Communities join together at picnic

Chloe Waters, from Blyth, winner of the bug hunt competition, and Aileen Barrass from Homes for Homes for Northumberland.
Chloe Waters, from Blyth, winner of the bug hunt competition, and Aileen Barrass from Homes for Homes for Northumberland.
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A PICNIC has been held in Blyth as part of a national campaign to bring local communities together.

The Big Picnic, at the Briardale Community Centre, was organised by Homes for Northumberland as part of the Eden Project’s Big Lunch campaign, which aims to get as many people as possible from across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours on one day.

Residents enjoyed picnics and a variety of fun activities on the day, including competitions, bug hunts, badminton and crafts.

Two lucky raffle winners also picked up a £20 voucher and a cake, which were donated by Cafe Sambucca in Blyth.

Ray Boycott, managing director at Homes for Northumberland, said: “Homes for Northumberland is committed to going the extra mile for its tenants and we organised this event as a way of bringing together the local community in a fun setting.

“It gave people the chance to meet their neighbours and get to know a little more about the community they live in.

“We are delighted so many people came along to enjoy the day.”

Homes for Northumberland also worked alongside a number of partners, including the Marine Support and Training Service and Northumberland Wildlife Trust, to offer residents information on local volunteering opportunities as part of the event.

Mr Boycott added: “Volunteering is a good way of developing new skills, meeting new people, gaining experience and enhancing your employment prospects.

“This was a great chance for local people to find out about the opportunities available to them.”