Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

Happy New Year Soupers!

A bit of radio silence from us since our last soup, which seems ages – well it was last year :). A little down time, but we’re fully refreshed (sort of) and raring to go (almost). Much like everyone else we imagine. Hello 2018!

But before we leave 2017 behind we want to thank all of you for supporting us during the year: The souper chefs that deliciously tingled our taste buds * The glorious people and companies that donated prizes to the absolute delight of our guests, and helped cover our costs in the process * The superbly talented musicians that pleasured our ears (too much?)  and got our feet tapping * The little army of volunteers helping us prepare for the events, then turn up on the day to help make it all happen, and those staying late to help make it all unhappen – in time for bed * All of you wonderful adventurous people that come out to join us, even on the coldest, gloomy nights, buying the tickets that fund the projects and supporting  your community * Those that brought food to share, bought or baked * And of course the brave and passionate people that stand up in front of you all and pitch for their projects – the very heart of what we do. Thank you all sooooooo much!

Speaking of projects, if you were at our warm and festive Christmas soup @ Community Base on the 8th December, you would have seen Caitlin win the vote for the Survivors Network, who needed funds to make their much used counselling rooms welcoming and suitable for helping the many adults and children that have to use them at very difficult times. They were awarded £384 from your tickets and a generous £500 donation from Dave Steell at One Church Brighton.

One of the joys of our events is how people in the room come together to help the projects, and this event was no exception. A gentleman from ZeroDayLab Ltd spoke to Caitlin and donated another £500! It’s great result such a fantastic project and we know the money will be put to good use, but we would like to mention the other three equally compelling projects that pitched on that night.

We know that several other guests offered the other pitchers support that night, but we know they are still short of their targets. So we’d like to list mention them here in case some of you – or someone you know – can help them.

St Luke’s Advice Centre – Katie Love

St Luke’s free service provides help and support to people on debt and welfare benefits issues. Their volunteer advisers go out and meet clients to help them, but this involves lone working and one volunteer is registered blind. So they desperately need a smartphone because it’s accessibility features, email and maps will enable them to see more clients in accessible locations, have more regular contact and in a safer manner. They already see over 300 clients per year and expect that number to grow.

If you can help please contact them on 01227 557 772 or email info@stlukesonline.co.uk.

The Washing Up – Kate McCoy & Nou Ra

The Washing Up is a performance about an everyday activity that everyone can relate too. It is being created by artists and participants in addiction recovery and will include songs, storytelling,  and finding  out who does  most of The Washing Up in Brighton! We want to create something funny and thought provoking and we have been programmed to perform at Your Place, part of Brighton Festival in 2018. Creativity is such an important part of addiction recovery and we want to give opportunities for people to participate, learn and grow. We are looking for support so we can reduce the barriers to participation by providing refreshments, helping with travel costs and finding accessible venues to rehearse in.

If you can help please call Kate McCoy on 07786 068 462 or email madamemccoy@hotmail.com

Kennedy Street CIC – Clare Kennedy

Kennedy Street help to build resilience, wellbeing and employability skills of people in Recovery. Their Community Connections program helps by developing social enterprise opportunities that offer supportive, nurturing, employment & self employment opportunities.They’re looking for funds to help them continue the great work they’re doing.

If you can help please call 07775 737 314 or email kennedystreetcic@gmail.com.

Three great projects still looking for help and support. Pass it on!

As for us, we’ll be announcing our first 2018 event shortly, but in the meantime you can see full details on our Xmas event and check out our facebook album – tag yourself :).

Hope you’re having a cracking start to 2018.

Love & New Year Hugs.

Team Soup

 

BrightonSoup @ Community Base ~ Friday 8th December 2017

At our 12th Soup event, we returned to Community Base right in the town centre of Brighton.

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


The Venue

BrightonSoup @ Community Base
113 Queens Rd
Brighton
BN1 3XG

Thank you to Olivia and Alison for their continued support and once again hosting our Christmas soup.


The Projects:

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

Caitlin pitched for the Survivor’s Network and won the vote on the night for their counselling rooms improvement. This means that they now can make essential changes to their counselling rooms for those who have suffered sexual abuse and violence.

They received £884 in donations, £384 raised from the tickets and a generous £500 donation from Dave Steell at One Church Brighton.

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 – Kennedy Street CIC – Community Connections

All Kennedy Street’s programs help to build the resilience, wellbeing and employability skills of people in Recovery.

The community connections program – An Introduction to Social Enterprise –  helps by developing social enterprise opportunities that offer supportive, nurturing, employment & self employment opportunities.

Pitching: Clare Kennedy

Contact: Clare Kennedy 07775 737 314
email           kennedystreetcic@gmail.com
website:      kennedystreetcic.co.uk/community
facebook:   facebook.com/KennedyStCIC
twitter:        @kennedystcic

 


2 – The Washing Up – Cascade Creative Recovery

The Washing Up is a performance about an everyday activity that everyone can relate too. It is being created by artists and participants in addiction recovery and will include songs, storytelling, and finding out who does most of The Washing Up in Brighton!

We want to create something funny and thought provoking and have been programmed to perform at Your Place, part of Brighton Festival in 2018. Creativity is such an important part of addiction recovery and we want to give opportunities for people to participate, learn and grow. We are looking for support so we can reduce the barriers to participation by providing refreshments, helping with travel costs and finding accessible venues to rehearse in.

DSC_0260Pitching: Kate McCoy & Nou Ra

Contact: Kate McCoy 07786 068 462
email:          madamemccoy@hotmail.com
website:      Smallperformanceadventures.com
facebook:   facebook.com/cascadedramacollective
twitter:        @katelodgemccoy


3 – The Survivors Network (Winner)

Survivors’ Network, the Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex, provides counselling among many other forms of support.

Our specialist therapists provide an amazing service but the counselling rooms on site are in need of some TLC. The lighting is stark and we don’t have the storage options for all of the creative materials used in our sessions with children, meaning the rooms can feel crowded. All survivors who come into our space need to feel safe and valued, and that starts with the feel of the building and the care put into our spaces. We’d like to invest in 5 nice floor lamps and some attractive storage options – these simple changes would make a huge difference to our clients’ experience of the service. With your help we hope to have counselling rooms we can be truly proud of and that feel safe and comfortable for survivors.

Pitching: Caitlin Hayward-Tapp

Contact: Caitlin 01273 203 380
email:          caitlin@survivorsnetwork.org.uk
website:      survivorsnetwork.org.uk
facebook:   facebook.com/survivorsnet
twitter:        @SurvivorsnetBtn

 


4 – St Luke’s Advice Service

We are a free service for people in Brighton & Hove which aims to provide practical help, advice and guidance to people in need. We assist over 300 people a year with debt and welfare benefits, and demand for our service continues to rise. Our project is for our home visits, to enable us to reach clients where they are, and to do this we need a new mobile phone. We also offer advice work in different, more accessible locations and our adviser in the field needs a smartphone with accessible technology to enable her to best serve our clients.

Pitching: Katie Love

Contact:     01227 557 772
email:          info@stlukesonline.co.uk
website:      stlukesonline.co.uk

 

 


Music

A BIG thank you to the wonderful Megan Lara Mae for coming along to entertain us with some great original tunes, and a terrific cover of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

meganlaramae.com

 

 

 


Contributors

 Soup and Food

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

Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept

  • Spiced Pumpkin

Lizzie Batten

  • Scotch Broth

Paul Tansley

  • Fish Chowder

Kate Dixon

  • Rustic Pea & Mint

Martin Pritchard

  • Spicy Red Pepper

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

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 £224 so a HUGE thank you!

 

 

The Volunteers

  • Thank you to Olivia Canham, Caz O’Kane, Chris Llewelyn and Ahmed El Dessouki for joining our project selection team for this event.
  • Thanks to Lizzie for not only making soup, but spending the evening serving it and then helping clear up.
  • All of our lovely Team Soup volunteers for once again helping to put on a great event, and Martin & Kate for making soups.
  • And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night.
    Special mention to Ollie’s friends who cleaned and sorted the table cloths.
    And Megan Lara Mae who not only sang, but then vacuumed the entire room!

What an awesome souper lovely bunch of people you all are!

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

Check out the event photos here.

Happy Christmas!

Team Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Lara Mae

We’re delighted to announce that the wonderful Megan Lara Mae is playing for us at the next Soup!

Megan is a singer songwriter, taking inspiration from artists such as Rae Morris, Oh Wonder, BANKS and Aurora. She skillfully fuses her classical and choral technicalities from her youth with ambience, soul and electronic production to create a soft melodic pop sound.

Writing from age 12 and performing from 15 she has played original songs at shows and festivals around the UK: The Great Escape, Smoked & Uncut and Glastonbury Festival. She has been on the radio too performing on the BBC Live Lounge and Tom Robinson’s Mixtape on BBC 6 Music. Things like “lamenting sound” and “beautiful voice” were said.

That’s what I call a talent for a 21 year old! 

You can listen to Megan’s latest single, ‘Mask’ here. Better still, come along to see her live performance at our Christmas Soup  @ Community Base on Friday 8th December. There’s still time to grab your tickets!

Team Soup

It’s All About the Connection – Interview with Nicola Allen

Hello Soupa peeps! 

At the last Soup night at St. Luke’s, I got chatting with Nicola who’s one of our soup regulars. I discovered that she’s now a public face of Action of Elder Abuse, having a photo of herself as part of Rejuvenation, a photography exhibition at Brighton Station. I went to find out more.

Tell me a bit about yourself. I can hear the accent.  

I live in Kemptown now but I’m actually from Manchester. I left there when I was 16, then I went travel and work around the world before settling down in Brighton. I’ve done all kinds of works. I’ve even been on the stage at the Theatre Royal! 

That must have been quite an amazing experience! How did you come across BrightonSoup?

A couple years ago, I’ve seen an advert in the newsagent’s window. It said “Do you like soup? Do you like people? Well, come to Brighton Soup!” And I like trying lots of different things. I thought I would just come see what it’s about. I’ve been to at least 6 BrightonSoups since. Each time I’ve brought loads of people with me. It’s cheap. it’s a great night out.

And The raffle prizes are worth going for alone! 

Didn’t your friend win a raffle prize from one of our regular chefs – a private dining experience?

Yes she did! The chef was Sam Redfern, who turned up and served 5 of us three courses dinner. We explained to him that we only had a tiny kitchen. So he said he would cook it at home and bring it to the house. He brought it all in tupperware,. Then he came to collect it after we finished. It was such a fantastic prize!

 What prompted you to get involved with the Elder Abuse Recovery Service (EARS)?

I went to BrightonSoup one night and this lady was doing a wonderful pitch. It was for a charity that was developing and piloting in Brighton. I wanted to find a charity that I could, hopefully make a difference and help it grow. Also I was drawn to a charity that helps the older generation. I think the elderly are amazing, but they’re brushed aside. 

What’s your role there and how has the experience has been for you?

I’m a Befriender. I take someone who has been financially abused out. And I integrate them back into the society. I give up my time to reach out to people who live quite far out like Eastbourne. It isn’t one-sided. When I started, I didn’t realise how much I’d get out of it. It’s making me view things completely different.  I have gained so much by sourcing out places to take people to. Salvation Army has brilliant activities, even provides a pick-up service. It  has given me a font of a knowledge. And I has met some truly amazing people – there was an old lady who was blind. She was 80 and a rug maker!

You’re also involved with the Rejuvenation community project, how did that happen?

It is part of an Older People’s Festival. The poster at the station is about people who are over 50 and their volunteer work. I wanted to raise the publicity for EARS and their works. We desperately need more volunteers. 

Before I let you go, can you describe BrightonSoup in 3 words?

Souptastic. Community. Inspire.

Well described, Nicola!

Well big thank you to Nicola for taking the time to speak to us, and I have to say I’m completely in awe of how passionate and dedicated she is in her volunteering role.

If you want to find out more about the groups she’s involved with check out Action of Elder Abuse, their Elder Abuse Recovery Service (EARS). Or contact Gail Shanahan directly on 07508 823 975 or gailshanahan@elderabuse.org.uk. Gail is their Volunteer Co-ordinator and the lady doing the wonderful pitch that inspired Nicola to get involved.

As an aside, if you check our event post A Festive BrightonSoup @ Community Base from last December you’ll see Nicola and friends all dressed up for Christmas!

You can also see more about the Rejuvenation photography exhibition at Brighton Station.

That’s all for now. I hope you to see you at our next soup @ Community Base on Dec 8th. Hope you can make it.

Tammy
(Tom Khai Kai)

A Tale of Two Projects

If you came along to our soup @ St Luke’s last week, then you know we had a good night. It was our first time at St Luke’s and Reverend Martin Poole made us feel very welcome. It was a shame the building work delays meant we didn’t get to use the fancy new ramped entrance and disabled toilets, but that didn’t stop us enjoying  the space. We weren’t sure that was going to be the case earlier in the day though.

A few hours before doors open we had two of our pitchers cancel. We do get cancellations, which is why we have a reserve arrangement: a 5th pitcher stands by and if they don’t get to pitch on the night (everyone turns up), then they get a guaranteed spot next time. Sadly this time the reserve couldn’t make it either. WIth a couple of days notice we could have arranged something (as we have in the past) , but with only hours left we had no choice but to go ahead with just two.

We were worried that the limited selection would make it less enjoyable for the attendees, but we needn’t have. They still had two great projects to choose from and everything else was the same: the delicious and plentiful food, the buzz and clatter of eating and conversation, the super raffle prizes, the awesome musical entertainment and of course the delightful company. We think it went really well. So did you, judging by the feedback!

“I love how people connected in the room. We all shared one thing in common at the event; we turned up because we want something good to happen in our community. And it’s wonderfully uplifting!”

The positive community feel of how people can connect across this city happened before the doors opened. We had a call from the guys at Laing O’Rourke – the builders working up at the Royal Sussex – who had just finished a Macmillan coffee morningwith the NHS staff. They raised £700 – and could not eat another cake. Would we like them for our guests? How fantastic was that!

So a lot happened before we even started…

First up to pitch was Stephanie Lake pitching for the Brighton Women’s Centre who need computer equipment for their peer support drop-in groups. Then was Jon Bebb from Turning The Tide pitching for funds for their TREASURE project, to help take struggling families on uplifting weekend breaks. The one benefit to having two pitchers was they each got a little more time during the Q&A bit.

 

How many different ways can we thank the awesome chefs that give us our tasty selection? Once again Tom, Sam, Lizzie, Jo and our very own Martin delivered souper deliciousness. Tom couldnt make it (gigging in France again), but everyone else was there. Some of them may even have served you some soup – I hope you were on your best behaviour :).

So feasted, it was time to close the voting and whilst we counted votes and door money we had our raffle and entertainment. So a huge thanks to all of our contributors for giving us some great prizes: everything from more food and drink, clothes and pampering, stuff for the kids and some fun days out including a ride on the Brighton Zipwire and the i360! A special thanks to Tracy from Tesco who also came along to help out! You can get full details of everyone here. Thanks to them and all of our guests we raised £197.30 to help cover our costs. Thank you very much.

So raffle out the way, one of the highlight of the evening had to be Shauna Pentony‘s performance, a mix of original songs and covers on guitar, all delivered with her angelic and soulfull voice. Despite losing her voice earlier in the day, she still went on and absolutely delivered. Her quiet heartfelt song about her sister “Call My Name” and the closing rendition of Valerie are faves of ours. You can watch video here in case you missed it or want to enjoy it  again.

So just before we announced the evenings winner we had a quick update from last soup’s winner, Jenny Skelton and her daughter Charlie. The first ever Disability Pride Brighton event went perfectly and to say thanks to BrightonSoupers for the funding they received. The money was used to hire a Changing Places toilet which enabled people with the most severe disabilities to attend. They didn’t want to exclude anyone and your funding ensured they didn’t. The toilet hiring company said they had one of the busiest days they had ever had, which is a testament to the inclusive nature of the event.

So, then it was time to annouce who soupers had voted for this evening. A lot of people had a difficult choice, but in the end it was Stephanie who won the funds for her the Brighton Women’s Centre drop in suite computers. We saw a lot of people talking to both our projects on the night so we’re hoping they all got some much needed support. As ever, we’ll keep you posted.

So then thank you’s and clean up time, and it went a treat this time. For the first time we closed the kitchen to hot food/drinks after the voting and it gave us more time to clean up and we got to leave early.

And the cakes from the hospital? They went down a treat, but we still didn’t finish them, all. So at the end of the evening we added them to our food that we donated to the Stopover Team @ Impact Initiatives. They were expecting soup, bread and maybe some biscuits – they got a lot of cakes too :).

“One of the many thing I love about soup is how people just talk to each other. Love that the tables seat eight so people will sit with others whom they have never met before, and make connections they otherwise wouldn’t”

You can check out the event photos. Or get the full details on the pitchers, chefs, musician and contributors that supported us at BrightonSoup @ St Luke’s 29th September 2017

Team Soup

BrightonSoup @ St Luke’s 29th September 2017

Our 11th BrightonSoup event, this time at St Luke’s Church, Old Shoreham Road.Road

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


 

Stefanie pitched for the Brighton Women’s Centre and won the vote receiving £383.30 in donations to get some replacement computers for they drop in suite.

 

 

 

 

Jenny, Charlie & James came back to tell us how their Disability Pride Brighton event went, and how the money they won at our last event helped severealy disabled user enjoy the day.


The Venue

BrightonSoup @ St Luke’s
64 Old Shoreham Road
Brighton
BN1 5DD

Thank you to to Reverend Martin Poole for all his help.

 


The Projects

A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, it’s not an easy task and we couldn’t do it without you!

Sadly two projects and a reserve dropped out on the day, so there were only 2 pitches on the night. As always, they are always looking for extra help and support. If you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.


1 – Brighton Women’s Centre (Winner)

At Brighton Women’s Centre we run two weekly peer support drop-in groups. Women from all backgrounds come to meet, get support, to reduce isolation and access essential resources. Our drop in groups are part of a package of wrap around support that BWC provides for women across Sussex.

For many of the women who use our services it is important to be able to access a computer, as they may have limited access to technology at home. We currently have two computers available for women to use, but they are old and prohibitively slow. With £500 we could afford to buy a high quality, fully equipped desktop PC.

A new computer would mean that volunteers and service users could work together to research information and support, without the constant frustration of IT problems and painfully slow connections. The money will help women in the local community who don’t have access to a computer or the internet, to access technology in a safe space, with the support of our volunteers.

Pitching: Stephanie Lake

Contact:
Stephanie Lake
01273 698 036
events@womenscentre.org.uk

website: womenscentre.org.uk

facebook: facebook/brightonwomenscentre

twitter: @BTNwomenscentre


2 – Turning The Tide ~ TREASURE

My wife Beccy and I have been working with children, young people and families for over 25 years. We set up our registered charity, ‘Turning the Tide’, 12 years ago. We work mainly in the Brighton and Hove area.

Our project called ‘TREASURE’, which we started in 2012, aims to build and strengthen community locally, through supporting young families, especially:

  • Those with children of primary school age
  • The vulnerable and the poor, including refugees
  • Single parents and their children
  • Those who never get to take a holiday

Often working with those in significant need, we aim to strengthen family relationships, build confidence and raise self-esteem by arranging ‘Weekends Away’ with appropriate activities in a rural family centre in West Sussex.

Between events we seek to provide pastoral support – the time we can give to these families is such a valuable commodity!

Pitching: Jon & Beccy

Contact:
Jon Bebb
07768 934 974
jon@turning-the-tide.com

website: turning-the-tide.com

Twitter: @turning-tide


Contributors

Soup & Food

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

Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept

  • Thai Curried Red Lentil

Lizzie Batten

  • Clam Chowder

Sam Redfern 

  • Spinach and Potato

Joanna Gray

  • Home Grown Courgette, Potato and Celery

Martin Pritchard

  • Moroccan Harira

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

A special thanks to all the NHS staff at The Royal Sussex and the builders from Laing O’Rourke who very kindly donated a huge stash of leftover cakes from the McMillan Coffee Morning.

All the


Music

Musical entertainment provided by the awesome Shauna Pentony!

ShaunaPentonyMusic

 

 

 

 

 


Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes

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

We raised £184.90 so a HUGE thank you!

A special thanks to Tracy Colburn from Tesco also joined us on the night to help out.

 The Volunteers

Thanks to Olivia Canham, Caz O’Kane, Lizzie Batten and Ken George for being part of this events project selection team.

Thanks to Lizzie Batten and Sam Redfern for once again supplying food and then spending the evening serving soupers. And of course all the awesome people that dropped in and helped out in the kitchen.

A HUGE thanks to all those that helped us clear up, it was the fastest yet!

And the countless other people that we just rudely neglected to mention, but please forgive us for missing out. Just let us know who they are so we can update the page.

Check out the event photos.

Team Soup

 

Shauna Pentony!

Well we’re running on a skeleton crew at the moment so not much in the way of posts and mailshots lately, but we do have a some cool news to share:

We’re very pleased to announce that the very talented Shauna Pentony will be performing at our upcoming BrightonSoup @ St Luke’s on the 29th.

Shauna is a 20 year old singer/songwriter with an angelic, captivating voice. Originally from Northern Ireland, she’s been living in Brighton for a couple of years studying English literature and creative writing and is just about to start a degree course at the Brighton BIMM (British & Irish Modern Music Institute).

In her own words: “I have always had a keen interest in music from when I was a young age and so played the violin for just over 10 years. I began playing the guitar aged 15 and started writing my own songs not long after. I have loved every moment since and getting the opportunity to support something as amazing as Brighton SOUP and getting to perform some original songs and covers is amazing! So I hope everyone enjoys and I can’t wait to see everyone there!!”

Shauna is being nice about us, but then she’s been a guest at our soup events – so she knows. And when I say guest, I mean she helped move tables, put up signs and be useful. So it’s a special treat for us as having her play.

If you’re already coming along on the 29th you can catch her performance on the night, if you’re not then get a ticket :).

In the meantime you can learn more about Shauna at ShaunaPentonyMusic.

We’re really looking forward to next week!

Team Soup

View from the Galley Kitchen

If you’ve been to soup before, then you know the grub is delicious. You might even chatted with Peter, our boss of all things kitchen. We asked him about his view of our events:

I’m Peter (the kitchen) and I got caught by the press gang. Not for the first time! My last job started with a few beers followed by 2 months floating about in the North Sea. After 10 years of that kind of thing I managed to scrabble back to shore. Then I got involved with BrightonSoup. OK, at least this time “the gang” were my friends.

I’ve come to love Soup. It’s a great idea, and such a win-win. An amazing value night out, and great for the pitchers who get to interact with people who want to be involved with things that are going on in their neighbourhood. I mean, look at it like this. One can have a good time dancing, eating out, or going to the pictures. At Soup, you could hear something or meet someone that inspires you to do new things, explore new avenues. It could even change your life.

For me it has been a great opportunity to meet and work with new people. Lizzie is one of our talented chefs, who spends much of her life doing charitable work of one kind or another. She is a fantastic organizer and not only is she absolutely invaluable in the kitchen but also brings her artistic flair with her – that is why the bread and extras are often arranged so nicely, instead of just made into piles by a nerdy techie like me. She is an amazing cook (I’m lucky enough to have been for dinner) and makes our famous Clam Chowder.

Our chefs Tom and Sam also help out when they can make it – in the kitchen and serving people soup. Tom has made a business out of soup (The Soup Dept) and Sam has been on MasterChef. With people like these helping out it’s not surprising the soups are so good. We also hope the service is 🙂

And it is great meeting our customers too. At the first few events we used to line up bowls behind labels (I said I was a techie) because we were anxious about how long it would take to serve everyone. Then we did a venue where we were didn’t have space so we had to serve people individually. It didn’t take any longer and it was so much nicer to interact with our guests, have a quick chat while we’re serving, help them decide the soup etc. We’ve kept it that way ever since.

Being in the kitchen I often don’t get to pay much attention to the pitches on the night. It is the busiest time, making sure the soup is ready to serve as soon as they finish. But more often than not I get to meet them before the event, either to talk through the process or at pitch-training sessions. I always want them all to win. But even those who don’t often tell us they have got something invaluable, just from being there.

Soup has certainly changed me. Two years ago there would have been no way on Earth I’d have walked up the high street, gone into a shop and asked for something free for a raffle. Now I do that kind of thing. It has been amazing to meet people doing stuff in their community. Not just celebs on the telly, real people doing real stuff. And never before have I had the opportunity to wash up 100 soup bowls at 10-o-clock at night, that’s been just great too. OK, I could maybe ditch that one, but thankfully there’s been plenty of help!

I’ve always loved doing new things. Maybe that’s why I’m such a sucker for the press gang.

Peter

Team Soup

School’s Out!

You probably noticed we’ve taken a little break, then again it seems everyone else did too. Just saying. Well schools out and the weather’s just been too good.

We can’t stay away for too long though, so we’re pleased to let you know our next event will be on Friday 29th September @ St Luke’s Church, Brighton – near Seven Dials. If you haven’t been it’s a lovely place and currently undergoing renovations to make it even nicer for us. Well, not specifically for us, but we shall benefit from them :).

So if you interested in attending you can get tickets as usual, and we’re open for project submissions until Wed 6th Sept.

Hope to see you there!

Team Soup

 

Postponed, Reunited and Very Lovely People

Well first off we have to postpone our BHASVIC event on Friday 21st July :(. Who knew holding an event just as the summer holidays began would be difficult?! We usually avoid August, but thought July would be fine. ​But what do we know? So, apologies to all that were able and planning to attend. We will be arranging our next event for September and will let you know the date as soon as we can.

So after that downer we were instantly perked up by an email from one of our regular souper families. They were sad they couldn’t attend this event, so wanted to donate the money they would have spent on tickets. They didn’t know we were postponing. How lovely is that! Now hopefully they can make it to the next one. There are some very lovely awesome people out there.

BrightonSoup has brought lots of these awesome people together who help do lots of ​great things. This time though soup was able to re-unite someone with their lost camera. We were contacted by Dave from Community Works who said a camera on a bus had been dropped it in to them. Turns out the camera ​was filled with happy soup memories from our last event​! So we contacted everyone we knew who attended and within hours the camera and owner had been reunited. ​Obviously she was ​souper happy and declared  “Doesn’t it all go to show Community Works!”. It really ​does​.

​So for those of you thinking of coming along this month, again sorry, but we hope you enjoy the summer and can make it to the next one.

Team Soup