VE Day Service and the Big Picnic for Hope

Southwell Minster is inviting everyone to join in with their celebrations today to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

They will start with a short service broadcast online at 11.00am, with contributions from the Lord-Lieutenant and uniformed groups, memories of VE Day from a longstanding resident of Southwell, a reflection from Bishop Paul, and even the (recorded) sound of the Minster bells.

Once the service has finished, people are encouraged to grab their picnic basket for the Big Picnic for Hope, in aid of the Trussell Trust. This event is a joint initiative by cathedrals around the country to celebrate the heroes of the new ‘home front’: NHS, carers, delivery personnel, workers across food stores and public transport, and the remarkable collective effort of the nation to stay at home and play our own part in helping to see this through.

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Dean Nicola says: “We are delighted to be involved in this national initiative. While our plans to host a street party for the town have been cancelled, the Big Picnic for Hope captures brilliantly the spirit of the VE75 celebrations in bringing people together. Let the party – virtual and in real time – begin!”

Whether you are on your own or with other people at home, you are invited to have a picnic – indoors or in the garden – and to share pictures of your feast with the world. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #bigpicnicforhope and #feed5000

Don’t forget to tag the Minster:

Facebook: @SouthwellMinster and @BigPicnicForHope

Twitter: @SouthwMinster and @BigPicnicHope

Instagram: @SouthwellMinster and @BigPicnicHope

You can also share ideas for what to bake, what to make and other creative ideas online to help inspire others to get involved. This will help everyone get ready to join together on Friday to share photos of their picnics, and discuss memories and stories of their loved ones past and present.

There is a JustGiving campaign set up for the Trussell Trust. At the heart of the Big Picnic for Hope is a reflection that many people will be struggling to put food on the table. The #feed5000 hashtag reflects the project’s aim to raise £5,000 for the Trust, who support a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty.