On Friday 29 May over 500 people from South Ribble joined together to celebrate their community and enjoy a ‘Big Lunch’ on Worden Park in Leyland.

The Big Lunch was a huge success despite the wet weather with around 500 residents of all ages turning up to get to know each other better over a free picnic lunch provided by supermarket, ASDA.

A bouncy castle, Punch and Judy show, arts and craft and loads more activities were all on offer for people of all ages who gathered to have fun and meet others from their local community.

The ‘Big Lunch’ is a national campaign, run by the Eden Project, to build stronger neighbourhoods. The idea of the lunches is to encourage people living in the same area to get to know each other better.

Sian Coulton, Senior Community Involvement Manager at Progress Housing Group who supported this year’s Big Lunch event with South Ribble Borough Council’s Leyland Neighbourhood Forum and the Broadfield Community Association, said: 

The aim of the ‘Big Lunch’ is very much in line with our own - encouraging residents to come together to create stronger communities. It is a simple idea but something which can really help to break down barriers. People are often shy about talking to their neighbours but getting together over a picnic provides a great ice breaker and we were pleased to be able to support the initiative. We were really pleased with the brilliant turn out especially as the weather wasn’t great, but everyone still had a fantastic afternoon and we are now looking forward to next year’s event.

The event was sponsored by:

  • South Ribble Council's Leyland Neighbourhood Forum
  • The Broadfield Community Association
  • Progress Housing Group
  • Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Lancashire Constabulary
  • South Ribble Children’s Centre
  • Halifax, Leyland
  • Asda, Leyland
  • The Place, Royal Avenue
  • Leyland Library
  • Brothers of Charity
  • Leyland Pentecostal Church
  • All the businesses within the arts centre

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