The Great Get Together: 17-18 June

A national event called “The Great Get Together” will be taking place on the weekend of 17-18 June this year. The event is being organised by the family and friends of Jo Cox MP and coincides with the anniversary of Jo’s death.

The Great Get Together hopes to be a national moment of unity with people and communities coming together to share food in barbecues, bake-offs, street parties and more. It is completely non-partisan and open to all.

The Great Get Together already has the support of a growing coalition of organisations including The Big Lunch (the event coincides with the Big Lunch weekend), The Women’s Institute, Girlguiding, The Scouts, The Premier League, The Royal British Legion, The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi and other faith representatives.

There are four key ways your organisation can get involved:
– Add your name to the list of supporters and save the 17-18 June weekend in your organisational calendars
– Let your members or supporters know about the Get Together
– Share the event launch on social media
– Join the Get Together team.

For details of how to do these and much more please download the Great Get Together flyer.

Are you interested in holding a street party? Reading Borough Council has announced that neighbourhoods can get a free street closure the weekend of 17-18 June or 1-2 July 2017. Most streets that are not main roads or on bus routes are eligible to apply. You can download an application form here: Street Party Application Pack for Big Lunch (Microsoft Word) or Street Party Application Pack for Big Lunch (PDF).

Please return your completed form by email to or by post to Street Parties, Communications Department, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU. The deadline for applications is Monday 1 May.

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