Media Briefing: Thousands of neighbours in the South West get around the table for The Big Lunch, Sunday, June 5
This Sunday, June 5, more than a million people the length and breadth of the UK are expected to sit down with their neighbours to take part in the third, annual Big Lunch, with thousands taking part in the South West.
A simple idea from the Eden Project, the aim is toencourage as many people across the nation as possible to have lunch with their neighbours for a few hours of community, friendship and fun.
Tim Smit, chief executive of the Eden Project, said: “It looks like more than a million people will be taking part in Sunday’s Big Lunch. From small neighbourhood barbeques, to street parties with bouncy castles and bands, Big Lunches are being held right across the country, bringing neighbours closer together and creating a spark of community spirit. We have had fantastic support throughout our campaign and we would like to thank all those making The Big Lunch possible.”
There are many events in the South West, with the following as a selection.
****Media are invited to all the following Big Lunches. Eden will also be providing images from these lunches on Sunday afternoon. For information, ring Angelina Lambourn 07738 077818****
What: Residents from five rows of cottages sit down together for a picnic and barbeque
Where: Rosewin Row, central Truro
When: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Contact: Ian Jones 07870 313036
What: Nearly 2,000 expected at a huge street party in the town centre
Where: Molesworth Street, Wadebridge
When: 1pm – 5pm
Contact: Harriet Wild 07540 399025
What: A party in the park for 200 people with live music
Where: Heavitree Pleasure Ground, Heavitree Road, Exeter
When: 12pm – 2pm
Contact: Kath Hadden 07752 626759
Noss Mayo, near Plymouth
What: A village get-together for up to 300 people featuring boules and children’s games
Where: Village Green, Noss Mayo
When: 12 noon onwards
Contact: Michael Leonard-Williams 01752 872261 or Patrick Duff 07866 381310
Stoke St Gregory, near Taunton
What: A village barbeque on the church lawn with music and games
Where: Stoke St Gregory Baptist Church, Griggs Hill, Stoke St Gregory
When: 12.30pm onwards
Contact: Barbara Carpenter 07773 055472
What: A big barbeque for Fishponds residents with bouncy castles, football and outdoor games
Where: Emmanuel Church, 48 Forest Road, Fishponds, Bristol
When: 12 noon onwards
Contact: James Singh 07917 572313
For more information on the Big Lunch contact:
Media Relations Manager
Head of Media Relations
Notes to editors:
- Eden Project Limited is owned by the Eden Trust, which is a fully registered UK Charity (No. 1093070).
- Since fully opening in March 2001, nearly 13 million people have visited Eden and it has generated £1.1 billion for the local economy.
- So far capital funding of £141.4 million to develop Eden has been raised from a combination of £55.5 million from the Millennium Commission Lottery Fund, £25 million from the South West Regional Development Agency, £26 million from European funds, £1 million from local and regional government (outside the RDA) and £33.9 million in the form of loans, lease finance and Eden's own revenue generation.
- Immediate information may be obtained from our website: www.edenproject.com.