Tim has been a Big Lunch organiser since 2009. Regularly attracting up to 400 people, Tim’s events bring together his local community for food, fun and entertainment. In previous years, Tim’s Big Lunches have come in a variety of forms, including a Brazilian Carnival themed Big Lunch on his own Road.
Following his involvement with The Big Lunch, Tim attended Eden Project Communities’ Community Camp in November 2014, with a fully funded place from The National Lottery. Shortly after, he left his job and founded a local charity working with young people ages 13-25 who find themselves homeless, inappropriately housed or at risk of homelessness in his local area of Cherwell. At this time, Tim also founded his community project, Visit Banbury.
The impact of The Big Lunch
For Tim, the impact of the Big Lunch is visible in his neighbourhood, he said, ‘We now have five or six events a year, including our Big Lunch, a winter market, pub quiz and pool party!’
The Big Lunch has completely transformed the community in my street in Banbury. So many friendships have come out of it – it sometimes takes 20 minutes to get down the street because you stop and talk to so many people!’
“The road is a generally more pleasant place to live and it’s just a happier way of life. People are moving to the street purely because of the community, which is amazing.’
Since witnessing the benefits The Big Lunch has had on his community, Tim has gone on to launch a Facebook page for Banbury Big Lunchers. Here, he hopes to not only encourage the people of Banbury to take up the initiative and hold their own events, but to use it as a place to share best practice, tips, and information.