THEY were lucky with the
sunshine when St John the Evangelist, Brownswood Park, in the
London suburb of Finsbury Park, hosted a Big
Lunch. It was organised in co-operation with Transition Finsbury
Park, an organisation dedicated to sustainable food locally
produced wherever possible, conscious of the world's finite supply
of oil and other fossil fuels.
The event was partly funded
by the Lottery as a community initiative. Surplus food was obtained
from local shops; people were asked to bring anything they had in
their fridge that could be added to the meal; and it was all
prepared and cooked by volunteers using the church and vicarage
kitchens. Thanks to the good weather, the "delicious food" was
eaten outside, where there was also music, a bicycle workshop, and
activities for the children.
Jo Homan, from Transition
Finsbury Park, said that everybody had "mucked in" to help. "We had
old and young, black and white: every kind of mix going on. On top
of that, everyone was saying how lovely it was to meet new people,
because their paths wouldn't normally cross."
The Vicar of St John's, the Revd Daniel Sandham, said: "In a
community as diverse as you will find in north London, it's an
inspiration to see people working, eating, and socialising