The Western Isles is to have its own Big Lunch 2011 next month on the west side of Lewis.
The lunch, part of a national event aimed at engaging local communities to get together, is set to take place at 1pm on Saturday, June 4 at the Dalmore picnic site.
It is a bring your own food to share style event and if it is pouring with rain on the day the picnic will be held in the local community centre instead. All are welcome.
The Big Lunch is the brainchild of the Eden Project and is designed 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.
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. This year’s event is expected to be the largest so far.
According to the national organisers 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.”
Explains the Eden Project: “ We started The Big Lunch in the belief that we, as a society, are better equipped to tackle the challenges that we face when we face them together.
“Since the event began in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of communities and the best part of a million people have been involved each year.
A record number of people right across the country are expected to take part in 2011.
“The Big Lunch is based on a belief that the world can be a better place through people working together, with nature, optimism and common sense.
“We know that when people get together, we become more positive and start to sort out some serious stuff.”
They believe that by simply having some fun with th neighbours on one day in the summer, new friendships can be built that can be enjoyed for the rest of the year.
“The Big Lunch is a chance for neighbours from different generations and backgrounds to hear each other out and share stories, skills and interests.
“We call this phenomenon ‘human warming’,” states the Eden Project.