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HRH Prince Charles opens Phase 1

HRH visited the Goods Shed yesterday to meet volunteers from the Goods Shed project and officially mark the completion of Phase 1 - the building's refurbishment and extension. 

The Prince stops to chat to well wishers as he arrives at the Shed (all photos by Helen Hyde)

HRH Prince Charles's visit was the culmination of three years of strenuous activity by the Rail Lands Trust, Tetbury Town Council and the Shed’s many friends and supporters to completely restore and repair the 127-year-old building prior to its coming transformation into an exciting arts, entertainment and social venue.


Talking to Jo Gale, Andrea Payne and James Scurlock. In November 2013, Jo, Andrea and Jo Parke as newcomers to the project, organised a pamper evening at the Dolphins Hall. The event raised hundreds of pounds and almost single (treble?)-handedly kicked-off the successful drive to restore the Shed. Looking on at right are Kate and Chris Lewis of the Royal Oak Tetbury and (left) artist Nicola Clark whose painting and music helped to bring life back to the shed.   

The Prince was shown around the almost-complete auditorium by Will Cook, chair of the Trust; Stephen Hirst, Mayor of Tetbury, and Natalie Haines, chief executive of Tetbury Town Council. The £600,000 rebuild has seen the Victorian industrial building re-roofed and insulated, kitted out with underfloor heating and enhanced by a carefully-matched annexe that will contain services and a catering kitchen.


HRH was clearly intrigued by project supporter Mary Doyle's artistry, especially on learning that Mary only took up stone sculpture three years ago. 

At the end of his visit, the Prince unveiled a plaque to commemorate the completion of Phase 1 of the project. In the next phases of its new existence the Shed will acquire state-of-the-art seating, cinema and sound installations, a high-quality catering kitchen, and in the not-too-distant future, space for classes and workshops. 


Louise Verity and Maggi Stamp-Loshak share some of their aspirations for the Shed as a centre for arts and community expression


A final word with Cllr Stephen Hirst and TRLRT chairman Will Cook


Guests fill the auditorium, which is due to be fitted-out with seats, cinema, etc by April and be open for full-scale events from around May 2017. After three years of running and supporting events in the freezing cold of the old building, it took a while for people to realise they didn't need to keep their coats on!

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.