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HRH Prince Charles to visit the Shed

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


Name-a-Seat Appeal reaches target!

Seats-example.jpgWe're delighted to announce that all 184 seats for the Goods Shed's retractable seating system have been sponsored as of 8 December 2016. 

A huge thank-you to everyone who paid to put a name on a seat or seats. We will publish full details of the installation and seat names very soon. Certificates of sponsorship will be sent out early in the New Year and a plaque recording the supporters of the appeal will be unveiled when the seats are installed in April.

Watch this space!

Shed's interior is shaping up

THE SCAFFOLDING has now gone from  the main hall, giving us a first inkling of how great the performance area is going to be. The internal walls have been insulated and clad and the roof trusses have been cleaned and scrubbed to show off the wood to its best. 

In the annexe, the walls have been built to roof level, incorporating all the bricks donated and signed by all you generous people. The eaves and fascia boards have been painted chocolate and cream, so evocative of the 19th century Great Western Railway and the early days of British Rail Western Region.  

Progress is good and we are still on course for completion by 20 December.

Community Ride raises over £1,000

Thanks to everyone who entered the Community Bike Ride that was held round Tetbury on Sunday 12th June.
We hope you enjoyed your cycle ride round some lovely Cotswold countryside.
It was raining fairly hard as the event got going and the rain continued on and off throughout the morning. Even so, a total of 65 people took part in the Bike Ride, making it a healthy fundraiser for the Dolphins Hall and Goods Shed in the circumstances.
Taking into account the additional funds due from Gift Aid and deducting the cost of publicity, the overall sum raised was £1,159.39, comfortably exceeding the target of a thousand pounds.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the Community Bike Ride or supported the event by donating prizes for participants. Thanks also to Jole Rider for the loan of the event signs and the mechanical support. 


Sunday lunch for two with a bottle of wine at the Royal Oak – Sallie Dearnley

Pizza for two adults at the Priory Inn – Jack Wareham-Jones
Veloton bike bag and goodies – Luke Ravenhill


Three-course Sunday lunch for two at the Snooty Fox – Sarah Priday
Bike themed notepaper and clips – Ben Amor
Children’s high-viz vests – Fergus Fowler, Annabel Fowler
£10 Bike Shed vouchers – Martin Prout, Helen Dean, Pete Hill, Lee Wright, Richard Stockwell, John Mallingckrodt