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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.

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!

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!