VILLAGERS in Gateside have been getting crafty in preparation for this year’s Big Lunch.
The UK-wide event, which takes place on June 2, aims to encourage neighbours to get together and help foster community spirit.
Last year, more than a hundred people attended the Gateside event and the spin-off benefits included a craft club, which has been set up for local youngsters.
“Several people talked about starting a craft club and a few mothers approached me to help their daughters with projects for their Brownie pack,” explained retired teacher Sandra Farrer.
“We do knitting, crochet and needlework, which help the pupils to develop new skills and co-ordination, and we are making bunting and decorations for this year’s event so the pupils can see their work on display.
“The Big Lunch has helped us to re-invigorate a lost art. Knitting has missed a generation. I learned it from my gran. Knitting and crafting in general are coming full circle.”
Gateside residents are holding the Big Lunch for the third time this year and are encouraging other north east Fife communities to follow their example.
“Although we were a busy village before with lots going on, we didn’t realise how much The Big Lunch would bring us together,” said organiser Kathryn Wright.
“It has strengthened and deepened our connections and put the heart back into the village.
“We’ve set up a skill sharing board and people across the village now barter and swap. We’ve formed a village band, held community gardening days and an annual ‘Stovies Dance’ and even won Tesco’s search for the UK’s friendliest street in 2012. We know each other so much better because of the The Big Lunch.”