Shepherd's Bush Woman Attends Buckingham Palace Big Lunch

Nureen Glaves helping plan festivities for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Nureen and Mel Giedroyc in the gardens of Buckingham Palace
Nureen and Mel Giedroyc in the gardens of Buckingham Palace

Nureen Glaves, from Shepherd’s Bush, joined Mel Giedroyc to get the Royal Jubilee party planning started at a special Big Jubilee Lunch event in Her Majesty The Queen’s Buckingham Palace Garden. Seasoned organiser, Nureen, shared tips as people across the UK start planning their own Big Jubilee Lunch celebrations from 2-5 June.

In a few weeks’ time, neighbours around the UK will be coming together to mark The Queen’s 70-year reign with Big Lunch street parties and community celebrations. To kick off the festivities, broadcaster, actress and comedian, Mel Giedroyc was joined in the gardens of the Royal Residence by Nureen and nine other Big Lunch organisers from all four corners of the UK, to get their tips and inspiration on how to get the platinum party started.

Discussing what people in every street can bring to the table, Nureen shared her ideas with Mel and together they discussed how the annual event has helped make meaningful connections and bring communities together through simply sharing friendship, food and fun.

The Big Lunch organisers sharing ideas The Big Lunch organisers sharing ideas

Speaking from Buckingham Palace, Mel Giedroyc said, "I’m thrilled by all the fantastic top tips I’ve heard today. It’s been a joy to share this special moment with these inspiring people here in the Buckingham Palace Gardens. The Big Jubilee Lunch is something that everyone can be part of, it’s about having fun and making connections – and I think we are all ready for a good old knees up! Anyone, anywhere can be part of The Big Jubilee Lunch, whether that’s a cuppa on your doorstep, a BBQ in your back yard or a full-blown street party – it’s easy to take part. So why not give it a go? Start planning a Big Jubilee Lunch to have some fun with your community on 2-5 June and mark this mega moment in our country’s history.”

Nureen added, “It's like a dream come true. My little Jamaican self would never have imagined I would be invited to Buckingham Palace when I arrived in England as a three year old. Now some 30 years later, here I am invited into Buckingham Palace to celebrate doing something that I love - being a part of The Big Lunch. The fact I am able to use my organisation to bring people together over food is one of the amazing things about British society. Being here today, where the Queen lives, is like a little girl's dream come true.”

Nureen is a long-time Big Luncher who runs Feed Me Good – a start-up community organisation supporting people to shop, cook and eat well on a budget. She’s planning two Big Jubilee Lunches during over the course of the bank holiday weekend.

The Big Lunch is the UK’s biggest annual celebration bringing neighbours and communities together every year to share food and fun. Recognising the importance of community spirit, Her Majesty has made The Big Jubilee Lunch an official part of her platinum celebrations from 2-5 June this year, which will also see processions, pageants, faith services and concerts in honour of The Queen’s 70 years of service. Over 12 million people across the UK are planning to mark this once in a lifetime moment with Big Jubilee Lunch street parties and community celebrations where they live.

Peter Stewart, Executive Director of the The Big Lunch initiative, said. “The Big Lunch has been bringing neighbours and communities together on the first weekend in June for over a decade and what an extra special year 2022 is going to be! We know that good things happen when people come together and so we want to invite everyone everywhere to take part – that’s what makes The Big Jubilee Lunch BIG! With only two months to go until a once in a lifetime event, now is the time to gather your neighbours, rally your road, and get ready to celebrate this historic moment together."

For more information and to get your free Big Jubilee Lunch planning pack click here.

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April 12, 2022