Saturday 17th June marks the day The Big Lunch returns to Colville Estate. The event, organised by Anthology, along with Higgins, Hackney Council and Wates is being hosted in Shoreditch Park from 12pm to 4pm in a bid to bring the local neighbourhood together and add a further sense of community to the London Borough.
The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual get-together to encourage stronger relationships amongst neighbours. The idea from the Eden Project, made possible by The Big Lottery Fund, is the perfect event for getting to know your neighbours and aiding the build of stronger neighbourhoods.
The Big Lunch will give the local community a chance to come together for food and entertainment whilst getting to know their neighbours to boost community spirit. They will also be able to enjoy a feast of street food whilst being entertained by live music, participating in relay races, origami making and face painting as well as partaking in great giveaways. Community residents are also encouraged to bring their own picnics and games to enjoy along with the many activities available.
David Newey, Project Director for Anthology Hoxton Press, said: “We are thrilled to be back at Shoreditch Park hosting another Big Lunch and we are looking forward to getting to know any residents new to the area as well as seeing some familiar faces from last year. We hope to explore ideas with the community as to how we can become more active within the area. The Big Lunch will also provide an opportunity for the neighbourhood to learn more about our Hoxton Press development and Anthology.”
Paul Cooke, New Business Director for Higgins Construction continues, “Hosting events such as The Big Lunch are an excellent way of bringing the community together and we are delighted to be involved. Community relations are at the heart of our business and we are committed to building better, stronger, safer and more sustainable communities.”
After finding that 94% of people believe that attending The Big Lunch will have a positive impact on their neighbourhood, multiple communities, nationwide are expected to participate between 16-18 June. It has been found that 1 in 10 people have admitted to feeling too shy or scared to start up a conversation with their neighbours and Anthology hopes this event will break down those barriers to help build stronger bonds with neighbours.