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What’s next for the tithe barn?

Now that the barn has undergone its urgent repairs, the Trust are turning their attention to fundraising for the second phase of the project to bring waterless eco toilets to the site. We know that this will be a real enabler in terms of future community use and sustainability of the Barn.

Spend a penny
If you spent a penny in the year 1500 (when Henry 7th was king) you’d be spending over £5 today, so we would love it if you would donate at least £5 to the ‘Spend a Penny’ campaign that will enable us to install the high quality environmentally-friendly loos that the Tithe Barn needs to make it an even better place to visit, hire and enjoy. The more you can contribute, the sooner we can have these wonderful facilities in use. You can donate right now on our Total Giving page: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/TitheBarnTrust_spendapenny


What’s a Kazubaloo?
The Kazubaloo is an alternative to a composting toilet which doesn’t require any water, electricity or chemicals. They are self-contained, low maintenance and are suitable for high capacity use, which makes them ideal for the Barn and its future uses.

How many are you hoping to install?
Our aim is to install 2 toilets to provide the capacity required for the barn.

Where are they going?
Our new toilets will be installed along the path to the barn, near the oak tree. The system used in the toilets require specific site conditions and we felt that this location is best for both the toilets and to protect the setting of the Tithe Barn.

Are they accessible?
The Kazubaloo is very similar to a standard toilet. The model we are proposing to install is fully accessible.

How do they work?
The toilets primarily operate using solar and wind energy. Solids and liquids are separated through the use a basket which catches the solid waste and allows liquids to drain away into a tank below. The chimney at the back of the Kazubaloo is warmed by the sun, causing the air inside to also heat up, which then rises. At the top of the chimney is an extractor which will rotate in the breeze. The combination of the extractor and the warm air intensifies the airflow through the unit. Fresh air is drawn down through the toilet pan which stops any odours from escaping. The constant airflow through the toilet dehydrates the waste, reducing it by up to 90%.


When will they be installed?
This will be subject to raising the required funds and achieving planning consent.

How much will they cost?
We are hoping to raise £30,000 through our “Spend a Penny” campaign which will cover the costs of the toilets and their installation.

Does it smell?
Not at all. The key is the separation of the liquids and solids and the airflow. By separating the waste inside the Kazubaloo System and ensuring that a near continuous flow of air passes over the separated waste the system is designed to ensure that decomposition is an aerobic process. The products of aerobic decomposition are odourless and non-toxic.


What happens to the waste material when it’s cleaned out of the toilet?
The dried waste is removed from the toilet in a basket, having spent roughly a year in the system drying out. The inert and odourless dry waste is transferred in the baskets, using the precaution of gloves, into a secondary composting process to allow the waste to be composted fully. This generally takes the form of a compost bin dedicated to the waste. However, the reality is, that the compost bin will fill up very slowly and therefore will not need emptying for a considerable time.

What if there is no sun or wind?
A waterless toilet provides advantageous conditions for evaporation and it is extremely rare that zero evaporation will occur. In any event, if there is waste in the system, then microbiological activity will continue and the waste will continue to break down. If a period of prolonged darkness and lack of wind occurred and waste was continually added to the system, then this would present a problem, but it’s somewhat unlikely.

Do they work in cold wet climates?
Waterless toilets do work in cold wet climates, the amount of usage a toilet gets should be matched to the climate. In colder climates the toilets should be used less and in warmer climates the usage can be increased.

What about toilet paper?
This will break down alongside the human waste.

What happens if people throw rubbish into the toilet?
Nothing. The Kazubaloo will continue to function as normal in spite of drinks cans, sanitary towels, plastic cutlery, nappies and so on being thrown into the system. They will be retrieved at the end of the cycle and disposed of in the normal way. However, we would rather people didn’t use our new toilets as a bin and use the bins that will be provided, or take it home.


How is it maintained?
After an initial assessment of use, aside from the usual cleaning, the toilets will only require maintenance once or twice a year, depending on usage. “Emptying” the toilets would usually only be a five minute job.

