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St George & The Community Soup Dragons!

Friday night was BrightonSoup night and my oh my, last Friday was epic. Thank you to everyone who joined us at St Georges Church in Kemptown, all you soup dragons made this event truly special.

From the faces we know well, delivering their tantalising soups and serving everyone with a smile, to those who were out for a different kind of Friday night, bringing friends and work colleagues.  To the couples, the families and even the odd first date…thank you for coming and playing a vital part in your community through supporting these amazing projects.

Pitches galore!

We had a mix of pitches on the evening with the ultimate winner being Sam Hart from Sussex 2016-04-29-214045-#997-CDAPrisoners’ Families. The win allows them to train more volunteers to offer independent advice and support to the children and families of those facing prison. We were delighted to be able to hand over a very large ceremonial cheque for £893.00! This amount was achieved through all the ticket donations paid in advance and taken at the door on the night, and the  wonderful Ahmed from Papa John’s Pizza Brighton who kindly matched it to double the pot!

Every pitch was impassioned and delivered eloquently making the decision for everyone on the night particularly challenging.  First Dan, from Goodmoney CIC , a Brighton based social enterprise that provides alternative ways of exchanging value within the community, wanted 2016-04-29-185203-#823-CDA #editedsupport to develop a voucher wallet that would be sent with every voucher bought. Nick, from St. John’s School & College, who provide education, care and medical therapy to young people aged 7 to 25, wanted help to run the first Glastonbury-style festival for all of their pupils. And Lucy from Rhythmix, a music and social welfare charity providing opportunities for music making to people in challenging circumstances, who desperately need new computer equipment.

You can find out more about each of the projects that pitched here and how else you can help.

“What inspired me tonight is that it is not just about who wins the pitch, it is the constant offers of support or ideas that I’ve witnessed that embodies what community spirit is all about – Thanks Brighton Soup.” – Greg, first time Souper

2016-04-29-212939-#963-CDA#editedThere was a welcome return from Simon Cobb from Stoneham Bakehouse who won £352.50 at our last event to help purchase a really rather beautiful Elephant Bike to help share the benefits of baking as therapy for the community.  Simon and his team were also featured on BBC South East Today last  Friday talking about how baking can help commnuities. Follow them for details of their next baking session……and GET INVOLVED!

Nice one, Dave!

For those of you who don’t know Dr David Bramwell, we were lucky enough to be taken, if only for a short while, on an entertaining and engaging tour of his journey to some of the most extraordinary communities across the world. Peppered with funny anecdotes and insights, David’s talk reminded us of the importance of connections through conversation and to the people in our community.

“Creating dialogue across a diverse community” Colin

You can get a taste of David’s journey by watching episode 1 from his The No.9 Bus to Utopia web series. Or catch him at the Catalyst Club every 2nd Thursday of the month.

Soupers Delight

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Thank you to our soup contributors! Once again 5 delicious soups catering for all tastes. Lizzie Batten brought a crowd favourite and was once again found in the kitchen helping out. And although BrightonSoup stalwarts Tom Chadd and Ash Sharma  couldn’t make it, they sent their deliciousness along for us to enjoy.

Newcomer, Matteo  Watkins, enjoyed our last event so much he came back and made soup for us, and what a soup it was!

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Sam Redfern returned with another lovely soup, but this time also offered himself up as a raffle prize – cooking a meal for 4 at the winners home – including wine! Here he is with the lucky winner. Not sure who does the washing up though :).

And let’s not forget all the people who brought food along to share. Check out our contributors section for more details.

 

All the event photos are on our facebook album.

Next Up

Well that was BrightonSoup @ The Crypt, or St Georges if you prefer :). We had a great time and are now looking ahead to our anniversary soup in Portslade on 1st July. Details to follow.

In the meantime, thanks, love and laughter.

Team Soup

If you’re thinking of coming along tomorrow…

Well less than 24 hours to go and it’s looking to be a good night. We still have some spaces and we will put them on the door tomorrow night.

If you are thinking of coming along then here’s a few things we wanted to let you know;

  1. Although we called it BrightonSoup @ The Crypt, we’re actually in the church itself and not downstairs. It was just too cool a name not to use.
  2. Doors open 6pm for refreshments. The pitches start at 7pm – try not to be late as it can disturb them mid-flow.
  3. We’re not serving alcohol, but you can bring your own or pop out and get some locally.
  4. We’re providing 5 delicious soups, but it’s also a Pot Luck evening where people bring along food to share. If you do so then please avoid anything that needs heating up as we’re short on space.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Team Soup

Ditzy & Tickets

Well this time next week the excitement will be over and we’ll all know how the pitchers did. Who did you vote for?

If you’ve already got a ticket we’ll be sending out some handy info to you later this week, good things to know before you come along. Especially if this is your first soup event or first time at this lovely venue.

We’re expecting a bumper crowd so if you haven’t got a ticket yet we do hope to have some on the door Friday. However we won’t know for sure until the online ticket office closes Thursday – so if you don’t want to risk missing out, please book your ticket Thursday latest.

Before we go though, we’d like to introduce you to Ditzy, the latest member of Team Soup. Technically she’s Angel’s, but she’s also our new unofficial mascot (and yeah, missed a trick not calling her Buffy). Ditzy is cute and and very small, but in the photo it’s a very big teacup. She’s already disrupted the pitch training session, but she’s still too little to come to a big noisy soup event.

We’re hoping she can come along to the next one. And that you can make it to this one.
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Team Soup

@ The Crypt Update

Well it’s April now and not long until we gather for our next soup and fun/ding event. We’re over in Kemp Town this time at The Crypt, St George’s Church on Friday 29th April

If you fancy submitting to pitch at this event you have until TOMORROW to get your submission in. So head on over to our project page and tell us what you would do with the money! And of course the fabulous Papa John’s Pizza Brighton will be matching the donations again this time!

Then on Saturday the project committee will be meeting to decide on the final four pitches. As always, you won’t find out who they are until the night itself – all part of the fun. 🙂

As for the entertainment, we’re keeping it quiet a little bit longer. We’ve decided to change it up a bit and we think you’ll really enjoy it. More to follow on this soon and you’ll be hearing about another one of our Souper Chefs too. 

For now, a reminder that tickets for the 29th are avalaible online. Our last two events sold out so the best way to be sure to get in, is get a ticket. 

Hope you can make it. 

Team Soup

Now that was 2015

Happy New Year everyone!

2015 was a great year for BrightonSoup, our very first, so we thought we’d share our calendar year in numbers:

  • We held 3 Soups in 3 venues in Portslade, Hangleton and central Brighton.
  • We donations from 4 supermarkets and a staggering amount of raffle contributions from local business.
  • 5 local chefs prepared a selection of 15 delicious soups, 13 of them were vegan – the soups 🙂 – and all were gluten free. We also had 5 very large pizzas and lashings of other yummy stuff that people brought along, for too much to actually count.
  • 5 talented musicians entertained us with original music, traditional folk songs and some great Beatles covers – using guitars, a double bass, a flute and a lovely accordion.
  • We had 13 people pitch 11 projects and ultimately 3 winners who received a £1,308.80 from the tickets paid by the 213 attendees and 1 prize matching donation from an awesome local business.

It was a great year for us and we ended it with a listening to one of the winning projects singing beautiful forgotten Christmas carols at St Bartholomew’s Church in Brighton.

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So now we look forward to 2016 and there’s lots to look forward to. Our next soup is going to be at community base on Friday 19th February. But first we have a couple of other events that may be on interest:

Mothers Uncovered pitched at our last event and though they didn’t win they had a lot of love for their SoulFood project. Well on Tue 19th Jan they’re holding a SoulFood Party at the Synergy Centre, Brighton to celebrate all things tasty. It looks to be a lot of fun.

Funding is a big issue for community projects, especially small ones – it’s why we exist. We’ve had a lot of help from people and one of them, Caz o’Kane, is holding a workshop on funding applications advice in central Brighton on Wed 13th Jan. She could be just the help you need.

So, here’s hoping to a great 2016 all round, with lots more souping and fun and people getting together to make good things happen!

