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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.”

Full details of sponsorship packages are available by contacting Marie Taylor-Stent, the Cathedral’s PR, Events and Marketing Manager on 01284 748721 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 07:42

Both Lego Models now available!

We are really excited that we now have both Lego Cathedral models in stock. We are working hard to get them packed and on their way!

You can order them from our special page

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 08:25

Lego Nativity Competition

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:

  • Under 5s - free entry fee

Prize: Limited edition LEGO model of St Edmundsbury Cathedral (RRP £35)

  • Under 12s - £5 entry fee

Prize: Collector’s limited edition LEGO St Edmundsbury Cathedral (RRP £150)

  • Over 12s (including adults) - £10 entry fee

Prize: Collectors’ limited edition LEGO St Edmundsbury Cathedral (RRP £150)

  • Businesses - £20 entry fee

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

  • One entry per person is allowed, no multiple entries
  • Winners will be notified within 7 days of the judging date (19th December 2016)
  • The judging panel will comprise invited guests
  • Prizes (except for the Online Only Entry Competition, see point 9, which will be posted to winners) will need to be collected from the Cathedral office in Bury St Edmunds within 30 days of the closing date (18th December 2016)
  • The results and winner’s name will be published on St  Edmundsbury Cathedral’s website, blog,  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page
  • St  Edmundsbury Cathedral employees are not eligible to enter.  Volunteers or anyone directly connected with the organization on a non employment basis can enter
  • Any winner who has not responded to notification within 21 days will forfeit their prize; a replacement winner will be selected from other entrants

The prizes are as follows:

  • Under 5s - Limited edition LEGO model of St Edmundsbury Cathedral (RRP £35)
  • Under 12s - Collector’s limited edition LEGO St Edmundsbury Cathedral (RRP £150)
  • Over 12s (including adults) - Collector’s limited edition LEGO St Edmundsbury Cathedral (RRP £150)
  • Businesses - Private Cathedral Tower Tour with fizz / canapés and a limited edition LEGO model of St Edmundsbury Cathedral (RRP £35)



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.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 07:46

Small Lego Models - Ordering now available!

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!

You can order on our secure site here. 

Watch this space for details of our larger model which will be available in a few weeks.

 

Thursday, 22 September 2016 07:43

Lego Models - a sneak preview!

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.

Thursday, 18 August 2016 06:45

Summer time building!

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! 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 06:52

Well over 3,000 bricks!

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!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:44

We are building!

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.

Thank you!

This is only the begining, check back here regularly for details of special lego-themed events.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 09:40

Competition!

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……..

Entrants must be 16 or under and all entries along with name, address, email address, contact number and age of entrant can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted to LEGO First Brick Competition, The Cathedral Office, Abbey House, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LS.

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.

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