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Carlisle community picnic aims to build friendships

Hundreds are due to enjoy a community picnic in Carlisle as part of plans to bring residents together.

It is the second time the project has been organised in Denton Holme, with members of St James Church, Cornerstone and the Glenmore Trust running the event to bring the community together.

Matt Webster, Cornerstone manager, said it was a “fantastic” way for people to get to know one another better and build real community relations.

“We have seen in recent years a number of new people move into the Denton Holme area, yet there remains a core who have lived here for many years,” he said. “It will give people the opportunity to mix and chat with each other and meet new people.”

Around 200 people took part in last year’s event, organised as part of the national Big Lunch project which aims to bring neighbours face to face.

People are asked to bring along their own picnics to next month’s event and free family entertainment will be laid on with craft activities, face painting, ball games and children’s entertainers.

People are invited to bring along acoustic instruments to take part in a Big Jam music event and pupils from Robert Ferguson Primary School are designing artwork.

Matt said last year’s event had been great and really brought the community together.

“People had such a great time, mingling and getting to know each other better,” he said.

“It was a scorching hot day which helped and we can only hope for the same this year. We're hoping to build on the success of last year. Everyone we spoke to said they'd had a great time.”

Cath Arabi, a social inclusion officer with the Glenmore Trust, said everyone enjoyed last year’s event.

The picnic will be in St James' Park from noon to 4pm on Sunday June 1.

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