The Royal Wedding and PledgeBank

There is not long to go until the wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton, which will take place on 29 April 2011. As you know, the day of the royal wedding is a public holiday and most people won’t be at work, so it seems a perfect opportunity to hold a street party! Having sampled one of these as part of the Big Lunch I know how fun they can be!

Once possible to organise at the drop of a piece of bunting, running street parties has become sadly more complex – in part because of the need to hold appropriate public liability insurance policy. It is with this backdrop that the council has just announced plans to simplify this – arranging free insurance for any royal wedding street party held on 29 April, (we will do the same for the Big Lunch in June) if three households in a street sign up to a party on the Barnet Council Pledgebank. If you have not already done so, check out the Pledge Bank website.

All you need to do is visit the website, sign up to the Royal Wedding: Street Party in your street pledge and then fill in a simple application form to let the council know which streets will be closed on the day. The council will then sort out the insurance cover and let you get on with the important business of arranging your party. You can find out more about planning your event on the holding a Royal Wedding street party page of the website and get useful tips for throwing the perfect party by visiting http://www.streetparty.org.uk.

Barnet’s PledgeBank is a One Barnet initiative that’s been set up to encourage our local community to get together, to get things done. Pledges work on the principle that you’ll agree to do something if x number of people agree to be involved. I’ve recently sign up to this pledge:

“I, Mark Healey, will organise a team of volunteers to clear a patch of land opposite the Green Man Community Centre of litter and debris but only if 6 other people will agree to take part.”

The Green Man Community Centre in East Finchley is run by local residents and is home to several community organisations and I’m more than happy to help with the clean up. So far, five people have signed up to the pledge so we only need one more person and it happens!

Why not have a look at the other pledges and see if there is anything you can do to help your community. Or have a think about something you’d like to happen in your local area and suggest a pledge to encourage other people to get involved.

And if you are after some flags, just ask me about my friend who has recently started a flag company just to sell flags for the Royal Wedding!!

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