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BrightonSoup @ Community Base – Friday 30th Nov 2018

For our 16th BrightonSoup event, we returned to our spiritual home, Community Base, in the heart 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 

Community Base
113 Queens Road
Brighton
BN1 3XG

Thanks to Olivia Canham for letting us be here again.


The Projects & Pitchers

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

Silvina de Vita pitched and won £415 in donations for her Arts & Crafts Project, helping to bring people together over creative activities.

As always, 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 – Brighton Bricks

Brighton Bricks is an adult fan of Lego group that holds regular events and smaller exhibitions.

In February 2019, they hope to put on a Lego Show at the Brighton Unitarian Church that will display the builds of members, as well as promoting the mental health benefits of the activity through their relationship with community groups.

Pitching: Nick Bright

Contact: Nick Bright

Email: nick@brightgreenpenguin.com

Website: brightonbricks.com

Twitter: @BrightonBricks

Facebook: facebook.com/BrightonBricks


2 – My Papercut Forest – The Arts & Crafts Project (Winner)

Our group meets every other Wednesday morning at The Bevy Pub to do arts & crafts together. Sometimes we bring experts to run classes, other times members of the group lead the classes. The classes are to help stimulate creativity, foster confidence, create friendships and address isolation.We used our first season of classes to explore different types of arts and crafts, one type in each session. This enabled our participants to find out which ones stimulated them the most.

It’s a community group which gets together and makes art and crafts, with an emphasis on enjoyment and togetherness not proficiency in arts and crafts. In doing this we have already helped people avoid isolation, helped people with their mental health problems, and helped people feel more confident in new or forgotten skills, whether that is on the arts and crafts or socialising side of things. We also have seen the satisfaction that comes from sharing knowledge and skills in the group. We include residents from all backgrounds and hopefully the participants will get a sense of belonging and make new friends.

Pitching: Silvina De Vita

Contact: Silvina De Vita 

Mobile: 07925 295 382

Email: silvina.dv@gmail.com

Facebook: facebook.com/groups/405377546661308

Twitter: @silvina_dv


3 –  My Brighton & Hove Photo Project

MY BRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project is a social enterprise run by volunteers. We provide opportunity for people affected by homelessness to share perspectives, building confidence through photography. In June we gave 100 single-use cameras to individuals with experience of homelessness, 13 photographs were chosen and turned in to a calendar. Our current mission is to sell the calendars (printing was funded by a crowdfunding appeal) and to continue creative opportunities for individuals with experience of homelessness in Brighton and Hove. All proceeds raised from calendar sales go back in to the project.

Pitching: Lucy Groenewoud

Contact: Lucy Groenewoud

Mobile:  07834 338 263

Email: lucy@mybrightonphotoproject.com

Website: mybrightonphotoproject.com

Facebook: facebook.com/mybrightonandhovephotoproject

Twitter: @mybrightonhove


4 – Cross Over Brighton

Crossover Street Kitchen, a registered charity, is a food truck that serves a free hot breakfast for the rough sleeping and vulnerable community in Brighton and Hove.  We are the only hot breakfast service over the weekend for this community.  We have consistently worked on Morley St every Saturday and Sunday 52 weeks a year for nearly 5 straight years.   

Food is primarily sourced from Fareshare, with guests receiving a hot Bacon and Egg sandwich with occasional extras of grilled onions or mushrooms and sometimes cheese.  We have hot tea/coffee/hot chocolate and various cereals.  On top of that we aim to provide a savoury takeaway such as Higgidy pies or sausage roll and a sweet takeaway such as cake, yoghurt or chocolates. 

Pitching: Daniel & Tamara Jackson

Contact: Daniel Jackson

Mobile: 07523 159 869

Email: djackson@holmsted.org.uk

Website:  crossoverbrighton.org 

Facebook: facebook.com/crossoverbrighton


The Contributors

Music – Jiminy Brooke

A massive thank you to Jiminy Brooke for entertaining us on the evening with a superb set of originals and covers.


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.

A big thanks to Jim Gray for once again bringing along some of his delicious freshly made bread! And to everyone else 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 £249 so a HUGE thank you!

And also a very lovely thank you to Ellie Birch, who donated £300 as part of her Lloyds Bank staff community donation – and helping out out on the night.


The Volunteers 

A special thanks to:

  • Michael Anjos, Michael Keene, Saffron Mawby, David Pritchard and Caz O’Kane for joining our project selection team for this event.
  • Lizzie Batten, for again providing lovely soup and spending the evening serving people.
  • Alex Keene for taking some brilliant photos.
  • Our superb volunteers, Sharon Barrow, Clare Finn, Tenzin,  Annalise Macbeth and Shelley Brown for coming along to help us set up on the day and hang around to clear up after.
  • 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.

Until next time!

Team Soup

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

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

Those awesome bearded dudes…

If you came along to our last event at Community Base back in February, you may have noticed a couple of pleasant bearded gentleman with video cameras. Gareth and Mark from @therealmediaco generously offered to come film our event and make a video for us, all in their spare time.

The video isn’t ready yet, but they put together this little teaser video for us. We really like it. We’re hoping you will too :), let us know what you think.

So a big thanks to the awesome bearded dudes at The Real Media Company.

Team Soup

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

Chomp & Tica

We tell people that pitching at BrightonSoup is not just about winning the money, but making connections with people. And it’s true. We’ve had 15 people pitch at our 4 events so far. Of the 11 that didn’t win the vote, most of them have told us they had offers of help and support directly from the guests: volunteers, donations of material or money, free services or training.chomp flyer Or people wanting to use the services being pitched or just wanting to help spread the word around.

And it’s not just for the people pitching, it’s for us too. People come up to us and offer raffle prizes, or to give funding application advice, or to make soup, bake cakes, help wash up or help us clear up at the end of the evening. One guest described the atmosphere at BrightonSoup as a “net of kindness” :).

At our last event, Ken George, who owns Tica, the watch & clock shop on Boundary Road, invited us to his shop to pick a raffle prize for our next event. Ken’s wife bakes bread with Simon from Stoneham Bakehouse so was clearly supporting him. But Ken voted for Chomp because he really loved what they were doing, and as they didn’t win he said he was going to help them. Well we heard this week that he got in touch with Amy and offered to match the winning funds as a donation to Chomp – £352.80. What a souperstar!

The funding will help Chomp to continue doing what they do for hungry kids and their families during the school holidays. They still need practical help though, people to help serve drinks, play with the kids, chat with parents, serve food.

They are holding training for volunteers on Monday 14th March at 7pm at St Peter’s Church, West Blatchington. It’s a chance find out more about Chomp Lunch Club, how they run and how you can get involved. So please encourage anyone who wants to know more to go along or get in touch at chomp@onechurchbrighton.org.

Help them keep up the great work!

Team Soup

 

Elephant to deliver Bread & Wellbeing

Friday night was Soup night – our 4th – and a really great night it was too. We sold out again and the room was full of familiar faces and lots of new ones too. It was a family event with kids, balloons and Lego all coming together. It was great to see kids asking questions during the pitch Q&A and then voting. The feedback we received was lovely and we’re all very grateful for your support. We’ll share the best feedback at some point.

If you haven’t heard, the winner was Simon Cobb from Stoneham Bakehouse. He won £352.20 to purchase an Elephant Bike to make it easier for Simon and his team to deliver breadmaking and wellbeing across the city.

It wasn’t an easy choice for our guests, as we were treated to 4 pitches from some passionate people with compelling ideas. Amy wanted help for her Chomp Lunch Club to feed hungry kids during school holidays; Carol and Diane from HeartVenture wanted to raise awareness for young disabled LBGT adults at Pride; Kat wants to start a structured Lego group – BLAST – for socially isolated autistic adults. I think we all struggled with who to vote for! Once again we heard people saying they had voted for one and were volunteering for another. You can see details on all the projects here and you’ll be hearing more from them in future posts.

We were also pleased to hear from not one, but TWO previous BrightonSoup winners! Tamsin Williams started Wide Berth to enable mums to have time to be free and honest about motherhood and mental health whilst engaging craft activities. She pitched @ Hangleton back in Sept to raise funds for a ‘taster day’ to engage mums teaching crafts to other mums. She came back to tell us how it was going and that her Make and Meet Craft Afternoon is being held at the Honeycroft Centre in Hove on March 11th. Check it out yourself or pass it along.

We also heard from Ruth Mason who gave us an update on the RISE Up Singing Choir. She pitched @ Community Base back in November and explained how without the funding the choir would have ended in December. Instead, they’re still going strong and performing on International Women’s Day at the Duke Box Theatre in Hove on March 8th. Well worth a listen.

As we’re on singing, while the votes were being counted the fabulous Mike Willis entertained everyone with his guitar and smooth Southern charm. He played some great original songs and was also very funny, especially doing the raffle. If you missed it (or just want to hear him sing again) you can find his previous recordings on iTunes Store. As a treat he has released his latest album – Pendulum Groove: A Revelation of the Heart – on Soundcloud for you to listen to and download. We heartily recommend it. You can also hear Mike every other Thursday afternoon on 1BrightonFM playing music and chatting.

bsoup tuscan beanOf course what would BrightonSoup be without the all-important soup? Five delicious varieties were served up along with various breads and cakes that our guests kindly brought along.

Once again Tom Chadd gave us a couple of his tasty soups even though he couldn’t join us (he was playing keyboards down at the Dome with his band the Willing Gales). Lizzie Batten was here again treating us to a gorgeous meaty broth. We also had a couple of newcomers: Sam Redfern and Dina Paiva cooking for us. We’ll be posting up bio’s on them soon, but you can see what they cooked for us here.

Once again we were treated by the lovely Ahmed from Papa John’s Pizza to some large and tasty pizzas. He only came to enjoy the evening, but couldn’t resist joining in. 🙂

As always though, it’s not just about the money. There’s was such a great atmosphere of community spirit in the room at BrightonSoup and lots of people offered to help out the projects in lots of ways. Whether that be money, resources or time it is all very much needed and very much welcomed – so please do check back to see if you can get involved in any way.

We’ll put up photos soon.

Lots of Love

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

Yay, oops, sorry and many, many thanks!

Well firstly, a big yay, for another great soup night!  Friday’s event at Community Base was our biggest yet and we sold out our remaining tickets in no time. We heard 4 passionate pitches for deserving community projects: soul food for parents, access to a community farm for people to learn about producing food, helping young people tell their stories through writing, and emotional healing through singing. 2015-11-20-211020-#9507-SRC-CDA #EDITEDWe ate delicious food, heard talented musicians strut their stuff, met some lovely people and voted for the project we wanted our ticket donations to go to. It was a tough call as they were all deserving projects, but the winner was Ruth Mason with her RISE Up Singing choir project.

So many things went right on the night and there’s a lot to be thankful for. But before we say thanks, we need to say oops and sorry. In the excitement on the night we miscalculated the total raised. On the night we thought we raised £287.50 in door money, but when we checked our figures later we realised we actually raised £351.50! And because of a matched funding offer, Ruth will actually get £703.60 for her project (and not the amount stated on the huge, symbolic, and now inaccurate cheque she took home with her on the night).

Which brings us to our first big thanks. And that’s to Ahmed El Dessouki of Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton. When he heard about what BrightonSoup were doing Ahmed offered to match the money raised! Not just the door money raised for the winning project, but also raffle and donations we raise for BrightonSoup itself. And if that wasn’t enough he arranged for delivery of 5 very large, tasty pizzas to go with our delicious soups. And the did :_

All told, Papa John’s donated pennies shy of £500 + pizzas. How fantastic is that, for the winning project, and for BrightonSoup. We kept these details secret until the event and the surprise in the room when we made the announcement was great. It’s a shame Ahmed and his family couldn’t be there to enjoy it, but we’re hoping they can come next time and meet Ruth when she comes back to tell us all how her project is going.

Apologies out of the way, we can focus on other things that went right, which I’m glad to say was pretty much everything else. In no small part because of the people that helped us make this event one of the best we’ve had! A big thanks to all the ladies that pitched: Ruth, Julie, Jez, Maggie and Ingrid.2015-11-20-143015-#1055-SRC-PR #EDITEDThese people are already out there making our community better, and without them we wouldn’t have a soup event.

Thanks, as ever to the designated chefs: Tom, Ash, Lizzie and Soreh. We get our name from what they bring to the party, but it’s the quality and deliciousness of what they do that makes it work.

And thanks also to the talented musicians from Carnivalé. A couple of original tracks, some Beatles covers and a liberal dose of their undeniable musical talent, Tom and Jim entertained delightfuly. They took all our minds off the votes being counted. We can’t wait until their debut album gets released2015-11-20-205620-#9461-SRC-CDA #EDITED.

And all of this magic took place in the splendid 5th floor conference room at Community Base in central Brighton. Thanks to Alison and Olivia for inviting us to use their space. The money we saved went on a couple of soup kettles so we can now host events in community centres without proper kitchen faclities.

Finally, though, the biggest thanks goes to all of you that came along. It’s your money that goes to these projects and it’s your vote that decides where in our community we invest it. Without you all of you this wouldn’t be possible. So give yourselves a pat on the back – or applause if you feel so inclined :). Well done you!

Hope to see you at the next one!

Read full details of the event here.

Team Soup