Our second BrightonSoup event and this time no noisy dance class above – and we had a much better PA system. Sadly one of our projects had to drop out late so there were 3 projects pitched on the night. Tamsin from Wide Berth won the vote and £300.70 in ticket money and donations for her craft taster classes for socially isolated mothers.
There were plenty of connections made and skills pledged to the projects so we hope they all get the support they need. We also had last soup’s winner, Ann from the Purple People Plot come back with an update on their project and how the money has helped. We’ll keep you updated on all these projects and let you know when they’re having events of their own.
Everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen is listed below:
St Richard’s Community Centre,
Thanks to Ann Tizzard & Patricia Weller for being so helpful throughout.
Thank you to all the projects for being part of our BrightonSoup event, it was the reason people attended (and maybe the soup).
These were 3 projects that pitched. Although only one was the winner, they all need your support. If you can help in any way please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.
1 – Portslade Bonfire Society
Portslade Bonfire Society is a local group of residents keen to celebrate bonfire night with an annual torch lit procession through the Old Village and surrounding area finishing at emmaus Brighton – a national charity providing a supportive environment for homeless people. Emmaus hold an annual fireworks display and we plan to light their bonfire with the torches from our procession – and then enjoy the fireworks. This can be a great way of taking part in a local community event that is open to all. It’s a big responsibility and an empowering experience for youngsters to carry a lit torch through their home community. One we believe would be positive and memorable giving locals a sense of ownership in their own communities.
We have been invited to join Sussex Bonfire Council, organisers of the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations as well as supporting thirty other Bonfire Societies in Sussex. Any future fund-raising by Portslade Bonfire Society will be donated to the emmaus Brighton. To meet Brighton & Hove Council requirements we need funding for public liability insurance, and this is where any funding from BrightonSoup will be spent.
Presenter: Alex Hardman
0781 773 1590
2 – Wide Berth (Winner)
Wide Berth is a project that enables mums to have time to be free and honest about motherhood and mental health whilst
engaging in an activity, such as making mosaics. Set up by Tamsin Williams, we aim to counteract social isolation for mums and develop a community of support for families in Hove.
Wide Berth is run by a committee with different interests and skills, and an empathy for mums suffering from Post natal depression.
We currently need to raise funds to keep the project running. Funding from BrightonSoup will cover the cost of hiring a hall for a ‘taster day’ to promote Wide Berth with various mini workshops offering different art and craft activities run by mums themselves. It will pay for promotion of the day with posters and leaflets, and serve the purpose of raising awareness of
Wide Berth. Check our website for photos from previous workshops here.
Presenter: Tamsin Williams
Tamsin Williams ~ Wide Berth Project Co-ordinator
3 – Wild Things & High Jinks
“My daughter is disabled and suffers with anxiety, ADD, and is partially deaf. I wanted an activity where she could achieve something on her own and climbing has been one of those achievements. The staff at Adventure Unlimited were absolutely fantastic with her – kind, patient and extremely understanding. Their dedication paid off and eventually she climbed the wall and reached the top – the look on her face was priceless! It’s so important for her to achieve things in life as so many things are difficult for her, but one little step like reaching the top of that wall in life for her is like climbing a mountain.” This is what one mum told us about her child’s experience at our climbing club.
For 38 years, Adventure Unlimited have helped transform the lives of children and young people this way. Providing subsidised places and additional support for those that need it to take part and we have worked with literally thousands of young people. Now, is a tough time for small charities and we need your help to carry on providing our services and bring back our term-time climbing and archery clubs and outdoor adventure holiday clubs in the Autumn. Without your help, there’s a real risk that the memories created this year could be the last.
Presenters: Susannah Broadbridge & Chris Trickey
- Sadly Adventure Unlimited closed down in September 2016.
Everyone that helped
Soup & Food
These souper-stars provided 5 delicious soups, free of charge, to all of our guests (4 vegan and all gluten free). Tom couldn’t join us this time, but he still provided a couple of soups. Ash again provided a spicy soup. We also had a couple of newcomers, Lizzie and Paul, supplying soups – and they spent the evening in the kitchen helping our Peter feed the masses and washing up.
Thank you Mandy and Jill for coming in to help with the washing up.
Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept
Carrot & Coriander Soup
Curried Chick Pea & Bean Soup
Leek & Potato Soup
A special mention to Hilary & Richard for once again providing allotment veg that went into the soups. Also a huge thanks to all the people that brought food, there was so much.
The musical entertainment this time was provided by guitar duo, Dare To Be Charlie. Newcomers to Brighton, Daren and Charlie impressed with their eclectic mix of original songs, super harmonies and good humour. They got a great response from our soupers.
Not only did they entertain, but they let us use their PA for the pitches. Thanks!
The local businesses that supported us with decorations, donations and raffle prizes. With their help we covered the costs of hosting the event so that all the ticket money went to the winning project.
All @ Get Stuffed Cafe
All @ Hartley’s Wines (Hangleton Way)
All @ The Grenadier Pub
David @ Westow Play & Football
Gail @ Fairydust Flowers
Julien & Martina @ Intenso Cafe
Karen @ Suntrap Salon
Michelle @ Coral Greyhound Stadium
Nima @ Best Wishes
Owen @ Tesco Express
Paul @ Hair Retreat
Peter @ Co-operative Food
Prakash @ Warr News
The Community Organisers, Dot and Sam, for giving our presenters “pitch” training. They really enjoyed it and felt far more confident of their presentations. They all did well on the night.
Steph for yet again taking photos.
And finally a grateful thanks to all those lovely people that pitched in at the end to help us clear up: Deborah, Alison & their girls, Hilary, Carys and anyone one else who we accidentally neglect to mention.
Thank you all for getting involved!
See the photos.
Angel, Charlie, Karin, Lynne, Michael, Nikki, Peter, Scott & Will.