Big Lunch proves a big success in Chipping Sodbury

Big Lunch proves a big success in Chipping Sodbury

Razzamataz performed at the Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch

Sodbury mayor Cllr Wendy Whittle with fancy dress competition winner Paige Kavanagh, 7, and compere James Murden

Bristol Samba Band at Chipping Sodbury's Big Lunch

Members of the Military Vehicle Trust at the Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch

Broad Street during the Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch on Sunday

Sarah Todd and Alexandra Womack from the Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch organising committee

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

A COMMUNITY came together on Sunday under sunny skies for the third annual Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch.

Families picnicked in Broad Street amid an afternoon of 1940s themed free entertainment including vocal harmony trio The Cat’s Pyjamas, who performed classic songs by Ella Fitzgerald and the Puppini Sisters.

Throughout the day, organised as part of the national Big Lunch initiative, organisers estimate more than 3,500 people shared lunch and drinks in the medieval High Street.

More than 300 people visited a one-off exhibition, staged by Jim Elsworth and Sodbury and District Historical Society of the American Signal company stationed in Chipping Sodbury during World War Two. Former history teacher Ann Murray, who runs her own cookery school in the town, served up recipes made from rationed food during the period.

Local groups Razzamataz, REDDs and Sodbury Players performed songs and dances whilst Alfredo the Clown entertained youngsters and pupils from Chipping Sodbury School retold residents’ wartime memories.

Sodbury mayor Cllr Wendy Whittle judged a children’s fancy dress competition and Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb chose the winners of a miniature garden competition.

Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch committee chairman Alexandra Womack said: “None of our committee could believe our luck with the fantastic weather on Sunday and we were thrilled with the number of people who came along and enjoyed this free, community event.

“We have been overwhelmed with positive feedback and everyone seemed to have a great time on the day.”

She added: “Our Big Lunch stemmed from the Diamond Jubilee and has become a popular addition to the Chipping Sodbury calendar.

“The 1940s theme this year seemed to go down well and attracted more elderly people, which we were really pleased about, and many said it reminded them of traditional street parties they used to hold themselves.”

A raffle to cover costs raised more than £500 and the event was also supported by Chipping Sodbury Town Lands’ Charity, Waitrose and Dodington Parish Council.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped with our Big Lunch whether it was giving up their time for free or donating a raffle prize,” said Alexandra.

“We couldn’t do it without the help of the community and thanks to their support, we look forward to our next Big Lunch in 2015.”

Pictures courtesy of Rich McD Photography - for the full gallery visit http://www.mysodbury.co.uk/sodbury/whats_on/big_lunch_gallery

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree