Let’s all do lunch for a good cause

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

King’s Park Church are invit­ing lo­cals to get to­gether, cel­e­brate com­mu­nity spirit and en­joy a pic­nic this week­end.

The church is putting on an event with King’s Park Com­mu­nity Coun­cil to mark the Great Get To­gether’s Big Lunch.

And min­is­ter Rev San­dra Boyd is hop­ing for a good turn-out on the day.

She said: “There will be a fire en­gine – if it’s not called away – and we are go­ing to have com­mu­nity Scot­tish singing, like the Jeely Piece, Ye can­nae shove yer Granny aff a bus and The River Clyde.

“As well as that we will have a fam­ily Scot­tish quiz.

“Hope­fully this will bring the com­mu­nity to­gether es­pe­cially af­ter the ter­ror­ist atroc­i­ties we have seen lately.”

The Big Lunch is the cul­mi­na­tion of The Great Get To­gether, an idea in­spired by the late Jo Cox, in cel­e­bra­tion of her be­lief that we have more in com­mon with our neigh­bours than we re­alise.

Peo­ple are be­ing in­vited to come to­gether with friends, neigh­bours and strangers for street par­ties, pic­nics, bar­be­cues and bake-off com­pe­ti­tions.

Jo Cox’s wid­ower, Bren­dan, said: “Jo loved a party and she would have been thrilled by the idea of The Great Get To­gether.

“As she said in her maiden speech in par­lia­ment - we have far more in com­mon than that which di­vides us.

“Jo wanted a chance to bring our com­mu­ni­ties to­gether to cel­e­brate what unites us.

“There could be no more fit­ting trib­ute to her mem­ory than The Great Get To­gether help­ing to do just that. The rea­son that we’re aim­ing for the scale we’re aim­ing for is not just for a pretty num­ber but ac­tu­ally so that we do bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether who might feel that ten­sion be­cause I think one of the things that ac­tu­ally unites peo­ple across the po­lit­i­cal divide is there is a sense that close com­mu­ni­ties are ab­so­lutely the bedrock of our coun­try.”

Emily Watts, Eden’s coun­try man­ager for Scot­land, added: “What The Big Lunch does is give neigh­bours a rea­son to come to­gether.

“Ev­ery year more peo­ple join in and more com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit from the an­nual get-to­gether.

“It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re hold­ing a street party, a bar­be­cue or a pic­nic in the park – peo­ple are the key in­gre­di­ent.

“It’s all about con­nect­ing peo­ple to cre­ate stronger com­mu­ni­ties.”

For peo­ple in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved this June, free packs and event re­sources are avail­able from www.the­biglunch.com

Th­ese in­clude in­vi­ta­tions and posters to adapt for com­mu­ni­ties as well as lots of ideas and info to help get the ball rolling. The King’s Park pic­nic will run from 12.30pm un­til 2.30pm at the church on Sun­day.

Role model The Great Get To­gether is in­spired by the mem­ory of Jo Cox

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