Three cheers for the Tithe Barn Trust! Campaign to restore unique Landbeach building given charity status

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A volunteer-led campaign to save and restore Landbeach’s 16th Century Grade II-listed Tithe Barn for community use has received charity status.

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The Tithe Barn Trust, a not-for-profit volunteer group, announced the news at a drinks reception on Friday.

James Hockney, chairman of the trust, said: “Gaining charitable status for the Tithe Barn Trust was a major milestone.

“We just had to celebrate with our volunteers, supporters and the community.

“The event was a great success with Tudor style recipes, including Henry VIII’s ‘Maids of Honour’ tarts, and rosemary and oat nibbles to taste.”

The celebration also kick-started a phased public consultation on what community use people would like to see for the listed Tithe Barn, once it has been restored.

However, before the barn can be fully restored, more money is needed.

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“Whilst we have raised over £64,000, our major fundraising quest continues, as over £250,000 needs to be raised to fully restore this unique building,” Mr Hockney added.

“We’ve been working hard; however, we still need your help to save this gem at the heart of Landbeach.

“We believe the Tudor Tithe Barn, with thatched roof and 18th Century brick floor, to be unique to Cambridgeshire and even of national significance.

“Over 90 per cent of tithe barns have been developed. Tithe barns hint at a different side of history, not just the story of the wealthy,” he added.

“It’s a beautiful, untouched building, which deserves saving.”

For more information visit www.tithebarntrust.org.uk