The Big Jubilee Lunch
The Big Lunch is just over a month away and we wanted to let you know how you can get involved this year. The Big Lunch is a simple idea from the Eden Project which encourages as many people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours once a year, for a few hours of community, friendship and fun.
The Big Lunch has been happening each year since 2009 with the best part of two million people taking part last year. In 2012 it is celebrating The Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June, and a record number of people across the UK are expected to take part.
It is inclusive and welcoming and a fantastic opportunity to bring people from different backgrounds, faiths, and generations in the community together. Research shows that it works too, with the majority of Big Lunchers reporting that they feel closer to their neighbours as a result.
There’s plenty of time to join in. Please help encourage more events in your area on or around Sunday 3rd June 2012 by:
- Encouraging residents and groups to hold a Big Lunch in their neighbourhood and communities
- Spreading the word to residents and community groups, through your newsletter, website and other communications (check out our toolkits for help http://www.thebiglunch.com/partners/toolkits.php)
- Ordering free Welsh and English language materials including leaflets and The Big Lunch Pack which contains posters, invites, stickers, a wall planner and much more to help you get started. Call the team on 0845 850 8181.
The Big Inspiration
Big Lunches took place all across Wales last year, from Anglesey to Cardiff, and lots more are planned for this year.
- Denton Road, Cardiff - Sophie may have been at university in Edinburgh but that didn’t stop her organising Big Lunches in her hometown of Cardiff. The whole street was transformed into a huge party criss-crossed with bunting and dotted with deck-chairs.
- The Neath Big Lunch – started with a Big Breakfast as the marquee’s went up and carried on all day. Since their Lunch, the street has set up a local sharing system, held coffee mornings, circus workshops, Halloween parties and community daytrips. The parallel street has followed suit, forming its own group and working on projects bringing all the neighbours together to improve the local area.
For more information, ideas and inspiration (in English and Welsh) visit www.thebiglunch.com