BrightonSoup @ Community Base 19th Feb 2016

Our 4th BrightonSoup event once again in the heart of Brighton.

Everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen is listed below:

Simon Cobb from Stoneham Bakehouse won the vote and £352.20 in ticket money and donations for his Elephant Bike to Deliver Bread and Wellbeing project.

Previous winners Tamsin Williams from Wide Berth and Ruth Mason from RISE Up Singing gave us an update on their projects.

The Venue

Community Base
113 Queens Road

Thanks to Alison and Olivia for once again inviting us to Community Base, in the heart of Brighton. It’s a great venue and it was a great night.

The Projects

Thank you to all the projects for taking part on the night, it’s a huge part of what makes a BrightonSoup event so memorable. And maybe the soup.

There were 4 people pitching projects on the night. And though only one could win the pot, they’re all great projects deserving of support. If you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

1 – Chomp Lunch Club

Chomp supports families living in poverty by providing a free nutritional meal and engaging activities during the school holidays. For families that rely on free school meals during term time lunch simply disappears for the 13 weeks of the school holidays.

Across the UK, more than half of parents in poverty say they’ve cut back on food, and more than a quarter have skipped a meal in the past year. Chomp clubs are doing more than just feeding children in poverty; we’re creating a community for children and parents to increase confidence and social skills, providing a space for children to be active, creating a safe environment for children to try new foods and for parents to learn more about eating well on a budget and reducing costs. It’s also an opportunity for precious family time, to eat and chat together. We’re looking for funding to help cover costs and for help and support.

Pitching: Amy Goodwin

Amy Goodwin
07955 597 880

Facebook facebook/chompbrighton
Twitter @chompbrighton

2 – HeartVenture – Brighton Pride

Through our friendship and dating website and fortnightly events we have been working to eradicate & raise awareness of social isolation for adults with learning disabilities.

Now would now like to take it to the next level, we want adults with Learning disabilities to be proud of their sexuality and rightly take their place in the LGBT community if they so wish. At Heart venture we believe that Everyone has the right to be happy regardless of ability or sexuality. We’re looking for funding to take part in this year’s Pride.

Pitching: Carol Wakeford

Carol Wakeford & Diane Sharkey
01273 468 188

Facebook facebook/Heartventure
Twitter @HeartventureUK

3 – Elephant to Deliver Bread & Wellbeing (Winner)

As community bakers with no bakery we bake across the area, with flour, tins, and breads being transported to and from different venues. This often necessitates taking the bus or paying for parking so that we can provide baking for well-being sessions in parts of the neighbourhood. More affluent users are able to travel to venues, those who are more at risk are less inclined or able to travel. Getting to these groups gives them greater access.

A delivery bike would enable us to get to different venues; thus enable more people to benefit from the way breadmaking can support wellbeing. The particular bikes we want are ex-Post Office bikes, which have been reconditioned by Elephantbike. For each sale of a bike here, they will provide a bike to people in Malawi, where they enable Malawians to get to school, run businesses, even keep elephants safe from poachers. So help us help Elephants to deliver bread and wellbeing across Hove…and Malawi.

Pitching: Simon Cobb

Simon Cobb
07786 927 110

Twitter @stonehambake


BLAST is a new community group, entirely led by adults on the autism spectrum. The aims of the club are to reduce social isolation among adults with autism. We will have a regular meet up to build Lego together. This gives a great structure and a safe space in which to practice social skills.

All people over 18 who are on the autism spectrum are welcome (including if you are self-diagnosed). We need the funds to buy the Lego so that the club can start and a small part spent on getting a website ready.

Pitching: Kat Brown

Kat Brown

Twitter @mothersuncoverd


Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 5 delicious soups (3 vegan and 4 gluten free) to all of our guests.

Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept
Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup
Spicy Parsnip & Swede Soup

Lizzie Batten
Scotch Broth

Sam Redfern – Pop-Up Events & TRJFP Volunteer
Tuscan Bean Soup

Dina Paiva @ Dina’s Kitchen
Caldo Verde

A big thanks to Sarah at The Real Junk Food Project for food donations that ended up in our Soups, as well as the tasty bread.

To Simon from Stoneham Bakehouse who brought along some of his own bread to share. Another special mention to Papa John who once again sent us 5 very large tasty pizzas.

A big thanks as usual to all the people that brought food along to share.


The musical entertainment was provided by Mike Willis, a guitar playing US country singer/songwriter with a lot of southern charm.

Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes.


The Volunteers

Community Organisers, Jack, Hattie & Tracey for once again giving their time to help give our presenters some invaluable “pitch” training. We think it paid off.





Natalie from Dukes Photography for her photography and Gareth & Mark from The Real Media Company for filming the whole thing for us.

And finally a grateful thanks to all those lovely people that pitched in at the end to help us clear up: Lizzie, Hilary, Natalie, Gareth, Mark and anyone one else who we accidentally neglect to mention.



Peter, Karin, Charlie, Nikki, Louise, Angel, Lizzie, Will, Mark & Hilary.
And in the front row Mike Willis and his two children.

Thanks for making it a great night.

Check out the photos

Team Soup





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