Oh help, oh no, it's a Gruffalo!

A special Gruffalo-themed party helped to launch this year’s Big Lunch at Stockbridge Library.

Opened by Councillor Richard Lewis, the City of Edinburgh Council’s Convener for Culture and Sport, toddlers were treated to a Bookbug session, which involved listening to the Julia Donaldson story and songs, rhymes and party treats.

The Big Lunch – the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours - is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and partnered by Halifax and ASDA. Now in its seventh year, the simple idea from the Eden Project aims to provide neighbours with an opportunity to get to know one another better. The Big Lunch happens on the first Sunday in June each year – Sunday 7 June 2015.

This year, The Gruffalo is The Big Lunch’s animated ambassador and The Big Lunch in Scotland has partnered with the Scottish Book Trust and Bookbug to help encourage more Scottish communities to take part.

Councillor Richard Lewis said: “We wanted to tie in with The Big Lunch this year as there is a shared community ethos between the campaign and the work we do in our libraries. Libraries are a community hub and an important local resource. We know that Bookbug sessions are popular with young families across the city. This is especially important as being a new parent can be an isolating time and having additional support within the community can really help.

“Initiatives like The Big Lunch are encouraging people to break the ice with their neighbours in a fun and easy way. We’ve loved supporting the campaign and hope to hear of lots of lunching going on in Edinburgh this June on Big Lunch day!”

Access photos from the event on the Flickr website here

Edinburgh neighbours are being encouraged to host Big Lunch events to help build community spirit and connect with those they live beside.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved can get started by requesting a free Big Lunch pack from www.thebiglunch.com. Packs contain invitations and posters to adapt for your community, Gruffalo stickers as well as seeds, recipes and activity ideas.

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