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

Are you our missing piece?

Are you the right person to complete our jigsaw?

We’re looking for a few more trustees to join our small, but dedicated volunteer Tithe Barn Trust team. Amongs us we already have Heritage Management, Agricultural, Community Liason and Financial experience. However, we also need an Architect, Historic Building Surveyor and Project Manager.

We’re a not for profit volunteer group aiming to save and sympathetically restore the 16th Century Grade II listed Tithe Barn, in Landbeach, for community use. We have begun the process to become a registered charity.

Our vision is to: Work for a vibrant, diverse and sustainable future of the Tithe Barn and its surroundings o safeguard their unique heritage features for the benefit and enjoyment of local people.

It’s an exciting time to get on-board. If you have a vision and a little time to give something back, get in touch. This unique barn is now in a state of disrepair and unless we act now we could lose this gem at the heart of Landbeach,

Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com or phone James, our Chair, on 07958 389713

A hidden gem in the heart of Landbeach, Cambridgeshire