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16 May 2005 1916 BST

Michael Eavis talks...

The 12th Century Tithe Barn
Michael Eavis surveys the work at the 12th Century Tithe Barn on Worthy Farm

Michael Eavis has dedicated more than 30 years to the Glastonbury Festival. The man behind the legend of Glasto has been talking to the BBC Somerset website about recent achievements and what he is most proud of...

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The clock is ticking, and in a couple of months the largest gathering of fun loving people will descend on Worthy Farm in Pilton - for the festival of all festivals...

Festival Organiser Michael Eavis takes great pride in the knowledge the event has been able to help people in so many diverse ways.

But few things have pleased him more than three projects the festival is supporting in its own back yard - the village of Pilton.

The most ambitious of these has been the stunning restoration of the village's own 12th century tithe barn, wrecked by fire 50 years ago.

Michael Eavis outside the 12th Century Tithe Barn
Michael Eavis outside the 12th Century Tithe Barn

The project was made possible with a grant of £400,000 from English Heritage. The festival contributed a further £100,000 to complete the funding and builder Peter McCurdy (the brains behind the rebuilding of the Globe theatre) moved in to bring about the transformation of the historic and beautiful building.

Mr Eavis said: "I would have to say that this is one of the things I have done in my life that I am most proud of.

"The barn belongs to the village and it is very satisfying to know the festival has put something back into Pilton.

"I was born here and used to play in the rafters when I was about 10 but always wanted to restore it.

"We are hoping it will be finished by the time the festival starts."

Michael Eavis in front of the working mens club and village hall
Michael Eavis in front of Pilton Working Men's Club and Village Hall

The second task was to set about the rebuilding of Pilton Working Men's Club. Funds from the festival have been used to totally refurbish the club and now and now it's nearly finished an appeal has gone out to new members - male of female.

"It's a wonderful community facility and we want to encourage as many people as possible to join." said Mr Eavis.

Pilton Working Men's Club being rebuilt
The builders come from Pilton and any stone used for the building work comes from Worthy farm

Next on the list is a major plan to improve the out-dated village hall, which is woefully in need of modernisation to bring it up to current fire safety standards.

Mr Eavis is hoping the village will be able to secure another grant to get the work underway. Ultimately the plan is to join the village hall and working men's club together.

"These projects are really important to us and I am proud the festival has been able to help in the way it has and the way it always will," said Mr Eavis.

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