The rebirth of community spirit

Child running at Braeside The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch at Braeside, Aberdeen

Residents of Braeside Terrace, Aberdeen (with support from Braeside and Mannonfield Community Council), participated in this year’s Big Lunch in an attempt to shake off the negativity of lockdown and inject good vibes back into their neighbourhood!

"One great thing to come out of this pandemic has seen the rebirth of real community spirit in Our Street."

With residents pulling together through a local WhatsApp group, helping maintain a sense of community and organise the event, Braeside Terrace is a shining example of what the Big Lunch represents - community, relationships and fueling a sense of togetherness even in the most challenging of times. It acted as a celebration of the relationships formed during the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Acting as a pilot with a view to encouraging more streets in the catchment area to join next year, local residents and neighbours came together in harmony, setting up tables in their gardens to host family and friends, respecting social distancing.  The fun did not stop there, with an ‘adventure trail’ on street pavements organised for children, a magician and a local mobile coffee company selling coffees and soft drinks!

IMPACT

Speaking of her involvement and the success of the event, local resident Val Milne says “Our Big Lunch story is one of a good news outcome from Covid restrictions. Almost everyone in the street joined and it’s a big street so quite an achievement! The street has continued to keep in touch - whether to borrow garden equipment, offer help or ask for it.”

Local residents, Ray and Jenny, said "One great thing to come out of this pandemic has seen the rebirth of real community spirit in Our Street. Today was the highlight of this coming together. Let’s hope this is not just a one off but the cornerstone to enhancing and fostering the kindred spirit which now exists along the length of the Terrace."

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