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.