Barn's lottery boost

April 30 2018

A PROJECT to help secure the future of Winterbourne’s Medieval Barn has taken a major step forward thanks to a £936,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

South Gloucestershire Council has  been working with the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) to develop a 

£1.76 million project that will conserve and refurbish the 14th century barn and its adjacent buildings.

A heritage education centre will be created to demonstrate the history of the barn and its architecture.

The restoration will enable the trust to offer many more events and activities throughout the year, including heritage and craft-themed events, craft workshops, guided tours, more musical and theatrical performances, and a schools’ programme. There will be new rentable workshops for creating traditional crafts and more space will be available for public and commercial hire.

A trust spokesman said: "As a bunch of volunteers, we’ve come a long way in 15 years towards saving the Medieval Barn, but we still have some way to go.  The trust has raised a huge amount of money in the last year, but still has the final £50,000 or so to raise before this major restoration work can begin. "

Any individuals or businesses who would like to make a donation to help save this unique heritage building for the community, can contact  the trust chairman at  suep@winterbournebarn.org.uk  or donate via the website (‘support us’ button).  

New volunteers would be very welcome to help with this community project.  Visit the website http://www.winterbournebarn.org.uk/volunteering/