Thursday, April 18, 2024

Big Lunch’s heritage plan

ORGANISERS are hopeful July’s warm and dry weather continues next week as the fifth Big Lunch is being held in Grays Town Park.

And this year’s event – between 11am and 3pm on Wednesday (24 July) – is a little bit different.

Thurrock Council’s community development team has secured a Sharing Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help secure people’s memories of the area and The Big Lunch will be the first of two opportunities for this to happen.

There will be performers in Edwardian dress with heritage postcards interacting with the visitors to the event and asking them to write down their memories of the park.

These will be collected in the heritage marquee and later collated after the second event in November. The aim is to use the information to form the basis for a full lottery bid to do major improvements in the park.

The Big Lunch is an opportunity for local people to get together, have a picnic, meet their neighbours and have some fun.

Plenty of free activities will be at the park along with crafts, information stalls and fun and games for all the family.

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Grays Town Park can embark on a real journey of discovery.

“Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”


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