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Seadog duo bring the music!

Well it’s time to tell you who’s playing for us out our Autumn Soup, and we’re very pleased to tell you it will be two members of local indie band, Seadog!

Normally a five piece, two members will be playing for us: Mark Benton, founder of Seadog will be on guitar and vocals, accompanied by keyboard player, Tom Chadd. If Tom’s name is familiar to you, that’s because he has a long association with soup as one of our souperstar Chefs!

Tom owns and runs The Soup Dept and has been providing delicious soups for our events since we started back in June 2015. He’s also joined us when he can to serve people and help in the kitchen. We told you in our last post that you may have met him :).

Seadog album cover called Cabin Fever Blues, in sepia and blue, showing a wooden cabin in a snowy mountain setting with a clear blue sky.

Seadog are often touring the UK and abroad and are currently working on their second album, so we’re delighted they have taken time out to entertain us.

Their debut album, Cabin Fever Blues, is out now and you can hear it on Spotify.

You can see a couple of their official videos here:

If you want to listen to Mark and Tom play, then come along on the 27th, we still have tickets.

See you soon!

Team Soup

“Now I come to Ecotherapy, it feels like nothing can get in my way.”

In July 2018, Jess Bayley came to our Summer BrightonSoup at St George’s in Hangleton, to pitch on a project for the Centre for Ecotherapy. Her project won the vote and was awarded £441 from tickets and donations on the night. At this year’s Summer event at All Saints, Hove, Jess came back to give us an update on how the project went and how the money helped.

Some of you may have been there the night she won, maybe even voted voted for the project. Well if you didn’t make the last event or hear her update, Jess will tell you about it here.


Project Update: Jess Bayley from Centre for Ecotherapy

“We won £441 from Brighton Soup.

The project that we pitched for was to fund food purchases for the years youth provision. The programme provided twice monthly ‘Lifeskills’ sessions for young people with Educational Health and Care Plans (EHCP). We based our work around the fire, learning the skills of building, lighting, and maintaining a fire throughout the session and cooking on it. The money provided the food and cooking utensils.

Meals we cooked were chosen to be simple, healthy, fresh and diverse so that the young people could learn and potentially cook them again at home.

Meals such as: Pasta and vegetables in a tomato sauce; wraps and salad with a selection of different cheeses and houmus; sausages (vegetarian and meat) and mash; curry and rice; leek and potato soup; toasties with ham, cheese, tomatoes and onion; macaroni cheese; sandwiches with selection of fillings; you get the picture!

“Being at (the Centre for Ecotherapy) puts me in my safe zone. It lets me be open minded and try new things. It’s a place where I can speak my mind and listen to others, and talk about my problems in a safe place… Now I come to Ecotherapy, it feels like nothing can get in my way.”

16 year old participant

Fundamental in the sessions is the discussion that goes with the tasks, encouraging and guiding good behaviour, social modeling, highly focused attention to individual need and concern.

Added to that the calm and nurturing natural space the Centre for Ecotherapy provides with opportunity to learn from what goes on around, the young people benefitted enormously from the programme.

“My son really liked the calm atmosphere of being in the woods and learning outside the classroom, taking pressure and stress away from him, therefore enabling him to learn more.

He liked the course sessions because it showed him how to do things differently with things around him, so I believe this helped him to ‘think outside the box’ and could be used in different situations and would give him confidence to try other new things and believe in himself.”

Parent of young person

The young people shared the preparation, creation of the food and the clearing up afterwards, along with sawing and chopping wood for the fire, making drinks for the group and participating in the tasks assigned them.

“Ecotherapy engages the young offenders in nature and the community simultaneously…(It) works particularly well at engaging young people who are failing to attend school, or who display extremely challenging behaviour in the class room. The young people learn and stay focused doing the practical work and keep calm and relaxed in the open, outdoors environment.”

BHCC Youth Offending Team officer

During the time we worked with this group I was asked to submit an article on ecotherapy for young people by the British Holistic Medical Association. The article was published in the Spring Edition of the Journal of Holistic Healthcare.

I was able to base a some of my article on the current experience with the young people in our group.

The event was great. I felt particularly supported, valued and informed throughout the whole process. I enjoyed it all immensely and feel it is a wonderful community event.

Thanks to you all.”

Jess Bayley
Project Manager           
The Centre for Ecotherapy


Thanks, Jess!

You can read more on the work of the The Centre for Ecotherapy and details on our Summer 2018 event that Jess pitched at here.

That’s all for now, but we’ll be announcing the music for our September event soon! They haven’t played at soup before, you have probably have met at a previous event.

Start guessing :).

There’s still time to submit a project if you fancy facing the room, and tickets are available here.

See you soon

Team Soup

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.

 

Purple Winner Update

At our last soup event, we caught up with our first Soup winner, Ann Menhinick from Purple People Kitchen, who gave everyone a quick update on how their community garden project has been getting on since winning the money back in June.

“Many things have happened and we have met some wonderful people who are anxious to help us.” Ann happily announced to a packed hall in Hangleton.

Among those mentioned in her speech was Barry Hutton, Head of Construction Studies at Crawley College, who after hearing Ann’s presentation at the first BrightonSoup event in June volunteered some of his students to help construct storage sheds, compost bins, picnic tables and raised beds for disabled users. Anne plans on using the money her project won to stock up on the equipment needed to work and maintain the garden.

Since work has started on the community garden, volunteers have been flooding in from all over; pupils from St. Nicholas who want to help develop a pond on the plot, a tree surgeon who aims to help with some of the heavy work, and many more who recognise the good that the Purple People Plot can do for the local community.

Many of those using using the garden will be the families of those visiting the Food Bank on Fridays to get a hot meal and supplies. They’re averaging 86 meals a week at the moment, that’s a lot of people being helped. In good weather they’ll be able to sit out and enjoy the garden and look after it.

Since pitching at Soup back in June, it seems things been moving quite quickly! Ann says “The Soup event gave us a spur to get going and we greatly appreciate the support and encouragement we have received.”

As always, if you want to get involved, then get in touch – Call Ann on 07789 765 933

Keep up the great work, Ann.

Team Soup