Landbeach Tithe Barn Trust receives £100k award

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.

Upcoming Events

Romeo & Juliet
Thursday 20
 June, 6pm
Shakespeare’s tragic love story ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is coming to the Tithe Barn for your enjoyment. A reduced Shakespeare play performed by the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts. Staged with the stunning backdrop of a unique medieval Tithe Barn.
Refreshments available.

Fen Edge Festival Open Days
Saturday 22
 & Sunday 23 June, 1-5pm
As part of the Fen Edge Festival, this unique grade II Listed Tithe Barn will be opening its doors for you. Try your hand at traditional style games including Quoits, Merrills and Field skittles or dress up. Plus rare breed Golden Guernsey goats will be making a guest appearance. Refreshments available. Free mini bus to and from the Festival in Cottenham.

Tithe Barn Talk
Saturday 6
 July, 2pm
Join Dr Adam Menuge, from the University of Cambridge, as he gives an account of the Landbeach Tithe Barn and its development, in the wider context of vernacular farm buildings.

Admission to all our events is free, but donations are of course welcome towards the
restoration of the Tithe Barn.

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