Cirencester's business community has been given a glimpse of what to expect for next year’s Abbey 900 Festival.
Plans of a Plantagenet and civil war re-enactments, May Day Fair and a large Lego brick model of the Abbey church, made up of 70,000 pieces, were all showcased in the town’s church to members of the Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders.
It was also announced that the town’s Royal Agricultural University is to become an official partner of the year-long festival and would start its involvement with a special fundraising dinner, in honour of Abbey 900, on November 25.
Next year sees the 900th anniversary of the founding of Cirencester’s Abbey, “the beginning of the cultural and economic success of the town,” according to Cirencester community development Trust Ltd’s Jonathan Davies.
“Abbey 900 will be great for Cirencester and the plans show there will be something for everyone. The group behind the project has worked tirelessly on this and they should be very proud, as are we at CCDT Ltd, and this is why we are supporting the project.”
Abbey 900 chairman, Corinne Lamus said: “The work has really only just begun and we are now looking for businesses and individuals to get behind the project and help us with funding.
“You can become a Festival Partner like the RAU and contribute not only funds but stage an event, you can sponsor an individual event for as little as £100, or you can become a corporate friend of Abbey 900.
“Lastly, you could become an official provider like Talking Wines, who are our official wine provider.”