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BrightonSoup @ All Saints – Friday 28th June 2019

For our 18th BrightonSoup event, we’re back at All Saints Community Hall.

We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen:


All Saints Church
Community Hall
The Drive
Hove
BN3 3QE

Thanks to Sarah for her help.


The Projects & Pitchers

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

Chris De Banks pitched and won £505.52 in donations for his We Are Not Saints project, helping to we give musicians in recovery a new lease of life.

Chris and his big cheque.

We also heard from previoius winner, Jess Bailey, who won £441.80 at St George’s in Hangleton in July last year. She gave us an update on her Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Project that helpsyounger people at risk of isolation or experiencing mental health issues to connect using structured social activities in an allotment/nature-rich setting.

Jess , giving us a project update.

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 – Blossom & Grace Flower Therapy

From personal experience, I have experienced what neuroscience teaches us, about the therapeutic benefit of being in nature, and working with flowers. I would like to run a project this summer, facilitating other women needing headspace to grow flowers from seed, nurture them, and then teach them to make simple floral arrangements.

We have been offered space at Rock Farm in Steyning to grow, and a stall at Florence Road Farmers’ Market in Brighton to sell what we make. We will run free sessions at the farm once a week from July – October during 2019.  

This project gives women an easily accessible way of engaging in gentle therapy, by growing flowers, being with peers, learning and practicing mindfulness, and having a supportive space to ‘just be.’  By partnering with Rock Farm, we are able to link with their existing growing projects, and provide support to eachother’s areas of the farm.

Blossom & Grace Flower Therapy is a project by Release Counselling & Therapy for Women

Pitching & Contact:

Ellen Baldwin
07954 216 995
ellen@releaseforwomen.org.uk

releaseforwomen.org.uk

facebook.com/ReleaseCounsellingAndTherapyForWomen

@releaseforwomen


2We Are Not Saints Presents… (Winner)

We Are Not Saints is the first ever record label and events company in the world working exclusively with musicians in recovery from alcoholism and addiction. Based in the city of Brighton & Hove we work across the cities 6000 strong recovery community finding the finest musical talent on offer.

Musicians in recovery face significant barriers in the simplest of steps that everyday musicians find normal practice such as playing live and securing rehearsal and recording space. By hosting live events in sober spaces and offering opportunities to record and release their music we give musicians in recovery a new lease of life.

By releasing music from our artists and holding all inclusive live nights we are helping to break down barriers, fight marginalisation of musicians in recovery and helping to dispel the myth that a life of sobriety is a life free from fun!

We Are Not Saints Presents… is a project by We Are Not Saints

Pitching & Contact:

Chris De Banks
07543947755
chris@wearenotsaints.co.uk

wearenotsaints.co.uk

@NotSaintsUK


3Pride Parade 2019

We will have a float take part in the Brighton 2019 pride parade which has been produced over the season of activities. Our project is a season of activities designed to combat social isolation, encourage engagement and address discrimination. Over the period the project is running we would hope to work with around 15 – 30 clients a week.

Client Groups

  • Young People at risk of homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Recovery
  • LD

What will we be using the funding for

  • Art supplies for the workshops
  • Sewing machines and fabrics for the costume workshops
  • Supporting volunteers who will be providing services and workshops FOC
  • Equipment and supplies for the day

Pride Parade 2019 is a project by Brighton and Hove Foyer

Pitching & Contact:

Alison Bennett
01273 242700
Alison.bennett@sanctuary-housing.co.uk

sanctuary-supported-living.co.uk/find-services/young-people/brighton-and-hove-foyer

@SancSL


4Fresh Youth Perspectives

We are a parental forum helping families where there are youth wellbeing and health challenges. We aim to help young people stay in education with mentoring support.

We advocate and support parents navigating services. We campaign for aspirational youth outcomes locally here in Brighton and Hove and surrounding area.

Parental membership is open and free.

You’re welcome to click on our website for more information!

Pitching: Caroline (in red)

Contact:
Caroline
help@freshyouthperspectives.org

freshyouthperspectives.org

@FreshYouthPers1


Music – The Brighton Soup Band

A big thanks to Phil Nye, Chris Hookway, Alan Andrews & inspirational roadie/supporter, Theseus Gerard, for putting a band together for us this evening. Talented regulars from the Neptunes Open Mic Night, we were unofficially calling them Musiciand to the Rescue, but on the night decided to go with The Brighton Soup Band.

Chris on bass, Alan on Drums and Phil on guitar and vocals.

They played some great covers from Elton John, David Gray and a personal favourite – a laid back, almost country version of Led Zeppelins’ Rock & Roll. Loved it.

Phil and Chris recently formed the band Burning Skies and you can see them play some tracks from their debut gig here.


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 baking some of his delicious freshly made bread, even though he couldn’t attend!

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 £284 so a HUGE thank you!

Maria @ About Balance
Susan @ ARTBOX
Victoria @ Brighton & Hove Buses
Cindy @ Brighton Toy & Model Museum
Sara @ Fitbods
John & Scott @ GBK
Hugo @ Headmasters Brighton
Julian @ Intenso Cafe
Emily @ Komedia / Duke of York’s
David @ Pavillion Garden Cafe
Faye @ Phase Photography
Izzy & Nicholas @ Polpo
Tracy @ Tesco Hove
Michele @ The Grand Brighton


Volunteers

  • Olivia Canham for helping host the selection meeting, and Tom Chadd, Shelley Brown, Jon Keene and Alex Keene for arguing over who pitched at this event.
  • Lizzie Batten for more lovely soup and spending the evening serving people.
  • To Stefania Rosso for arranging Italian student volunteers Alissa Bonavia and Arianna Selleri to help us set up and then spend the evening helping serve food and helping clean up; Also, Lorenzo, Giuseppe and Andrea who stayed late to help us clear up, along with Stefania and Richard.
  • Alex Keene for the super photography.
  • And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night, especially putting all the chairs away. That was amazing!

