Monthly Archives: March 2018

With a little Help from our Friends

If you’ve been to soup before then you know it’s attended by very lovely people. We know that from the help and support you’ve given us and our pitchers over the the last 3 years. And when we needed your help at our last event you really didn’t disappoint.

Coming up to our All Saints soup we knew were were going to be short on help as a few of our team couldn’t make it. So we turned to Helpful Peeps and connected with Maxine and Tenzin who offered to help setup, host and take down after. Still short the day before so emailed our guests and again our call was answered – Shelley and Pat offered to come along. We had more offers than we could cope with, especially from all you soupers at the end of the night – we managed to clear up and get home in record time. Thank you all so much!

And the awesomeness helpfulness on display didn’t stop there!

If you haven’t heard, Isha, Boudicca and Tom from Audi Active won the vote on the night to take £448 in ticket money and donations for their Young Women in Tech project. Trying to encourage young women to get involved in the technical side of the creative arts. It’s great project and the pitch was passionate, but then so were the others.

Shortly before announcing the results of the vote one of our soupers offered a secret donation of £250 to every project that pitched. Not only boosting Audio Active’s pot, but ensuring that Free University Brighton’s Projector, Fabrica’s Textile Flow and B&H Speakout’s Thumb’s Up projects all received some much needed funding. How wonderful was that!

Amongst all of this was the usual joyful food, soulful music and lovely company. Our chefs Tom, Lizzie, Sam, Joe and Martin again provided a variety of tastiness, with vegan and gluten free options. Laura and Adam of Hickory Signals entertained us with some very soulful and moving folk music. And you of course, provided the company.

Caitlin from Survivors Network returned to give us an update on her projects since winning the last event back in December. The work is almost finished and they plan to hold a special open day where soupers and funders can go along and see the finished work and meet some of the team. How cool!

We had another great raffle courtesy of all our wonderful contributors, helping us raise £222 for BrightonSoup – to help us do what we do. Thank you all so much. There are too many to list here, but we do on our event post and on social media. As always, we also ask the winners to let us all know how they enjoyed their prizes by posting photos here or in the usual online places.

So from being a little worried we would be overwhelmed before the event, turns out we have a lot of supporters out there. Thank you all so much for making it another great night – especially all those that helped or offered to – and congrats to all the pitchers.

We’ll be putting up the full event details shortly, all about the projects, the contributors, the chefs and their soups soups and everyone that made it happen. And you can see the photos here.

Oh, and by the way, have we said “Thanks!

Team Soup




Our 13th BrightonSoup, first time at All Saints Church in Hove.

We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen:

BS13-event-bowl-all-saintsThe Venue 

All Saints Hove
The Drive

We love the spacious hall in heart of Hove. So did everyone. Thank you!

The Projects

A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you!

Isha, Boudicca and Tom from Audio Active won the vote and £448.00 in ticket money for their Young Women Tech Group Project.

And a special thanks to the anonymous donor on the night who gave £250 to every project pitching!

As always, we like to mention that the other projects are still looking for help and support. If you can help, then please get in touch with them directly (details below) or use our contact form.

1 – Free University Brighton – Projector

Susie and Ali from Free University Brighton (FUB) went first, pitching for some funding for a projector.

FUB courses are for those who cannot afford university to get accreditation, and those who need attendance certificates for their training development like social workers and teachers, as well as people who simply wish to seek out knowledge from impassioned tutors.  It’s diverse and inclusive.

We desperately need a projector and good speakers for general use in the classroom. We recently had a situation where the tutor had to present his lecture from his laptop, which was just not satisfactory as he was forced to set things up from his wheelchair, and as a result students had great difficulty trying to see his presentation. We also hold film nights and recently showed Spider’s Web at Exeter St Community Hall, with the director staying afterwards for a question and answer session. Out of the 70 people in attendance, 60 stayed on for the Q&A.  Not having one ourselves, we were forced to borrow a projector and speakers for the event.

Pitching: Susie Oddball and Ali Ghanimi

Susi on 07568 358 165                                     

2 – Audio Active – Young Women in Tech (Winner)

Due to gender imbalance in music technology we hope to introduce female-led sessions for young women providing a safe space for young women to access music hardware and software. We would address issues raised by women we consulted, who don’t engage with our current open sessions for reasons including; intimidation, male dominance, lack of female role models and stigmatisation. We want to challenge the traditional notion that music tech is a male interest only. A female only session would empower and inspire, diversify the art form and tackle a skills shortage in the industry while strengthening our workforce.

Pitching: Isha Bailhache, Boudicca Pepper & Tom Hines                         

Tom Hines on 07765 467 143                        


3 – Fabrica – Textile Flow

The Textile Flow project aims to reduce isolation and improve wellbeing through a series of welcoming and supportive workshops for older people to make social connections, learn new textile skills and share their knowledge. These skills-based learning sessions will meet weekly, alternating between two venues, Fabrica Gallery and Leach Course (a residential housing scheme for senior citizens located in Kemptown).T his project will give participants a welcoming and supportive space to create positive new connections and experiences based on interest rather than need.

Pitching: Sally Bourner

Fabrica on 01273 778 646


BHSpeakout4 – Brighton &Hove Speak Out – Thumbs Up

The Thumbs Up card is a plastic card with the Thumbs Up logo, which can be used to ask for a little extra time, patience and support.

There are thought to be over 6000 people with learning disabilities in the city and they face extensive discrimination, poverty and barriers to community life. Communication difficulties often prevent people from accessing services, and we feel that showing a Thumbs Up card would be an easy way to alert people that the individual may have extra support needs without that person having to find the words to explain. Speak Out are constantly campaigning to raise awareness in Brighton and Hove about the needs of people with learning disabilities. We promote disability awareness and seek to educate businesses and organisations in the city about how to support people with learning disabilities.

Pitching: Liz Holmes with Deborah, Susan, Betty, Gregory and Peter.

Brighton & Hove Speak Out on 01273 421 921


The Contributors


A massive thank you to Laura and Adam – the Amazing folk duo Hickory Signalsfor coming along to entertain us with their beautiful music. And for hanging around to help us clear up :).

Soup and Food

These souper-stars provided a delicious menu of 5 tasty soups to all of our guests – fish, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free – something for everyone. We never get tired of thanking these awesome chefs!

Tom Chadd The Soup Dept
Cauliflower & Stilton

Lizzie Batten

Sam Redfern
Spring Green Vegetable Soup

Joanne Gray
Mediterranean Red Lentil & Courgette

Martin Pritchard Chu Chu Burmese
Spicy Red Lentil & Tomato

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.

We raised £222 so a HUGE thank you!

The Volunteers 

  • Thank you to our Project Selection Team for doing the hard work of whittling down submissions to the final four. Regulars Olivia Canham and Caz O’Kane as well as guests for this event Stephen Chamberlain, Sam Hart, Chris Llewelyn and Sam Redfern.
  • Thanks again to Lizzie for spending the evening serving soup to people.
  • All of our lovely Team Soup volunteers for once again helping to put on a great event,
    and Martin who couldn’t make it, but still made soup for us.
  • To HelpfulPeeps Maxine Bradshaw and Tenzin, and soupers Shelley Jane Brown and Pat Mernagh for coming early to help get us ready and helping throughout.
  • And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night.

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










Check out the event photos here.

Team Soup










Pitchers, Chefs & Hickory Signals!

Well hey soupers, our Spring event is fast approaching!

It’s a busy time all round. The pitchers have been selected and are putting pen to paper, no doubt practising their delivery in a mirror. They think you’re a scary bunch, but we know that’s not true. The soup crowd gives one of the warmest welcomes ever! Still, public speaking can be very scary. Would you do it?

Our team of volunteer chefs have once again committed to feasting you on the night, an aromatic range of deliciousness will once again be available – in all the usual veggie and dietary variations.

Tom, Lizzie, Sam, Joe & Martin – we salute you!


We are souper delighted to announce that Folk duo, Hickory Signals, will be performing on the night. Strong vocal melodies with guitar, shruti, flute and a variety of percussion, layering sounds carefully and minimally to atmospheric effect – both traditional and original songs. Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti are a joy to listen to and we hope you enjoy it.

“Like stepping back into a bygone age, both in terms of musicality and atmosphere”
– FATEA Magazine

You can check out their music at and


This is a first for us: someone singing at soup that has previously pitched :). Some of you may recall Laura pitching on behalf of Brighton Oasis Project at our Emmaus event. Well now she’s back, but this time to sing and we’ve been looking forward to it.

Come and join us to hear those perfect pitches, taste scrummy food and enjoy the music. Only 2 weeks to go, but tickets are still available.

Hope you can join us.

Team Soup