22 February 2017
Join in with The Great Get Together this June.

The biggest community event since the Jubilee is to be held across the UK. 

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of The Big Lunch, hosts the launch of The Great Get-Together with Jamie Oliver. 

Tens of thousands of community get-togethers are being planned in what could be the biggest community event since the Jubilee. Details of the events are to be announced on Wednesday, 22 February at a reception hosted by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House, London.

Jamie Oliver will join the Duchess in the Clarence House kitchen as preparations are being made ahead of the formal reception.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall will host the launch at Clarence House as patron of The Big Lunch, one of the founding partners of The Great Get-Together alongside the Jo Cox Foundation and dozens of other community groups, NGOs and faith groups.

The Great Get-Together will take place over the weekend of June 17 and 18. People are being invited to come together with friends, neighbours and others they don’t yet know for street parties, picnics, barbeques and bake-off competitions. It follows the first anniversary of Jo Cox’s murder on June 16 last year.

It is expected to be the biggest event of its kind since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The weekend will be an opportunity to celebrate all that Britain’s diverse communities hold in common.

Peter Stewart of The Big Lunch said: “The Great Get-Together will be a fantastic celebration. The Big Lunch has taken place every June since 2009 supported by the Big Lottery Fund.  We are delighted to join forces with the Jo Cox Foundation and dozens of other groups this year to invite more people than ever to come together and celebrate in their communities. The Big Lunch is all about sharing food and coming together with your neighbours. In 2012, 8.5million people took part in The Big Jubilee Lunch in parks, streets, gardens and community spaces, all having a great time together. Like Jo, we believe in togetherness and achieving a sense of community, collaboration and fun! We want to share that idea with everyone.”

Jo’s husband, Brendan Cox, who will speak at the launch, said: “Jo loved a party and she would have been thrilled by the idea of The Great Get-Together. As she said in her maiden speech in parliament – we have far more in common than that which divides us. Jo wanted a chance to bring our communities together to celebrate what unites us. There could be no more fitting tribute to her memory than The Great Get-Together helping to do just that”.

Jamie Oliver said: “There's nothing better than a good get-together with friends, family and amazing food. The Great Get-Together takes it to a whole new level! Food connects us to the best things in life – it breaks down barriers, and gets people talking and sharing happy times like nothing else. This is an awesome initiative, and I’m really proud to add my support.”

The Great Get-Together is supported by charities, faith groups and other organisations including the Women’s Institute, the Countryside Alliance, the RNLI, Help for Heroes, Mumsnet, the Glastonbury Festival, the TUC, the Premier League, Hope Not Hate, Amnesty International, Oxfam, Save The Children and the NSPCC.

In her New Year message, the Prime Minister remarked on Jo’s death, saying 2017 represented an opportunity to move forward and “bring this country together, as never before”. The weekend in June will be a landmark moment in seeking to fulfil that objective. Further details will be released as the weekend approaches, but this high-profile launch will be the opportunity for people all over the country to think about what they could do.

Download the full press release: PDF iconthe_great_get_together_press_release.pdf

.... we believe in togetherness and achieving a sense of community, collaboration and fun! We want to share that idea with everyone.

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