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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.