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Mapperley community will unite for Great Get Together

The life of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox is to be remembered by the community of Mapperley when they host their Great Get Together event this Saturday.

The 41-year-old died on June 16 last year after being shot and stabbed multiple times by Thomas Mair following a meeting in her Batley and Spen constituency.

In memory of her life, parties are being held across the country.

The ‘Great Get Together’ events aim to bring people from different communities across Britain to celebrate what they have in common rather than what divides them.

The Mapperley event is being held at the recently rescued Haywood Road Community Centre, which had been up for sale but is now run by a team of local volunteers.

A fun packed afternoon is planned with live music and entertainment from local groups, as well as a great selection of ‘join-in’ activities from Thai Chi to dance and also a wide range of ‘make n take’ crafting activities for all ages.

Visitors can either enjoy their picnic sitting on bowling green and listening to local DJ Hemulen Soundz or take part in one of the many workshop and activities on offer.

Maria Narducci is one of the volunteers who helps manage the community centre.

She said: “The idea to join in and organise a Mapperley Great Get Together came from three local mums who wanted to help commemorate Jo Cox.

“They are also members of the Haywood Road Community Centre committee and the rest of the committee also wanted to help and have worked to create a fun-packed, Mapperley focused event.

  • The event will take place on Saturday (17) at Haywood Road Community Centre between 12 noon and 4pm.
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