With less than 50 days to go until The Big Lunch 2013, organisers are throwing out a challenge to people across Angus: be bold, take the plunge, knock on your neighbours’ doors and get your lunch plans sorted for this year’s event on Sunday, June 2.
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to encourage neighbours the length and breadth of the country to come together for a few hours to share lunch, fun, friendship and foster a community spirit, once a year.
Scotland’s girl next door, Michelle McManus, is supporting The Big Lunch 2013 and this week got together with her neighbours to encourage others to do the same, she comments: “Come on Angus, stop being shy, lift your head, wear your best smile and knock on your neighbour’s door to see if they fancy getting together for lunch on June 2.”
Peter George of Gardner Memorial Church, Brechin, last year organised a Jubilee themed community Big Lunch, held in St Ninian’s Square with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers.
He commented: “The church is trying to establish itself as more of a community church so holding a Big Lunch was our first step. The event was put together at short notice but, with the support and encouragement of the Big Lunch and numerous local businesses, we were able to celebrate in style. It was a great day with some good old-fashioned community togetherness.
“Unfortunately, our long standing Pageant Day will not be going ahead this year so the church is relieved to be stepping into the breach and hosting a Big Lunch in 2013 to ensure the community still has a day to get together. I’d encourage anyone to organise a Big Lunch, you never know what might come out of it!”
Now in its fifth year, the Lottery-funded Big Lunch has grown in popularity with more people than ever hosting lunches, picnics and barbecues on streets, gardens or community spaces. Ten percent of the Scottish population took part in a Big Lunch last year, many as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Big Lunch team knows it can be a little daunting making the first step towards getting to know your neighbours better and free packs are available from www.thebiglunch.com with invitations, posters and celebrity recipe ideas to help get the ball rolling.
Organising a Big Lunch is easier than you think. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps:-
Sign up for a free pack; invite your neighbours; pick a venue; sort out the food; arrange your decorations and music; if you are planning a big street party, contact your local council for advice on closing the road.
Ninety-one per cent of the 8.5 million people that took part in last year’s Big Jubilee Lunch commented that they felt closer to their neighbours as a result.
For information or to request your free pack including posters, invitations, a planner and other materials to help organise your Big Lunch, visit: www.thebiglunch.com.