Fund raising campaign at medieval barn needs to meet deadline to win match pledge

July 04 2017

Fund raising campaign at medieval barn needs to meet deadline to win match pledge

A CROWDFUNDING campaign has been launched to raise £7,500 for an education project at Winterbourne’s medieval barn.
But time is limited for people to pledge money as the deadline is July 22.
All donations received by then will be matched by two organisations - the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
Although the oldest part of the barn has been rescued, some of the attached buildings have either collapsed or are deemed unsafe, leading to a need for major funding to carry out repairs and bring them back into community use.
The crowdfunding appeal is specifically to pay for educational equipment for the South Barn, where it is planned to create an area for “making, doing and learning”.
Barn trustees said it was essential to reach the target quickly in order for them to have a realistic chance of getting a large grant from the Heritage Lottery fund at the end of the year. They said without that funding, the future of the barn was in jeopardy.  
Donations can be made online at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/winterbourne with every pound given before the deadline doubled.
Built in 1342, Winterbourne barn is a survivor of the medieval agrarian economy. It was commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was lord of the manor of Winterbourne from 1328 until his death in 1360.
It was once on an “at risk” register but was compulsorily purchased, with the council and trust now working towards restoring, refurbishing and finding new uses for the barn and associated outbuildings.
The overall aim is to develop a heritage education centre, to give information about the local area and provide space for a mix of community, educational and commercial uses.
* Meanwhile, the barn’s summer music and drama season continues with events such as a singing workshop on Saturday, July 22, led by members of Bristol Harmony West Gallery Quire.
Bristol's Tessitoura Opera performs Rossini’s The Barber of Seville on Sunday, July 23, while families can enjoy Alice in Wonderland on Sunday, August 13.
The Festival Players bring Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor to the venue on Tuesday, August 29.
Visit www.winterbournebarn.org.uk for full details.