The Great Get Together in Slough

Published: 26 June 2019

 

Hundreds of people joined friends and neighbours at Slough’s Great Get Together.

The beautiful oasis of Herschel Park was turned into a hive of free activities and fun as well as a place for people to share picnics, to celebrate kindness, respect and all we have in common.

The ‘Great Get Together’ was created after the murder of Jo Cox MP and inspired by her inaugural speech in Parliament in 2015 where she stated “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”

Catherine Anderson, CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation, attended the Slough event on Saturday and wants to work with Slough again in the future.

The fun-filled event included activities such as face painting, balloon modelling, arts and crafts, cricket, dance workshops and a visit from a popular cartoon character.

Others tried their hand at Virtual Reality cricket, football, volleyball and orienteering.

The council’s sustainable transport team Better by were also there to get children pedalling on a static bike to create fruit smoothies.

The Slough Breaking Boundaries project was showcased. It aims to bring young people, their families and communities together through cricket.

The fully inclusive three-year long project encourages people to get involved, no matter their age, gender, ethnicity or ability, building community cohesion and demonstrating how much more we have in common than we might first think.

Ruth Hollis, the incoming CEO of the charity Spirit 2012, which funded the Breaking Boundaries project along with the England and Wales Cricket Board, also came to Slough’s Great Get Together.

Cllr Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, attended and said: “We had a fantastic Great Get Together in Herschel Park with hundreds of people turning out to socialise, play cricket and have some fun! It was a pleasure to also welcome the CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation, Catherine Anderson, to our wonderful community and tell her more about Slough.

“We have so much to be proud of in our town and more in common with each other than we think sometimes. This event gives us a chance to celebrate this and use it to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones.”

The Mayor, Cllr Avtar Kaur Cheema, opened the event and said on Saturday: “Across the UK today and tomorrow, people will be organising or attending events in memory of Jo Cox MP.

“The best way to honour her memory is by continuing to promote the values she believed in so passionately and to remember some words from her maiden speech in the House of Commons in 2015 when she said she believed that “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”.

“Here in Slough we wholeheartedly endorse her values and we are here today to support this fantastic project set up in her memory – The Great Get Together.

“A wonderful afternoon of entertainment and activities has been put together so a big thank you to everyone involved in the planning and organising, to the sponsors and council’s partners and to all of you for attending and supporting this community event.”