Team Soup

#TEDxBrighton & Deliberations

Well a busy end to October! We spent Friday at #TEDxBrighton, and if you’ve never been we recomend it. Inspiring speakers, lovely people to chat to and some great music. Add delicious food and a public vote and it could be a BrightonSoup event 🙂

We were busy at our Ideas Lab stand telling people about BrightonSoup and what we do. Some joined our mailing list or bought tickets. Quite a few played our silly Name the Soup game. Impressed how many got them all right – without guessing! We’ve put a photo up in case you want to try it yourself (the hard to read ones are Mulligatawny & Pumpkin Soup).

And Friday was also project deadline day, so first thing Saturday we met to decide which 4 projects would be pitching at our next soup event? Not an easy task as they’re all worth funding. We had help though, we invited previous winners to be part of the committe.

The deliberations took place at the emmaus cafe in Portslade. And with very little fighting the committee decided on the final projects to present at @ Community Base on the Nov 20th. Thanks for the help, especially those who took time out from carving pumpkins, and in one case their birthday. objects-0207

With projects, chefs and musicians at the ready and less than 3 weeks to go, it might be time to get yourself a ticket.

Team Soup

All our feedback, good and bad, OnRequest.

Just before our next soup event, we thought we’d share the feedback from our last event – good and bad. We wanted to open it up so anyone could add to it. Maybe you didn’t get time on the night. Or you couldn’t make it, but still have something to say.

So we’re trying out a funky new social app called OnRequest that’s being developed right here in Brighton. It’s about ideas instead of people and it can take a little time to get your bearing, but worth the effort, One of the cool things is that as it’s in development you can get a hands on Skype tutorial from the OnRequest team, right here in Brighton. As you use it you can pass suggestions to them that could be added – if they’re good ones :).

If you want to try it our, go to OnRequest.org and use the browser version or download it to your phone. Then search for BrightonSoup @ Portslade and check out all the feedback. And add any ideas of your own. It’s worth trying out.

Hope to see you Friday.

Team Soup

10 things we learnt at our first Soup

With all the organising going on to get ready for our next soup, this seemed the perfect time to share a few things we learnt from our first one:

  • We need more than 30 minutes to set up.
    Yes, we really were that optimistic. Right up until the day before, when we panicked and gave ourselves 2 hours. Barely made it.
  • Check what other events are going on at the venue.
    Very important if there’s an upstairs. At first we weren’t sure if a dancing class was above us or if Stomp were performing for the hard of hearing. Either way it made things difficult.
  • Our small PA system isn’t good enough.
    Especially when competing with impromptu Stomp performances.
  • You can fit a large electric organ into a disabled toilet.
    Do with this what you will.
  • Using a cheap A4 Laminating machine can be strangely therapeutic.
    Seriously, if you have the time, try it for yourself!
  • Filming interviews indoors is almost impossible.
    With all the noise from excited Soupers it can be difficult to hear anything you record.
    It may be best to go somewhere quieter, like outdoors.
  • Filming interviews outdoors is almost impossible.
    Okay so with all the wind and potential traffic, outside may not actually be any better.
    We wonder what the professionals do!
  • We didn’t know folk music could be so rude and funny.
    We knew it could be beautiful, haunting and rousing. But not so very rude.
    Thanks to Georgia Lewis, we now know better!
  • People can be awesome.
    We all know people 
    can be, but it’s such a great feeling when you see so many people actually being it.
  • We possibly didn’t need as much soup as we had.
    Quite probably. Even though one chap had 8 bowls for himself. To be fair they 
    were delicious.
    Yes, most definitely, less soup next time.

It was a fun night and we aim to take this little bit of learning and make the next one even better. Hope you can join us.

Team Soup

Oops!

We’ve discovered an IT issue with our emails and online contact form that means since May 17th emails to us might have bounced and contact form submissions lost.

It’s sorted now, but we don’t know what we missed. So if you contacted us recently and got a bounce or no reply, please send it again. Especially if you didn’t get a reply as we’re usually quite prompt.

Sorry for the hassle.

Team Soup