The café at the Tetbury Goods Shed Arts centre is the heart of daily life in the area where the gifted Sasha bakes world-class cakes & croissants. At present, the public have to sit under a worn-out, slightly torn, stained & leaky canopy that urgently needs replacing. Until Covid came along, the Centre was really on track to succeed but during lockdown we could make little revenue from events while fixed costs relentlessly eroded our small reserves. Much of the grunt work in the building is done by volunteers but canopy-building is a step too far. This area is our face to the world & we need to refresh its smile. The parents & children at the new toddlers' playground will be specially served - as will walkers on the Tetbury Trail as well as the public in general. Dog-walkers in particular love to stop for a bite after their 'compulsory' daily exercises. The cafe is not a separate business but exists basically to subsidise the work of the Arts Centre. Please lend us your support.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The canopy project is our economical & environmentally-friendly solution to the problem of providing refreshments outside our buildings without resorting to additional bricks & mortar. The parents & children at the new toddlers' playground will be specially served - as will walkers along the Tetbury Trail & the general public. Dog-walkers in particular love to stop for a bite after their 'compulsory' daily exercises. We shall be replacing a run-down exterior with an attractive welcoming cover designed in the original colours of the Great Western Railway (chocolate & cream) in keeping with the themes of the rest of the campus outbuildings including the carriage, the recently restored signal-box & the bench seats. You may ask why support a "business"? We would repeat: the only "business" of the café is to subsidise the work of the Arts Centre & meet the maintenance costs of the premises of an historic but ageing building which constantly needs our TLC. Will you help?
Steps to get it done:
The Tetbury Railway Lands Regeneration Trust depends for its survival on fundraising. The Whistlestop Café makes an important contribution to our budgets but cannot by itself cover the costs of all the community, musical & artistic events that we offer. Ticket prices are controlled by the conditions of our charitable status so proceeds are moderate. The Pandemic has depleted our reserves; the Chancellor has raised the VAT rate very significantly; much of our initial infrastructure needs renovation. We know from enthusiastic post-Covid audiences there is a good demand for what we offer but our costs have continued to increase. The Trustees are working hard to ensure the long-term viability of the Goodshed Arts Centre but we are going to need your support to help maintain the ship in the meantime. PS - The café serves a full range of refreshments not just coffee. Marvellous cakes & superb lunch bites. At present the public have to queue for treats & then sit under a worn-out canopy.
About the space
As you come down Cirencester Road towards town take the first left after passing the Royal Oak Gastropub.
Cotswold District Council
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