Big Lunch Bounty
Along with a wonderful group of neighbours, you’re organising a Big Lunch. The invites are done, the food is in hand, Judy from next door is running a raffle and Brian from number 44 has agreed to be the children’s entertainer.
But wait, you’re lying wide awake in bed at 3am and there’s something nagging at the back of your mind… tables! No one’s mentioned tables at any of the coordinating meetings. A Big Lunch won’t be much of a lunch if there’s nowhere to put the, er, lunch!
“Don’t worry, I’ve got it all under control”, reads Sheila’s email the next morning in response to the panic text you sent in the night.
“I heard about Streetbank last week and I’ve been checking it out. It’s just what we need – a website that enables neighbours to lend, give away or offer items and skills to anyone signed-up locally. It’s like a giant garden shed, tool-kit, fancy-dress chest, DVD library and skills bank all rolled into one!
“So far, I found us eight trestle-tables, 29 chairs, a veritable mountain of board games, a body-builder offering her services for any heavy lifting and Dennis – the octogenarian baker at number 62 –who’d like to run a cake workshop the week before the party to get everyone’s baking skills up to scratch. I’m in…
“Plus I’ve posted a message on the community noticeboard to let neighbours know the party’s happening. I’m rather getting into this whole sharing-neighbourhood thing. Any chance we could do it more often?!”