What is your first LEGO memory?
Building an aeroplane from bricks that were clearly designed for making buildings - it wasn't pretty.

What's your proudest LEGO build moment?
Building an immensely complex Technic aeroplane with my (at the time) young son. That was an amazing Technic kit.

If you could design a new LEGO figure, who would it be and why?
Boadicea - the Lego minifigure world is rather male character dominated so I think a successful female warrior would be pretty good, a chariot for her would be a bonus!

What is the best part of your job since being involved in this project?
Doing some rewiring work in preparation for the project all alone at the back of the Cathedral at 6.00am. It is a place of great peace and quietness and a privilege to work in, though a bit dark at that time for intricate wiring...

Describe in 3 words what this LEGO project means to you
Engagement, fun, learning

Why should visitors make this LEGO pilgrimage?
The Cathedral is an amazing place. It is less grand than many other Cathedrals but has very special light and a serenity about it. Helping to build it in Lego will be a great opportunity to get involved in the detail of the building.

On a scale of 1/10 (10 highest).... just how excited are you about the Lego launch?
9.9; I will definitely hit 10 when the first online donation is in, the first ticket bought, the first gift aid form signed and the first brick laid. Until then I will be staying calm..... arghhhhh!

Quick fire round:
Lego Architecture or figures?
Figures

Lego Technic or old skool?
Old skool

Millenium Falcon or Lego Movie Set?
Millenium Falcon. I cannot publicly comment on the rumour that I just might have been given a Lego X-wing fighter for a recent birthday.

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Welcome to our regular series of interviews with mini LEGO Apprentices! Prepare to be inspired and impressed by these young LEGO fans who take their LEGO very seriously!

Barnaby, age 7, Cambridge

What makes you a true LEGO fan?
Soon I might have a special room just for lego – and also, I basically play with it every single day so I guess that makes me a true lego fan. And I once got three massive boxes of mixed up lego for Christmas and I was so happy about that. It was my best ever present. Even better than a bike. By far.

What’s your proudest LEGO build moment?

Probably when I built a whole lego ship that's really cool that I made myself with no instructions. It has folding wings and I designed it myself too.

Who is your favourite LEGO character and why?

The ironman that I had because he’s the leader of all the goodies.

If you could design a new LEGO figure, who would it be and why?

It would definitely be a Star Wars character of some kind like Luke or Rey or Fin or someone. I love Star Wars as much as I love lego.

We need 200,000 LEGO bricks to build the Cathedral, can you help us rebuild it and how many bricks do you think you will lay!?

I’ll definitely help and I think I’ll place maybe either 50 or 100 bricks, 150 at the most.

What are you most excited about on launch day (28th May)?

I’ll be really excited about building the cathedral, because its 200,000 blocks and lots of people will be taking part and it’ll be awesome to be part of a big lego building team.

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1. What is your first LEGO memory?

I didn’t play with LEGO as a child so I’m looking forward to learning more and being involved in this project

2. What’s your proudest LEGO build moment?

See above! I will be impressed if by the end of the project I can follow the build plan.

3. If you could design a new LEGO figure, who would it be and why?

I would design my dog out of LEGO, he is a Newfoundland, so pretty big!

4. What is the best part of your job since being involved in this project?

It has been good getting to meet various volunteers who would like to be involved in the project- it appeals to all ages! Seeing the build up on social media is exciting too.

5. Describe in 3 words, what this LEGO project means to you!

Fun, engaging, active

6. Why should visitors make this LEGO pilgrimage?

To learn more about our wonderful building, to help with the fundraising for youth engagement and ultimately to have fun!

7. On a scale of 1/10 (10 highest)... just how excited are you about the LEGO launch?

10/10! I am looking forward to working with the volunteer Lego team, other colleagues and talking to visitors about it.

Quick fire round:
LEGO architecture or figures?

Architecture

LEGO technics or old skool?

Old skool

Millennium Falcon or Lego Movie set?

I had to google what Millennium Falcon is (a spaceship of some kind?!)
I’ll have to go with the Lego Movie set!

