Big Lunch brings communities together

Volunteers from the Halifax bank at the Big Lunch event
Volunteers from the Halifax bank at the Big Lunch event
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The Halifax has been bringing neighbours and communities closer together as part of the Big Lunch initiative.

Held at the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, the focus of the event was to bring the local community together and take the first steps in making a difference in their local neighbourhoods.

The Halifax Bank Big Lunch at Square Chapel, Halifax.

The Halifax Bank Big Lunch at Square Chapel, Halifax.

The Big Lunch is a one day get-together for neighbours – an idea from the Eden Project, encouraging people across the UK to come together for a few hours of food, friendship and fun.

David Nicholson, Group Director of the Halifax Community Bank, based at Lloyds Banking Group’s Trinty Road complex in Halifax, said it was great to see so many people, from local organisations, groups and charities.

“The Halifax has its routes in the community starting off as a mortgage and savings bank.

“This event is aimed at giving something back to the community. Over 1,000 volunteers have been involved up and down the country and it’s great that we can showcase some local talent performing.

The Halifax Bank Big Lunch at Square Chapel, Halifax.

The Halifax Bank Big Lunch at Square Chapel, Halifax.

“There has been a range of groups here and its good to get to know the people and great to see them at the event.

“It’s the first time we have been involved with Big Lunch event and we wanted to do it so we could celebrate the work with the community and help improve where we live in Halifax.”

Along with food and drink, entertainment was on throughout the day including face painting and live singing.

The Halifax offered 7,500 Big Lunch Boxes - party packs to help add value to a Big Lunch event - on a first come first served basis to those who registered to hold a Big Lunch in 2013 and all of these were snapped up.

The long-term ambition is that The Big Lunch becomes part of the UK annual calendar, a ‘thanksgiving day’ for neighbours and isn’t just about one day but what happens before and after the event as much as at the Lunch itself.

“The Eden Project started The Big Lunch in 2009 in the belief that we’re better equipped to tackle the challenges we face when we face them together.”