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The project to build a LEGO replica of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds' most iconic building, is looking for local businesses and LEGO fans to get involved in this unique initiative and assist in its quest to raise £200,000.
To-date almost 32,000 bricks have been placed on the LEGO construction by visitors to the Cathedral donating £1 per brick, and now there are unique sponsorship opportunities available to businesses and those with a connection to the town and Suffolk, to sponsor key elements of the LEGO build.
Marie Taylor-Stent, PR, Events and Marketing Manager St Edmundsbury Cathedral explains more: “We have been so pleased with the response to our LEGO project. It has given us a chance to reach out to new audiences in a fun but meaningful way. This is an innovative and fun opportunity for local companies to make a connection or reconnect with the Cathedral and play their part in the ongoing future of this very special building. This would also make a fantastic Christmas, birthday or anniversary present for a true LEGO fan!"
With full sponsorship packages now available to sponsor the font, the Bishop’s Seat, the five altars within the Cathedral and the pews, there are opportunities to suit every budget.
As Marie explains:“Sponsorship of the most eye-catching piece in the Cathedral, the font, is available at £2,500 for a lifetime platinum sponsorship package. Alternatively, the Bishop’s Seat can be sponsored for £1,250, or one or all of the five altars at £500 per altar. Sponsorship of a congregational pew is also available at £125 per pew (mini figures included!).
There's extensive promotional and marketing support for all who sponsor us from on and offline marketing support, sponsor logo placement and much much more.”
ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL LAUNCHES LEGO NATIVITY COMPETITION!
St Edmundsbury Cathedral is inviting individuals and local to take part in a special LEGO Nativity Competition this Christmas.
To take part all you have to do is create your own version of the Nativity scene and bring it in to the Cathedral from 28 November onwards. Entries close at 5pm, 18th December.
Children can keep it traditional or bring it right up to date by incorporating their favourite LEGO characters from Star Wars, Minecraft or Friends.
Local businesses are encouraged to take part as a fun and inspirational team building activity, the perfect way to bond… over LEGO and a cup of coffee!
The following categories are available:
Prize: Limited edition LEGO model of St Edmundsbury Cathedral (RRP £35)
Prize: Collector’s limited edition LEGO St Edmundsbury Cathedral (RRP £150)
Prize: Collectors’ limited edition LEGO St Edmundsbury Cathedral (RRP £150)
Prize: Private Cathedral Tower Tour with fizz and canapés and a limited edition LEGO model of the Cathedral (RRP £35)
Judging* will take place on 19th December.
The entry fee proceeds for the competition will go towards St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s youth outreach project which is the focus of fund-raising from the LEGO project to build a model of the Cathedral out of 200,000 LEGO bricks.
If you cannot come into the Cathedral to drop off your Nativity scene, please head to Twitter (@Stedscathlego) or Instagram (@stedscath) and upload a picture of your Nativity scene using the hashtag #stedscathlego. You can also post your photo on @Stedscathlego Facebook page too. Five winners will be picked from online entries, who will receive a St Edmundsbury Cathedral LEGO t-shirt.
Cathedral Administrator and Director of Commerce Tony Kimber said: “Our Nativity scene competition is perfect for all ages and abilities.
“We’re encouraging everyone to have a go and roll back their sleeves, from traditional right through to modern day interpretations, we think this will really capture everyone’s imaginations. We can’t wait to see what children and adults can create.”
St Edmundsbury Cathedral Nativity Scene Competition Ts&Cs
The prizes are as follows:
If you cannot come into the Cathedral to drop off your Nativity Scene, you may participate via the Online Competition.
Please head to Twitter or Instagram and upload a picture of your Nativity scene using the hashtag #stedscathlego. You can also post your photo on @Stedscathlego Facebook page too. Prizes for the online competition are different to the main competition where you need to pay an entry free. No entry fee is required of the online competition. Five winners will be picked from online entries, who will receive a St Edmundsbury Cathedral LEGO t-shirt. You must tag your online entry #stedscathlego.
If for any reason we cannot offer the prizes mentioned in the competition copy, St Edmundsbury Cathedral will supply an alternative for the same value
Entrants under 18 must have parental or legal guardian consent prior to entering the competition
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to St Edmundsbury Cathedral and not to Facebook.
We are delighted to anounce that it is now possible to order our limited edition small Lego model online.
We have 250 in stock with 250 more to follow in December. After that there will be no more produced, so order quickly!
