Barnard Castle church does its bit for Durham Cathedral Lego appeal

Robert and Beth Stenlake help build the Lego model of Durham Cathedral

Robert and Beth Stenlake help build the Lego model of Durham Cathedral

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Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

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

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