Abbey 1000 – a year long celebration in 2020
In 2020, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk will celebrate the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute 1000 years ago.
A year of celebrations is being coordinated by the Abbey 1000 Group, alongside the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership, with a programme of events from November 2019 leading up to the weekend of St Edmund’s Day on 20 November 2020.
Rev Canon Matthew Vernon, from St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Chairman of the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership, said; “This is a historically significant year for the Abbey and Bury St Edmunds and we are looking forward to joining with other organisations in the town to celebrate through the wonderful events and activities we have planned. We encourage others to hold their own events to celebrate too!”
The celebrations are being coordinated by the Abbey 1000 Group, alongside the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership. The group is made up of organisations in the town chaired by Andrew Speed, that include St Edmundsbury Cathedral, West Suffolk Council, Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Our Bury St Edmunds BID, Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Greene King, Treatt, The Bury Society, Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides, Ashtons Legal and St Edmund’s Church.