The Big Lunch - Houghton Regis Saturday 17th June


‘Big Lunch’ will take place on the Village Green, Houghton Regis on Saturday 17th June from 12 noon.

The event is being hosted by the new Town Mayor, Councillor Joanna Hillyard, as part of the national ‘Big Lunch’ event, which has been organised by the Eden Project. The ethos of the event is for communities across the country to come together to share lunch on the weekend of 17-18 June, and the Town Mayor very much hopes that you can attend this event.

The event will be free to attend and guests are asked to bring a picnic. There will be refreshments on sale in the Village Green Pavilion in aid of the Mayor’s charities, which are Recycled Teenagers, Streetlife and Houghton Regis Youth Club, and there will also be some giant games on the Village Green for guests to take part in.

The mayor will be setting up a donations box at the event, for donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste, adult socks, items of sanitary wear for ladies and bottled water, which will be donated to ‘Streetlife’ to be distributed to the homeless in the local area. All donations would be very greatly appreciated.

Councillor Joanna Hillyard was born and grew up in London, attending local schools there. She worked with horses until getting married and moving to Bedfordshire in the late 1980s. Joanna  moved to Houghton Regis a few years ago, where she can be seen volunteering at Craft and Coffee as well as for Houghton Helpers occasionally.  Better known as Jo by people that know her, she spends time crafting and particularly enjoys crocheting toys for her Granddaughter Ellen.


Councillor Hillyard is looking forward to supporting Streetlife, Houghton Regis Recycled Teenagers and the towns Youth Club in the coming year with various Mayoral events along with Deputy Mayor Ken Wattingham.

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