Monthly Archives: September 2016

This Weeks Radio Show – You Pick ‘Em

Happy Thursday all,

So today on 1BrightonFM our very own Mike Willis is letting you choose the songs. Yes, you can pick ’em! Any song suggestions you post up on Mike’s page he’ll play them for you. This could be interesting!

And of course, there’s all that talking he does in that cool, laid back and very mischievous accent of his. Who will he be talking to this week?


Tune in to 1BrightonFM from 1pm to 3pm today, and enjoy the show!

Mike Willis, Under The Influence – In partnership with BrightonSoup


We took it to The Bridge

Wow, I think we had another great Soup. The run up is always nerve-wracking; will all the guests turn up, how much will we raise, will any of the projects drop out, will the entertainer make it, will we run out of soup? We always worry, but it always seems to turn out well. It must be down to the ingredients.  Firstly the passionate people who pitch great projects, to the wonderfully enthusiastic people volunteering, and then topped with the awesome warm and generous people who attend our events.

Like Matt Brabner, who persuaded his boss and colleagues at Natural Balances to dedicate their Bright10 run to  previous pitchers, Rhythmix. How great is that, and completely in the spirit of BrightonSoup. It’s always such a great crowd at our events, all wanting to be part of something bigger and to support each other. It was great to see that two thirds of you were attending your first Soup!

As usual it was really hard to decide on who to vote for. We had great impassioned pitches from Debbie for Cook and Creche, helping people eat healthy on a budget – with child care 2016-09-23-213025-088-sla-copyincluded; Xavier with republic, helping the hardest to reach young people learn a skill, gain confidence and get work – all through coffee; Duncan from Brighton Bike Hub about his DIY community workshop cycle repair project, where volunteers and users help each other. In the end it was Elaine from The Hummingbird Project – who plans to encourage local folk to foster unaccompanied children from the Calais refugee camps – who got the vote and takes £462 in door money and donations.

You can find out more about each of the projects ad how to contact them here.

Julian from Free Uni Brighton, winner of our last event at Emmaus, came back to tell us how they’ve gotten on since then and how the money you gave them has helped them to continue giving free education for all regardless of your ability to pay. If you want to do some learning of your own, Forensic Crime or Latin maybe, then get in touch.

2016-09-23-210302-1279-wca-copyAs always we like you to be entertained with some musical genius, and we had the talented Harry Osborne performing some of his songs. Some deep, jazzy and some funky, I think we speak for everyone when we say it was superb. Thanks Harry!

We also met the guys from Middlesbrough Soup hope4boro! It’s always great to meet fellow Soupers and share our learning and experiences – we picked up some great suggestions. Obviously we we’re super busy on the night but it was good to have you there so thanks for coming, 2016-09-23-185125-026-sla-copyWe hope to be up your way soon. We visited Ely Soup a while back and we’re definitely keen to get out more and attend other soups. Soup Love!

And speaking of soup love, a big thanks to our awesome soup makers; we had another 5 tasty soups to try out. Tom from The Soup Dept couldn’t be there again, but gave us soup anyway. Lizzie and Sam came back again and we had a BrightonSoup newcomer Connie, who works at The Bridge Kitchen. All were souper amazing, so check out what deliciousness they made us here.

2016-09-23-204522-0424-cda-copySo many people helped contribute to this event, whether it was people bringing along food to share or local businesses donating raffle prizes, so lets have a little appreciation and check out our contributors section for details.

A special mention has to go to Sam and her team at The Bridge – who invited us over, let us use their lovely space and and made us feel really, really welcome. And they gave us two delicious soups too. Thanks!

2016-09-23-213327-0510-cda-copyAmong the many first timers at Friday’s Soup was Pete West, Mayor of Brighton & Hove. It was great he took the time to join us and had some very lovely heartfelt words to say at the end of the night. Supporting what we try to achieve at BrightonSoup and to all the projects and people that are involved. He’s already asked to be kept in the loop for our next events, so he can join us again. Is BrightonSoup addictive?

Next up we’re back at Community Base in central Brighton on the 2nd December, so save the date and more details will follow. But to finish up, we’d like to say again a big thank you to everyone involved. Without you all we wouldn’t be able to keep going.

Till next time you souperstars,

  • To see the full details on the event, who the contributors were and how you can get involved with any of the projects check out the event archive page.
  • You can check out the event photos on facebook album, so get tagging 🙂

Team Soup


BrightonSoup @ The Bridge 23rd Sept 2016

Our 7th BrightonSoup event, this time at The Bridge, Moulsecoomb.

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

2016-09-23-213025-088-sla-copyElaine Ortiz from The Hummingbird Project won the vote and £462 in donations.

Julian Saurin from Free University Brighton came and to give us an update on how things have been since winning the last event.


