Community’s first Big Lunch proves to be a hit

Big Lunch at Christ Church on Sunday, June 1
Big Lunch at Christ Church on Sunday, June 1

A ST LEONARDS community group’s first Big Lunch proved to be a great hit as more than 100 turned up to enjoy an afternoon of good food, conversation, games and music last Sunday, (June 1).

Organised by The Seven Streets Project and hosted by Christ Church in its courtyard, the Big Lunch is an annual initiative set up by the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The Eden Project launched The Big Lunch in 2009 in a bid to encourage communities to have lunch together, sharing food, getting to know one another and strengthening social ties.

Chris Connelley, coordinator from the Seven Streets Project, said: “Our big lunch was a partnership between the Seven Streets Project, the Community Forum, AmicusHorizon housing and the council and we were hosted by Christ Church which lent us its courtyard for the day.

“It’s the first time we have done it and it’s an attempt to bring people together. We thought the idea of the Big Lunch was worth supporting and we are delighted at the numbers we have had.

“We reckon we had about 150 people, from all backgrounds and it’s as diverse as St Leonards.

“People have eaten well, they have had good conversation and we have had live music and entertainment.

“We would certainly do it again and we would urge any group in town that didn’t sign up this time to sign up and we’re happy to help other people set it up next time round.

It is estimated that in 2013 more than £3.65 million people in the UK took part in the initiative, which takes place every year on Sunday, June 1.

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