Watch this space for details of our larger model which will be available in a few weeks.
We are very excited that the long road to the creation of two Lego models of the Cathedral is nearing completion. There will be a large collector's model (pictured) and a small model.
The small one will be available to purchase online and from the shop in early October, the large one a few weeks later.
We are having a great summer here with our Lego-themed workshops bringing in lots of people to help with building our Cathedral from Lego. We have passed 6,000 bricks now with most pof the floor finished. We are looking forward to seeing some height added soon!
There are now about 3,300 bricks in place on the Lego Cathedral. Most of the bricks are flooring and we are beginning to get a real feel for the eventual size of the structure.
We are excited by how many people have been able to Gift Aid their donations, it is making a significant difference to the amount we raise.
The floor tiles look amazing, so much like the real thing!
Thanks to all who came along to the Cathedral over the past few days to help get our building efforts underway!
We have made a great start with 5 modules already added to the Lego Cathedral including some really detailed sections of the tiled floor and the base for where the High Altar will eventually be placed.
Saturday was an amazing day with loads of smiling people, hundreds of minifigures constructed, iced cakes consumed and a real buzz in the Cathedral.
This is only the begining, check back here regularly for details of special lego-themed events.
Win the chance to lay the first LEGO brick on the St Edmundsbury Cathedral model!
Here’s the chance of a lifetime for one lucky young LEGO fan.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral is launching an ambitious project to recreate the building out of 200,000 LEGO bricks – and one lucky winner in our competition will have the honour of laying the first brick.
The project is being launched on Saturday 28 May and at noon the first brick will be placed on the plinth in the cathedral – and it could be you doing it!
There will also be family activities going on through launch day which kicks off at 10.30am.
Other prizes for our lucky winner will include main lunch meal and drink for up to four people in the Cathedral’s Pilgrims’ Kitchen café, and a £25 voucher for the Cathedral shop which will be stocking LEGO merchandise.
To be in with the chance of winning this once in a lifetime prize, all you have to do is complete this phrase in no more than 20 words:
I want to lay the first St Edmundsbury Cathedral LEGO brick because……..
Entries must be received by noon on Monday 23 May.
Terms and conditions: The winner must be available to place the first brick at approximately 12.30 pm on Saturday 28 May.
The winner must be accompanied by a parent/carer.
Lunch at Pilgrims’ Kitchen is a main meal and a drink for up to four people on launch day.
Winner must agree to feature in all publicity photos, social media and website posts for the duration of the LEGO project.
This prize is not transferable and cannot be exchanged or used in conjunction with any other offer.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral is looking for volunteers to help them recreate history brick by brick. This exciting project will see Suffolk’s Cathedral and the mother church of the Diocese recreated entirely of LEGO® bricks.
This fantastic project to build a LEGO model of Bury St Edmunds most iconic building launches on 28th May 2016. Visitors will be able to donate a brick and the first brick laid will mark a moment in history. This project is of national significance, being only the forth Cathedral in the UK to be interpreted in this way.
The LEGO build will create volunteering opportunities for all to get involved, whether becoming a model builder yourself, to welcoming and encouraging the community to get involved with the Cathedral.
The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward said, ‘We are passionate at St Edmundsbury Cathedral about creating a high quality experience of volunteering for all ages. Our new Lego Cathedral gives volunteers a chance to get involved with a tremendous project which will give those involved to gain core skills and experience with a great buzz. Be assured of a real welcome if you think this might be for you’.
The experience will give our volunteers the opportunity to learn new skills and provide essential evidence of work experience for CV’s, job applications and for those considering university or further education courses. Our volunteers will learn some key life skills, improve personal communication, build their confidence, develop excellent customer care skills, gain an insight into public engagement initiatives and hone their personal skills dealing with the public.
There are two different volunteering roles for this project:
The LEGO steward will be based in our Cathedral shop and responsible for welcoming visitors and taking donations for bricks to be added to the model located in the Cathedral.
The LEGO builder will be based at the model in the Cathedral and will welcome visitors, inform them about the project and follow the building plan to assist visitors to place their bricks in the correct position.
There will be fun training sessions for volunteers that will take place in early -mid May 2016 and the volunteer team will be supported by welcoming and friendly Cathedral staff.
If you are interested in volunteering on this nationally significant project please contact, Hannah Ratcliffe, Visitor Services Co-ordinator