Big Lunch builds friendships


Peacock Road, Kings Heath, held its annual Big Lunch on Sunday 18th June. The party commemorated the lives of Jo Cox MP and Peacock Road resident George Singh who sadly died earlier this year.

The organiser of the event wrote: ‘The children had a great time playing in the road which was closed off for the afternoon.  Parents could relax too, knowing their children could scoot around in a car-free area. The glorious weather helped us all to have a lovely party, sharing food and conversation with our neighbours.’

Did you hold a Big Lunch party?  Let us know about your parties and spread the word.  The Big Lunch and the Great Get Together help people to get to know their neighbours and bring communities together.

The organiser of the Peacock Road Big Lunch thanked Amey for supplying the road barriers this year and for the last two years for their party.

Big Lunch neighbourhood get-together 2017

The Big Lunch is a simple idea from the Eden Project: that as many people as possible across the UK have lunch with their neighbours annually on a Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. This year the mass participation day is 18 June 2017. Read more at

There are several groups in Kings Heath who get together with their neighbours for this annual event. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbours, make new friends and build community spirit.

You can keep life simple and hold the lunch in someone’s garden or head off to the local park.

If you want to close your street, you will have to get in touch with the local District Engineer’s Department. Contact Sajid Khan at You will be advised whether it is possible to close the street and if so what you have to do to get approval from the Council.

This includes getting public liability insurance, informing the three emergency services and consulting with your local councillors.

Wherever you decide you hold your local neighbourhood Big Lunch, it is a really worthwhile, enjoyable event.