FOUNDER INVITED TO THE PALACE

Founder of Cultivate Aberdeen invited to Buckingham Palace to launch the Jubilee Big lunch.

George Bellamy, the founder of Cultivate Aberdeen, attended an event at Buckingham Palace to start making plans for the Royal Jubilee celebrations in June.

The event, organised by Eden Project Communities, was an event attended by nine other seasoned organisers from all over the UK alongside broadcaster Mel Giedroyc.

This year, Her Majesty The Queen has made the UK’s annual The Big Lunch event an official part of her platinum celebrations. The annual event sees neighbours and communities come together to share food and fun. The project aims to bring people together to curb isolation and create a better-connected community.

Founded by George Bellamy in 2018, aiming to create more connected communities, Cultivate Aberdeen provides food-growing and sustainable practice education across Aberdeen with their maiden project being St Fitticks’ Edible Garden in Torry.

Asked to share tips on The Big Lunch events he has helped to organise in the past, Mr Bellamy said it was very exciting.

He said: “It’s a little bit surreal to be here, to be honest, but it’s been amazing meeting people from right across the UK who all play a part in connecting their communities. Everyone is amazing and truly inspirational”.

“There has been lots of smiles and lots of laughter and that’s what the lunch is all about. It’s about transcending barriers, sharing stories, and having impactful conversations no matter how small. The Big Lunch sums up everything we hope to achieve as a charity through a simple message of pull up a chair and share a meal.”

Mr Bellamy shared ideas with the other organisers at Buckingham Palace. They discussed how the fun event can help people connect and bring communities together through sharing food.

Actress, broadcaster and comedian, Mel Giedroyc kicked off the celebrations in Buckingham Palace Gardens.

She said she had received some “top tips” from the event: “It’s been a joy to share this special moment with these inspiring people here in the Buckingham Palace Gardens.

“The Big Jubilee Lunch is something that everyone can be part of, it’s about having fun and making connections – and I think we are all ready for a good old knees-up!

“Anyone anywhere can be part of The Big Jubilee Lunch, whether that’s a cuppa on your doorstep, a BBQ in your back yard or a full-blown street party – it’s easy to take part.”

Over 12 million Britons plan to mark 70 years of service by the Queen, with Big Jubilee Lunch street parties from June 2-5. For more information and to keep up-to-date, visit the website here.