The 2015 Big Lunch will be happening at our lovely Church Lane Community Garden on Sunday June 7th. It’s a communal, yearly event which has been taking place on the first Sunday of June since 2009. It’s based on a simple formula: sharing food and drink with other people from your local community, getting to know folk that you wouldn’t normally meet, enjoying their company. The Big Lunch has fast become a UK-wide modern tradition, so join us this year and bring along family, friends, and one of your favourite dishes to the feast.There will be 2 BBQs going, one veggie, one meat. Tea, coffee and some soft drinks will be provided. As usual, we want to make this a Zero Waste event, which means avoiding disposable paper plates and cups – so please help us by bringing your own crockery.
Tickets are now available for the Big Lunch raffle from our Saturday Produce Stall next to Matalan, as well as on the day. Raffle prizes: as usual, all with a growing/eating theme, featuring meal vouchers from The Star of India and All You Read is Love, a local/organic veg basket brimming over with Community Garden and OrganicLea goodies, store vouchers, a Zaytoun hamper and more.
Don’t forget to bring your children: we’ve devised a fun nature quiz for them. And if you play an instrument, why not bring it along so that we can have an impromptu jam after lunch?
If you want to acquire a plant or two, our plant stall will be open, alongside our Transition information stall, showcasing other sustainability groups in the community as well as own.
And finally, we invite you to join us for our outdoor Annual General Meeting, to hear about what we’ve been up to over the past year, and to offer your own ideas for activities, workshops and events for the coming 12 months. It’s fun to get involved and you’ll make new friends!
Church Lane Community Garden is on Harold Road, near Leytonstone tube, next to the children’s playground and the bridge over the Central Line. You WILL find it!
The timetable for the Big Lunch is as follows:
12-2pm : Lunch/Picnic
2-4pm : Stalls/Activities/Raffle
4-5pm : our AGM
The Best Before Project
Have any of you recently walked past the former police station in Kirkdale Road? Having undergone a total renaissance in purpose, it is now home to a collaborative effort by Best Before Project and Forest Recycling Project (FRP), helping Leytonstone people to fight food waste. On the ground floor, where duty policemen used to deal with anything from ASBOs to armed attacks, there are shelves and tables groaning with all manner of dry goods past their ‘Best Before’ date. There’s a constantly changing panorama of goods donated by local businesses, as more and more of them hear about the project. From Polish pickles to catering size jars of Thai Red Curry sauce, the world is our oyster!
For those concerned about the legality of the project, a distinction needs to be drawn between ‘Best Before’ and ‘Use By’. While it is perfectly legal to sell food products after the ‘Best Before’ date, it is prohibited to sell food after the ‘Use By’ date. Despite this distinction which relates in the first instance to food quality, and in the second to Health & Safety, all stores prefer to replace unsold ‘Best Before’ items with newer stock. This is where the Best Before Project comes in: not a shop and not quite a food bank. Food bank users will however find it useful and affordable, as there is no pricing whatsoever – the customer alone decides what to donate.
So please, pop along to The Best Before Project to have a look – I can guarantee that you won’t be leaving empty-handed. At the moment it is open 3 days a week, but if more volunteer helpers come forward, this could double. So do consider sparing an hour or two – you can kill two birds with one stone and pick up some of your shopping at the same time! See their Facebook Page.
Best Before Project, Waltham House, Kirkdale Road, E11 1HP
Open: 12-7pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays