BIG LUNCH OR ROYAL LUNCH – THE TOUGH CHOICE FOR PENARTH TODAY

The sun comes out and the Big Lunch gets under way at Plassey Square after the rain.

The sun comes out and the Big Lunch gets under way at Plassey Square after the rain.

There was a choice of alfresco lunch venues in Penarth today as the sun came out and the morning showers died away.

In Plassey Square, Penarth  local families and children gathered  together for “The Big Lunch ” – a  Eden Project aimed at  getting as  many people as possible to have a communal lunch with their neighbours have lunch in what’s described as “a simple act of community, friendship and fun”.

Groups of familuies and friends were settling down for a picnic in the sunshire on the Recreation Field at Plassey Square

Groups of families and friends were settling down for  picnics in the sunshine on the Plassey Square Recreation Field

The Eden Project is “about bringing the community together to share a public open space”. United Housing and Penarth Heights developers Crest Nicholson have helped fund the event which has been organised in association with Cogan Football Club and Tabernacle Church .

Parents say they have to keep a careful eye on youngsters on the green at Plassey Square as there are no barriers or gates to stop them running out into the road as there are in many parks in Barry. It’s hoped the Vale Council will improve the facilities under the new North Penarth scheme .

Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of communities. In 2015, 7,290,000 people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the seventh annual Big Lunch. Depending on the weather the organisers are hop-ing for an even bigger turn out this year

Penarth Marina Residents Association gathered for a royal Patron's Lunch this afternoon

Penarth Marina Residents Association gathered for a royal Patron’s Lunch this afternoon

The Big Lunch is  not to be confused with the royal “Patron’s Lunch” aimed at celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Union Jacks and bunting was the order of the day at Penarth Marina Residents Royal Lunch to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday

Union Jacks and bunting was the order of the day at Penarth Marina Residents Royal Lunch to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday

This was  being celebrated this afternoon by Penarth Marina Residents Association in their local square – the scene of other local community events such as the annual Christmas carol service.

It was another occasion for a neighbourly get together and the rain held off to make it a meal to remember.

 

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5 Responses to BIG LUNCH OR ROYAL LUNCH – THE TOUGH CHOICE FOR PENARTH TODAY

  1. Roger Taylor says:

    I’m going up later for the lighting of our beacon. Oh! Wait a minute! I forgot! The powers that be have still not got around to replacing our beacon. Why is this beyond our politicians?

  2. David Moorcraft says:

    Roger, I guess the Brazier may come under Penarth Council’s remit , but in any case thinking of possible low railings around Plassey Square Green to protect children, our local politicians seem to frequently do what we DON’T want or need them to do , and DO perversely what we don’t want.
    Felled trees, useless Observation Platform , Loopy Paths, Unwanted Skate Parks anyone ?

    As a lifetime Labour Voter , I’m free to cite the old chip against Labour which seems to be more apposite:-
    ” WE know what you want, and we’re going to make sure you get it”

  3. Zoe says:

    The event was organised by local residents. Tabernacle church, Inter Penarth U11s, and Friends of Belle Vie all lent us equipment for use on the day.

  4. pompousfruit says:

    The Big Lunch event there doesn’t look very friendly there with just family groups under gazebos. Cardiff Transition organized one in Bute Park with shared dishes of food and groundsheets and picnic blankets joined together.

    • HF says:

      The photos shown in the article were at the very start of the event before families turned up. The people in the gazebos were voluteers doing face painting, bracelet making, tattoos etc. It’s was a very successful day with lots of families joining together but the photographer had obviously gone by the time people started arriving.

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