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First proper Lego memory is building a house with little flowers outside! Me and my younger brother, Paul got the sets for Christmas, he had a police station and I got the cute little house. We went to visit our sister for Boxing Day and spent all our Christmas money on extra Lego stuff in Romford town centre! I bought a horse box and jeep complete with two horses which had dents in the top so the Lego people could ride them.

Proudest Lego build moment came as a mum years ago. I bought my eldest son the Harry Potter Knight Bus and we built it together. It's an impressive piece of kit, a lovely blue/purple colour and three floors high.

If I could design a new Lego figure I'd probably design an eco warrior, a planet lover who can teach everyone to love the world and all its species. He/she could then have different environment sets to do great things in. Maybe I'll pitch it to Lego!

The best part of this job is working on a project everyone loves. Who doesn't love Lego? And to have it so closely tied to the Cathedral is (in the words of Emmett from the Lego Movie) AWESOME!

Three words to describe the project - exciting, universal, fun

People should come for a lot of reasons. I'd like to think they will come to see the Cathedral itself and find out about its history and its work today. I think a model in the cathedral gives the actual Cathedral building itself some sort of scale and I'm sure people will appreciate it.

I'm an excitable person so definitely 10 out of 10 for excitability!

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1. What is your first LEGO memory?
As a very young child making my own very imaginative futuristic windmill. I made this out of what was meant to be a Space ship set that my parents proudly gave me for my birthday, they were not happy. That’s what I loved about Lego you did not have to follow the plans if you wanted to be creative or have other ideas!

2. What’s your proudest LEGO build moment?
Actually getting my big sister involved as she was always complaining about my huge Lego collection taking up all the floor space in the house and standing on the stray bricks in her bare feet! But she gradually came over to the dark side and started to be creative which is not in her makeup. My sister secretly loved it, but only ever made houses and never over three bricks in height, short attention span!

3. If you could design a new LEGO figure, who would it be and why?

My Mum because she is my world!

4. What is the best part of your job since being involved in this project?
A chance to work with different colleagues internally but with fantastic external partners too. I love projects like this that have creativity at its heart and the fact that it’s an inclusive project giving the chance for all to be involved, build excitement and have fun doing the work we love.

5. Describe in 3 words, what this LEGO project means to you!

Engagement+Creativity+Energy

6. Why should visitors make this LEGO pilgrimage?

To find out something different about the Cathedral and its work, to celebrate our shared history and bring that to life in a fun and imaginative way. Help raise funds to celebrate and support youth engagement in Suffolk.

7. On a scale of 1/10 (10 highest)... just how excited are you about the LEGO launch?

Has to be 10/10!

Quick fire round:
LEGO architecture or figures?

Architecture

LEGO technics or old skool?

Old skool

Millennium Falcon or Lego Movie set?

Millennium Falcon but I would probably end up making a futuristic windmill!

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This week we welcome Mark from Jessops in Bury St Edmunds, him and his team have been absolute superstars and are responsible for all the amazing photography you'll be seeing over the next few weeks!

1. What is your first LEGO memory?

My first lego memory was getting a big box of lego for Christmas it was a big red tub shaped like a lego block and full of lots of colourful bricks, I was so excited.

2. What’s your proudest LEGO build moment?

My proudest Lego build moment was when I completed a motorbike set. I was about 8, it took me about a week to build.

3. If you could design a new LEGO figure, who would it be and why?

I love the 1980's. So I would design a Lion-o figure from Thundercats. He was my favourite character when I was young and brings back lots of memories.

4. What is the best part of your job since being involved in this project?

The best part of my job since being involved in the Lego project is getting my whole team involved in the store and trying new photographic styles I would never of tried before. Also it means at 33 I get to play with lego again!

5. Describe in 3 words, what this LEGO project means to you!

Community, Fun, History

6. Why should visitors make this LEGO pilgrimage?

Visitors should make the Lego pilgrimage because they will be able to become a part of history and have fun at the same time.

7. On a scale of 1/10 (10 highest)... just how excited are you about the LEGO launch?

Very excited 10/10

Quick fire round:
LEGO architecture or figures?

Figures definitely

LEGO technics or old skool?

