Last Friday, on the 22nd June, Edge Hill University took part in The Great Get Together, a nationwide, weekend-long event inspired by the late Jo Cox. This year marks the second annual Great Get Together, which took place from 22nd-24th June. In her first speech to parliament, Jo Cox said, “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us,” which is the founding principle that the Great Get Together draws upon. MP Seema Kennedy also gave a speech on Jo Cox’s life and work. The aim of the event is to provide a place for people who reject divisive policies to come together and unite the community.
Edge Hill University’s Great Get Together event ran from 16:00 – 20:00, overlapping with the Ormskirk ‘Picnic in the Park’ event that lasted from 15:45 – 17:30 in Coronation Park. The Edge Hill event was, of course, open to staff, students, family members and members of the local community – it’s all about unity!
Another focus of Edge Hill’s Great Get Together was that it has been 100 years since some women were given the right to vote. This is a focus of the event since Edge Hill University are currently running the Wonder Women campaign – a series of events and installations across 2018 that celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Suffragette movement. For example, Vice President Welfare 2017/18 attended and spread the word about the Edge Hill Women Speak Out Campaign.
The event on Friday featured crafts (and face-painting), live performances (including music by Edge Hill Big Band and the Tick Tock’s choir) and a free barbecue, as well as stalls hosted by university societies and campaigns as well as community groups. For example, The Rose Youth Theatre group attended and performed along with The Women’s Institute and Edge Hill students; the Sustainability and Conservation (SCon) Society (that’s Rhiannon, Katherine and I!) were also there. Plus, who could forget the bouncy castle!