13 Jun 2018
A community is being encouraged to come together and celebrate its diversity through a series of special evenings all tied in with the World Cup.
The Newbury Community Association is inviting fans of all nationalities in Bury St Edmunds to come along and enjoy free entry at the Newbury Social Club for the duration of the World Cup.
On top of that fans watching at three of the games will also be able to enjoy a series of match themed barbecues.
The initiative has been organised by St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor Max Clarke and backed by fellow ward member Cllr Paul Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Councillors for the area Cllr David Nettleton and Cllr Robert Everitt, and Bury St Edmunds Town Cllr Tom Murray.
Cllr Clarke who represents the St Olaves Ward said: “We have quite a few Polish and Portuguese people living in the area but I’m conscious that as a community perhaps we haven’t mixed as well as we could. I wanted to bring our community together to celebrate the diversity we have in Bury St Edmunds and build stronger community ties – all through the beautiful language of football. Of course, this isn’t just for Polish, Portuguese and England fans but for all of the residents of our wonderful town. We are one.”
The first of the barbecues will be this Friday (June 15) when Portugal plays Spain at 7pm with Portuguese and Mediterranean food available from 5.30pm.
Then on Sunday, June 24, Columbia play Poland at 7pm with a barbecue of Polish food from 5.30pm.
Finally, on Thursday, June 28, England play Belgium at 7pm with a barbecue of British food from 5.30pm.
The Newbury Social Club is part of the Newbury Community Centre. All are welcome.