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4 Young Songwriters

It’s always great when a previous winner returns to tell us how their project progressed gone since they were given your money, even better when they come back and perform for us!

4 young songwriters come together to perform a track using what they have learned at music technology workshops. Equaliser is a space for young women to create, explore and adapt. It’s a support network and a space where we can learn and grow together.”

This time last year, Isha, Boudicca and Tom from Audi Active won the vote and took £698 in ticket money and donations for their Young Women in Tech project. The project encourages young women to get involved in the technical side of the creative arts.

Next week, Boudicca Pepper is returning to give us all an update on the AudioActive project and how it’s been going since they won the funding. 

Even better, she will be joined by three other young songwiters from the course – Miri, Nina and Ellie – to perform for us. How fantastic is that!

We’re really looking forward to it.

Team Soup


Jiminy Brooke @ Brighton Soup!

We’re pleased to announce that singer-songwriter Jiminy Brooke will be joining us at our next soup night!

A classically trained pianist from the Balkans, Jiminy moved to Brighton a year ago to pursue contemporary music. She is heavily influenced by jazz and R&B.

If you want to get a flavour of her music before our event next week, you can follow her on  instagram: @jiminy.brooke

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 30th at Community Base!

Don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance…it’s looks like its going to be busy!

Team Soup

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 


All Saints
The Drive

The Projects & Pitchers

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


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


Email: mesew.sue@gmail.com

2 – All Saints – Caritas (Winner)

Logo - Caritas (All Saints)

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


Laura on 07515 940 639

Email: pastoralassistant@allsaintshove.org

Website:  allsaintshove.org

Facebook: facebook.com/allsaintshove

3 –  Market Beans – Coffee With A Social Purpose

Logo - Market Beans

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



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

Logo - Twice Dead

“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


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!


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.

output_lDI22DTom Chadd The Soup Dept
Curried Mixed Vegetable

Lizzie Batten
Scotch Broth

Sam Redfern
Carrot, Cumin and Coriander

Joanne and Dan Gray

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!


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

Pitchers, Chefs & Hickory Signals!

Well hey soupers, our Spring event is fast approaching!

It’s a busy time all round. The pitchers have been selected and are putting pen to paper, no doubt practising their delivery in a mirror. They think you’re a scary bunch, but we know that’s not true. The soup crowd gives one of the warmest welcomes ever! Still, public speaking can be very scary. Would you do it?

Our team of volunteer chefs have once again committed to feasting you on the night, an aromatic range of deliciousness will once again be available – in all the usual veggie and dietary variations.

Tom, Lizzie, Sam, Joe & Martin – we salute you!


We are souper delighted to announce that Folk duo, Hickory Signals, will be performing on the night. Strong vocal melodies with guitar, shruti, flute and a variety of percussion, layering sounds carefully and minimally to atmospheric effect – both traditional and original songs. Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti are a joy to listen to and we hope you enjoy it.

“Like stepping back into a bygone age, both in terms of musicality and atmosphere”
– FATEA Magazine

You can check out their music at hickorysignals.com and facebook.com/hickorysignals


This is a first for us: someone singing at soup that has previously pitched :). Some of you may recall Laura pitching on behalf of Brighton Oasis Project at our Emmaus event. Well now she’s back, but this time to sing and we’ve been looking forward to it.

Come and join us to hear those perfect pitches, taste scrummy food and enjoy the music. Only 2 weeks to go, but tickets are still available.

Hope you can join us.

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

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

Stephanie Lake
01273 698 036

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

Jon Bebb
07768 934 974

website: turning-the-tide.com

Twitter: @turning-tide


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


Musical entertainment provided by the awesome Shauna Pentony!







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


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.


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


Souper times – what a year ! Reflections of a Business Connector

This last year we’ve had the pleasure of working with Mike Wardill, our local Business Connector with Business in the Community. Mike’s been a great soup supporter helping us and introducing us to some lovely  people in our city. His secondment is over so we invited him to tell us about his year:

“My year is nearly up as a Business Connector with BITC and so very different from my role in my seconding organisation Lloyds Banking Group.  

I have met some truly great people over the past year and a common theme amongst those people is a passion for the community and getting things done ! Will and Karin are two such people who I met early on in my year after I saw posters around Kemp Town for BrightonSoup at St Georges.

Caz O’Kane introduced me (a long time supporter with kids in tow at all of the Soups !) and was taken with the great concept to come out of Detroit USA. How simple it is and makes such a difference…

In this role I have met lots of people from both the business and the community world and during the course of my secondment when an opportunity came up; I connected these organisations, business to business, business to community and community to community. ‘How can I help ?’ I asked Will and KarIn.

‘We would love to have a Soup over in Moulsecoomb, a part of the City we haven’t been to yet’ they said. And so we took it to The Bridge…

The lovely Sam Courtney at The Bridge Community Centre kindly agreed to host Soup 7 and last September a great night was had by all – both soup and pitches. How you chose the winner from all the great stories but the winner was – The Hummingbird Project helping local people to adopt migrant children from Calais.

Soup 8 at Community Base in Brighton was another great evening and brilliant to spend some time with Caroline Lucas, another Soup fan. Great soup, great pitches, great music from Birte Paulsen & Paul Diello, and the winners were Rohan and Chloe from SPEAKOUT with their pop quiz on the issues people with learning disabilities face.


It was fun to sit on the pitch selection committee for Soup 9 recently – what a difficult job that was. Lots of discussion – only wish we could get them all on ! Am sure it will be another great evening!

Been great to spread the word around the BITC Connector teams across the country which has inspired and got some other Soups started. The Soup is spilt and  word spreads…

So now I am hooked on Soup ! The journey is not over…

Look forward to many more Soups.”

Mike Wardill

Thanks, Mike, we’ll miss you!


Interview with a Soup-er Family

Salutations once again Soupateers!

It’s been a few weeks now since we took it to the Bridge and what an event it was! Whilst there I had the pleasure of speaking to Saffron and her two boys, Liam (16) and Dylan (14), who we noticed have been attending Soup events since the very beginning. I sat down to ask them how they first got involved and what kept them coming back for seconds…

So I take it you’ve been to nearly every event; amazing, how did you first find Soup?

Saffron: So I’d seen a short TV piece on Detroit soup, which was probably about two or three years ago, and thought that would be something really enjoyable and really good to participate in. From that I think Facebook started to show me Soup related bits and this event popped up. I thought to myself “I wonder if that’s anything like the Detroit Soup” and after looking into it saw that it looked the same – that would be really good to go. The first one we went to was in Portslade; we actually live in Worthing, so obviously not that far and I just said to the boys lets give this thing a go, get some soup – they do like to eat you see.

So have you chaps been to every Soup as well?

Liam: I think we’ve each missed one or two you know when we’ve been away or, various reasons like that but every opportunity that its on and we’re free, we’ll come along.

What would you say you enjoyed most about it?

Liam: Well I think first of all its great to see the difference in the amount of people attending then to now; I mean the first event I went to had maybe 30-50 people there whereas now we’re seeing 100 plus so its nice to see how its growing. Really though we like hearing the pitches; its a really great environment as all the local projects come and pitch for their ideas and its nice to know that when you make your vote its going to make a real difference to that community. Of course we’re also quite passionate about food; we enjoy eating it, *haha* and Dylan enjoys cooking.

Saffron: I think as well you could all too easily pick up a leaflet and read something about events like these or you could watch something on Facebook or Twitter and think “oh yeah that’s good” but when you are listening with the pitchers in front of you and you know that whole room is actively listening to the same person at the same time it means a lot more. Especially when you know you have to make a choice; “Where’s my £5 going to go towards?”, “Who’s the one that I really want to support?”. Lots of times I think it’s a really tough decision when you wish you could give your money to all of them. It’s just a really nice environment to be in; I mean, I bring along my sister-in-law now and my mums come a few times; but even if you came alone you can talk so easily to the people at the tables with an immediate topic to talk about – “Who are you going to vote for?”, “Which did you like best?” even “How’s your soup?”.

Being a budding chef Dylan, do you think you’ll ever make a soup for Soup?
Bit of a loaded question I know!

Dylan: Well you know I hadn’t thought about it like that *haha*, but it would be a nice thing to do to help out and support for sure. Like everyone said I just love coming along and being here, hearing the great pitchers and being a part of the communities.

“We don’t have a lot of access to things like this either because of time or opportunity so everything about it just feels right”


So you told us how you first found Soup but brings you back time and time again?

Saffron: Some of it is the little rituals you create you know; for example we’ve all got our different ways of voting; its quite funny really, someone always prefers to vote just as the last persons finished talking, some like to keep it secret and others get upset when their vote never gets the win!

Liam: We always inevitably get to talking about who voted for who just to make sure we didn’t all vote for someone different so it cancels each other out.

Saffron: But I think we come because we don’t have a lot of access to things like this either because of time or opportunity so everything about it just feels right. I think the team make it too; they’re all so friendly and professional without being over professional you know.

Liam: Yeah, we’ve never gone to a BrightonSoup and thought “Oh that one wasn’t very good, shall we go next time or not?”, its sort of like every time you expect it to be good it is good and you get home and you see when the next one is and plan ahead; we’ve never considered not coming or skipping one.

Is there anything you’d say you take away from it all, still, having been so many times?

Saffron: You know, I think sometimes we forget how privileged our lives are and you can live what you think is a very normal life tucked away from what’s happening in the rest of the world, even what’s going on in your own back garden. So something like this to bring it home and show you how lucky you are but also what you can give back with these things people are doing, it could be a choice for you in your life and open up your eyes to it. We can all do more than we do.

Very true indeed. Now a very silly question to end, Saffron; if you could be any soup what soup would you be?

Saffron: Minestrone I think, variety, a good bit of everything. Yeah minestrone.

Great classic choice, brilliant stuff;
thank you Saffron, Liam and Dylan. 


Great to hear about our soup events from a different perspective. If you have an interesting take on our events or have a soup story you want to share then get in touch here. We’d love to hear you.

That’s all from me for now, but have a great week and don’t forget to stay hearty Brighton!

(Leek & Potato)

Team Soup