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Oracle art installation

The Tithe Barn Trust is excited to announce that local sculptor and installation artist Theo Gayer-Anderson will be exhibiting ‘Oracle’ at the Tithe Barn, in Landbeach, near Cambridge.


Theo says “Oracle is a fully immersive audio and visual installation that celebrates the rise of jellyfish in our toxic oceans and draws attention to the very real and imminent dangers of climate change. The Tithe Barn makes for the perfect setting to showcase my work.”


The installation artwork will occupy the entire timber frame Tithe Barn, so that the spectator has to walk through in order to engage fully with the work of art. What makes installation art different from sculpture or other traditional art forms is that it is a complete unified experience, rather than a display of separate, individual artworks. The focus on how the viewer experiences the work and the desire to provide an intense experience for them is a dominant theme in installation art.


The Landbeach Tithe Barn is one of just a handful of buildings of its type remaining in Cambridgeshire. Ours is unique with so many historic features such as a thatched roof, elm timber frame, timber granary and brick threshing floor. Experts believe the barn may well date to the medieval period.


The temporary installation will be free for the public to view on Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October by timed entry. A limited number of tickets are now available to pre-book at https://tithebarntrust.org.uk/learning/2020-events/ . Booking essential, so book now to avoid disappointment.

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. We are closely following Government advice regarding Covid-19, so please do check this page regularly for updates.

LANDBEACH TITHE BARN CONFIRMED FOR HERITAGE OPEN DAY 19th SEPTEMBER!

The Tithe Barn is excited to open its doors on Saturday 19th September for the country’s largest annual festival of history and culture.

Come see the progress we’re making in preserving this irreplaceable piece of Cambridgeshire history.

www.tithebarntrust.org.uk

www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Landbeach Tithe Barn is excited to join in the Heritage Open Days festival this September. This event, with free entry, offers the opportunity to see the beautiful newly re-thatched roof and the skilful work done to restore the timber structure (dating back to medieval times). There will be knowledgeable trust members on-site to answer questions and, reflecting the Heritage Open Days theme of ‘Hidden Nature’, there will be a free Hidden Nature I-Spy for children. Like all Heritage Open Days events, it’s completely free to take part!

To meet social distancing guidelines visitor numbers on-site at any one time will be limited so timed tickets must be booked in advance via the link below. Hand sanitisers will available and clear signage will also help ensure both visitors and organisers stay safe and can enjoy a relaxing day out. If you’d like to take a look inside the Barn, please bring and wear a mask.

Landbeach is full of history; why not make a morning or afternoon of your visit and also look at the lovely parish church of All Saints which dates back to the 13th century with much medieval woodwork remaining. Also worth a look is Worts Meadow. Now a local nature reserve Worts Meadow is a former medieval settlement site, with a surviving homestead moat and fish pond, and earthworks showing the location of roads and houses.

View of Tithe Barn

Melanie Hale, Chair of Landbeach Parish Council and trustee says:

“The Trust is thrilled to be contributing to this year’s Heritage Open Days festival. We are working hard to ensure the future of our wonderful tithe barn so why not come and see the progress we’ve made in the last 12 months.”

Annie Reilly, Head of Producing at Heritage Open Days says:

“Heritage Open Days is about connecting people so we can uncover and share the amazing stories of the places, spaces, heritage and history around us.”

Book your free tickets to our Heritage Open Day on Saturday 19th September at  https://tithebarntrust.org.uk/learning/2020-events/

Advanced booking is essential. Entry is timed at 30-minute intervals from 11.00 with last entries at 3.30 and a maximum of 15 persons for each time.

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 http://www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/become-a-member/
  3. Visit the Tithe Barn and come along to one of our next events. Keep checking http://www.tithebarntrust.org.uk to find out more. We are closely following Government advice regarding Covid-19, so please do check this page regularly for updates.