Community spirit alive and well in Falkirk

The Big Lunch event in Denny got people talking. Picture: Alan Murray
The Big Lunch event in Denny got people talking. Picture: Alan Murray

They say community spirit is a thing of the past but there are some people who still believe in neighbours helping each other out.

Last weekend was the seventh annual Big Lunch campaign started by the Eden Project when residents all over the UK organise a get-together that is open to everyone to promote simple acts of community and friendship.

Lunches in the Falkirk area included one at the Seagull Trust’s Bantaskine Centre and a community picnic by the Gill Park Residents Association and Denny Neighbourhood Watch in Denny Baptist Church.

Big Lunches can take place anywhere – gardens, community centres, local parks or even in streets. The idea is to get people who wouldn’t normally mix together to meet and form friendships or start campaigns and projects to benefit their communities.

Bill Gray, Denny Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, said: “Everyone was enthusiastic about the event and we had about 25-30 people there despite the bad weather.

“We had a theme of health and wellbeing for the day and the response from the vendors we had along like the NHS, Living It Up and Age Scotland was great. I think we will have another one some time this year. We’d like to thank Asda and Sainsbury’s for supplying the food and to everyone who took part on the day.”

Emily Watts, campaign manager for The Big Lunch in Scotland, said: ‘It has been brilliant to hear about all the Big Lunch events. Credit goes to all the organisers who have pulled their events together and to everyone else involved in supporting their local Big Lunches.

“We hope new connections and have friendships have been formed and that it’s just the beginning of bigger things to come in those communities who took part.”