Big neighbourhood celebrations will be taking place all over the borough in June as part of an exciting national project.
This summer, on June 16 to 18, the biggest neighbourhood celebrations since the Jubilee street parties are being organised. It’s called The Great Get Together and everyone in Blackburn and Darwen can be a part of it.
The events are inviting people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common. It could be a street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.
The Great Get Together is inspired by MP Jo Cox, who was killed on June 16 last year. Jo worked to reject divisive politics and simply want to bring our communities together and celebrate all that unites us. This is our chance.
The events so far are:
Art initiative/event to include a giant canvas for service users and street neighbours to write and draw messages / symbols of hope and togetherness. Creative Support, 38 Wellington Street (St. John’s), Blackburn BB1 8AF. All day.
Sunday 18th June 2017
Family Shindig including fun fair rides, childrens games, live bands, bouncy castle. Romney Walk, Blackburn, BB1 1PP. 12-9.30pm (12-4pm Children’s games, 3pm onwards bouncy castle and face painting, 4-6pm open mic, 6-9.30pm Live bands)
Blacksnape Residents’ Group The Great Get Together Community Picnic. 3-6pm
The Pavillion, Blacksnape Playing Fields, Blacksnape Road, Hoddlesden, Darwen, BB3 3PN
Schools, colleges and further/higher education are also invited to take part in The Great Get Together
The Great Get Together is a brilliant reason to do something to encourage community cohesion and celebrate diversity. The education sector up and down the country are already planning their get together events and assemblies: in Jo’s home town of Batley in Yorkshire schools from different communities are coming together for a big sports day and picnic. Meanwhile hundreds of students in Birmingham will be holding assemblies followed by a picnic with students from the two schools, from a range of faiths and backgrounds.
Assembly resources (these include the short video about Jo and The Great Get Together) available to download for pre-school, primary, secondary and sixth-form as well as a teacher guidance document written by the PSHE Association.
Other events to ‘save the date’ for include: