The Big Build
Work is progressing well on the Barn site, despite some very wet weather in June. There is scaffolding everywhere! From the outside many changes are obvious, including the re-roofing of the West Barn, and the start to the cow byres’ extension to provide an additional workshop unit.
The scale of the internal work can only be seen on an official ‘Hard Hat’ tour like the recent one for barn volunteers pictured above. The West Barn has been completely gutted and is full of scaffolding and props while the structure is made safe. The insides of the Medieval Barn and South Barn have been cleaned, and new limewash is being applied – you can certainly see where the builders have got to. Whitened walls are making each space lighter and brighter, and the barn rafters look even more stunning now that they have been ‘relieved’ of all their cobwebs and dust.
If you would like to see for yourself, there is a Hard Hat tour on 17 September as part of the Heritage Open Days – it is free but spaces are limited and pre-booking is essential.
The programme of events for the rest of 2019 has now been announced and new leaflets are available. All details are on the website and online bookings can be made now at www.ticketsource.co.uk . Numbers are limited by the space we currently have available on site, and so early booking is advised. There are still a few tickets available for the July events but you will need to book very soon. To allow more space, the West Gallery Music day in July and the Male Voice concert in August will be held in St Michael’s Church nextdoor to the Barn.
Coming up in 2019:
Fun summer clubs for children – archaeology or art activities
Workshops – Wine-tasting, Singing, Basket-weaving, Mosaics, Wet Felting, Christmas fabric wreath
Talks – Newport Medieval Ship, Apples, Bees and Honey, Female Brewers in History, and Christmas plants
A summer concert from Bristol Male Voice Choir and the Frampton Shantymen
Heritage Open Days – see how the building work is going, plus craft activities for children
Workshops at Hallowe’en and Advent for children and families to make seasonal things
And in February 2020 there will be another Apple-grafting workshop