Cirencester is preparing to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the towns iconic abbey in 2017 and is appealing to readers to come up with ideas to mark the year.
A dedicated steering group has been set up to work alongside the towns Cirencester Community Development Trust Ltd to manage the project.
The first public meeting in the guise of a consultation workshop for Abbey900 was held on Wednesday the 20th of January at the Bingham Gallery. Shirley Alexander of CCDT Ltd said the event was well attended. “It was standing room only with various members and organisations from the Cirencester community there to share their view and ideas. We had representatives from the Church, schools and colleges, the museum, heritage societies, landowners, community groups, the army and police.
“CCDT backs many of the town’s plans and initiatives, including in recent years, The Phoenix Festival amongst many others and we are delighted to be involved and help make Abbey 900 in 2017 another spectacular year for Cirencester, its residents and visitors,” she added.
The steering group is led by Corinne Lamus who is on the lookout for more ideas for events to plug into the calendar for next year’s celebrations. “We are looking for ideas that might come under the Festival’s banner and have content pertinent to its theme. The consultation workshop brought forth many suggestions for events that can be staged with the Abbey 900 theme: - a photography competition, athletics events, a flower festival in the church, guided walks of the Abbey site, pageants, art exhibitions, choral and music concerts, dancing displays and a swimming gala to name but a few,” she said, “but If anyone has any ideas or ways they would like to get involved please get in touch.
“The Bishop of Gloucester - Right Reverend Rachel Treweek has kindly agreed to be patron of the festival and she will perform the official opening it to coincide with the Croome lecture in February 2017