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Council Supports Great Get Together

15th June 2017
News, Mansfield

Mansfield District Council is encouraging people to get involved in this weekend's Great Get Together event which aims to bring communities together a year after the murder of MP Jo Cox.

More than 100,000 picnics, parties, barbecues, football games, bake-offs, coffee mornings, afternoon teas and many other get-togethers are being held all over the country from Friday 16 June to Sunday 18 June.

The initiative was set up by Brendan Cox, the husband of Jo Cox, who was stabbed to death on 16 June by an extreme right terrorist during last year's EU Referendum campaign. He and her friends and family believe there is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want to bring communities together and celebrate all that unites us. 

Backing the project, Kate Allsop, Executive Mayor of Mansfield, said: "This is our chance to show terrorists that we are a better, more caring and more united country than they would like us to be.

"The weather is looking good so why not call up some friends, make a picnic and head down to one of Mansfield's fabulous award-winning parks and nature reserves and enjoy spending time with friends, neighbours and family. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together." 

The aim is to achieve biggest number of neighbourhood celebrations since the Queen's Jubilee street parties.
  
More than 100 organisations are now supporting The Great Get-Together, including Action for Children, Amnesty International, the British Red Cross and various other charities, sporting and cultural organisations, the CBI, unions, and churches.

Among its collaborators is The Big Lunch, an annual event set up by Cornwall's Eden Project in 2009 which aims to tackle widespread social loneliness by encouraging people to organise communal meals – whether full-scale street parties or tea and cake with neighbours in the back garden. 

Celebrities have also thrown their weight behind the project and its well known supporters include chef Jamie Oliver, comedians Eddie Izzard and Stephen Fry, tennis star Andy Murray, singer Ed Sheeran, actress Helen Mirren and boxer David Haye.

Participants are encouraged to register their event and find our more on The Great Get Together website at https://www.greatgettogether.org.


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