Tithe Barn Trust £12,000 closer to saving 16th century barn
PUBLISHED: 10:21 13 October 2018
A local charity aiming to save a Grade II listed barn in Landbeach has been given a £12,000 boost.
The Tithe Barn Trust received £6,000 in funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) and a further £6,000 in match funding by The Pilgrim Trust.
The trust, which was created by concerned residents who wish to restore the 16th century barn for community use, will use the money to appoint a fundraiser and business case developer
Gemma O’Shea, chair of trustees, said: “This is fantastic news and means a lot to the Tithe Barn Trust.
“We are a small charity and not-for profit volunteer group committed to saving the unique Tithe Barn, in Landbeach near Cambridge, for everyone to enjoy.
“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.
Mrs O’Shea added: “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.
“However the barn is in a state of disrepair and unless we act now we could lose this national treasure.
Upcoming events at the barn include apple gifting on Sunday October 21 from 11am-3pm, an outdoor gym on Saturday November 10 from 10am-1pm, and carols at the barn on Saturday December 8 at 2.30pm.
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