Residents in the St Albans District are being urged to start planning for the Great Get Together – a weekend of street parties, picnics, bake-off contests and barbecues.
The fun event is intended to inspire all sectors of the community nationwide to celebrate what they have in common.
It takes place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June, and anyone who wants to organise a street party is advised to start doing so soon.
Dozens of local organisations are expected to become involved including residents’ associations, religious groups, youth clubs, charities and bands of friends and neighbours.
For practical advice on how to plan an event, organisers should check the website of St Albans City and District Council at: www.stalbans.gov.uk/eventsplanning.
This page offers information on what is involved including tips on health and safety rules, car parking and publicity.
There is a simple form to fill in that is used to alert any relevant agencies to the nature and size of the event.
Details are available on how to contact Hertfordshire County Council to request a road closure for a street party. They will need at least six weeks’ notice.
Other support to help with planning and paperwork can be found at the local branch of Our Street Party: http://ourstreetparty.org/stalbans/. It is an independent organisation that encourages communities to bond together.
The Great Get Together was set up to honour the memory of MP Jo Cox who was murdered as she walked to a constituency surgery in June last year.
Help for Heroes, Scouts, Guides, Amnesty International, the Women’s Institute and the Premier League are among the event’s supporters.
The Big Lunch, a similar national event launched in 2009, is teaming up with the Great Get Together this year. It will take place on the Saturday 17 June.
Councillor Beric Read, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism, said: “We are expecting that a lot of people will want to take part in the Great Get Together and are urging them to start making arrangements now.
“They will find lots of valuable information on the Council website with details about how to apply for a licence or permit if that is appropriate."
For more information on the Great Get Together, see: https://greatgettogether.org/
For more information on the Big Lunch, see: https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/thebiglunchhomepage
Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism for St Albans City and District Council.
Tel: 07956 220264. Email: Cllr.B.Read@stalbans.gov.uk
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council. Tel: 01727-296130