Saturday 17th June marks the day Anthologywill be hosting its second Big Lunch in Hoxton from 12 noon to 4pm in a bid to bring the local neighbourhood together and add a further sense of community to the London Borough.
Anthology, London-based property developer, along with Hackney Council, Wates and Higgins, will be hosting a Big Lunch at Shoreditch Park close to their Hoxton Press development.
The Big Lunch will enable the local community to come together for food and entertainment whilst getting to know their neighbours to boost community spirit. Representatives from Anthology will be present on the day locals to meet and ask questions about the development which forms part of the regeneration of the Colville Estate.
The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual get-together to encourage stronger relationships amongst neighbours. The idea from the Eden Project, made possible by The Big Lottery Fund, is the perfect event for getting to know your neighbours and aiding the build of stronger neighbourhoods.
As part of the Big Lunch in Hoxton, local residents will be able to enjoy a feast of street food whilst being entertained by live music, participating in relay races, origami making and face painting as well as partaking in great giveaways. Community residents are also encouraged to bring their own picnics and games to enjoy along with the many activities available.
Anthology felt the benefits of hosting the Big Lunch last year, and they are not the only ones as The Eden Project found that 74% of people who hosted a Big Lunch felt an increased sense of community.
David Newey, Project Director for Anthology Hoxton Press, said: “We are thrilled to be back at Shoreditch Park hosting another Big Lunch and we are looking forward to getting to know any residents new to the area as well as seeing some familiar faces from last year. We hope to explore ideas with the community as to how we can become more active within the area. The Big Lunch will also provide an opportunity for the neighbourhood to learn more about our Hoxton Press development and Anthology.”
After finding that 94% of people believe that attending The Big Lunch will have a positive impact on their neighbourhood, multiple communities, nationwide are expected to participate between 16-18 June. It has been found that 1 in 10 people have admitted to feeling too shy or scared to start up a conversation with their neighbours and Anthology hopes this event will break down those barriers to help build stronger bonds with neighbours.
 Survey commissioned by Eden Project with 3000 adults surveyed
Anthology saw its two sites under development in Deptford and Hoxton get a makeover when on-site construction workers switched their usual attire for some particularly eye-catching pink high visibility vests, as part of the ‘Wear it Pink’ initiative