With the weather brightening up at last, we can all start looking forward to the summer ahead and what better way to enjoy it than by having a big lunch and street party?
Croydon Council is encouraging residents to get involved in supporting the Big Lunch in Croydon on either Saturday 17 or Sunday 18 June 2017 by hosting street parties and lunches. This date also happens to coincide with honouring of MP Jo Cox and Father’s Day.
Please note if you are planning to close your road or hold a party in one of the borough’s parks or open spaces for the Big Lunch, the deadline for applications in earlier. Your application must be submitted by Friday 12th May 2017.
All it takes is a 10-minute visit to www.croydon.gov.uk/biglunch
Or alternatively, call the team of customer services advisers on 020 8726 6000 or 020 8604 7042 for advice.
And find the FAQs here: Big lunch and MP Jo Cox’s street party FAQ 2017 180617
The good news is that with the aim of making it really simple to apply to hold a party, the council will even cover the costs of closing your road and provide road closure signs – saving your street more than £1,000.
You will just need to say where the event is to be held, what sort of facilities will be offered – such as if you plan to sell alcohol or intend to provide catering from an outside source – and when you want to hold it.
Where can I have my Big Lunch?
For the answers to frequently asked questions, or a list of available green spaces, visit www.croydon.gov.uk/biglunch where you will also learn how to:
- safely stage events;
- arrange road closures; and
- arrange the use of land around your estate.
Last year, the Big Lunch saw communities from all corners of the borough sitting down to eat and chat with people they may see every day but because of the busy lives we all lead, never really get to know our neighbours.
It is a simple, yet profound, act of community that can have a real impact. Research shows that when people get involved, they feel good, and it has a noticeable effect on their area. Show your support and register your event at the national Big Lunch website, or talk to the Council if you’re planning to hold a street party.
Show your support and register your event at the national Big Lunch website, or talk to the Council if you’re planning to hold a street party.
The Big Lunch website has a useful frequently asked questions section, offering advice on a range of issues, including the important subject of public liability insurance. You will also find details of discounts arranged with insurers.
Even if your event doesn’t involve a street party, the Council is also keen that you register your event by emailing details to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will enable the council to record what happened in Croydon for the Big Lunch and Street Party 2017.
All registered events will have the chance for their Big Lunch to be featured in Your Croydon.
Funding for community activities
Croydon Council is inviting groups to apply directly to their local councillors for funds from their Community Ward Budgets to provide community activities in the London Borough of Croydon. These activities could look at developing active and inclusive communities https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/advice/community-ward-budgets
Organise street parties to celebrate the Big Lunch: www.croydon.gov.uk/biglunch
The Great Get together: https://greatgettogether.org/
Information on the Big Lunch project: http://www.thebiglunch.com/
The Big Lunch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebiglunch
Funding for community activities: