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PHOTO: Southwark Street
I went to two Great Get Togethers, the first with a social group in Holborn and the other at Bankside in Southwark. strong> The Great Get Together was designed to bring communities together in memory of a Labour MP, Jo Cox, who got slain by an extremist.
It was a baking hot all day and I had to slap on 50 SPF factor sunscream. I forgot my sunhat though.
In the first Gathering in Central London, we brought along some food to share including bones for any dogs that may come along, and had a picnic under the trees in Holborn. We played ‘multicultural frisby’ afterwards. We also met an OAP from Southwark and shared some doughnuts and talked about country walks.
Afterwards, we invited him to come along to the Bankside Street Party, which was another Great Big Gathering and listened to music, watched ‘multicultural maypole dancing’, the Surrey Docks Farm animals and went on a Crossbones Garden Tour. It was great to see just by a council estate, a Shetland pony, some sheep, goats and chickens. The kids loved them.
In the Red Cross Garden, near Southwark Street, a woman called Charmaine had made a cake in the Bake Off which looked just like the Red Cross garden, complete with pond. You can see the photo here:
Am now very knackered and very very hot so, although the Gathering was very good, it was nice to be back home! Look forward to some more Gatherings too.
PHOTO: An empty FAB packet.
We need to make change instead of just talking about it. So in memory of the Manchester victims I gave out free ice creams to random people in South London today, which was a very hot day. I gave out my favourite ones ie Fab and Solero.
These are the people who received them (and they all were very appreciative).
1) a window cleaner
2) a Co-op Funeralcare staff Member
3) Three builders sitting outside a pub, getting hot and bothered
4) And old man sitting all by himself
5) Two staff members at a Computer discount store
We need to end violence but we have to do this at grass roots level. Kindness goes along way. We need to engage in the community again. Hopefully this article will inspire others to do a random act of kindness.
NOTE: I paid for the ice-creams from my own money. I did not receive any freebies. You can get some good icecream deals from Tesco though.