Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Millennium Tower...
The Millennium Tower on St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, was completed in July 2005 and so this year marks its tenth anniversary. The Tower was built as part of the Millennium Project which saw the addition of new cloisters and the Chapel of the Transfiguration and which saw the skyline of the town changed for ever.
The completion of the Tower itself, built of Barnack limestone and flint by local craftsmen, was marked with a special service attended by HRH The Prince of Wales on 22 July 2005.
Ten years later, St Edmundsbury Cathedral is marking this anniversary with the launch of a new venture called the Foundation of St Edmund, which will assist it with fundraising for the future life, work and mission of the Cathedral. The Foundation is a stand-alone registered charity. Its trustees are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds. In its fundraising the Foundation will look beyond the County, both nationally and internationally, seeking fresh funds and responding to the Dean and Chapter’s requests for the funding of projects which are over and above the every-day, working life of the Cathedral.
‘This is an exciting new stage in the life of the Cathedral,’ comments Canon Matthew Vernon, Sub Dean of the Cathedral and a trustee of the Foundation.
‘Now the building is fit for purpose, we are keen to move forward with new initiatives which will serve the communities with which we work.’
At the same time, the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich is promoting its Centenary Fund launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury last year. Any parish across the county will be able to apply for funding to help with community work in its local village or urban setting.
‘Funds will be available to help make our church buildings more comfortable and useable by the community’ adds Canon Michael Wilde, Chairman of the Working Group.
Funds will also be available to help with projects centred in the community but not necessarily at the church building.
The Right Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsury & Ipswich, adds ‘These two projects for the churches and cathedral in our diocese show how committed we are in carrying the Christian message of serving the people of Suffolk in practical ways’.
From 9 to 16 July visitors can see displays in the Cathedral about the building of the Millennium Tower and an art exhibition by Millennium Project artist-in-residence Lillias August.