welcomed around three million visitors across England. Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission. For details and opening times, visit http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk .

Landbeach Tithe Barn open 12-4pm on Saturday 9th September for FREE.

Tithe Barn Trust awarded grant!

The Tithe Barn Trust is over the moon to announce that we have been supported by the Architectural Heritage Fund and awarded a grant. We’re a small charity aiming to save and sympathetically restore the 16th Century Grade II listed Tithe Barn, in Landbeach, for community use. The AHF is a charity working to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK.

Christine Taylor, Tithe Barn Trust Trustee and Treasurer, says “This is fantastic news as this grant will allow us to progress the Tithe Barn project to the next step. There is still a lot of work to be done, as although we have raised over £65k, our major fundraising quest continues. Get in touch if you’d like to volunteer and be involved in our exciting community project.”

We’ve been working hard; however, we still need your help to save this gem at the heart of Landbeach. We believe the Tudor Tithe barn, with thatched roof and historic brick and timber floor, to be unique to Cambridgeshire and even of national significance. Over 90% of Tithe Barns have been converted in the UK.

3 Ways YOU can get involved;

  1. Make a pledge today at http://www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/make-a-pledge/
  2. Become a Friend. Visit http://www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/become-a-member/
  3. Volunteer or become a trustee. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.

You can find out more about the Architectural Heritage Fund and the work they do at www.ahfund.org.uk

A hidden gem in the heart of Landbeach, Cambridgeshire