Residents across Hammersmith & Fulham will come together later this month for an event to celebrate what we share in common.
Local groups and communities will unite on the weekend of 17 and 18 June, as part of The Great Together, which is being held in memory of the late Jo Cox MP and marks the anniversary of her death.
The Big Lunch and the Jo Cox Foundation joined forces to create The Great Get Together, inviting people to come together with friends, neighbours, and others they don’t yet know for street parties, picnics, barbecues, and bake-off competitions. Celebrations will take place across H&F a week after Unity Day in Ravenscourt Park on Sunday 11 June - a celebration of our diversity and everything we have in common.
Fun, food and friendship
The local activities kick off on Sunday 11 June with a Big Lunch event at the Twynholm Baptist Church in Bayonne Road, Fulham, from 1pm to 4pm.
Come along and enjoy live music, crafts, food, drinks and for the younger party-goers, face-painting, a bouncy castle and sports.
Kenny Rogan, Assistant Pastor of Twynholm Baptist Church, said: “At Twynholm we love Fulham and believe we have Good News to share with it, so we love this chance to have fun and get to know other residents through the Big Lunch. It’s great to see so many different people, enjoying good food, activities and making new friends.”
On Friday 16 June, local estate agents Horton and Garton opens the doors of its office at 176 King Street for the Great Get Together, with delicious cakes, bakes and biscuits with money raised going to the Jo Cox Foundation. Donations will also be collected for The Hub @ 75 food bank in Shepherds Bush.
“These events happening across our borough are an important statement to residents that we are indeed united, here in west London but also throughout our United Kingdom,” said John Horton, Director of Horton and Garton Estate Agency on King Street.
“The sum of our similarities is so much greater than the sum of our differences. So if you're walking down King Street on Friday 16 June, pop in and buy one of our delicious cakes to help us support these wonderful charities.”
On Sunday 18 June, the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA) is holding a family-friendly picnic in Loris Community Gardens, with guests welcome.
The event will involve a clown, face-painting, tasty food and refreshments including Pimms for the adults
“We’ve not held an event in Loris Gardens for a long time and it’s also good to get the neighbours together,” said Cathy Maund, chair of the HCGA.
“We need to show that we are strong communities and members of a good local community – that’s still very important.”
On the same Sunday, the Westcroft Square Residents’ Association is hosting a residents’ party in the square, with food, drink a barbecue and lots of fun.
The Big Lunch and the Jo Cox Foundation joined forces to create The Great Get Together, inviting people to come together with friends, neighbours, and others they don’t yet know for street parties, picnics, barbecues, and bake-off competitions.
It follows the first anniversary of Jo Cox’s murder on 16 June last year.
The Great Get Together is expected to be the biggest event of its kind since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the weekend will be an opportunity to celebrate all that Britain’s diverse communities hold in common.
Visit the Great Get Together website to sign up to host a Great Get Together event, or find out what is happening in your area.
You can find guidance on holding street parties on the H&F website.