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Picnic Time on the Meadow

The Great Get Together picnic is being held on the Town Meadow in Gillingham on Sunday 24th June from 12 noon. Nationally, The Great Get Together encourages communities to hold an event to spend some time together and emphasise that we have more in common than the things which divide us.

The momentum has come from the approach of Jo Cox, MP for Birstall, who was murdered in June 2016. The weekend of 22nd – 24th June has been chosen for this year’s Great Get Together and is when she would have celebrated her 44th birthday.

The Great Get Together Picnic in Gillingham will be free, and it will be accessible for everyone. There will be marquees and gazebos to help us shelter from the weather, chairs and tables will be set out for those who would prefer not to sit on the ground for their picnic.

People are encouraged to bring their own picnic and their own mug if they would like tea or coffee. The Scouts will be brewing up and cooking a barbecue. Flags will be available so that if you have space for another person at your picnic spot you can plant the flag to let others know they would be welcome to join you. There is plenty of space for football, rounders and other games, or running around.

There will be activities for children such as the RiverKidz Jungle Bounce, and face painting. A skittle alley will be available, buskers are welcome.

We have encountered much goodwill and generosity amongst groups and  individuals in the town, with several offers of free loans and donations for the day. It will be a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon celebrating being together. Come down to the Town Meadow and enjoy the afternoon, either on your own, as there will be plenty of friends waiting for you, or with family and neighbours.

We still need help if you have time, skill or ideas. Please contact Mandy on 07876 298695 . We will also need help setting up and taking down tents, tables and chairs. Volunteer face painters please get in touch! Musicians give us a shout.

Any financial donations towards the cost of the day will be appreciated.

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