The Carol Singing in the Tetbury Goods Shed was a great success. Local musicians sang and the Avening Brass Band provided the music. Afterwards, mulled wine and mince pies was enjoyed by many of the attendees. Organiser Will Cook said, "We expected 50 people and we got 200. - we gave out all our Carol Sheets and some people were looking the words up on their mobile phones. It was a great evening and something we plan on making an annual event".
Two fund raising events have raised over £1,100 for the Tetbury Goods Shed Project appeal.
A Ladies Pampering Evening at the Dolphins Hall on Friday 6 December raised £625 for the campaign to convert the historic goods shed into a vibrant new community venue.
"We had a fantastic response from both pamperers and pamperees," said organiser Jo Gale of Romney Road, Tetbury. Together with co-organisers Andrea Payne, Jo Parke and Carolyn Witcher, Jo laid on a feast of healthy and luxurious treats at the ladies-only evening.
"It was a very successful evening, with a lot of happy, relaxed woman leaving us after their visit!" she added.
Bring and buy brings in £465
Earlier, the bring and buy sale at Northleaze, Tetbury, organised by Jill Dodge, raised over £460 for the appeal.
"I can’t thank our supporters enough. Thanks to efforts like these, the Tetbury Goods Shed Project is well and truly on the right track," said Will Cook, chairman of the Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, which is co-ordinating the restoration of the shed in tandem with Tetbury Town Council.
The next event at the Goods Shed will be a children's carol concert on Friday 20 December, starting at 6.30pm. "Everyone is welcome," said Will Cook. "It will be a lovely way to start counting down the final five days of Christmas."
The Goods Shed Project will see the 124-year-old Great Western Railway building become an all-purpose community venue for concerts, exhibitions, film screenings and social functions. Facilities in and around the Goods Shed will include a cafe, play area, and open air stage, with regular indoor and outdoor markets in due course.
Over £350,000 has already been pledged towards the estimated £500,000 cost of completing the conversion.
Volunteers have been hard at work at Tetbury Goods Shed, this week, installing safety railings for the Carol Concert on December 20th. Everyone is invited to make their way to the shed for the concert, which begins at 6.30pm.
There will be festive lights, mince pies and mulled wines as well as many of your favourite carols. We hope to see you there!
After spending some years "in the sidings", plans for conversion of the historic Tetbury Goods Shed are back on track.
Tetbury Town Council and other funders are backing a multi-purpose scheme for community use and a public fundraising campaign was launched in September 2013.
The launch was marked with a programme of period fairground attractions, music from Swindon Brass Band, Morris Dancers, reminiscences from former railway employees, an exhibition of old railway photographs and film taken of the final run of the ‘Tetbury Flyer’. The railway era was reflected in the traditional refreshments, the costumes of stall holders and helpers and memorabilia from Tetbury’s old station.
Also on show was the new plans for the Goods Shed (available on this web site) and opportunities to pledge help with the fundraising. The day was spiced with children’s activities which included a Treasure Hunt and balloon release.
Announcing the events was Tetbury’s new Town Crier, Peter Dauncey, while Town Mayor, Cllr Liz Farnham, was on hand to launch the fundraising campaign.Scheduled to start towards the end of next year, the Goods Shed refurbishment is the most ambitious part of a large scale project which began with the purchase of the former Tetbury Rail Lands in 1998.
Since then, the townsfolk have worked in partnership with local authorities, various funding agencies and local landowners to turn the old marshalling yard into a long stay car park, the disused cattle and sheep market into a Millennium Green, and three miles of the rail track bed into a town to country park.
Tetbury Goods Shed has been made wind and weatherproof but the inside remains a spooky reminder of its industrial past. “The conversion of the Goods Shed,” says the Chairman of the Tetbury Rail Lands RegenerationTrust,Will Cook, “will be the culmination of years of work from many different groups in the town. It will open the door to many other site related projects such as an outdoor performance area, fitness and art trails, an extension of the community apple orchard and swathes of wild flower planting. Once completed it will be ‘the jewel in the crown’ of the rail lands."