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."