BrightonSoup @ All Saints – Friday 28th September 2018

For our 15th BrightonSoup event, we returned to All Saints in Hove.

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


The Venue 

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All Saints
The Drive
Hove
BN3 3QE

 

 

 


The Projects & Pitchers

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

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Laura Darrall pitched for Caritas  and won the vote for their Meals for The Homeless project. They received £448!

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 – Sew & Grow in the Community

Sew and Grow in the Community would create a safe space for women to build confidence, strengthen community bonds and open up conversations around the impact of domestic abuse whilst learning valuable sewing skills. 43772994_2060560064006133_2472751163527659520_o

The first course is for women from the BME community who have expressed a desire to learn sewing skills as a way to save and make money.

Pitching: Sue McFarlane

Contact:

Email: mesew.sue@gmail.com


2 – All Saints – Caritas (Winner)

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Since 2013, Caritas has provided a monthly Sunday lunch for homeless and vulnerably housed people, and those who feel excluded or on the periphery of society. It is held at All Saints Church Hall. Much of the food cooked is donated by Fairshare- an organisation which redistributes supermarket food that is about to go out of date.

Pitching: Laura Darrall 43647267_2060560380672768_8058011168792379392_o

Contact:

Laura on 07515 940 639

Email: pastoralassistant@allsaintshove.org

Website:  allsaintshove.org

Facebook: facebook.com/allsaintshove


3 –  Market Beans – Coffee With A Social Purpose

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Market Beans is a brand new social enterprise providing young people with a learning disability and/or autism with work skills and barista training to increase their employability. We will have fun with our trainees selling a range of high quality coffee at community events, festivals and in public spaces from a ‘coffee bike’, which we will cycle to the location, supplementing battery power with solar panels to minimise the environmental impact of the project.

Pitching: Katherine Wynne & Roger Lightbown

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Katherine on 07943 401 830

Email: katherine@marketbeans.org

Website: marketbeans.org

Facebook: facebook.com/marketbeans

Twitter: twitter.com/marketbeans


4 – No Labels, No Limits, Just Me – Twice Dead #1

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“The residents of a home for a group of physically and mentally disabled people have been purposely abandoned to their fate during a world wide Zombie pandemic. But these disposable survivors aren’t as helpless as you might think.”
Twice Dead #1 – Darwin’s End.

The creation and distribution of Book 1 of a 16 part comic series, that can be read by all (reading and non-reading abilities). The pictures as much as the dialogue will tell the story. The first comic will be given out at a local launch. The color graphics for the comic will be 43666467_2060561467339326_7525883721753296896_odone by myself and a fellow Graphic Artist who himself has a disability.

Pitching: Suchitra Chatterjee

Contact:

Suchitra on 07815 101723

Email: twicedeadtrilogy@gmail.com

Website: website coming soon (twicedead.co.uk)

Twitter: twitter.com/Call_Me_Badger


The Contributors

Music – Karandash

A massive thank you to Kaile, Ed and Tom from Karandash for entertaining us with their Eastern European folk music!

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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.

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Curried Mixed Vegetable

Lizzie Batten
Scotch Broth

Sam Redfern
Carrot, Cumin and Coriander

Joanne and Dan Gray
Courgette

Paul Tansley
Chicken Noodle

Thanks to all our chefs and everyone 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 £253 so a HUGE thank you!


The Volunteers 

  • Thank you to Caitlin Hayward-Tapp, Alex Keene, Lynne Lester-George and Nicola Keene for joining our project selection team for this event.
  • Thanks again to chefs Lizzie and Sam for spending the evening serving soup to people.
  • To Alex for taking some brilliant photos
  • And to Sharon Barrow, Clare Finn, Dominic Lester-George and Nicola Anjos for and all our lovely Team Soup volunteers for once again helping to put on a great event.
  • And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night!

What a souper lovely bunch of people you all are!

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

Check out the event photos here.

Until next time!

Team Soup

Souperstar: Ayten Gasson

Back in the summer of 2016, we had an amazing soup evening at the lovely Revival Café at Emmaus. At the end of the evening a couple of women – Ayten and Joe – came over to say how much they really enjoyed the whole evening and wanted to help.

Ayten wanted to donate a box of luxury goods to our next raffle,  and Joe wanted to cook us some delicious soup. And true to their word, they did – and have many times since!

