In the year preceding the Millennium year a committee was formed in Avening to determine how best to mark this very special year.
Members of many village groups joined the committee which was chaired by Rev. Celia Carter, and together the plans were laid.
A local Celebration with an open air medieval play telling the Matilda story was planned and memorial mugs for the children were ordered.
The pubs helped us to celebrate in style with a hog roast and many people dressed in mediaeval costume for a grand night together, as always accompanied by good music from the village.
It was also decided that a good way to leave the mark of the year 2000 in the village for the next thousand years was to commission a new Cross to stand opposite the gate in the churchyard.
The idea was to provide a focus outside the church for use particularly on Remembrance Sunday but also for those members of our community who might feel uncomfortable in the church but who whilst going through difficult times might need a quiet place to draw aside and reflect.
The sculptor Sebastian Brooke, then working from his workshop at Miserden was commissioned to create and erect the Cross.
The theme of the carving around the Cross is Avening Past and Present. So there are scenes of sheep shearing mixed with modern things such as the playing field, the post office and the school.
The WI paid for a new seat which was sited near to the cross and provides just such a respite.
More recently the village children helped to plant bulbs and pansies below the Cross which come out at Easter and draw attention to the Living Cross of Christ.
The Millennium Cross now stands at the entrance to the churchyard in celebration of all that Christ stands for in our lives.