Take part in the Big Lunch 2014

Brechin's Big Lunch 2013
Brechin's Big Lunch 2013

People in Brechin and Edzell are being urged to sign up and take part in the UK’s biggest get together for neighbours.

This Friday will mark 100 days to go until the Big Lunch 2014, and Eden Project is calling on locals to host community events on Sunday,
June 1.

Brechin held its second Big Lunch event last year, and organiser Peter George has issued advice to any budding organiser.

He said: “We held our second Big Lunch in Brechin last June and we had a fantastic turn out on the day.

“We pulled together as a community, getting local groups such as the Air Cadets, the Round Table and Brechin High School involved, which kept the feeling that it was a real community co-ordinated effort.

“My advice would be to follow the KISS principle – ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’!

“The Big Lunch doesn’t have to be complicated, flashy or expensive, it’s the simple act of coming together as a community that is the important part.”

For residents in Brechin and the surrounding area who are interested in getting involved this June, free packs are now available from www.thebiglunch.com.

Packs include invitations and posters to adapt for your community, as well as seeds, bunting templates and an inspiration booklet with lots of ideas and info to help get you started.

All pack materials are undated so communities can have Big Lunches when best suits them if they can’t join in on Sunday, June 1.

Emily Watts, communications manager at The Big Lunch in Scotland, said: “Eden Project wanted to create an excuse for each of us to get over the shyness of knocking on a neighbour’s door for a community get-together or street party and that’s what The Big Lunch is.

“The magic of it lies with all those people who go out and make it their event, each one is different but they share the same instinct to make our communities friendlier to live in.

“Every time Big Lunchers tell us about the clubs, activities and projects they take part in after getting to know each other, I want to encourage more people to get involved.”