Flynne’s Barn became a registered charity in April 2018. Alongside the charity set up, substantial work is needed to develop the site at Thorneythwaite Farm.
Katherine and Robin relocated to the Lake District in the autumn of 2018. Structural building works on the farmhouse were delayed due the extremely cold and wet 2017/18 winter but moved on considerably thanks to the ‘Mediterranean month of May’, with the remainder of 2018 being devoted to putting the house back together and redecoration.
As part of the development in the farmhouse, we are creating a “hub” room where young visitors can relax, make music and join in with creative projects. Our fabulous builders uncovered a beautiful old slate lintel above the fireplace, which will create a warm focal point. The Meitheal Cheoil musicians have raised money which will be used to equip the room with musical instruments and hopefully one day we will install some recording facilities.
The Hub still has a way to go but it’s evolving into a fantastic ‘hanging out’ space.
Development Plans for the Barn
Plans have been drawn up and approved for the development of the beautiful old barn.
The structure of the barn lends itself to an open plan central area with raised sleeping platforms on either side. Each sleeping area will accommodate up to 8 beds with a bridge to connect the two. The open-plan, camping-barn style will include screened sections to provide more privacy. There will also be the option of private rooms for visitors if the need should arise.
The kitchen will adjoin the downstairs communal space and toilet and showering facilities will also be on the ground floor.
The Flynne’s Barn logo evolved from an initial sketch drawn by our friend, artist and writer Tim Bradford.
Tim captured the rustic charm of the barn and the the majestic sycamore tree which gives it shelter from the storm. We used this sketch as a starting point but felt that the logo needed colour and a more contemporary feel to appeal to youngsters.
As there is such an abundance of wildlife at Thorneythwaite Farm it seemed important to include an animal in the logo and the obvious choice was the swallow. Over the spring and summer months the presence of the swallows in the farmyard is tremendously uplifting. On arrival from their migratory journey they dart in and out of buildings searching for nesting sites and their chitter-chattering provides a breezy soundtrack to farm-yard life. During building they enjoyed perching on top of the scaffolding poles to survey their territory.
Tim also designed a wonderful poster taking in many of the animals and plants found in the valley and using earthy tones, which formed another stage towards the eventual logo.
We contacted Utah-based artist and designer, Travis Bone. Travis designs fantastic gig posters and merchandise for many of the bands whose music Flynne was drawn to. Together with her mum, she built up a collection of gig posters, which await some hanging space in the barn. Travis pulled all the elements of the logo together and has produced a great design which has the feel we were after and includes the light touch of the swallow.A huge thank you to Travis for donating his art work and supporting Flynne’s Barn.