November marked something of a breakthrough at the Goods Shed with the amazing Sculpture Exhibition organised by trust members Barrie and Mary Doyle.
It was wonderful to see the building already being used as an arts centre! Barry did a wonderful job despite having a broken leg, arranging for over thirty sculptors from far and wide to exhibit their work.
We would like to thank Tetbury's branch of Jewsons for helping us with the concrete blocks that were used for the plinths. Will Stoner sourced the carpet and local electricians Lloyd and Mike Avis gave up a day's work to install the lighting.
We are planning to make this an annual event; one of the first of many for Tetbury's new Goods Shed Art Centre.
Jill Dodge's coffee morning was a resounding success raising £575 for the refurbishment fund. You would not believe you could get so many people in one bungalow. Well done Jill and all her helpers!
I would also like to thank Cohens Chemist (the one in the surgery) for making us their ‘charity of the year’. Please put something in the collection tin when you are picking up your prescription. Cohens have generously offered to match customers’ donations.
There are still a few tickets available for the festive meal at Café 53, Long Street, on 5 December. Guests need to book and pay in advance – please see Piotr at the café to reserve your place. We hope to see you there!
We have three upcoming events at the Shed in December and January. The monthly car boot sale is on Sunday 14th. The number of sellers goes up every month so if you’re looking for bargains in the run-up to Christmas, do come along.
The following Friday, 19 December at 6pm, is the annual Carol Concert. This year, we have more space with the platform remove, more lights and there’ll be warming drinks and mince pies awaiting families as they arrive. Once again the Avening Silver Band will be providing the accompaniment and we really hope to exceed the total of 250 people who came along last year. And yes, we promise to have enough song sheets to go round this year!
Then on New Year’s Day there will be a walk along the old railway line from the Goods Shed to the site of the old Trouble House Halt and back. Unfortunately the Trouble House café bar is closing over the holiday while its kitchen is extended to cope with demand but we’ve arranged for hot refreshments at the half-way point and more when walkers gets back to the Shed.
We are hoping to get the landowners’ permission to formally open up the stretch of track bed between the eastern end of Preston Park and the old halt as a community trail – perhaps as soon as next year.
The planning permission variation for the Goods Shed has now been submitted. It shows a glass entrance lobby under the front canopy, a fire escape to the rear of the building and two small louvered vents on the back of the roof for the proposed heat recovery and ventilation system.
You can see the drawings here and they are also on display at the Tetbury Town Council’s offices and on the CDC website. Do please support our application. You can do this on line.
If you would like to get involved in the project please contact us on our web site or ring me on 01666 502877.
Will Cook (Chairman) Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust