If you've been down to Tetbury's rail lands park in the last few days, you couldn't fail to notice that our outdoor performance stage is looking splendidly complete.
Demountable posts and rails provided the finishing touch, recalling the platform's original use as a cattle loading dock for the railway (they will come off for performances).
With the Shed itself due to close, soon, for several months' rebuilding work, we plan to stage some low-key theatrical and other events on the platform this summer.
Staging a revival
Restoring the Victorian cattle platform has always been part of the Trust's plan for the Rail Lands. And it needed a lot of TLC as, by 2015, over half a century of neglect had taken its toll:
Months of voluntary effort went into the rebuild. Graham Cleaver, Will Cook, Barrie Doyle, James Scurlock, David Walker, not forgetting Bill the dog, took on the lion's share. Their hard work saved the Trust over £25,000, which is what it would have cost to employ a contractor. The saved money will go towards the restoration of the Goods Shed itself.
Generous donations from local supporters made the rebuild possible, by meeting the cost of materials and items like the safety fence. Huge thanks to Louise Verity, Carsten Mikkelsen, Sheila and David Todd (ex-Tetburians now living in the US) and Rob and Margaret Gibbs. Together these individuals contributed half the cost.
We also received £1,000 from the Jack Lane Charitable Trust, £200 from the Tetbury Lions and a £250 'small sparks' award from the Barnwood Trust, which paid for skip hire and the paving of the wheelchair ramp.
Who says they don't make 'em like they used to?