Barnard Castle church does its bit for Durham Cathedral Lego appeal

Darlington and Stockton Times: Robert and Beth Stenlake help build the Lego model of Durham Cathedral Robert and Beth Stenlake help build the Lego model of Durham Cathedral

A CHURCH has donated £600 to a cathedral’s Lego model appeal.

The pledge towards Durham Cathedral’s Open Treasure appeal from St Mary’s Barnard Castle with Whorlton entitled the County Durham church to add 600 plastic bricks an ever-growing Lego model of the Cathedral, which will eventually include 350,000 bricks and measure nearly four metres long and 1.7m high.

The church added a wall section to the model Chapel of the Nine Altars.

Parishioners have been building the miniature over the last few weeks along with members of a newly formed Lego club at Green Lane Church of England Primary School.

Organiser Frances Stenlake said: “We are delighted to support Durham Cathedral and its Open Treasure appeal.

“In particular the aim to enable the Cathedral to remain free to all visitors was felt to be important; our Christian heritage should be accessible to all, regardless of income.

“The opportunity to physically build Durham Cathedral in Lego, rather than merely writing a cheque, was also welcomed.

“We started building our piece of wall after a main Sunday morning service. It was a really good talking point and the children even let some of the rest of the congregation take part.”

The £10m Open Treasure project will see the Cathedral get new world-class exhibition spaces and more. For more information, visit durhamcathedral.co.uk

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