Corn­wall call­ing

In­vite to Big Lunch Ex­tras

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

Three Ruther­glen par­ents will travel to Corn­wall next month to learn how to im­prove their com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the suc­cess of an event in Over­toun Park.

The Big Lunch, run by the Eden Pro­ject, took place on June 7.

On that day, Eden Pro­ject mem­bers en­cour­aged as many com­mu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble to host a lunch event at a com­mu­nity space.

This in­volved peo­ple get­ting to­gether to share food with their neigh­bours.

And Eu­ge­nie Aroutch­eff, Lynn Sem­ple and Amy Mackie de­cided to or­gan­ise an event in Over­toun Park, which proved to be a huge suc­cess, with more than 100 peo­ple at­tend­ing.

On the back of the suc­cess of the Big Lunch in Over­toun Park, the group of Ruther­glen par­ents have been in­vited to Corn­wall in July for three days to take part in the Big Lunch Ex­tras.

Big Lunch Ex­tras is a pro­gramme to help in­di­vid­u­als across the UK cre­ate pos­i­tive change in their com­mu­ni­ties.

It will en­cour­age at­ten­dees to share ac­tiv­i­ties, projects and in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries.

The par­ent s a re also hop­ing to start a com­mu­nity- grow­ing pro­ject in the park.

This pro­ject wouldn’t be an al­lot­ment but, rather, a gar­den for the whole com­mu­nity, which lo­cals could use to share their gar­den­ing knowl­edge.

As Eu­ge­nie ( 41), from Dukes Road, said: “This will be a chance to learn what other peo­ple through­out the UK are do­ing to im­prove their com­mu­ni­ties. It will be a great op­por­tu­nity to net­work.

“In the Glas­gow and South La­nark­shire area I think there were about six Big Lunches held, so Eden are keen to in­crease that num­ber.

“I think we were cho­sen be­cause of the suc­cess of the Big Lunch in Ruther­glen and also the fact we are start­ing the com­mu­nity-grow­ing pro­ject.”

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