Let’s all do lunch for a good cause
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