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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!