Talking West Cheshire

Make a big lunch date with your neighbours

28 June 2010

Residents throughout West Cheshire are being asked to get involved with their community next month by setting a Big Lunch date with their neighbours.

The Big Lunch is an annual event, developed by The Eden Project and supported by a whole range of partners, which encourages neighbours to get together, in the street, in a park or garden, even in a car park and meet, share stories and have fun.

On Sunday, 18 July thousands of Big Lunch events will take place across the country and West Cheshire is no exception.

Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Community and Environment said: “Bringing people of all ages and all walks of life together to share food and fun has proven to create lasting friendships between neighbours.

“And there is so much more to this than just the fun part. Statistics show there to be significant gaps in our society, gaps between old and young, rich and poor and in many places people do not know their neighbours’ names anymore and may be living alone and isolated.

“People in any area coming together just on one day to eat lunch, to laugh, to share stories and skills and to have fun could actually help to tackle a range of social issues and add to the sense of community spirit.

“I would encourage all West Cheshire residents to find out about their local event and go down to what promises to be a great day.”

To find out about Big Lunch events in your area please visit The Big Lunch website and type in your postcode. Communities who have organised events should ensure that they register their plans on the Big Lunch website for maximum attendance.

Events in West Cheshire

Cheshire West and Chester Council is aware of and supporting the following community-led events (18 July unless stated):

Northwich

Northwich train station - 12.30pm - 4pm - held in conjunction with Friends of Northwich Train Station, The Zone, Antonio’s Café, the British Transport Police, Victoria Road Primary School.

Pullman Drive, Northwich - 12.30pm - 4pm - a variety of cul-de-sac parties will run off the spine road.

Neighbourhood House, Cotebrook Road, Northwich - 12.30pm - 4pm - in conjunction with Ineos and Roberts Bakery the Big Lunch will take place on land in between Cotebrook Road and Parkfield Road.

Winsford

Winsford Community Action Project ( WINCAP ) @ The Edge, Cheviot Square, Winsford - 9am - 4pm - organised by WINCAP, working in partnership with Phats Katz Café, The Salty Public House and Chester West and Chester Council. Beginning with a car boot sale in the morning, local residents will share a picnic lunch at 12pm. There will be various attractions throughout the afternoon including martial arts displays, a bouncy castle, inflatable jousting, sumo suits and stalls. The event also coincides with the launch of the summer ICE, a six-week sports programme for young people.

Winsford 14-16 June - Muir Group Housing Association have organised three lunches in the Winsford area:

  • 14 July – The Glebe Estate - 12pm - 2pm
  • 15 July – Lichfield Court - 12pm - 2pm
  • 16 July – St Chad’s Fields - 12pm - 2pm

Ellesmere Port and Neston

Whitby Park - Ellesmere Port  - 12pm - 4pm - Co-ordinated by Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations, in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, Western Cheshire NHS and the Voluntary and Community sector. Highlights include multicultural dance, DJ and skateboard sessions, Ellesmere Port’s Got Talent, cookery demonstrations, bouncy slide, free food taster, dog display, BMX display and free bike checks.

Stanney Fields Park - Neston - 12pm - 4pm - Get together to meet, greet, share, sing, dance, play games and laugh. Co-ordinated games between 1-3pm, den-building and cycle projects – try out some specially adapted bikes, including one that makes smoothies! Bring your own lunch, musical instruments, stories, games and songs. For more information, please telephone 0151 353 8638.

The Lock Project - Saturday July 17 - 12pm-4pm. Everyone from the Ellesmere Port community is warmly invited to this Big Lunch organised by Forum Housing. There will be lots of food, refreshments, activities and entertainment. For further information, telephone Viv Connor on 0151 355 0222.

Chester

The Blacon Children's Centre, Chester - kicking off at around 11.30am.

The Kingsway and Newton Residents Big Lunch – 12pm – close to Kingsway shops.

The GIANT Big Lunch - co-ordinated by BiG Storage and Chester the Giant City - come and join the GIANTS on the lawn in front of BiG Storage, Sealand Road, starting 12pm.