Old skool

Millennium Falcon or Lego Movie set?

Goes without saying, Millennium Falcon

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1. What is your first LEGO memory?
Well, my first LEGO memory is really going to date me!! I remember trying to make a gun so that i could pretend to be Hutch from the original Starsky and Hutch TV series!

2. What is your proudest LEGO moment?
Proudest LEGO moment is making making a replica of the Space1999 spaceships that didn't fall apart when I tried to whizz it around my bedroom.

3. If you could design a new LEGO figure, who would it be and why?
New LEGO figure would be Billy Vunipola, an iconic England number 8, and it would have to be massive to be in scale with everything else. Not sure if they do sports people yet, but this could be a whole new line of super LEGO.

4. What is the best part of your job since being involved in this project?
Seeing how child like all these so called 'grown up', responsible business leaders are, even PR gurus like Aime and Matt from our agency Montage Communications, go all gooey when they start talking about LEGO. It's just brilliant seeing the children in people, life would be so much better if we all stopped worrying about the silly things and concentrated on important things like - do they do ginger hair and a dog collar for LEGO figures coz' we've got to get a model of our Canon Pastor in the model somehow!!

5. Describe in 3 words, what this LEGO project means to you!
FUN FOR EVERYONE

6. Why should visitors make this LEGO pilgrimage?
Visitors should come coz' it will probably make them smile, and we all need to smile more!

7. On a scale of 1/10 (10 highest)... just how excited are you about the LEGO launch?
On a scale of 1 to 10 I am at about 20 right now, but that's balanced by about 25 of panic whilst I'm trying to hold it all together in my head. I want to try to know everything and actually I don't need to coz' I've got a truly brilliant team around me who will make it happen.

Quick fire round:
LEGO architecture or figures?
Architecture

LEGO technics or old skool?
Technics

Millennium Falcon or Lego Movie set?
Millennium Falcon

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Welcome to our regular series of interviews with mini LEGO Apprentices! Prepare to be inspired and impressed by these young LEGO fans who take their LEGO very seriously!

Rafe, age 4 and Eleni, age 7 from Bristol

What makes you a true LEGO fan?
Eleni: I can't help but build things when I see Lego!
Rafe: I always ask for the Lego box at nursery

What is your first LEGO memory?
Eleni: Getting a Lego Luke sky walker with my Lego Star Wars book

Who is your favourite LEGO character and why?
Eleni: Darth Vadar! Because he is mysterious and has a cool light sabre.
Rafe: Batman! I love his cape & mask & superhero bat car.

If you could design a new LEGO figure, who would it be and why?
Eleni: Hermione and Harry Potter. Because I love the Harry Potter stories and would love to make Hogwarts out of Lego!
Rafe: The Gruffalo! Because he is funny and has purple prickles all over his back which would look good in Lego.

We need 200,000 LEGO bricks to build the Cathedral, can you help us rebuild it and how many bricks do you think you will lay!?
Eleni: I could lay about 500
Rafe: 3 (because I am 3!)

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Welcome to our regular series of interviews with mini LEGO Apprentices! Prepare to be inspired and impressed by these young LEGO fans who take their LEGO very seriously!

Amelie, age 8 from Bury St Edmunds

What makes you a true LEGO fan?
I have always loved LEGO and I love to play with LEGO Friends with my school friends. The characters are so cool!

What is your first LEGO memory?
Building LEGO cars with my brother and cousins.

What’s your proudest LEGO build moment?
Building an art gallery! I went to the Tate Modern and loved the building, so came home and tried to re-create it!

Who is your favourite LEGO character and why?
Any of the LEGO Friends!

If you could design a new LEGO figure, who would it be and why?
I love ballet, so anything dance-related!

We need 200,000 LEGO bricks to build the Cathedral, can you help us rebuild it and how many bricks do you think you will lay!?
I'll be there on launch day and hope to lay as many bricks as my mum and dad with let me!

What are you most excited about on launch day (28th May)? I'm looking forward to seeing all the other LEGO fans and I've heard the cafe has special LEGO inspired biscuits too! :)

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