The Tithe Barn Trust was delighted to welcome Preschoolers from Beach Babies Children’s Nursery, on Monday 31st October, to the Tithe Barn in Landbeach.

Tithe Barn Trust

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Gemma O’Shea, Tithe Barn Trust Trustee, says “This is what the Tithe Barn Trust is all about, as public access and education are key to our aims. We hope that education visits will play a big part in the future of the Tithe Barn once restored. It was inspiring to see the Tithe Barn being used and for local children to begin making an emotional connection with their heritage”.

The Preschoolers walked from their nursery through the village to the Tithe barn, arriving at 10am. They then listened to a story about Leonard the spider who lives at the barn and all that he has seen through history. The children explored ideas of what food plants were stored in the Tithe Barn ‘in the olden days’, with one Preschooler finally looking around spotting some Wheat and guessing “Wheetabix plants”. They also thought about what the barn could be used for and their suggestions ranged from building cars inside to dancing. Finally it was snack time and the concept of Tithes was cleverly introduced by Nicola Wallis, Beach Babies Preschool Teacher, when the children had to give a little of their breadstick to their accompanying grown-ups.

Nicola Wallis, Beach Babies Preschool Teacher, says “this is a really timely opportunity for the children to visit the Tithe Barn, as Beach Babies is participating in the BRIC project ‘Young Children, Public Spaces and Democracy’ led by Professor Tim Waller at Anglia Ruskin University. There is a need for sustained and frequent engagement in public spaces and the Tithe Barn can offer this.”

The Tithe Barn Trust is a small charity aiming to save and sympathetically restore the 16th Century Grade II listed Tithe Barn for community use.

Whilst we have raised over £64k, our major fundraising quest continues to raise funds to fully restore this unique building. Our campaign is gathering momentum as we recently met with a potential grant provider and are now preparing a bid application for £400k.

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 historic brick and timber floor, to be unique to Cambridgeshire and even of national significance. Over 90% of Tithe Barns have been developed in the UK.

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Leonard the spider

Paying their Tithe


The village of Landbeach lies to the north of Cambridge, between the city and the fens.


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