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Musicians to the Rescue!

Hi Soupers,

With just a few weeks to go and no band booked to play at our Summer Soup event, enter stage right some Brighton musicians to the rescue. Three talented regulars from the Neptune’s Open Mic Nights have banded together to save the day and give us a special performance. Fellow band members Phil (singer/guitar) and Chris (Bass) are joined by mate Alan (Drums) in a band put together especially for soup. How cool is that!

Phil and Chris recently formed the band Burning Skies and you can see them play some tracks from their debut gig here. For our entertainment they will be playing a couple of band tracks along with some covers. These guys, along with drummer Alan, have been part of the Brighton music scene for a long time so we’re expecting a real treat.

Phil and Chris playing their recent debut debut gig at The Neptune.

Well now the entertainment is sorted, what about the rest?

The chefs are no doubt carefully planning what deliciousness they will bring on the night, though some may just knock out a masterpiece with what they have available the night before. Our raffle wrangler is out and about collecting some very special prizes, even for us. And the projects to pitch were all selected over the weekend. I think we’re good to go!

So who’s coming?

Team Soup

Spring Photos & Summer Soup!

Hi Soupers!

Well, it all seems like a while ago now, but we finally got our last event photos up. Here’s a few photos to whet your appetite. Or see the whole album here.

BrightonSoup @  St Richard’s
Friday 22nd March 2019

Summer Soup!

We’re also pleased to annouce our summer soup date, June 28th!

We’re back at All Saints and wouldn’t it be great for a gloriously sunny day where we can have the garden doors open.

Well here’s hoping!

All the best

Team Soup

BrightonSoup @ St Richard’s – Friday 22nd March 2019

For our 17th BrightonSoup event, we returned to St Richard’s Community Centre, where we held our second soup, back in September 2015.

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


The Venue

St Richard’s Community Centre
Egmont Road
Hove
BN3 7FP



 


The Projects & Pitchers

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

Matthew Moors and Jo pitched and won £446 in donations for thei their D-Mob  – Dementia Peer Support Group, helping those living with dementia to be heard, remain active and feel mutually supported.

Previoius winner Boudicca Pepper came back to give an update on the AudioActive project. Back in July 2018 she – along with Isha and Tom from Audio Active – won £448.00 for their Young Women Tech Group Project. Boudicca told us about how the projects has grown since then.

As always, 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 – Vertigirls

Vertigirls is a non profit community group run by volunteers, established in 2008 to help empower women with additional needs through the sport of rock climbing. 

We run low cost indoor climbing courses. For progression we have weekly sessions at local indoor walls. We have 4-6 subsidised outdoor climbing trips throughout the summer.

We need some new safety equipment to use and loan to our participants or there is no climbing. We need climbing harnesses, climbing ropes and technical gear needed to set up climbs. Harnesses are generally £40-60 We need 4 so max £240
Ropes are generally £40-60 We need 2 so max £120. The technical equipment we need for set up will be about £200. For those that understand climbing jargon we need a full rack, carabiners, slings, belay devices and rope protectors We are working on a deal with DMM to get these things at cost price.

Pitching: Christine Belk

Contact: Christine Belk
07780 637 271
vertigirlsclimbing@yahoo.com

Website:
www.vertigirls.net

 

 

 


2 – D-Mob  – Dementia Peer Support Group (Winner)

D-Mob is a local dementia peer support group formed in early 2018. Members come from all walks of life, some living with dementia others supporting people living with dementia.

It is estimated there are approximately 3000 people living with dementia in the city projected to be 3500 by 2030.

Currently the Alzheimer’s peer support group only provides a group for one year after diagnosis. D-Mob plugs this gap!

Through monthly social gatherings D-Mob provides invaluable opportunity for the voice of people living with dementia to be heard, for people to  remain active and to feel mutually supported.

Pitching: Matthew Moors Jo

Contact: Matthew Moors
07872 846 337
DementiaA@ageuk-bh.org

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Dementia-Friendly-Brighton-and-Hove-341639242912884/

Twitter:
@DAABrightonHove


3 –  CravenVale Honey Collective

An environmental, educational and community project to get the local residents buzzing! The idea is to introduce two Bee Hives into the residential area of CravenVale (North Kemptown). CravenVale is a housing estate with a mix of private and council housing. It has a dense population and good community hub in the heart of it that runs various activities, cafe and a Friday food bank.

The aim is to train community volunteer beekeepers to look after the bees. While a long side run an educational community study group for self directed learning, inviting in local experts to speak and share
their knowledge. To plant and maintain bee friendly plants and herbs all around the estate.
There is the opportunity for competitions and participations from local schools and business. The idea is to eventually have CravenVale honey produced in the ‘Vale’ along with Beeswax candles and bowls.

This project would benefit the whole community as it has something to offer all ages. From training up young-old beekeepers to educational workshops for children and a study group for adults. It will hopefully bring the community together and integrate all ages in the fascination of our new residents. It also aims to encourage outdoor activity whilst checking on the bees and planting/maintaining the plants, flowers and herbs. It would bring a buzz to our community especially once the honey arrives and there is the opportunity to taste, sell and enter competitions.

The funding would go towards Beekeeping training for two volunteers, the Beehive’s, Beekeeping suits for adults and children. It would also help to secure a safe place to facilitate
the educational groups and workshops. The funding could be put towards the plants and flowers needed to create a bee friendly environment.

We have the local Council behind the idea and hopefully will work alongside the Worthing Honey Collective who already have established hives all around worthing and are keen to
share their knowledge and point us in the right direction.

Pitching: Rachel Clatworthy

Contact: Rachel Clatworthy
rachelclatworthy@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 


4 – Tandem Rides 4 Health

This pilot project aims to improve wellbeing through getting people who are not active out on tandem bike rides along Brighton seafront. 

Each person will be offered a number of rides on safe cycle paths with a volunteer tandem lead rider.  It is hoped that the outdoor activity and company will lead to wellbeing benefits and we will ask for feedback at the start, mid and end points.

If successful, we will seek additional funding. The bikes are being supplied by Brighton Beach Bikes.

Pitching: Margaret Cooney & Mark Hedger

Contact: Margaret Cooney

07771 893 983
cooneymeg@yahoo.co.uk


The Contributors

Music – 4 Young Songwriters

A massive thank you to Boudicca Pepper, Miri, Nina & Ellie for entertaining us on the evening with a superb set of originals tracks. The first time a previous winner has returned to perform. They had such a wearm response and promised to return.


Soup and Food

These souper stars provided a delicious menu of 5 tasty soups to all of our guests – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free – something for everyone.


A big thanks to Jim Gray for once again bringing along some of his delicious freshly made bread! And to everyone else that brought food to share.


Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are the local people and businesses (and some national) that supported us with some amazing raffle prizes. These contributions often cover the cost of hosting the event so that all the ticket income and donations can go to the winner.

We raised £243 so a HUGE thank you!


The Volunteers

A special thanks to:

  • Olivia Canham for helping host the selection meeting, and Caz O’Kane, Matt Brabner, Claire Finn and Emma Davidson for the tough job of deciding on the pitching projects for this event.
  • Lizzie Batten & Sam Redfern for once again providing lovely soup and spending the evening serving people.
  • Alex Keene for taking some brilliant photos. And Jes Bailey & Jess for doing our social media photos and videos for the evening.
  • Shelley, Emma & Lynne for helping set up and staying late to clear up. And Lynne for a fanbtastic job on the raffle.
  • And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night! Special mention to Ollie for halping wash up :).

What a souper lovely bunch of people you all are!

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

Until next time!

Team Soup

We are grateful to the funding we have received from Brighton & Hove City Council and the Sussex Community Foundation.

 

4 Young Songwriters

It’s always great when a previous winner returns to tell us how their project progressed gone since they were given your money, even better when they come back and perform for us!

4 young songwriters come together to perform a track using what they have learned at music technology workshops. Equaliser is a space for young women to create, explore and adapt. It’s a support network and a space where we can learn and grow together.”

This time last year, Isha, Boudicca and Tom from Audi Active won the vote and took £698 in ticket money and donations for their Young Women in Tech project. The project encourages young women to get involved in the technical side of the creative arts.


Next week, Boudicca Pepper is returning to give us all an update on the AudioActive project and how it’s been going since they won the funding. 

Even better, she will be joined by three other young songwiters from the course – Miri, Nina and Ellie – to perform for us. How fantastic is that!

We’re really looking forward to it.

Team Soup

 

Well it’s been a while…

In a couple of different ways.

