£1.76m barn restoration project gets under way

August 29 2018
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A PROJECT to redevelop Winterbourne Medieval Barn is making good progress now that formal permission to start has been received from the project’s main funder, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The £1.76million project will repair and conserve the 14th century barn and its associated buildings to create a rural heritage venue.

The Cart Shed has already been renovated with some activities continuing to run while the majority of the building work takes place during 2019. The redeveloped site is set to re-open in 2020. 

The Cart Shed provides an educational hub. Avon Wildlife Trust has delivered workshops for a school and a care home has been treated to one of a series of tours which includes afternoon tea.  The AWT Go Wild days in the summer holidays were a big success, as were the first Archaeology Summer School workshops, which proved  very popular with budding palaeontologists. The sessions were run by archaeologist and teacher Jenny Hopkins.

The barn will be open on September 8 and 9 from noon until 5 for  Heritage Open Days. Entry is free.

Sunday October 7 will be the  Orchard Harvest Day, which is the barn’s biggest annual event.

  Other upcoming events include  an Owl Prowl in October with Avon Wildlife Trust and the Hawk and Owl Trust and the launch of a monthly evening lecture series in November.

Workshops being held in the coming months will enable people to learn how to make beeswax candles, herbal gifts, Christmas wreaths, and felt.  

Details of the programme can be found  at www.winterbournebarn.org.uk/