Project to build giant Boston Stump Lego model gets under way

Laying the first bricks. Pictured, from left, The Rev Alsion Buxton, Charlie Pickwell, David Mason, assistant diocesan secretary, Tracey Scoot, church warden, Jill Hughes, High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, and Mayor of Boston Stephen Woodliffe.
Laying the first bricks. Pictured, from left, The Rev Alsion Buxton, Charlie Pickwell, David Mason, assistant diocesan secretary, Tracey Scoot, church warden, Jill Hughes, High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, and Mayor of Boston Stephen Woodliffe.

The first bricks have been laid to construct a giant Lego model of Boston Stump.

A healthy crowd gathered at the iconic landmark today (Wednesday) to mark the launch of the project which will use 100,000 pieces and is expected to take three years to complete.

Rector of the Parish of Boston Alison Buxton hoped the project would help bring the community together.

“This project is really really wonderful,” she said. “Hopefully people who wouldn’t normally come into the church will do so. The church is here for the community - the Stump belongs to the town.

“It’s also something different and who doesn’t like Lego?”

The Mayor of Boston Stephen Woodliffe was among the special guests invited to lay the first bricks.

“This shows that Rev Buxton is an innovative leader of the community because she is doing things that possibly others wouldn’t have done to tackle the difficult problems in our town,” he said.

Lego fanatic Charlie Pickwell, 10, was surprised to be asked to place one of the bricks. He was selected after an article appeared in The Standard about him placing his very own version of the Stump on a map at the Brick Show held in London - a haven for fanatics of the colourful square blocks.

He said it was ‘just amazing’ that there would be an actual Lego version of the church.

A dedicated team of volunteers will build the model, with the public invited to sponsor bricks for a £1 each in order to raise money for the church’s education and community outreach fund.

The model has been designed by Bright Bricks Ltd, and is the first parish church, following projects they have undertaken at Durham, Exeter and Chester cathedrals.

But when the tower is finished, measuring more than two meteres tall, it will in fact be the tallest out of all the models built.

Special limited edition sets are also being made so people can take home their own Stump model.These will be available in the church’s gift shop from September at a price of £54.95.

For further details, to reserve a model or to get involved volunteering with the project contact lego@parishofboston.co.uk or telephone the church office (weekdays 8.30am-4pm) on 01205 316130.