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Sponsor a Sheaf

As part of the launch of their ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign, the Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, will send a sheaf of longstraw to different locations around Cambridgeshire until they raise enough to rethatch the Tithe Barn in Landbeach, near Cambridge.

Melanie Hale, Tithe Barn Trust Trustee and volunteer photographer, says “The Landbeach Tithe Barn is unique and is in serious need of rethatching. So, every week until we raise the funds, the Tithe Barn Trust will be sending a sheaf of longstraw to various locations around Cambridgeshire to highlight our fundraising quest. As punting is quintessentially Cambridge and the Tithe Barn is so close to the city, a punt tour was the obvious choice to kick off our ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign. Our thanks go to Scudamore’s for supporting the Tithe Barn Trust for our first week. To make suggestions of where we might find the sheaf next week, people can tweet @TBarnT.”

You can help this sheaf find the way back to its new home on the Landbeach Tithe Barn’s roof by
sponsoring a sheaf for as little as £5 at

The Tithe Barn Trust aims to save and sympathetically restore the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn for community use, but we need you to help us. We estimate we’ll need 5 tonnes of locally sourced hand drawn Longstraw to rethatch the roof. 

Your donations will make a real difference. The more donations we receive from the public, the more likely our grant applications will be successful. So in this case, every little really does help.
Cinema at the Tithe Barn

You can be among the first to watch film at the atmospheric timber frame Tithe Barn on Saturday 7th October for FREE.

Brought to you by the
Cambridge Film Trust, the Tithe Barn pop up ‘Cinema’ will show Cambridge archive footage. View short films including ‘Fight for the Kite’ featuring the story of the Kite area in Cambridge demolished to make way for the Grafton Centre development, ‘Town and gown’ exploring the relationship between the town and University, by Ray Gosling and Richard Marquand, or a Cambridge Professor talking about becoming master of the Devil with a Natterjack toad bone. Screenings at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm.

Refreshments will be available and donations go towards restoring the Tithe Barn.
Interested in Geophysics? 

You can watch the Fen Edge Archaeology Group carry out a geophysical survey of the land surrounding the Tithe Barn from Sunday 22nd October until Sunday 29th for FREE.

Learn about non-invasive techniques of Geophysics which are used in archaeology to help potentially locate features not visible on the ground surface and find sites of previous human activity. The public are invited to watch anytime from 11am until 3pm. There is also an opportunity to listen to short briefings about the process and any results achieved at 11am, 12 noon & 2pm.

If you’d like to get hands-on and join one of the survey teams using the technique of Magnetometry pre-booking is essential on 07986 717958 or email . For those participating, a £3 temporary FEAG membership will need to be taken out on the day to cover insurance. You will also need to be free of all metal on your person and in your clothing. Sturdy footwear recommended as the grass path, field and barn floor are uneven.
Bringing in the harvest

Preschoolers returned to the Tithe Barn recently to harvest the wheat they sowed earlier in the year.  

The preschoolers
followed in the footsteps of Farmers and Farm Labourers from hundreds of years ago and harvested their wheat and threshed it in the Medieval Tithe Barn. They separated the wheat from the chaff using flails (or shortened broom handles in this case!) and beat it on the historic brick threshing floor. They then used a quern stone to grind the grain into flour.

Gemma O’Shea, Tithe Barn Trust Chair, says “It was just wonderful seeing the preschoolers get hands-on with history and seeing the Tithe Barn being used as it would have been over five hundred years ago.”

The Tithe Barn reflects the agricultural heritage of the Fen edge villages and is an important part of our local community history. Tithe Barns hint at a different side of history, not just the story of the wealthy. The Tithe Barn would have been used to store taxes, a tenth of all crops, the contributions being stacked in the barn for winter threshing and storage.
Annual General Meeting

 Thursday 5th October, 7.30pm

Read the Tithe Barn Trust’s Annual Report, meet the Tithe Barn Trust volunteer Board and ask any questions. All welcome.

At All Saints’ Church, Green End, Landbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9FD.


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Registered Charity Number 1167108.
We are working to restore the Medieval Tithe Barn in Landbeach. 
The entrance gate to the Tithe Barn is opposite 2 Waterbeach Road, Landbeach CB25 9FA and it is a nice walk along the Common to the barn.

The barn is open during events and special open days. We also welcome pre-booked education and group visits. Talks can be arranged - please contact us.
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