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The UK’s biggest annual get-together of neighbours – The Big Lunch – takes place this weekend and it’s a great excuse to connect or reconnect with people who live in your street.

The Eden Project started The Big Lunch in 2009 to celebrate the power of communities. Since then, hundreds of Big Lunch events have taken place up and down the country.

If you’ve never heard of it before, don’t let the name fool you. A Big Lunch event:

This three-minute read will help you maximise the kerb appeal for your AREA property.

A HomeOwners Alliance survey showed that 68% of potential buyers felt a property’s kerb appeal influenced their decision. Use these quick and easy tips to help your potential buyers fall in love at first sight.

Whether it’s bog swimmers in mankinis or Vikings brandishing burning fence posts, Britain can lay claim to some of the world’s weirdest and most wonderful events. And while each is unique, they all have one thing in common: they’re rooted in the community.

In an increasingly globalised, homogenous world, local festivals and traditions feel even more special. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, many of these headline-grabbing annual fixtures won’t take place this year. Ditto for many of the low-key fetes, fun runs and fairs that are typically held in villages and towns in the summer months.

But we can still show our support. The organisers of many of these events are holding online fundraisers, so don’t let Zoom fatigue stop you from taking part virtually. And, when large group activities can return, let’s all make the most of them. 

Here are four of the weirdest UK events:

As if selling your home, packing your belongings, and remembering to take the dog isn’t stressful enough, unfortunately, you can’t escape the paperwork palaver that comes with moving. Notifying companies and authorities of your change of address can be monotonous, but (for some things), it’s mandatory. (Not to mention the risk of being deleted from Aunty Marge’s Christmas card list if you forget to tell her you’ve moved.)

To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a handy A to Z guide of who you need to notify.

In this three-minute read, we look at how homeowners can protect themselves from unscrupulous builders.

We’ve all heard the renovation horror stories. The builder who does a runner halfway through a job, leaving a homeowner out of pocket and living in a construction site. The messy contractual dispute that winds up in court and ends in tears. Or the new roof that leaks at the first drop of rain.

The good news is that by following a few simple steps, property owners can avoid getting ripped off.

Jonny Greve, an experienced builder who runs the respected construction firm Greve and Son in East Sussex, has these seven tips for side-stepping cowboy contractors.

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