“Encourage a kinder community by tackling loneliness, isolation and mental ill health by bringing people together to enjoy life and look out for one another”.
SO18 Big Local wants our neighbourhoods to be places where people are actively engaging in their community, and to that end we run many events to bring people together.
We have in the past hosted a Knitting Group, and a Craft Group at our Harefield Hub, and a mental health peer support group. We run community fun days and smaller scale events, and had a regular drop in at our Harefield Hub where people can go just for a cuppa and a chat. We’re working out what we can re-open safely, within current Covid-related guidance, so please bear with us and keep an eye on our Facebook page for latest updates.
We welcome ideas on anything that could be done to build connections within and between our neighbourhoods, and that will encourage more local people to be actively engaged.
**Remembrance Sunday 2020**
Vicky Maunder, Vicar at St James West End, says: “As we can’t gather together for an outdoor act of remembrance on Remembrance Sunday we are going to place reflection boards at the war memorial for people to pass by and read over the weekend and the week after, and decorate the hedge either side with as many knitted poppies as possible. We are inviting the whole community to knit poppies for the occasion.
Finished knitted poppies can be dropped off any time up to Thursday 5th November, either at St James Church, West End Road on Sundays between 10.30am and 12 noon when the church is open for private prayer, or at West End Parish Centre, Chapel Road, SO30 3FE Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 1pm.
Instructions on how to make the poppies are here: PoppiesAtWestEndChurch