NEIGHBOURS will be able to celebrate together at street parties across the town as the annual Big Lunch event returns to Reading
The Big Lunch is held every year to encourage as many people as possible to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Residents from 23 streets in the Borough will be joining in parties during the weekends of 17 and 18 June and 1 and 2 July, as the Council has once again extended the dates to allow those who are observing Ramadan to partake.
This year’s Big Lunch also marks the first Great Get-Together, which has been arranged alongside the Big Lunch to remember MP Jo Cox, who was tragically killed on this weekend last year. Street parties will be held at on the following streets:
Saturday 17 June: Russet Glade, (11.30am to 9pm), The Ridgeway, (1pm to 10pm), Darell Road, (11am to 6pm), Downshire Square, (3pm to 11pm), Talfourd Avenue, (12pm to 10pm), Newport Road, (10am to 8pm), Oakley Road, (10am to 7pm), Nire Road, (12pm to 11pm), The Mount, (10am to 7pm)
Sunday 18 June: St Andrew Road, (9.30am to 7pm), Harrogate Road, (10.30am to 9pm), Queens Street, (10am to 5pm), Morecambe Avenue, (12pm to 6pm), Fawley Road, (1pm to 7pm), Recreation Road, (10am to 5pm)
Saturday 1 July: Auckland Road, (8am to 8pm), Melrose Avenue, (1pm to 4pm)
Sunday 2 July: Carnarvon Road, (8am to 9pm), Coventry Road, (10am to 8pm), St Peter’s Road, (11.30am to 3pm), College Road and Culver Road, (11am to 5pm), Mayfield Drive, (12pm to 4pm),
Baker Street, (9.30am to 5.30pm).
Please note that roads will be closed during the aforementioned times.
Although street parties are open to the residents only, there will be parties open to all on on 18 June at: Kensington Park, off Oxford Road, between 12pm and 2pm, Palmer Park from 12.30pm and Christ Church Playing Fields from 1pm, as well as at Albert Road Park in Caversham on 2 July between 11am and 4pm.
Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, Cllr Tony Page said:
“This year’s Big Lunch is particularly special, as it marks the first Great Get-Together. Last year, Reading had one of the best turnouts in the country, and I am delighted to see that, once again, residents have embraced the event.”
“In our ever increasingly busy lives, it is becoming more and more common to lose contact with neighbours. Street parties are a brilliant opportunity for neighbours to get together once again. I hope that everyone taking part in one this year has a wonderful time”
The Big Lunch has been running across the country since 2009 and last year 7.3 million people tucked into food together at 90,000 events. There is more information about local events at http://www.reading.gov.uk/streetparties. There are also plenty of resources available for hosting your own street party at www.streetparty.org.uk.
Note to Editors
The Great Get Together is supported by The Big Lunch, Countryside Alliance, RNLI Lifeboats, RSPB, The Women’s Institute, Amnesty International, Help for Heroes, and the Premier League.