Great Get Together events bring generations together in south Cumbria

16 June 2017 6:42PM

GREAT Get Together events brought generations together across south Cumbria.

Groups across the area put on picnics, tea parties and lunches to bring neighbours together.

The celebrations are being staged across the country this weekend to honour the late Jo Cox.

The mother-of-two and MP for Batley and Spen was murdered last year outside her constituency office. The Jo Cox Foundation says her killing was designed to divide people and the response on the anniversary of her death is to bring communities closer together to celebrate what people have in common.

Greengate Junior School, in Barrow, held a Great Get Together special assembly which parents and the community attend and then enjoyed some cakes and tea with the pupils and staff.

The Year Six children have been working on the themes of democracy, freedom of speech and values, which they showed in their assembly. The youngsters were also in fine voice when they did some singing, including some music from Les Miserables.

Abbeyfield supported housing for older people in Ulverston held a strawberry tea for residents, their families and invited guests from the community. Children Church Walk Primary School choir and band performed a variety of songs. Some of the pupils were related to a resident.

There were also guests from Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston Townswomen's Guild. The tea party also fell on Abbeyfield's own national weekend of celebrations.

Debbie Maguire, of Abbeyfield, said; "It was a lovely afternoon. It was a very successful community event. It was nice to have the generations together. The children were brilliant."

Action for Children's Furness Children's Centre put on Jacob's Join lunches in Barrow.

Pupils from Ormsgill Nursery and Primary School attended lunch at Action for Children's Ormsgill Children's Centre.

Assistant headteacher, Dawn Hubbold, took a group of anti-bullying ambassadors across to the centre, where they joined parents and toddlers and other members of the community.

Mrs Hubbold said it was a lovely intergenerational event.

Michelle Doherty, senior manager of the children's centre said: "It was nice to see different members of the community come together for the event and supporting the memory of Jo Cox."

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