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 edenproject.com.
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 Sajid.Khan@birmingham.gov.uk. 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.
A few places are available at the All Saints Church Elders Lunch Club. The club runs every Wednesday as a social event for older people in Kings Heath. They do not need to be members of the church in order to be part of the Club’s lunches.
Members arrive at the All Saints Church Community Centre at 2 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, B14 7RA every Wednesday at 12 noon. The lunch lasts for an hour with soup, sandwiches, desserts, tea and coffee available at very reasonable prices.
The emphasis is on providing a welcoming and friendly place for older residents to enjoy a sociable lunch and make new friends.
If you or an older relative would like to join the lunch club, call Liz Turner on 0121 604 6086. If you have difficulties getting there under your own steam, help will be provided to sign up with the Ring and Ride community bus service.
Volunteers will be offering free social media advice to voluntary organisations, charities, community groups, clubs and societies in a relaxed and friendly setting. The social media surgery takes place at Loco Lounge on the High Street, 15 April 2014 from 5pm-6:30pm.