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Outdoor Gym and Furniture repair

Saturday 30th April. 09.00 – 13.00. Free. All welcome

Come and enjoy some fresh air and good company at Landbeach Tithe Barn this Saturday 30th April 2022.

We will be cleaning and restoring our furniture to make it ready for this year’s events. We will be working from 9am – 1pm and everyone is welcome to come at any time and to stay for as long as liked. No experience is necessary as you will be given tuition however experts in furniture restoration are particularly welcome.

Your efforts will make a valued contribution to improving the barn for our visitors. There are further details in the poster below and if you have any other questions or would like to learn more please email tithebarntrust@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday.

Carolin Göhler
Interim Chair – Tithe Barn Trust

New Chair of Trustees sought

Following a very successful first five years, the Trust is seeking a new Chair of Trustees to take us forward into the next phase of our development. This is an exciting opportunity to work with our established trustees and volunteers and lead the Trust towards the fulfilment of its mission. Below, out-going Chair Gemma O’Shea explains how she has enjoyed the role, highlighting the progress made and the future plans to be taken on by the next Chair of Trustees.

Gemma O’Shea outside Landbeach tithe barn

Nearly lost

Back in the 2010s, Landbeach tithe barn was a beautiful but decaying relic; a testament to Landbeach’s long history but also an asset in real danger of disappearing, lost for forever.

Fortunately, in 2014 a determined group of local residents wanted to avoid such a fate befalling this unique structure. As a result, the Tithe Barn Trust was created as a registered charity in 2016 with the mission:

“Ensuring the long-term survival of the rare and ancient Tithe Barn, by breathing new life into the site, for everyone to enjoy.”

I was honoured to take the helm as the Chair of Trustees and have greatly enjoyed this sometimes demanding role. It has given me so much satisfaction and a real sense of achievement working alongside our dedicated group of fellow trustees, volunteers and supporters. Over this period we have successfully fundraised to undertake the extensive repairs necessary to save the physical structure, taking it from this:

to this:

For me a particular highlight came in Autumn 2019 to early 2020 with the repair of the barn’s timber frame, brick plinth, floor and the re-thatching of the roof. These costly measures have saved the barn from collapse and made it weathertight for the first time in many years.

Re-thatching the barn in early 2020

Through the efforts of the Trust and its volunteers, we offer free entry to Tithe Barn open days, events and diverse educational activities for all ages. Access is open to everyone. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support of others and with their help we’ve trialled and hosted varied community events from theatre, storytelling, to art exhibitions, a country market, preschool visits, heritage days and more. We’ve shown what an intimate and unique space the Tithe Barn is for bringing people together.

‘Oracle’ Art installation by artist Theo Gayer-Anderson at the Barn

Country Market

Our next steps

We are now focused on the second phase of our project, that of fundraising to bring essential services to the site. Great progress has already been made through our successful ‘Spend a Penny’ fundraising campaign. The money raised is enabling the installation of two eco-friendly toilets later this Spring, before we turn our attention to the provision of the water and electricity services. These will really help to secure the barn’s long-term future through its increased use as a community space and venue hire.

We have come a long way since 2014 and none of this would have been possible without the dedication of our trustees, volunteers and supporters. I have genuinely enjoyed my time as Chair and it has been a great privilege to work with a such a committed group. I wish the Trust and all who support it every success for the future and look forward to returning as a visitor with my family to see future progress.

To find out more about this great leadership opportunity, go to https://reachvolunteering.org.uk/opp/chair-trustees-290

Outdoor Gym – 19th February

This Saturday 19th February 9am till 12 noon, you can get active and involved by helping us tidy the hedge and meadow strip to the Tithe Barn.

We’ll be undertaking some vegetation management of hedges and brambles, plus planting wild flowers and native climbers. The session will be led by our very own Landscape Architect and Horticulturalist. Wear sturdy shoes, gloves and warm clothing. Bring your own secateurs and shrub cutters and there will be a few provided. Don’t forget to bring your own drink and snack for break too. No need to pre-book, just come along.

The unique medieval timber frame Tithe Barn will be open for those who would like to take a peek too.

Pop-Up Market success!

A busy morning at Landbeach tithe barn

We are very pleased that around 150 people shrugged off the mixed weather to visit Landbeach tithe barn on Saturday May 22nd to admire, enjoy and purchase the fruits of local producers’ labour.

A wide range of lovely things were on display; home-made foodstuffs, jewellery, hand-made cards, artworks, toiletries and much more were all available for purchase. All the items were made by members of the Histon Country Market, a group of local crafters producing high-quality goods for sale whose visit to the tithe barn was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Find. To find out more, go to: https://histoncountrymkt.org/

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
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 –

Meeting ID: 781 5912 0128
Password: 2PFcMj

Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 24 June
via zoom
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 –

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

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.