New community area created at medieval barn

March 01 2018

New community area created at medieval barn

AN old cart shed at Winterbourne’s medieval barn has been refurbished and will soon be opened for community use.

The shed, which used to have a leaking roof, no insulation, rotten woodwork and no electricity or water, will become a “making, doing and learning” area.

It will be opened up to local groups, societies and businesses to use for meetings, away days, learning and activity sessions, workshops and talks.

The bulk of the funding for the repair work came from the LEADER Fund, which is part of the Rural Development Programme England.

Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust said there were also other donors who helped to heat and equip the building. 

Meanwhile, the trust has drawn up a programme of events for 2018, including the popular medieval fair, orchard harvest day and music and drama performances from the University of the West of England Big Band.

Tessitoura Opera, the Festival Players and Ian Kennedy Productions will also be involved in the year’s schedule. 

New events include a concert by the Bristol Male Voice Choir in June, a wine tasting session in July and a community passion play on Good Friday, March 30. 

The passion play will be free to attend but tickets will be required and they can be obtained online from Ticketsource, or from Daisy's Coffee Shop or St Michaels Church office (01454 776518) from March 1.