The Landbeach Tithe Barn in Cambridgeshire has sheets on the thatch and is urgently awaiting repairs, and the Tithe Barn Trust’s ‘Sponsor a Sheaf Campaign’ has been developed as a way to help this GII Listed thatched barn.
The Thatch Advice Centre writes:
The Tithe Barn Trust believes the Landbeach Tithe barn, near Cambridge, with thatched roof, brick threshing floor and timber granary, to be unique to Cambridgeshire and even of national significance. It is one of the few Tithe Barns in the country still standing next to its medieval rectory. Over 90% of Tithe Barns have been converted in the UK and their historic features are being lost forever. Sadly, the Landbeach Tithe Barn is in a poor condition and deteriorating.
The Tithe Barn Trust, a small charity and volunteer not-for profit group, officially launched their ‘Sponsor a Sheaf’ campaign last weekend. The Thatch Advice Centre is happy to be able to promote this amongst our growing ‘thatch’ community. The Tithe Barn Trust aims to save and sympathetically restore the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn for community use, but they need everyones help. They estimate to need 5 tonnes of locally sourced hand drawn Longstraw to rethatch the roof.
Their target is to raise an additional £75,000 towards rethatching and strengthening the timber frame. Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable object is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn, once restored, and education. They want to ensure that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future.
Sponsor a sheaf for as little as £5