PENARTH residents have been encouraged to get to know their neighbours by holding a 'Big Lunch'.

Organisers of the UK’s largest annual get-together for neighbours are inviting people from Penarth to join the thousands of communities taking part in The Big Lunch on Sunday, June 1.

The Big Lunch is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and partnered by Halifax, ASDA and StreetClub by B&Q.

Now in its sixth year, the idea from the Eden Project aims to provide neighbours with an opportunity to get to know one another better by hosting or taking part in an event where everybody eats together.

Anyone who wants to get involved is reminded Big Lunches can be big or small and they don’t need to cost much because everyone brings something to the table, with people being the key ingredient.

In 2013, more than 3.65 million people took part in Big Lunches across the UK, including thousands from Wales.

Sir Tim Smit KBE, Founding Director, Eden Project and co-Founder The Big Lunch said:

“We wanted to create the excuse for each of us to get over the shyness of knocking on a neighbour’s door for a street party and it seems The Big Lunch is exactly what millions of people in thousands of communities have been waiting for.

“The genius of The Big Lunch lies in all those wonderful people who go out and make it their event, each one is different but they share the same instinct to make our neighbourhoods friendlier to live in. Every time I hear about the clubs, activities and projects ‘Big Lunchers’ engage in after getting to know each other, I become ever more committed to making The Big Lunch bigger than ever.

“So why not join in and show the rest of the UK just how friendly communities in Wales are? ?

Request your free pack from and join the millions of UK neighbours sitting down to lunch together in their communities on Sunday, June 1, 2014.”

For anyone interested in getting involved this June, free packs, including invitations and posters, seeds, bunting templates and an inspirational booklet, are now available from