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Libraries to hold greatest Great Get Together yet

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This year’s Great Get Together is the greatest yet with 45 of Norfolk County Council’s libraries hosting events and activities as part of the national project.

The first Great Get Together took place in 2017. It was the idea of the friends and family of the murdered MP Jo Cox.

It aims to bring friends, neighbours and communities together to celebrate everything they have in common.

Events taking place in this area are as follows:

Today: Fakenham Library - Music in the library with coffee and cake, 2pm; Wells Library - Just a Cuppa, 11am-12pm. Tomorrow: Dersingham Library - Just a Cuppa, 11am-12pm; Downham Market Library - Intergenerational 40s tea dance, 2-4pm; Gaywood Library - Coffee and cake, 10.30am-12pm; King’s Lynn Library- Just a Cuppa, 10-11am; Swaffham Library - Strawberry Tea, 1-3pm; Watton Library - Just a Cuppa, 1-3pm

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: “Loneliness is a major national issue and we know that it affects people of all ages.

“So it’s great to see our libraries taking part in the Great Get Together again this year and offering such a variety of events and activities to help ensure no one needs to spend a lonely day in Norfolk if they don’t want to.”

Get Together in libraries across West Norfolk (12589390)
Get Together in libraries across West Norfolk (12589390)

Since Norfolk County Council launched its In Good Company campaign to tackle loneliness in the county, the library service has more than doubled the number of events it runs, making a real commitment to tackling loneliness and garnering recognition from the Jo Cox Foundation itself.

The events aim to bring communities across the county together to celebrate kindness, respect and promote positive ways that people can connect with their neighbours.

Forty-five libraries will hold events today and tomorrow, including Just a Cuppa meetups with tea and coffee, Get Together sessions, and Bounce and Rhyme for parents and carers with young children.

Jan Holden, Head of Libraries and Information, said: “From afternoon teas, Knit and Natter and board games to Colour Me Calm sessions and book groups, we have a whole host of regular events to bring people together at their local library.

“I’d encourage anyone who comes along to our Great Get Together events to come along to our other events throughout the year.”

For more information about how you can get involved with the In Good Company campaign, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/ingoodcompany

For events and activities in libraries visit https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries/whats-on/great-get-together.

For more information about the Great Get Together visit www.greatgettogether.org

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