Category Archives: AOB Brighton

Feeling hot, hot, hot!

Well what a fun evening that was! A beautiful venue – made even more glorious by the late evening spring sunshine (yeah, it was probably designed to be like that) – with great food, music and company – a real community spirit.

We know it was it a few weeks ago now (we’ve had a little break), but for those that didn’t make it we’d like to share…

One Church, Gloucester Road is a big venue – not without challenges for the team – but we ended up perfectly laid out within this beautiful old church in the heart of Brighton. And it turned out to be to be a very hot night.

We started with a few opening words from Eugenie Teasley, CEO of The Goodall Foundation and the energy behind Any Other Business Brighton, a group of people and organizations that spent the week showcasing the progressive social character of our diverse, vibrant, colourful city. It seemed fitting as this was the last event of the AOB week.

And then we were off with the pitches…

First Lucy McGrath & Sonia Mangan spoke about their Caritas Meal at All Saints Church, a monthly Sunday meal for people who are homeless, vulnerably housed or on the periphery of Society. Jenny Skelton pitched for the first ever Disability Pride Brighton event. Laura Harling was pitching for Found In Translation, a theatrical project that actively involves and engages those living with dementia. And Mary-Anne Weaver spoke of teaching young people to develop and practice manicuring skills as a way of tackling youth engagement and isolation.

You can get details on all the projects here.

Pitches over it was voting and feasting time – and it was a real foodie night. So many people brought food to share (very well received :)) and for the first time all 6 of our delicious soups were gluten free! And as always with vegetarian/vegan options. All courtesy of our Souper Chefs: Tom Chadd, Sam Redfern, Lizzie Batten, Joe Gray and newcomers Ros Morris and Team Soup member, Martin Pritchard. Thanks!

It was such a hot night someone asked if we had a gazpacho!

We also had a super delivery of 10 delicious Papa John’s Pizzas, a company that has given us much support over the last two years. If that wasn’t enough food focus we had more in the raffle with prizes from Nandos, GBKMOD Pizza, Big Beach Café, Pottery Café and more.

There was even real coffee instead of the usual instant stuff, a first for BrightonSoup. This was kindly provided by Ben and Donna from Pro Baristas. We weren’t sure how many people would ask for coffee in the evening, but it was so delicious and in so much demand that we just couldn’t make it fast enough!

We had a fantastic raffle with some great prizes, raising £243 for BrightonSoup, thank you so much everyone!. We’d like to ask the lucky winners if they could post photos of them using their prizes up on our facebook page so we could tag the contributors as a thank you. Although one of the prizes was some of Ayten Gasson’s Luxury Silk Lingerie so maybe in this instance just a thank you would do :).

When it’s time to count votes, it’s also music time – and for the first time at soup we had a band! The superb 4 piece Scandomando blew away the post-feasting slump with a blast of upbeat punk folk renditions of some classic songs. ‘Wanna Be LIke You’ got some soupers on their feet and dancing – don’t recall seeing that at soup before. One of our guests filmed them performing ‘Word Up’ and you can check that out here.

We had Rohan and Chloe from the Brighton & Hove Speak Out team return – winners of our Community Base event back in December – to give us an update on their film project. As a special treat we were able to debut the completed film to our guests – how cool was that! Another first for soupers, to see the end result of something they voted and put funds towards. Okay, there was a little technical delay, but a few jokes filled the time (bat joke anyone?). They had the film certificated as it will be screening at the Duke of York’s Cinema all next week before the showing of Churchill. If you can’t wait for that you can see the film here.

Finally it was time for the winner, and it was Jenny pitching that took the vote and the £505.70 in tickets and donations for Disability Pride Brighton. If you want to attend it’s being held next month on 9th July at New Road, Brighton..

As an AOB special we also had £500 of match funding graciously donated by Chris Llewellyn on behalf of The CriSeren Foundation. £200 of this went to Disability Pride bringing the winning funds to £705.70. The balance of £300 was split equally amongst the other projects. So everybody got a little funding this evening!

Finally, after many thanks you’s, goodbyes and lots of help clearing up, it was time to go out into the very warm night and head home – or onwards if you were so inclined. Or young :).

We hope you enjoyed yourselves, feasted deliciously, chatted to lovely people doing great things in your community, maybe got involved yourself, made new friends, tapped your feet to the delightful music and maybe even danced a little. Not a bad way to spend a hot Friday night in May.

Thanks for coming!

Team Soup

You can check out the full event details here and photos here.

Our next event is at BHASVIC on Friday 21st July and you can get tickets here.

 

Friday Feasts!

Don’t feel like cooking on Friday? Well #AOBBrighton has you covered, with a whole day of community and food related events on 26th May!

Start the day off right with the Good Business Breakfast at The Platform! A delicious breakfast provided by super chefs at The Big Fig and speciality coffee by the awesome Pro Baristas. And then a great chance to chat with local business leaders and entrepreneurs:
Eugenie Teasley from the Goodall Foundation
Will Jones, Founder/Director of Journeys by Design
Vicki Huges Founder/MD of Fugu PR
Konrad Brits, CEO of Falcon Coffees
Rebecca Harrison from African Mangement Initiative.

Then for lunch, head over to Friday Friends at The Bevy, a weekly event where senior residents of East Brighton are served lunch by a dedicated team of volunteers at the country’s only community pub on an estate. Join them for lunch to see how a community can pull together and brings out the ‘Everyday Epic‘.

There’s an exciting raffle to take part in and you can join a Q&A led by Barbara Gibbons, Founder of Friday Friends, to find out more about what it takes to organise and motivate such community work. Sounds great!

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And finally, head over to One Church to join us for soup! With Scandomando playing, community pitching and lots of different delicious soups to try, it’s sure to be a fab night, ending AOB Brighton week in style!

Hope to see you there!

Team Soup

Any Other Events Galore!

It’s an exciting and busy week for us as AOB Brighton starts this weekend, and our Soup is the following Friday! So we thought we’d tell you about a few more AOB events coming up soon…

community base logoOne of our favourite past Soup venues, Community Base, is hosting Act Now Change Tomorrow on 24th May. This event will be a great opportunity for meeting and networking with the great people and organisations working there – with tea and yummy cake too!

Get to hear speakers from different local organisations: Jo Ivens from Impetus, Martin Harris from Brighton & Hove Buses, Ceri Davies from Community Works and Eugenie Teasley from The Goodall Foundation (the inspiration behind AOB Brighton).

So, if you’re interested in getting involved in social action this event would be perfect!

Or do you have questions about apprenticeships, becoming a foster carer, adopting or other issues affecting young people? Then Young People, Parents and Carers Open Evening is the place to be! Pop in to their Regency Road office on Tuesday 23rd and meet staff, volunteers and service users – and get all your questions answered.

And if it’s music you’re into then there’s some awesome #aobBrighton musical events going on too. Open Strings Music’s Silver Strings Group are holding their 4th Birthday Performance at the Brighthelm Centre on 23rd May, with live music – and  the chance to try an instrument!

The musical fun continues with AudioActive on 25th May at The Basement. AudioActive are a local charity who do fantastic work with young people, helping create social change through music. With the chance to listen to performances and then a Q&A session on ‘How Can Music Create Stronger Communities?’, this sounds like a souper mix of music and community!

All of these events are free and you can find all the details and register for them at AOB Eventbrite.

And you can always come hear the brilliant Scandomando play at Soup! It’s not too late to get your tickets to BrightonSoup @ One Church, a fun finish to the AOB Brighton week of events!

Hope to see you there!

Team Soup

It’s Scandomando!

We first came across Scandomando way back in 2015, we heard them playing in Brighton and thought they would be a lot of fun to have at BrightonSoup!

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We tried to get them from our very first event, but they’re so busy gigging or we had too small a venue. So we haven’t been able to book them… until now!

So we are delighted to announce that they will be at our #AOBBrighton! Little Al, Big Tone, Baggy and The Kernel have kindly made time for us, and we have a perfect spot for them at One Church.

If you haven’t heard them play, Scandomando are a 4 piece skiffle band with a penchant for country punk interpretations of classic blues and pop covers, ranging from Dylan to the Specials. Full of energy, we can’t wait to hear them play!

Image may contain: 3 peopleFor a sneak peak of their awesome music, check them out on Facebook.

Don’t miss out on tickets for what’s sure to be a souper night filled with fantastic music and tasty food!

See you there

Team Soup

 

A Fun filled May!

We are all excited for our upcoming Soup at One Church on the 26th May and being part of the Any Other Business week of events, bringing together social and charitable organisations across our city. There’s plenty of fun community events – most of them free – so we thought we’d mention a couple.

Florence Road Farmer’s Market

The AOB week kicks off at 10 am on Saturday 20th May with the Florence Road Farmer’s Market, hosted by our friends at One Church. With a variety of delicious local foods to get stuck into: from fresh, ethical fish to sourdough breads, farm-direct meat and olive oil – as well as street food and speciality coffee.

The market helps build strong local relationships with weekly shoppers that keep the market going, and vulnerable people served by One Church Brighton who work within the market. This sounds right up our street, combining yummy food with community togetherness! A great way to start the AOB week.

Funding and Fundraising

If you’re interested in fund-raising advice, then Funding and Fundraising – hosted by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival – could be perfect for you.

Can you think of one great piece of fundraising advice you’ve been given? Something that has really helped your cause. Or would you like to hear tips from others fundraisers? Well Chris Llewellyn of the CriSeren Foundation and Stephen Chamberlain from the Sussex Community Foundation will be there talking about working with supporters, raising money for the local community and working in partnership.

This sounds like a great event to gain knowledge and share experience in fundraising! Its at the The Basement, Kensington Street from 5pm – 6:30 pm. So come along, get some advice, give some advice and get connected.

For details and tickets to these and other AOB events visit AOB EventBrite. And you can get tickets for ours here.

We hope to see you at some of these wonderful events in May,  and at our next Soup!

Team Soup

Off Campus, on Florence Road & AOB Brighton

Well it’s been an interesting week.

We were sad to have to cancel Friday’s BrightonSoup @ Sussex SU event. Shame as it was a first collaboration between us and Sussex University Students’ Union. We’re still hopeful though, so watch this space. Not literally, that would be silly, we’ll just put another post up!

We do have some good news this week though: we’ve finally booked our next event and it will be at One Church, Florence Road on Friday 26th May. Yay!

It falls during the Brighton Festival and some great local organisations are hosting a week of special events under the banner AOB Brighton. Their idea is to showcase the work of charities, social enterprises, businesses and the public sector in our lovely city. And they invited us to close the week with our event. How souper cool is that 🙂

The festival theme is Everyday Epic and AOB Brighton want to show the epic character of social good this city has, but very few know about. There are some well loved groups involved: Community Base, The Bevy, One Church, The Platform and Brighton Bike Hub to name a few – so we’re delighted to be in that company. Check out AOB Brighton for the full list and see what events are on – most of them are free. And don’t forget to come along to ours too!

See you at Soup.

Team Soup