Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The Boscombe Tea Party?

When TV adverts tell us to communicate and reach out to the people around us what they are really telling us to do is to join a particular mobile phone network. When they extol the virtues of gathering the whole family together for a Sunday roast the only real message is that we should buy their brand of gravy granules.

So in this cynical world it is nice to find to come across an advert which (so far as I can tell) genuinely is about getting people up and down the country to do something neighbourly and community-spirited in the form of 'The Big Lunch'.

Organised by 'The Eden Project' (the people with the oversized tellytubby greenhouses in Cornwall) The Big Lunch is all about encouraging us all to get together with those strangers around us that we loosely describe as 'neighbours' to hold a street party on Big Lunch day (19th July).

Their vision is simple - to bring neighbourhoods together, to reignite the spirit of community as we get to know the people who live around us.

According to the Big Lunch website there aren't any Big Lunches planned for Worcester Park yet. Blog reader Amy, contacted the Worcester Park Blog after seeing the TV advert:

"I thought to myself how lovely it would be if we had a Big Lunch in our road (Boscombe Road) but I don’t know if anyone would come or how well it would be received.

I wondered if you had any ideas on whether a Worcester Park wide Big Lunch would work?"

If you are interested in organising a Big Lunch check out their website and of course get in touch so we can follow your progress.

Oh, and don't forget to invite me round for pudding.

5 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Chris Gittins said...

The Big Lunch can also be a normal street party but you may need some help negoatiating with Sutton Council, as they charge £1250 to close a road. But With the Big Lunch we at Streets Alive have some letters from Ministers etc. to try to persuade the Council to change - yes some do! Check out our and get in touch. CHEERS!

Raindance said...

Saw that you were considering holding a Big Lunch and thought you might be interested in a competition we’re running ahead of the day itself. I am from Raindance, the organisation that promotes independent film and runs the Raindance Film Festival -- we’re inviting people to make a film about the Big Lunch and offering two £1000 prizes for the best. There’s still time to enter the competition if it’s of interest. Full details are at

Raindance said...

Due to unprecedented demand to enter The Big Lunch Short Film Competition, some filmmakers have been requesting a bit more time to complete their films. We’re pleased to announce that we can extend the competition deadline until midnight Sunday 5 July. Competition details at

Raindance said...

Hi, I recently wrote to you about The Big Lunch Short Film Competition. Entries have closed but check out our fab finalists – the one with the most views on YouTube wins 1k!

victor said...

Boscombe Tea Party! I was visiting Boscombe the other weekend no tea party but a fantastic air show and what was more fantastic was a website about Boscombe Pier; did Elvis Presley take tea on the pier?
Victor. Chard, Somerset.

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