Posted by: braddenvillage | May 18, 2011

The Bradden Big Lunch – 5th June?

Hi Braddenites,

It would appear that we’ve really left it too late to organise a Hog Roast this year, certainly, no one has bravely stepped forward to volunteer to organise it…

People do seem keen, however, to have some sort of get together… involving food, alcohol and possibly music.

Discussing the situation with the Bradden Reading Rooms “3 line whip” cleaning group today, an idea was mooted for something a little more ad hoc than usual, and involving no need to sell tickets.

We had all noted,  that each year we have been inundated with salads and pudding for the BBQ, and we wondered whether that idea could be stretched a little further i.e. instead of just puddings and salads, how about: quiches, hams, cheeses etc being provided, and then everyone who contributes helping theirselves, and sitting down on the green, to enjoy an altogether more relaxed meal.

Being a bit of a fan of The Great British Menu, they kept referring to “The Big Lunch”, an initiative started by Eden Project, which sounded interesting. I looked this up and here’s a little bit about “The Big Lunch” from their website:

“The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. This year it’s happening on Sunday 5th June and a record number of people are expected to take part – why not be one of them?

A Big Lunch can be anything from a few neighbours getting together in the garden or on the street, to a full blown party with food, music and decoration that quite literally stops the traffic.

Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of communities across the UK and the best part of a million people get involved each year”

The “official” Big Lunch takes place on 5th June. Given, there are no tickets to sell, everyone is contributing to the food, and Simon (the long suffering husband) loves an opportunity to “test” various wines for village events, I think that we could do that date.

What do others think about:

(i)   The idea of a non-ticket event where everyone who attends contributes a salad/bread/veg course, hams/quiches/cheese/pates etc or a pudding.

(ii)  The date of the Bradden Big Lunch being tied in to 5th June

(iii)  Simon testing some wines etc, and we would then provide a bar – for fund-raising purposes

(iv)  Providing fun and games, possibly music, and – most importantly – a fund-raising raffle

Please let me have feed back…

The Royal Wedding Picnic up at the hall was such fun – who knew boule could be so cut throat – and very relaxed, it would be nice to repeat the experience, plus, we need more funds so that the outside of the Reading Rooms can be repainted!


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