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Neighbourhood 'Cameraderie' Is Invaluable

posted by Julie Rossall on 06 May 2011 at 10:31 am

I noticed this on the Rother District council website and think it is a great idea! We recently had a Royal Wedding Street party and it has made a big difference. People now say "Hello" in the street.

The organisers of The Big Lunch have confirmed that this year's event will be on June 5 - and they are expecting a record number to take part.

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many of the 61 million people in the UK as possible to get together with their neighbours on one day - this year Sunday June 5. The idea has the main funding of ?3.5m over three years from the Big Lottery Fund and has additional support from MasterCard and EDF Energy. Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of communities with the best part of a million people getting involved each year.
A Big Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic.
Thousands of neighbourhoods in cities, towns and villages from Glasgow to Truro and Newcastle to Cardiff are all saying that they are closer, friendlier places to live thanks to having a Big Lunch.
Tim Smit, head of the Eden Project, said: "From small intimate affairs, to full blown street parties with bouncy castles and hog roasts. Lunches have been held right across the country and our research shows that they really work. People who've taken part feel closer to their neighbours and many find it's just the spark that their community needs to bring people together."
Fancy holding an event in your area? To receive your free Big Lunch Starter Pack, simply register your planned Big Lunch event online at http://www.thebiglunch.com or alternatively call 0845 850 8181 to speak to one of the team. The pack contains a step-by-step guide to help you get your event off the ground, plus invitations, posters, 'crowd cooking' recipe ideas, stickers and much more.

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