Although 2020 was a very different year for Big Lunchers across the country, neighbours and communities were able to make connections in lots of different ways - celebrating, giving thanks and making friendships when they were needed most.
Here are some of our highlights from The Big Lunch 2020…
The Doorstep Big Lunch – Stephanie Walwyn in Leeds
Stephanie first became involved with The Big Lunch way back in 2009; “Our Big Lunches have grown and grown, from a couple of families the first year, to well over 100!”
When social distancing measures came into place, Stephanie didn’t fret; “We were keen to carry on our event, and when the idea came up of a doorstep Big Lunch we settled on that. We decided to do Big Lunches in our front gardens... We knew it was going to be different, but we are all together. It’s nice for people to come out, and know the community is still here.”
Sharing unexpected pleasures – Heather Parker in Coventry
Heather’s Big Lunch catered to 18 adults and seven children over Zoom; “We had a really packed programme with cookery demo, drumming workshop, children’s games, a quiz, a dance party, a sharing of people’s work and general chat with food and drink.
“We tried things on Zoom that we hadn’t tried before and we were really pleased with the outcome – we finished off sharing what had been positive outcomes of lock down for us personally and found that there had been many positive outcomes as well has hardships.”
Looking forward to brighter times – Katherine Hersey-Meade in Kent
Katherine and her neighbours held a socially distanced street event, and are now looking forward to holding another party once things have eased; “…We now have our own Facebook page where we are sharing ideas for other socially distanced events as well as a street party when lockdown is well and truly over.”