Three simple steps to running a barbecue in your street:
1. Get a couple of neighbours to agree to join you for a barbecue at the end of the cul-de-sac or in your front yard (or wherever) on an agreed date, preferably one weekend in March 2016. That way there'll be at least three lots of neighbours sharing a barbecue together.
2. Invite the others in the street (or your part of the street) either in person or with flyers into letterboxes. More than likely a good number will want to join you. Most people like the idea of getting to know their neighbours better.
Let them know there will be one or two barbecues available but that everyone needs to bring and cook their own food, as well as bring their own drinks and seating. Possibly share desserts. Make it easy for yourself, the organiser!
3. You could also attach an A3-size promotional sign to a power pole in your street 12-20 days before the event. If you're in Tawa, we'll supply you with the sign.
That's the minimum you need to do. If you're happy to put in a little more effort, see the tips below on "Running a street barbecue in Tawa". You could also start a basic list of your neighbours for which, at the actual barbecue, they each supply their own names and contact details. Sample here.
Print off invitations (or ask us to print them for you) using any one of these templates: Brasenose invitation or Mexted West invitation or Florio invitation. Put the invitations into the letterboxes of the other houses ideally 16-20 days before the event.
Why get to know your neighbours?
The Neighbours' Day Development Team, charged with organising the "Neighbours' Day Aotearoa" event, received an email from a Christchurch resident highlighting how important neighbour connections are in times of emergencies. The person wrote:
"Take it from a 'disaster survivor' that a knock on the door from a kindly neighbour at 4.35am in the dark after a 7.1 earthquake to check if you have survived can make the difference between thinking you can cope with all of the aftermath or not! I will go to my grave indebted to my wonderful neighbours ... Sadly such community is often only built in response to a threat or a disaster but I encourage everyone to take the initiative and build a community 'before you need one'."
That is precisely what we are endeavouring to do in Tawa .
... and the primary reason for our striving to see as many streets as possible hosting barbecues, afternoon teas or pot luck meals in Tawa in March.
Was your street one of those who took part in 2015? Check here to see.
Was your street one of those who took part in 2014? Check here to see.
Was your street one of those who took part in 2013? Check here to see.
Was your street one of those who took part in 2012? Check here to see. .