Chatty streets are happier streets

Falkirk Library promoted The Big Lunch 2014
Falkirk Library promoted The Big Lunch 2014

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.