Mary from Millisle, a village on the beautiful Ards peninsula in County Down, describes how the groups in the village pooled their resources for their Big Jubilee Lunch.
“Millisle Community Association heard about The Big Jubilee Lunch just as we were starting to plan for this special occasion. We approached other organisations in the village to come together to organise events over the long weekend and so MILLISLE DIAMOND JUBILEE FORUM was born; organising events to suit all ages and tastes – a first for Millisle.
We opted for a picnic on the green as it would be too hard to cater ahead for unknown numbers and we didn’t want to have to turn people away.
Millisle is partly a holiday village with several caravan sites so we invited both visitors and locals. There was a lot to do with bouncy castles, traditional games, a disco and fancy dress before competition winners were formally announced. Our guest ‘Smurf and Tigger’ were a big hit with the kids and the safe environment meant families could relax, mingle, have fun and share their picnics. It’s certainly something we hope to do again.
Pulling together as we did made our memories even more special. The local primary school, football club, youth forum, Royal British Legion, Millisle Loyal Orange Lodge, pubs, churches and of course our community association helped bring everyone together and the community spirit bubbled as we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee and Millisle.
People do complain there is nothing to do, but this showed everyone that with very little cost or effort all ages can have fun together – it just needs support from the community and a few people coming up with ideas. My top tips are unite to share the load and make it special, and organise things like competitionsto increase awareness.
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