Cambridge residents invited to come together for the 'Great Get Together' in memory of Jo Cox

News release from 14 June 2017, 1:43pm

ONE OF the biggest national community events since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is set to take place this weekend.

Cambridge City Council is pleased to be supporting a number of social, community-based events taking place across the city as part of The Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox MP, a year on from her tragic murder.

Many Cambridge residents are organising their own events for The Great Get Together, a new national event organised by the Jo Cox Foundation set up in her memory, which is encouraging people to get together with neighbours for a celebration of what people have in common.

One Great Get Together event will be taking place at Meadows Community Centre from 12 noon to 3pm on Sunday 18 June. While there will be food and drink available, participants are encouraged to bring and share their favourite or traditional dish.

There will be also performances from bands playing blues and folk music, a unity choir, drumming, arts and crafts, a talk on "HOME is where HOPE is" and people attending will have the chance to help create a ‘HOPE wall’.

The event has been organised by Cambridgeshire HOPE not hate and Cambridge City Council, with support from Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum, Cambridge Food Cycle, Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign, Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group, Cambridge City of Sanctuary, Amnesty International Cambridge City Group, ethnic and faith communities, voluntary groups and many individuals.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “Jo Cox was an extraordinary person. In her relatively short life, Jo achieved more than most do in their whole lives.

“The values that she stood for, and guided her in all her work as an activist and MP – tolerance, community, humanity and respect – will be brought to the fore by the Great Get Together event. The Great Get Together will bring together all our communities to fundamentally make clear that, in Jo’s words, there is indeed ‘more in common than that which divides us’.”

Elisabeth Pop, HOPE not hate Senior Organiser and Coordinator of Cambridgeshire HOPE not hate, said: “The Cambridge Great Get Together is all about celebrating Jo’s spirit of tolerance and community cohesion. These might be testing times, but people are coming together in Cambridge on Sunday 18 June and across the county and country in hope and unity. 

“We are proud to coordinate Cambridge’s Great Get Together and have the support of so many people. We are looking forward to a day full of positivity, fun and celebration of the good message that love and hope will always win over fear and hate.”

For more information please visit the Cambridge Great Get Together Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/286043835191072