We haven’t been posting much since our last event and that was soooo last year. Literally. And we’re not using that ironically either. It was back in December 2018 and since then we’ve had a fair bit of downtime. But now, it’s time for uptime. Or as we like to say, “Now is the go!”

It’s about time we announced our next event, well past that time really. So that’s what we’re doing. And where do we go next? We’re returning to St Richard’s Community Hall in Hangleton, where we hosted our second event, way back in September 2015. Like we said earlier, it’s been a while.

If you want to join us you can get tickets here. And if you need a little funding for a project you’re running, or a great idea for one you’d like to start – something that helps your local community – then submit an application here.

Hope you can make it.

And don’t forget, now is the go!

Team Soup

Autumn Soup @ All Saints

Hi all,

Well we finally pulled our finger out and sorted out another soup. Yay!

It will be on Friday 28th September at All Saints Parish Hall in Hove. A late September, Autumn soup. Though we’re hoping the glorious warm weather will hang around a little longer so we can have the garden doors open.

As usual, you can get tickets here and submit your own project here.

And if you know of any musician types that would be up for playing on the night, then do let us know :).

See you soon.

Team Soup
Creating. Community. Engagement.

Bookface, Tweeter, Monstagram & The Postmonkeys!

Hi Soupers!

Well the project submission deadline has passed and we’re be getting a team together to go through them and select who will be pitching at our next event @ St George’s in Hangleton. A great venue we had the pleasure of hosting in once before.

We’re busy getting organised. The chef’s have all signed on. As has our musical entertainment (which we’ll tell you about soon). Some very lovely raffle prizes are coming in. We can’t wait!

In the meantime, we have a request. We’re looking for a cheeky, creative volunteer (or two) to take on our social media. Someone savvy with bookface, tweeter and monstagram as well as these bloggy things and of course the postmonkeys. If you’re capable and fancy wrangling all these things (or some of them) – or you know someone who can, then please do get in touch. We’d love to have them make our soup lives so much easier :).

That’s all for now.

Thanks!

Team Soup

Thank you for being a friend (and sorry about the song)!

Hi Everyone!

“I wanna tell you right now, and tell you again, thank you for being a friend”

Well I’m really sorry if we just got that song stuck in your head, but it’s perfect for what we want to say.

We’re in our 4th year now (yeah, really) and that couldn’t have happened without the wondrous, gorgeous, beautiful group of people – past and present – that have made us look good: the volunteers!

In this week celebrating volunteers, we wanted to let everyone know that we couldn’t, really, really, couldn’t have done – and be continuing to do – this, without people giving their time and energy for nothing but the love of doing it. And maybe a fun night out every now and then.

You lovely people that: make lovely food for us, sing and play for us, give us prizes to raffle, or money to projects, stand up and tell us about your passions, help us reach out for help, hand out leaflets, walk streets, host stands, spend days and evenings doing paperwork or organising things, writing blogs and posts, helping on the night (sometimes very late at night), taking photos, serving food, washing and clearing up, support us with donations of food, vegetables, cakes, equipment, money, advice, encouragement, buy tickets, come early to help, stay late to clear tables and chairs, even sweep and hoover. If you helped once, or have done so continuously. There really are too many of you to list here, but you know who you are. We certainly do.

So to all of you volunteers, from the heart, we say thank you so very much.

Now, again, sorry about the song, but it’s what we want to say. Well except the bit about buying you a Cadillac. Apart from that..

And if you’re too young to know the song, here it is. Enjoy!

Thank you for being a Volunteer.

Team Soup

PS: And speaking of thank you, if you’re attending the Survivor’s Network’s ‘Thank You Day’ tomorrow then we hope to see you there. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time.

Return of the Dragon Slayer!

Hey Soupers!

We’re very happy to announce our next community funding event!

Catchy title, but there won’t actually be any dragon’s slain on the night – it’s not that kind of event. These dragon’s will be warm and friendly, rather than fiery and deadly. It’s just a cute (we think) reference to our next event venue.

We’re heading back to St George’s Community Hall in Hangleton, where we had a great time one very cold February. This time we expect it to be gloriously bright and sunny – yeah, okay, more like ‘hope’.

Tickets are now available, but more importantly, we’re open for submissions! So if you have something you’ve been thinking of starting, or need a little financial help to keep something going – then do apply. Even if you don’t win you get a chance to promote your project and meet friendly dragons wanting to help and support you. And eat some delicious soup too :).

So, who wants to start something?

Team Soup

 

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