E-newsletter update -Tithe Barn at Landbeach.
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Spotted the sheaf yet?

The Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and not-for profit volunteer group is sending a sheaf of longstraw to different locations around Cambridgeshire, until they raise enough money to rethatch and restore the unique Tithe Barn in Landbeach for everyone to enjoy. 

You may have seen the sheaf going for a punt down the river Cam, with a pint at the Wheatsheaf pub, visiting Ely Cathedral or even with Father Christmas at Mill Road Winter Fair. 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 Tithe Barn’s roof by sponsoring a sheaf for as little as £5 at

We estimate we’ll need 5 tonnes of locally sourced hand drawn longstraw to rethatch the roof. Our target is to raise an additional £38,400 towards rethatching and strengthening the timber frame. 

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.
Sponsor a sheaf
First Cinema event

Our thanks go to the Cambridge Film Trust for staging the first ever pop up ‘Cinema’ at the Tithe Barn in October.

Visitors were among the first to watch film at the atmospheric timber frame Tithe Barn for free. Short films of Cambridge archive footage were screened. The audience enjoyed ‘Fight for the Kite’ featuring the story of the Kite area in Cambridge being destroyed 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, ‘An English Fen’, the ‘Chivers Story’ about jam manufacturers and fruit growers in Histon, and even a Cambridge Professor talking about becoming master of the Devil with a Natterjack toad bone.

The event demonstrated that
the Tithe Barn is an intimate and amazing space and has great potential for community-led cinema, bringing people together and drawing a wider audience to our local heritage. 

thanks have to also go to our fabulous catering volunteers serving tea, homemade cake and of course popcorn. 
Archaeologists at the Barn 

We were delighted to welcome the Fen Edge Archaeology group (FEAG) to volunteer and undertake a geophysical survey of the land surrounding the Tithe Barn this autumn.

The Tithe Barn sits adjacent to the Scheduled Ancient Monument of shrunken earthworks of a medieval moated manor.
Archaeologists have identified an elevated platform area half way along the Tithe Barn’s access track as being of potential archaeological interest and significance

The public were invited to learn more and get hands-on helping FEAG with the geophysics over a week of activity. FEAG demonstrated 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. 

FEAG is an amateur archaeology group with its base in the Fen Edge Community Association area. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting its aims. It has access to survey equipment as a result of belonging to Jigsaw, an organisation to support amateur and community archaeology locally. Jigsaw is administered by the professional, commercial archaeology organisation, Oxford Archaeology East.

Gemma O’Shea, Chair of Tithe Barn Trust Trustees, says “It’s just fantastic that the Fen Edge Archaeology group volunteered their time and undertook the geophysics survey for us for free. We feel so fortunate to have received over £20,000’s worth of pro bono work to date on the Tithe Barn project. It’s going to be exciting to see the interpreted results from the geophysics, especially if they highlight potential archaeological interest.”
Give a gift that lasts 

Looking for a special gift instead of the usual flowers or chocolates? Then a ‘Friends of the Tithe Barn Trust’ Membership could be just the answer.
Annual membership starts from just £20.

Give a gift membership today. Email to find out more or visit to download a membership form. 

Your membership and donations will help us protect and restore this unique Grade II listed medieval barn for you to enjoy. Thank you for your support.

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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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