Recently we spoke to them about why they wanted to get involved. In a few weeks we will hear from Joe, but first up is Ayten. Ayten runs the Ayten Gasson boutique, which sells ethical luxury items.

I first heard about Brighton Soup through a very good friend of mine who had been before and spoke passionately about it. I now regularly attend and prepare a raffle prize for each event for my own little way of supporting the cause. My friend now actually prepares soup for the night so she, along with the whole Brighton Soup community, is really quite inspirational!

There are a number of things I love about the event but something that really stands out for me is the clear empathy and commitment of those involved. It shows us that there are people out there who want to make things better and lend a helping hand. With so much uncertainty and, frankly, terrible things going on in the world right now it’s comforting to know that there are good people who want to get involved and do what they can for their community.

As the owner of my company and boutique I love to see other independent business owners taking the time to support people trying to get an idea off the ground. They are all so supportive, whether that means volunteering, donating or just simply attending.

I’m originally from London and started my business there but I can’t think of anywhere else I would have wanted to open my boutique. It is a bit of a cliché but Brighton does have a certain feel about the place and I’ve definitely felt support from the wide range of independent businesses we have in the city.

As a parent I’m always interested in any projects and ideas presented at the soup nights that concern or involve children and also, as someone runs a creative business, I’m always impressed by anyone using their creativity to help others.

Brighton Soup is a great way to help the community and get inspired at the same time. Everyone is so dedicated to what they do that you can’t help but come away wanting to do more.

The ‘Ayten Gasson Boutique’ can be found at 32A Bath Street, or online at www.aytengasson.com

Ayten has once again donated a raffle prize for our upcoming event (Friday 28th September at All Saints, Hove) Quick link for tickets here!

 

Karandash @ All Saints Brighton Soup!

Brighton- based band Karandash are coming to Brighton Soup! They’ll be putting some Balkan flavour into our next Soup, at All Saints (Hove) on Friday 28th September.

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Known for their foot-stomping Klezmer and Eastern European folk music, the band will be entertaining us as we tot up the votes for the winning pitcher!

You can check their music out here if you want to get practicing your folk dance! (Dancing encouraged but not mandatory!)

Just three weeks to go before the event- don’t forget to book your tickets!

Hope you’re as excited as we are!

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.

Souperstar: Martin Pritchard of Chu Chu Burmese Kitchen

Just before our last Soup Event (@ St George’s Hangleton) we caught up with one of our talented chefs, Martin Pritchard, who once again provided deliciou soup from from his Chu Chu Burmese Kitchen.

Martin & Tara Pritchard first joined us as volunteers in early 2017. They came to help set up at our May event, and we were all blown away by their boundless energy! Since then, they’ve volunteered at other events, and Martin has become one of our favourite soup chefs. Today, we’ve met him at ‘The Food Rocks’ market in Horsham, where he has a pitch every Thursday and Saturday selling delicious Burmese food.

Martin, how did you and Tara meet?

I was on my travels in Hawaii, queuing at a youth hostel. Tara was in the queue too! We got talking, and then met again on a flight to the Cook Islands. It went from there! We travelled together in New Zealand, and then lived together in Sydney, Australia for 9 months. When we returned to the UK, we moved in together and eventually married in 2009. We lived for a while in Chessington (near the theme park) but both loved the sea and came to Brighton whenever we could. We eventually moved here, but with our jobs don’t get to the beach as often as we’d like!

How did you get interested in cooking?

I grew up in Cheltenham, where I learnt to be a meat-and-veg man with a particular passion for peas soaked in vinegar! Later on, I studied Tourism and Management at Brighton Uni, living mainly on burgers and potatoes in all their guises. Tara, on the other hand, had grown up all over the world, eating spicy food in countries like Malaysia when she was just a kid. I guess I had a sort of ultimatum: “If you want this relationship to move forward, you need to expand your eating habits!”

So what happened?

We had an Italian housemate called Gino when we lived in Sydney, and he showed me some simple Italian dishes that inspired me. I found a love of cooking and have been making up for lost time ever since. Having been employed as a Payroll Manager for 17 years, I realised it was not what I had set out to do and it was driving me crazy. I hated being office bound and needed to do something different so I set up my own food business. Tara’s father is Anglo Burmese, and we decided that as Burmese food isn’t really known in the UK we would like to try and change that. Tara still has a job that takes her all over the world, but we’d both like to be able to dedicate ourselves to this line of work.

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The food is delicious! I just had a Dhal, which is quite like Indian or Nepali but also a bit different! And tea leaf salad?

Burmese Cuisine could be characterised by its use of fish (fish sauce and ngapi, which is shrimp paste) and drip shrimp, but it also takes influences from the countries it borders: Bangladesh, India, China, Thailand and Laos.

Many of the dishes we serve are traditional family recipes, the Oh No Khao Swe  (Chicken, Coconut & Egg Curry) is one of Tara’s Grandad’s recipes and one of the favourite things to eat in her family. “Chu Chu”, the name of the business, comes from the family name for the crispy egg noodles that are liberally sprinkled on the Oh No Khao Swe.

Laphet, or Tea Leaf Salad, is a ubiquitous Burmese dish. It is said that the Burmese are the only nationality to eat tea as well as drink it. The young tea leaves are picked and buried in sacks underground to ferment for anything between 6 months and 2 years. The tea leaves are then served over a salad of shredded veg (cabbage and lettuce), and served with numerous toppings such as crispy onion, crispy garlic, shrimp powder, mixed nuts and beans for the crunch that the Burmese love so much, along with the dressing of fish sauce, garlic oil and lime juice.

How did you get involved with Brighton Soup?

To be honest, Tara signed up for it initially. She was interested in what Brighton Soup do, and wanted to help out and try to make a difference to the community we live in, and I tagged along. I like what it stands for. There is a really nice environment at the events, and its great to be able to contribute to charities by doing what I do!

Martin can be found every Thursday and Saturday at the Food Rocks Market, Carfax, Horsham. If you love food, and particularly spicy food, then try this place out! Its just a bit different!

Chu Chu Burmese Kitchen

Team Soup

 

 

BrightonSoup @ St George’s Hangleton – Friday 6th July 2018

Our 14th BrightonSoup, at St George’s Community Hall in Hangleton.

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


BS14-event-bowl-st-georges-hoveThe Venue 

St George’s Community Hall
Court Farm Road
Hove
BN3 7QR

It’s a great place for a community event, we all had a good night.

A big thank you to Colm Lennon for letting us use the hall again, and being so supportive throughout.


The Projects & Pitchers

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jess
from the Centre for Ecotherapy won the vote and £441.80 in ticket money for their Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Project.

A special thanks to the guest who donated a matching £441.80 to Park Life, and to another who offered to decorate a room for free for the William Collier House Project.

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 – Centre for Ecotherapy – Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Project (Winner)

Jess from Centre for Ecotherapy pitched for some funding to support the delivery of their 6 week Social and Theraputic Horticulture Project.

The programme is for people at risk of isolation or experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions who may benefit from participating in structured social activities in an allotment/nature-rich setting. Programme activities include: Plant bed creation and preparation; seed sowing and seedling care; planting out and follow on care; tree and shrub care; pruning and clearing; site design and development, including practical carpentry or fencing work; use of tools including garden tools, woodworking tools, bushcraft tools, hand saws; fire-making and food preparation; walks; animal/bird identification; discussions and supported social engagement.

It is recognised that for some people the bus journey and walk in the morning is a barrier to accessing this service. The Centre for Ecotherapy is committed to providing a taxi journey from a specific location to the allotment site for the 6 sessions.

Pitching: Jess Bayley

Contact:

Jess on 07517 090 915

info@centreforecotherapy.org.uk centreforecotherapy.org.uk
facebook.com/centreforecotherapy
instagram.com/centreforecotherapy


2 –  William Collier House – Communal Room Decoration

William Collier House is a hostel supporting 94 homeless men and women with substance misuse problems, mental health issues and learning difficulties.

Our residents often come to William Collier House straight from rough sleeping and can have quite chaotic lifestyles. As support workers, we work closely with our residents to prepare them for more independent living with the aim to move them within 2 years of them moving in. This involves helping them address addictions, manage their health and gain meaningful occupation whether that be enrolling on a course or getting into voluntary or paid work.