The Venue

BrightonSoup @ The Bridge
Lucraft Road

A big thanks to Sam Courtney and her team for inviting us and all their help and support.

The Projects

Thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you.

There were 4 projects on the night and though they all shared the pot, they’re all still need your help & support.

If you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

1 – Cook and Crèche

Cook and Crèche is a project run by the Foodshed Co-op in association the Salvation Army Brighton. It addresses the twin disadvantages relating to healthy eating on a tight budget and accessing affordable child care, by providing a safe, fun and educational space for low income and single parent families to learn, support and feed each other.

We need funds to pay for room hire, registered childminders for the crèche, teaching insurance, and ingredients for the cooking

Pitching: Debbie Hardy

Debbie Hardy


2 – republic

republic offers an overarching learning and development path through coffee, for the hardest to reach young people in Brighton & Hove. With focused sessions where training and national qualifications are given, work experience and employability pathways and every member of the project receives mentoring & support throughout. The money raised will help support the project.

Pitching: Xavier Armani

Xavier Armani


3 – The Bike Hub

The Bike Hub is a volunteer run community cycle workshop, providing free/affordable access to tools, parts and facilities in a friendly and supportive environment to enable more people to maintain their own bikes and develop the skills required. Enabling users and volunteers to develop cycle maintenance skills and confidence, particularly those on low income for whom shop repairs may be prohibitively expensive, creating a friendly, sociable and supportive space where people of all ages and backgrounds can meet and learn from each other.

We are working in partnership with the University of Brighton Students Union and the funds will help them set up at their new location at Preston Barracks.

Pitching: Duncan Blinkhorn

Duncan Blinkhorn
07944 152706


4 – The Hummingbird Project (Winner)

The Hummingbird Project provide aid and solidarity with Europe and across the world. Their current project is to help the hundreds of unaccompanied child in the Calais camp, by encouraging new foster families in Brighton & Hove to use the the recent Dubs amendment to allow them to take a child in.

The money will be used to promote the campaign.

Pitching: Elaine Ortiz2016-09-23-193659-0341-cda-copy

Elaine Ortiz
07835 164 911



Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 5 delicious soups (with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options) to all of our guests.

Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept
Pumpkin, Lime and Ginger

Lizzie Batten
Persian Lamb Broth

Sam Redfern – TRJFP Volunteer
Mexican Black Bean Soup

Connie Devlin @ The Bridge Kitchen
Late Summer Vegetable
Spiced Moroccan Tomato & Chickpea

Thanks to all our chefs and to everyone that brought food to share.


Thank you to the very talented Harry Osborne for entertaining us on the night.



Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are the local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes. Without these contributions we couldn’t afford to cover the cost of hosting the event so that all the ticket donations can go to the winner.

So a HUGE thank you!


The Volunteers

Thanks to Olivia from Community Base for her continuing support and  to Caz O’Kane and Sam Hart for being part of the project selection.

Thank you Judy Sweeney for once again spending the evening helping Peter and Lizzie in the kitchen. Steph Shaw for the photography, And of course all those that helped us clear up afterwards.










Please forgive us if we missed anyone out, just let us know so we can update the page.

Check out the event photos here.

Team Soup















An Interview with WOFFF – Nuala O’Sullivan

Salutations Soupateers!

This past week I had the pleasure of speaking with one of Brighton Soups past projects; Nuala O’Sullivan, founder of WOFFF – Women’s Over Fifty Film Festival, now in its second year. I wanted to find out how her experience with BrightonSoup had been and to learn a little more about her exciting Brighton Film Festival…

So tell me Nuala, how did you discover BrightonSoup?

I was introduced to London Soup by a friend of mine who knew I was starting up WOFFF, so I submitted an application even though I was pushing it; you know being a Brighton based film festival although I live in London. A year or so later I came across BrightonSoup and got in contact and it seemed like a much better fit and I got further than I did with the London application. I met Will and Karin and as soon as I did I thought “OK this is something I want to be involved with”.

I totally agree with you there, and what would you say inspired you to pitch?

Yes, again I have to put it back to Will and Karin; they made it clear that from the minute you get involved with BrightonSoup you’re one of the family. The biggest attraction to me was when they said you would get pitch training; because I think it’s really hard to sum #2016-07-01-191545-#3023-RBOLLup succinctly well and engagingly, what you’re about. I mean I certainly don’t have any trouble talking, I can talk the hind legs off a donkey and that’s fine sometimes, but other times less is more. So even when you imagine the worst case scenario where you make your pitch and you might not win on the night you still come away having had the training, so I could not see a downside.

Well quite, pitch training can be instrumental to a number of other opportunities right?

Yes exactly, and you know that’s the other thing; everything that happened at BrightonSoup was not contained within BrightonSoup. I mean its a life skill really; it’s all about connections.

Once the soup comes out everyone starts talking and that’s when it gets really exciting


What kind of connections did you make?

So we got tonnes of stuff; I mean we told a room full of people about our festival and got a lot of interest, people signed up to our monthly newsletter so now they’re part of our family, some even signed up as volunteers which we desperately needed.


And what about with the other projects; did you make any connections there?

You may remember our night was a very exciting night actually, as the overall donations pot was already sitting at around the £300 mark and then more and more kept getting added until we reached about £1,200 at the end. Ali from Free University Brighton had said, and I must stress this was before the results even got announced, that we should split the money four ways amongst all the projects. Lo and behold Free Uni Brighton came up and we had all said don’t be daft as we were already getting a share in £300 of that £1,200 total but she wouldn’t hear it. So in the end everybody that night got £300 which is kind of what everyone was wishing for. I mean I was happy already just with the pitch training, getting to speak to a room full of people and get those volunteers, but to walk away with £300 was truly amazing.

I think it really is wonderful, its got a sort of Dragons Den format but its really all about recognising your neighbours which we don’t do enough of.

Well yes, but that’s the thing, if it really was a Dragons Den I would get up, pitch and then somebody would ask me a few questions and then that would be the end of it. But the magical bit of this happens after that when you go round the room and talk to people; I mean the pitch can be a bit of a lecture situation but once the soup comes out everyone starts talking and that’s when it gets really exciting.

Its a very infectious atmosphere! Now I wanted to ask you more about WOFFF; I gather you have a festival coming up in October, can you tell us a little about that?

So Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of October we’re going to be showcasing 44 short films, an all female panel event and a workshop all within the BMECP (Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership) building situated just 5 minutes from Brighton station, so really central. The 44 films were chosen from over 100 submissions and the premise of WOFFF is that each short film must either have a woman over 50 at the heart of the piece on screen; they must really be driving the action, or have a woman behind the camera in one of the core roles of writer, director or producer. So what that means is that its a really open medium; you as a young man could make a movie with a story centred around an older woman or indeed that older woman could make a documentary about you for example.

And what kind of submissions have you had?

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-11-39-19These films have come from all around the world too from places as far away as New Zealand, Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, Nigeria just to name a few, and we created four categories: drama, documentary, animation and experimental. So within those genres we have films about flying dinosaurs, films about dancing, topics like life after death and in one, some talking furniture.

I’m sure I’ve seen that one before… Certainly something for everyone! It really does emphasise the point I think you’re making here that its all about giving those women over 50 a chance.

Exactly, women over 50 in the film industry are really poorly represented and under appreciated as both film makers and film protagonists. The reason I started WOFFF was because I wrote a short film myself and entered it into a lot of film festivals before anyone took any notice of it. I had always had a keen interest in film festivals and after entering a piece I started to view them in a different light and noticed that a lot of the people who ran and entered these festivals were younger men; after doing a bit of digging I found that there was only one that actually focused on the work of older women, held in Japan. It’s called the Senior Women’s Film Festival. I got in contact with them and it turned out that the woman who run it was previously a student here at Brighton university, such a small world; so naturally we like to think of ourselves as sister festivals.

Wow, that’s amazing! Now I’m sorry to say but I have to wrap things up but I’d like to ask you one last question; if you could be any soup, what soup would you be?

I think I would be something like borscht; quite small and sturdy, hearty yes. Definitely borscht, haha.

An excellent choice; thank you Nuala. 


They say that good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living, well I say it seems that a good BrightonSoup certainly makes all the difference.

Now if you want to attend the upcoming WOFFF festival on the 1st and 2nd of October details can be found at and tickets can be bought from You can also follow them on twitter @WO50FF, FaceBook Instagram.

Of course the next BrightonSoup event is soon upon us coming this Friday on the 23rd of September at The Bridge in Moulscoomb! So see you there!

Well that’s all from me this entry, hope you;re having a great week everyone and don’t forget to stay hearty Brighton!

(Leek & Potato)

Team Soup



Harry Osborne

Always one of our fave moments at BrightonSoup, is when we announce who will be providing the all important entertainment on the night (whilst we count the votes).

Well this time we’re very pleased to announce Harry Osborne will be playing for us. You can catch Harry playing round Brighton and Hastings with his 3 piece band, but next week at The Bridge he will be treating us to a solo performance. An excellent guitarist and songwriter, performing his own material, we’re hoping you’ll love it as much as we do. Our very own Mike Willis said “keep an eye on Harry, he will go far”. We’re hoping not too far, we like him 🙂

So check out Harry’s facebook page or listen to his latest track here.

It should be a good night, hope you can make it!

Team Soup