Community spirit in action

Wednesday 31st May 2017
Millions of people expected to celebrate the Great Get-Together

Community spirit in action

The biggest community event since the Queen's jubilee in 2012 is set to take place over the weekend of 17–18 June, bringing Britain's diverse communities together to share street parties, barbecues, picnics and even bake-off competitions with their neighbours.
The Great Get-Together, which was launched earlier this year by the patron of The Big Lunch, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, at Clarence House along with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, is a celebration of the strength of community and is expected to attract millions of participants, coming as it does just after the first anniversary of the murder of MP Jo Cox.
Peter Stewart of The Big Lunch says: 'The Great Get-Together will be a fantastic celebration. The Big Lunch has taken place every June since 2009 supported by the Big Lottery Fund. We are delighted to join forces with the Jo Cox Foundation and dozens of other groups this year to invite more people than ever to get together and celebrate in their communities.
'The Big Lunch is all about sharing food and coming together with your neighbours. In 2012, 8.5 million people took part in The Big Jubilee Lunch in parks, streets, gardens and community spaces, all having a great time together. Like Jo, we believe in togetherness and achieving a sense of community, collaboration and fun! We want to share that idea with everyone.'
The Great Get-Together is supported by charities, faith groups and other organisations including the Women's Institute, the Countryside Alliance, the RNLI, Help for Heroes, Mumsnet, the Glastonbury Festival, the TUC, the Premier League, Hope Not Hate, Amnesty International, Oxfam, Save the Children and the NSPCC.

Be inspired to organise your own event! Get your free kit packed with ideas at
www.greatgettogether.org.

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