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For a delicious lunch together.
We're looking forward to next year already.

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Our 3 paragraphs of fame in The Times

Simon Kenton is organising a Big Lunch in Wolvercote, three miles from Oxford, on the green outside the Plough pub. The 37-year-old, whose day job is at the Community Action Group Project in the county, is expecting 300 people to join him this afternoon.

“We flyered more than 1,000 houses,” he says. “We want to create a chance for people to meet their immediate neighbours, and we also want to mix up the different demographics in the area. It’s all about getting people to shop locally, as well as join groups such as allotment associations.” Planned events include face-painting and composting masterclasses, and there will be stalls selling home-grown food and elder- flower champagne.

Admittedly, not everyone wants to hang out with their neighbours every night: sharing a sausage roll and some local gossip may be enough. After all, there is a reason we British like our hedges and fences, and defend our boundaries ferociously. Still, the Big Lunch can be beneficial in the long term. “It’s a great way to find a reputable plumber, mechanic, painter or decorator,” Kenton says.

Welcome to
The Big Lunch page for Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8AH

Come down to the green outside The Plough public house on Sunday 19th July 2009 - 12 until 4 pm.

The Big Lunch is a chance to share a day with your neighbours, make new friends and share a yummy meal! The food, entertainment and decorations  will have been grown, cooked, or created by everyone attending and it’s a chance to find out more about local foods. 

Eat, drink and be merry - bring and share your lunch with the Wolvercote bunch!

Directions to our lunch are Here

What to do:

Bring a dish - homemade, home sourced, organic - delicious!
Bring a neighbour - that should be easy
Bring your favourite recipe and spare vegetables
Bring a smile and lots of energy!

You also need:

Something to sit on
Some things to eat with, eat off and drink from
In other words a blanket, cutlery, plates and cups
and a brolly - looks like showers but nay too bad.

Booked events:
The Oxford Play Bus
The Oxford Bread Group
The Wolvercote Farmers Market
Giant Bubbles
Children's Face Painting
Ye Olde Handmill - flour grinding demos
Composting Master Classes including a compost cutaway and the composting game
Mini beast hunting
Grow your own food (& in small spaces)

Make your own DIY wormery
Homemade, organic cider and elderflower champagne tasting with fine ales and wines available from the Plough

Live acoustic bands and please join in and bring your musical instrument

Free prize draw for anyone bringing something yummy:
2 tickets to the Eden Project
Vouchers for 2 tickets at the Oxford Playhouse (valid for a year, conditions apply)
Voucher for a meal for two at The Plough
Voucher for burgers and drinks for two at the Gardener's Arms on Plantation Road
Cheese and Wine platter from the Summertown Wine Café
Pottery class
Basket of home grown vegetables


Contact Simon Kenton via email with any questions about this year or planning for the 2010 event.

Don't worry, we've got:
Coverage in this week's Sunday Times supplement
Indemnity insurance
First aiders.
The OK from The Commoners Committee, our local Bobby and The Plough.
Cleaning up, including recycling bins supplied by Oxford City Council, sorted (but we would love love love your help)
Subpages (1): 2009 Photo Gallery