Chatty streets are happier streets

Falkirk Library promoted The Big Lunch 2014

Falkirk Library promoted The Big Lunch 2014

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The children of today who will be the neighbours of tomorrow enjoyed a lesson about the important part they can play in the community life of the future.

Falkirk Library hosted a special story-telling session to promote The Big Lunch event on June 1 which is aimed at encouraging families to get to know the people next door.

The youngsters from across the district listened to a reading of ‘George and Flora’s Big Party’ about how neighbourly get-togethers help everyone to get along.

Now it is hoped their mums and dads will be encouraged to become involved and help organise anything from a street party to a picnic in the park or function in a community hall to spread the word that “chatty streets are happy streets”.

Ian Scott, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust which operates Falkirk’s libraries, said: “The Big Lunch is a very simple concept and I’d encourage more neighbours across the district to get involved. They don’t have to be big or flashy events. It’s the coming together as a community that’s the important part.”

National research shows that speaking to our neighbours makes us all feel happier and more in touch with community life – but that one in 20 say they have never had a chat with a neighbour and another one in 20 admits it has “been years” since they engaged in small talk with anyone living next to them.

 

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