Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, today pledged his support for The Big Lunch, the UK’s annual event to celebrate and give thanks to our neighbours and communities.

The Big Lunch will start on the 5th of June and continue throughout the Month of Community. It is initiative from the Eden Project, and each year brings millions of people together to make new connections and share friendships across all faiths, ages, ethnicities and background. It’s backed by the National Lottery and supported by Iceland and The Food Warehouse.

This year, the Big Lunch is making it even easier for residents to join in, by teaming up with good causes across the UK to make the event a movable feast. Tips on how to hold a socially safe Big Lunch can be found on the Big Lunch website.

Andrew Gwynne said: 

The Big Lunch is a fantastic initiative, and I am thrilled that it is returning this year in a safe and accessible way.


Over the last year we have witnessed first-hand the importance of community and friendship. The Big Lunch raises £8 Million annually for local causes, and I can’t think of a better way of celebrating community than by taking part.


That’s why I’m urging residents across Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons to take part in whatever way they can. When we connect, we can make a real difference to each other’s lives.

Peter Stewart MVO, Executive Director of the Eden Project said: 

We’ve spent a long time apart and that’s been tough for everyone, so from 5 June this year, the Big Lunch will kick off a moveable feast of opportunities for people to meet, chat and have fun together as part of the Month of Community.


The idea is simple, if people can spend time together, they start taking, and we see stronger, friendlier communities emerging in which people start to share things, from conversation and ideas to skills and resources.


On average six million people take part in the Big Lunch each year and most say they feel closer to their neighbours as a result, with more than two thirds planning to hold events in their community afterwards, proving it is not just about one day, it’s about what happens before and after the event too.’

For further information or to request your free Big Lunch pack containing advice on how to hold a Big Lunch safely, invitations, posters and other materials to help organise your event, visit the website

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