We're thrilled that His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, will visit the Goods Shed on Thursday 22 December 2016.
Prince Charles’ arrival will mark the official handover of the restored Goods Shed building from the builders, Stonewood, to Tetbury Town Council. His Royal Highness was instrumental in saving Tetbury's former station site in 1996, when he persuaded British Rail, the Town Council and other local local bodies to come up with a plan preserving the land and buildings for community use.
In honour of this historic moment, His Royal Highness will unveil a plaque - marking the date and the completion of this seven month building project, which will hang inside the main auditorium.
After acceptance by the Town Council, the Goods Shed will be leased to the Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust whose aim is to develop it into a recognised centre of arts excellence within the South Cotswolds and provide a comprehensive programme of theatre, dance, music, film, exhibitions and classes.
Chair of the Trust, Will Cook, says, “This project has been years in the making. In fact, we met with Prince Charles exactly 21 years ago in the Royal Oak pub to discuss the town buying the derelict railway yard - marking the very start of this entire journey. To be able to witness His Royal Highness opening the venue will be the grand finale of all of our vision and hard work and a prestigious honour.”
Mayor of Tetbury, Stephen Hirst, says, “We very much look forward to again welcoming His Royal Highness to Tetbury. As his local town we appreciate all the support he is able to give us. This visit will mark the culmination of the partnership between Tetbury Town Council and the Rail Lands Trust that has resulted in this wonderful community asset for our town”.
Local painter, Nicola Clark, whose works of art will be on display during the visit, says, “Two years ago, I based myself in a cold, dark, damp building thinking how wonderful it would be to see this Goods Shed alive with people and providing a space for local artists to exhibit. It is wonderful to know this will soon become possible and to mark the occasion with a royal visit is particularly special.”
Members of the public are welcome to attend on the day of the visit, although there will be no admittance to the inside of the building which is by invite only. We ask anyone who wishes to come along to be standing outside by 2.15pm. Click here for directions to the Goods Shed.