Res­i­dents meet up for big lunch

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Dou­glas Dickie

Res­i­dents in Ruther­glen joined many oth­ers across the UK in cel­e­brat­ing the Big Lunch this month.

Over­toun Park was the venue on Sun­day, June 18 for the event, which was or­gan­ised by com­mu­nity group, Grow 73.

Around 150 peo­ple took ad­van­tage of the sunny weather to en­joy lunch to­gether and lis­ten to mu­sic from the Mairs Fam­ily Band and musician friends, in­clud­ing Ber­nadette Col­lier.

Ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren in­cluded leaf print mak­ing, gi­ant Jenga, quoits, seed­bomb mak­ing, and sto­ry­telling from pro­fes­sional Sto­ry­teller, Amanda Ed­mis­ton of Botanic Fab­ula.

The event was sup­ported by a team of vol­un­teers, the Lot­tery Cel­e­brate Fund, Tesco Burn­side, Stonelaw Church, Over­toun Park Bowl­ing Club and Friends of Over­toun Park. The Big Lunch is a sim­ple idea from the Eden Project. Its aim is to get as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neigh­bours and/or the wider com­mu­nity an­nu­ally on a Sun­day in June in a sim­ple act of com­mu­nity, friend­ship and fun.

This year it was the cul­mi­na­tion of The Great Get To­gether, an idea in­spired by the late Jo Cox MP, in cel­e­bra­tion of her be­lief that we have more in com­mon with our neigh­bours.

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