Spending increased time at home and being more present in our communities has brought a heartening wave of community action, seeing neighbours talking, supporting and looking out for one another. The Big Lunch is about celebrating community connections and getting to know one another better.
One group of residents in the Saltcoats area wanted to celebrate these connections by hosting a socially distanced Big Lunch.
Neighbours who had lived on the street for more than 20 years had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share experiences with the newer neighbours. A true sense of where old meets new! The street was even fortunate enough to have a green patch, forming the perfect stage for local resident Graham to share songs accompanied by his daughter on the drums. Neighbour Tony, who plays bass guitar, also joined in as the trio entertained the street.
This year’s Big Lunch is supported by Iceland, and Saltcoats’ Iceland store were generous in supporting the event. Everyone agreed that connecting over a cuppa was a great thing to do and whatever the new normal looks like, residents in Saltcoats will be hosting another one next year!
Ish, new to Saltcoats having only moved there at the end of 2020 said “I faced the problem of building new friendships in my community during lockdown, which was very difficult.” After spotting a patch of land behind her property, she decided it would make the perfect Big Lunch spot!
Community spirit came into full force, with local residents hacking away at the land over several months, giving it a complete facelift. Local council teams also helped clear the area and collected larger, unwanted items and bags of waste.
From gazebos and bunting popping up around the streets to neighbourhood karaoke and children planting sunflower seeds, the sense of community was undeniable!
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