The funding of Brighton Soup would be used to redecorate an unused room in the hostel to use it as a multi-purpose room for activities and also as a communal space for residents to use to socialise as their lounge has now been converted to a work and learning centre, so they no longer have a communal area meaning they are drawn back into their rooms, causing boredom and isolation and increasing their substance use and poor mental health.  The room would help bring back a sense of community and allow them to connect with each other

Pitching: Sarah Lobo

Contact:

Sarah on 07470 874 701

Lobo_sarah@yahoo.co.uk

 


3 – Park Life – The Park Life Campaign

Outdoor play is essential for children. Parks are places where children can learn to be active, get fit and healthy, and where they and their parents can meet friends and build their community. The Park Life Campaign has been set up by a group of local residents and parents to try and get the decent parks that East Brighton deserves. We want the local authority to take notice and take action, by investing in our local parks and by listening to local resident feedback – including the voices of our children. We want our children to have the benefit of a decent park in the heart of their community. We want to bring the whole community together to help make the change

Pitching: Evie Martin / Caitlin Smith

Contact:

Park Life on 07847 182 594

info@bhparklife.co.uk

www.facebook.com/BHParkLife/

 


4 – Imagine If – Whitehawk Inn Drama Club

The Whitehawk Inn Drama Club is is a free drop in group, with 8-10 people a week ageing from 20-70. We aim for our group to be as inclusive as possible tailoring the sessions to fit the needs of the group. It is a chance to escape and have fun using drama games in a supportive and safe environment. There is an emphasis on being playful and each individual is encouraged to participate as much or as little as they feel comfortable with.

Carlie and Karen have been voluntarily running Whitehawk Inn drama group for three years now. They both came to drama from their personal experience of social anxiety and noticing how drama helped. Playing drama games increased their confidence, self-esteem and communication skills. They are passionate about sharing their skills with others who could benefit. Carlie is a professionally trained actor and has extensive experience in theatre and performance. Karen has had training in clowning and puppetry and has recently completed an MA in Dramatherapy.

“A great group really helping my confidence and the leaders are really kind and supportive may there be many more”

Pitching: Karen Hickman

Contact:

Karin on 07769 172 153

kdhickman7@yahoo.co.uk

 

 


The Contributors

Music – Lauren Alex Hooper

A massive thank you to Lauren Alex Hooper for coming along to entertain us with her beautiful music. We loved it!

Check out her website laurenalexhooper.com and listen to her single Invisible again.


Soup and Food

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

Tom Chadd The Soup Dept
Tomato & Basil

Lizzie Batten
Pea & Ham

Sam Redfern
Summer Pesto

Joanne Gray
Summer Red Lentil, Spinach & Courgette

Martin Pritchard Chu Chu Burmese
Spicy Lentil & Tomato

A big thanks to Jim Gray for bringing along some 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 £216 so a HUGE thank you!


The Volunteers 

  • Thank you to our Project Selection Team for the difficult task of whittling down submissions to the final four. Regulars Olivia Canham and Caz O’Kane (who also helped out in the kitchen) as well as guests for this event, Ken George and Carl Walker.
  • Thanks again to chefs Lizzie and Sam for spending the evening serving soup to people, and Martin who couldn’t make it, but still made soup for us anyway.
  • To first time soupers, HelpfulPeep Sharon Barrow for being so helpful, coming early and staying to the end, and Heather Clavering for all the help.
  • To the regular soupers who came early to help out or stayed late to clear up: Shelley Jane Brown, Maura Toner and Jacqueline Sethi.
  • To Alex Keene for taking some great photos and helping us clear up and load the van at the end of the night.
  • And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night. It’s a really nice feeling to see so many people who’s names we never get helping to put away tables, chairs, wiping table cloths and generally helping clear up. It always makes the clear up so much easier and we really appreciate it.

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

Lauren Alex Hooper – a musical wordsmith

Hello Soupers!

Well, here we are, in the run up to our next event – BrightonSoup @ St George’s – on the 6th July!

We’ve been scurrying around getting everything ready for you, and it’s with no small amount of excitement that we announce our performer for the evening; Lauren Alex Hooper!

Lauren will be gracing us with her musical stylings, a musical wordsmith who uses the power of words as a way through her own journey with mental health. She follows this philosophy by running a blog;

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Lauren has just put out her first single – ‘Invisible’ – a deeply personal song she co-wrote to raise some awareness about how difficult it can be to get support. All the proceeds from this are going to the charity Young Minds.

Visit her website at laurenalexhooper.com

And come and see her perform on the 6th July 2018!
(psssst…you’re not too late to get a ticket!)

Team Soup

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