Canterbury Cathedral has been rebuilt in a record time of just less than four hours by a large and enthusiastic team of local children!
The impressive structure, boasting an 8 foot high Bell Harry Tower, was made from corrugated card rather than the more traditional Caen stone. It was complete with stained glass windows, decorated pillars, entrance doors (which small children enjoyed crawling through) and an impressive range of architectural features.
Families enjoyed working with local artist Tracey Falcon, Zoe Willis and Eve Dyer from the Cathedral Schools Department and Martin Crowther from The Canterbury Journey project team to create the interactive model.
Visitors were encouraged to attach colourful speech and thought bubbles to the outside with ideas of what they would like to do as part of a Cathedral visit, and to record comments on brightly coloured Talking Tins.
Imaginative ideas ranged from being the Archbishop of Canterbury for the day, to night-time and costumed tours, family sleepovers, pre-school storytelling workshops, mini-beast hunts and stone carving workshops for the under 12’s!
Over 50 consultation questionnaires were also completed by parents, carers and stall holders at the community event which was held in Canterbury’s Dane John Gardens on Wednesday 5 August. It attracted a record 2,162 people (comprising 1,246 under 18s and 916 adults).
Chris Penfold, Community Development Officer in the Community Services Department at Canterbury City Council, was very pleased with the Cathedral’s input.
Throughout the day I saw lots of really fabulous engagement with your stall and local people. Thank you for your involvement, you definitely added to the quality and variety of the day.
The Cathedral model (which rolls up nicely for storage and transportation) will have its next outings at Herne Bay Summer Fun Day in Herne Bay Memorial Park on Wednesday 19 August 2015, and at Whitstable Summer Fun Day at Whitstable Castle on Wednesday 26 August 2015.
Both are free entry and run from 12 noon to 4pm. Cathedral builders young and old are welcome to join in the fun!
The Summer Fun Day events, organised by Community Services at Canterbury City Council aim to bring communities together, showcase local organisations and allow people access to information that can help improve their quality of life.
Activities on offer range from information stalls, physical activities, personal health, creative crafts and sensory play to performing arts, cool science, spiritual growth, uniformed groups, and support for minority groups.
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