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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 they would need to be manually emptied, 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.

Picnic by the Barn

Have you booked your FREE tickets yet? The Tithe Barn Trust is inviting you to enjoy your own socially distanced picnic on Sunday 16th August, with the stunning backdrop of the historic, timber frame Tithe Barn.

Pre-booking is essential at www.tithebarntrust.org.uk/learning/2020-events/ . As numbers are limited, you can book your 15-minute arrival timeslot from 12 noon and then you’re welcome to stay until 3pm. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Volunteer from home

We’re looking for a Marketing Volunteer to join our volunteer team. This is a flexible role in terms of time commitment and could be anything from 2-8 hours per week to suit you. You can also volunteer from home, so it can fit around these unprecedented times.

If you can spare a few hours and would like to help the Tithe Barn Trust, your local charity, then please do get in touch. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com or click here to find out more https://do-it.org/opportunities/dda374d8-4673-4975-8f8e-b51c08696d68

Your invitation

The Tithe Barn Trust would like to invite you to our FREE online Annual General Meeting. You can meet the Tithe Barn Trust volunteer team online and learn all about the Tithe Barn project.

Due to covid-19 guidance the Tithe Barn Trust is holding its AGM this year via Zoom. So we’ve set up a practice session for anyone who is new to zoom on 13th June, then our AGM will go ahead on 24th June.

We’d love for you to join us, so here are the details –

Practice zoom session
Saturday 13 June
via zoom
11am-11.30am
This session is for all those who are new to zoom and would like to try it out and practice. Email tithebarntrust@gmail.com to find out more.

Or follow the link below to join the Zoom session –
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78159120128?pwd=b01kcEI5Mk9OMTYvS1BBYnZ4ZDk2dz09

Meeting ID: 781 5912 0128
Password: 2PFcMj

Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 24 June
via zoom
7pm-7.40pm
Meet the Tithe Barn Trust volunteer team online and learn all about the Tithe Barn project.

Follow the link below to join the meeting by Zoom –
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79473765149?pwd=bVoyRUlMRFFxTndlYkhKUnZ6NEhTQT09

Meeting ID: 794 7376 5149
Password: 7drb1E

Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you all then.

The future is bright

Our team of skilled craftsmen have been working hard over the last five months to repair and rescue the unique Grade II listed Tithe Barn, in Landbeach. Less than a year ago the Tithe Barn’s future was uncertain and if the funds weren’t raised the historic timber frame building was in danger of collapsing and being lost forever. The Tithe Barn’s leaking roof was covered in a tarpaulin and it was in real need of some TLC.

We are over the moon that the repairs are now complete. Thanks to our thatcher Jeff Helme and his team the roof has been rethatched, keeping as much of the historic fabric as possible, and now looks fabulous. Our team of carpenters and brick layers from F.A. Valiant & Son, building restoration specialists, have worked tirelessly. The final sympathetic repairs have now been undertaken to the doors and brick threshing floor.

Gemma O’Shea, Chair of Trustees of the Tithe Barn Trust says “Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support from the wonderful public, as well as the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Amey Community Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the October Fund. We are truly grateful and can’t wait for everyone to see the finished result at our next events.”

We are holding new events at the Tithe Barn this year, all made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. On Saturday 28th March 9.30am-12.30 ‘Histon Country pop-up market’ will have handmade food and gifts on offer by local producers, at the Tithe Barn. Then on Saturday 4th April 11am-4pm we’ll be holding our first ever Art Exhibition at the Barn. Local artist Maureen Mace will be exhibiting alongside local artists from the Cambridge Drawing Society and Rowan, a Cambridge based charity and arts centre for adults with learning disabilities. Entry to these events is free. Visit https://tithebarntrust.org.uk/learning/2020-events/ and pencil the dates in your diary for all our events this year.

Have you met our carpenter & Thatcher yet?

The urgent repair works to the unique Grade II listed Tithe Barn, in Landbeach, are cracking on. Visitors to the Tithe Barn this autumn relished the opportunity to meet our skilled craftsmen working on the restoration works. Through FREE talks and demos by our Carpenter and Thatcher, visitors were able to learn about how we are sensitively repairing and restoring the timber frame, thatched Tithe Barn. Visitor feedback included “It was great to be allowed to climb up on the scaffold to get so close to the old thatch and appreciate the work the thatcher has to do”, “A true craftsman and very informative” and “A privilege to have had this opportunity”.

We have released a final further two ‘Meet the Thatcher’ and ‘Meet the Carpenter’ FREE event dates this January.

Booking is essential, so click the link below and book your FREE tickets today
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/tithe-barn-trust-27492103979

Tithe Barn secures National Lottery support

The Tithe Barn Trust is ecstatic that they have secured a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £98,900, the final funds needed for the urgent repair works to begin on the unique timber frame Tithe Barn in Landbeach, near Cambridge.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the grant will mean that a skilled team of craftsmen of Thatchers and Carpenters can set to work carefully restoring and repairing the building which is believed to date from the medieval period.

Tithe Barns are increasingly rare in the UK and the Landbeach Barn is the only one remaining in Cambridgeshire with so many historic features including an elm timber frame, thatched roof, timber granary and brick threshing floor.

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 objective is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn and education, aiming to ensure that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future. As part of this, the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant will be used to deliver a programme of activities for the public, including hard hat tours, thatching demonstrations, school visits and trial events such as a farmer’s market and art exhibition.

Gemma O’Shea, Volunteer and Chair of Tithe Barn Trust, says: “It is incredibly exciting that the restoration works can now start to the Barn. We have been fundraising so that the repairs can begin to save the Barn before it is lost. We have to thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Amey Community Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the October Fund and the public for supporting such a worthwhile project.”

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.

Romeo & Juliet & Angie!

The Tithe Barn Trust welcomed nearly one hundred visitors to the Tithe Barn, in Landbeach near Cambridge, on the evening of Thursday 20th June to watch ‘Romeo & Juliet & Angie!’.

After the success of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ last year at this historic Tithe Barn, the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA) returned to present this adaption of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and famous tragedies. Director Chris Mckay of CSVPA says “It was our pleasure to present this turbo charged, much abbreviated version of Romeo and Juliet, showcasing one student in particular (‘Angie’ Ziqi Huang) who will be joining us again next year for our foundation course. We performed this play with a cast of only three actors, Angie, myself, and following my cameo in last year’s production, I gleefully introduced Rachel Ellis, head of our drama program, into the cast!”.

Gemma O’Shea, Chair of the Tithe Barn Trust, says “We have to thank CSVPA for volunteering their time, bringing their energy and making Shakespeare accessible to so many.”

The Tithe Barn Trust is a small charity committed to saving and sympathetically restoring the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn. The Tithe Barn Trust has a 99 year lease of the 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 and performances like this are very much part of the plan.