Thursday, 23 July 2009

Media coverage: Big Lunch Marguerite Drive Promotes Fairtrade

The above article featured in the Essex Enquirer Thursday 23 July 2009. Members of Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive & Pall Mall had fun as part of the Eden Projects Big Lunch that took part on Sunday 19th July 2009. Fairtrade samples were given out courtesy of The Co-operative. Thanks for your support.

The Evening Echo also wrote up a fantastic piece on the Big Lunch with Fairtrade products in Leigh. Thank you Evening Echo. See the articel here

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Press Release: Leigh-on-Sea join with 2 Millon Others for Big Lunch Success

Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC), Marguerite Drive & Pall Mall, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex took part in the Eden Projects Big Lunch on 19th July from 12.30pm. Over 2 million people are expected to close their streets and share lunch with their neighbours. A great idea to turn streets back into neighbourhoods.

So we are LRBC, Marguerite Drive and Pall Mall in Leigh-on-Sea joined in and had fun with good food, live music from Dan Gracie of Lazarus Rose, Fairtrade Goodies & Stall provided by The Co-operative and Giant Mural Painting for anyone who felt like getting messy. Of course there was plenty of bunting to attract attention. A spot of rain for about 5 mins couldn't dampen our spirits either.

About the Big Lunch
Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive and Pall Mall in Leigh-on-Sea, made the of most of the hot weather and brought our neighbourhood together, by hosting a day to celebrate people, community and Fairtrade food at Big Lunch garden Party this past Sunday afternoon in the Leigh Road Baptist Church Garden. It was one of many street parties across the UK on Sunday 19 July. And we believe 7 in Southend-on-Sea.

The Big Lunch is the idea of the Eden Project and is a bring-your-own, open-air party giving everyone a chance to get to know their neighbours, share food and have fun. As Britain celebrates its local communities, making Fairtrade part of the Big Lunch is also a way of helping communities across the world and empowering farmers in developing countries to create their own brighter, more sustainable future through a better trade deal. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to pass the Fairtrade habit on to. As Leigh-on-Sea and Southend Borough are committed to achieving official Fairtrade Status for our Town and Borough the Big Lunch was a great opportunity to further and enjoy the cause -

An Eden Project initiative with millions of events planned around the country, The Big Lunch is designed to bring about Human Warming – the glow that comes from simple acts of sharing and celebrating what it is to be human.

One of the local organisers from LRBC on Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, David Elcock said: ‘Leigh Road Baptist Church and our surrounding streets are supporting the Big Lunch because we share the belief that ordinary people and ordinary acts do bring about positive change. By organising a simple street lunch, our streets will become more like neighbourhoods where local people love to belong and support each other. It was great to see so many people sitting down and sharing a meal together.’

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