Mel Giedroyc has described a group of organizers of the Big Jubilee Lunch ahead of the nationwide event to mark the Queen’s Platinum celebrations as “bold, positive and life-affirming”.
The 53-year-old comedian and broadcaster was joined by 10 community organizers from across the UK for an event in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
The group sat around a folding table and exchanged ideas on how to feed local communities on a budget, play games in large groups and how best to decorate their streets.
First held in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee, the Big Jubilee Lunch brings people across the country together to eat, drink and chat.
This year it will take place between Thursday 2nd June and Sunday 5th June, after the Queen made the initiative an official part of her platinum celebrations.
After lunch, Giedroyc told the PA news agency: “These are people who are absolutely the rocks and pillars of our communities.
“I caused a bit of a stir because nowadays it’s so easy to just think the world is a really bad place.
“We’re all on our news feeds all the time and there’s just this horrible stuff coming through, whether it’s related to Covid or Ukraine or whatever.
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“And actually, it’s really nice to take a few hours out in the morning to be around people like that.
“They’re brave, they’re positive, they’re life-affirming and they’re doing these amazing things in their community – and we celebrate that.
“I felt very honored to have been invited to be there with them. It was funny. The bants (banter) were very strong at the table.”
Former Great British Bake Off co-host Giedroyc, who also attended the 2012 event at The Mall in London, said she felt “we need each other at the moment”.
She added, “Celebrating community and living together with those around us is a really, really important thing.”
The group included Imtiaz Ali, in his 40s, who has lived all his life on the same street in Stoke Newington, north-east London, and has been organizing events since the Big Lunch program began in 2009.
Also present was Nureen Glaves, 37, from Shepherd’s Bush, west London, who runs Feed Me Good, a start-up community organization that helps people shop cheap, cook and eat well.
She is planning two Big Jubilee Lunches over the course of the anniversary week.
Croydon resident Sylvia Wachuku-King, 72, held her first big luncheon at her local church in 2018 and also leads a community initiative aimed at tackling health inequalities.
Other participants traveled from Northampton, Aberdeen, Fermanagh and Penzance.
Peter Stewart, Executive Director of the Big Lunch said: “The Big Lunch has been bringing neighbors and communities together on the first weekend of June for over a decade and what a very special 2022 is going to be.
“We know that good things come when people come together and that’s why we want to invite everyone everywhere to join in – that’s what makes the Big Jubilee Lunch big.
“Only two months until a once in a lifetime event, now it’s time to gather your neighbors, get going and prepare to celebrate this historic moment together.”
The Duchess of Cornwall has been patron of the Big Lunch since 2012.
More information and a complimentary Big Jubilee Lunch Planning Pack are available at Website.
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