What a fantastic bunch of people you all are!

Please forgive us if we missed anyone out, we usually do. So please let us know so we can update the page.

Check out the event photos here.

Until next time!

Team Soup

We are very grateful have received funding from these souper people:

BrightonSoup @ St Richard’s – Friday 22nd March 2019

For our 17th BrightonSoup event, we returned to St Richard’s Community Centre, where we held our second soup, back in September 2015.

We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen:


The Venue

St Richard’s Community Centre
Egmont Road
Hove
BN3 7FP



 


The Projects & Pitchers

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

Matthew Moors and Jo pitched and won £446 in donations for thei their D-Mob  – Dementia Peer Support Group, helping those living with dementia to be heard, remain active and feel mutually supported.

Previoius winner Boudicca Pepper came back to give an update on the AudioActive project. Back in July 2018 she – along with Isha and Tom from Audio Active – won £448.00 for their Young Women Tech Group Project. Boudicca told us about how the projects has grown since then.

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 – Vertigirls

Vertigirls is a non profit community group run by volunteers, established in 2008 to help empower women with additional needs through the sport of rock climbing. 

We run low cost indoor climbing courses. For progression we have weekly sessions at local indoor walls. We have 4-6 subsidised outdoor climbing trips throughout the summer.

We need some new safety equipment to use and loan to our participants or there is no climbing. We need climbing harnesses, climbing ropes and technical gear needed to set up climbs. Harnesses are generally £40-60 We need 4 so max £240
Ropes are generally £40-60 We need 2 so max £120. The technical equipment we need for set up will be about £200. For those that understand climbing jargon we need a full rack, carabiners, slings, belay devices and rope protectors We are working on a deal with DMM to get these things at cost price.

Pitching: Christine Belk

Contact: Christine Belk
07780 637 271
vertigirlsclimbing@yahoo.com

Website:
www.vertigirls.net

 

 

 


2 – D-Mob  – Dementia Peer Support Group (Winner)

D-Mob is a local dementia peer support group formed in early 2018. Members come from all walks of life, some living with dementia others supporting people living with dementia.

It is estimated there are approximately 3000 people living with dementia in the city projected to be 3500 by 2030.

Currently the Alzheimer’s peer support group only provides a group for one year after diagnosis. D-Mob plugs this gap!

Through monthly social gatherings D-Mob provides invaluable opportunity for the voice of people living with dementia to be heard, for people to  remain active and to feel mutually supported.

Pitching: Matthew Moors Jo

Contact: Matthew Moors
07872 846 337
DementiaA@ageuk-bh.org

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Dementia-Friendly-Brighton-and-Hove-341639242912884/

Twitter:
@DAABrightonHove


3 –  CravenVale Honey Collective

An environmental, educational and community project to get the local residents buzzing! The idea is to introduce two Bee Hives into the residential area of CravenVale (North Kemptown). CravenVale is a housing estate with a mix of private and council housing. It has a dense population and good community hub in the heart of it that runs various activities, cafe and a Friday food bank.

The aim is to train community volunteer beekeepers to look after the bees. While a long side run an educational community study group for self directed learning, inviting in local experts to speak and share
their knowledge. To plant and maintain bee friendly plants and herbs all around the estate.
There is the opportunity for competitions and participations from local schools and business. The idea is to eventually have CravenVale honey produced in the ‘Vale’ along with Beeswax candles and bowls.

This project would benefit the whole community as it has something to offer all ages. From training up young-old beekeepers to educational workshops for children and a study group for adults. It will hopefully bring the community together and integrate all ages in the fascination of our new residents. It also aims to encourage outdoor activity whilst checking on the bees and planting/maintaining the plants, flowers and herbs. It would bring a buzz to our community especially once the honey arrives and there is the opportunity to taste, sell and enter competitions.

The funding would go towards Beekeeping training for two volunteers, the Beehive’s, Beekeeping suits for adults and children. It would also help to secure a safe place to facilitate
the educational groups and workshops. The funding could be put towards the plants and flowers needed to create a bee friendly environment.

We have the local Council behind the idea and hopefully will work alongside the Worthing Honey Collective who already have established hives all around worthing and are keen to
share their knowledge and point us in the right direction.

Pitching: Rachel Clatworthy

Contact: Rachel Clatworthy
rachelclatworthy@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 


4 – Tandem Rides 4 Health

This pilot project aims to improve wellbeing through getting people who are not active out on tandem bike rides along Brighton seafront. 

Each person will be offered a number of rides on safe cycle paths with a volunteer tandem lead rider.  It is hoped that the outdoor activity and company will lead to wellbeing benefits and we will ask for feedback at the start, mid and end points.

If successful, we will seek additional funding. The bikes are being supplied by Brighton Beach Bikes.

Pitching: Margaret Cooney & Mark Hedger

Contact: Margaret Cooney

07771 893 983
cooneymeg@yahoo.co.uk


The Contributors

Music – 4 Young Songwriters

A massive thank you to Boudicca Pepper, Miri, Nina & Ellie for entertaining us on the evening with a superb set of originals tracks. The first time a previous winner has returned to perform. They had such a wearm response and promised to return.


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 £243 so a HUGE thank you!


The Volunteers

A special thanks to:

  • Olivia Canham for helping host the selection meeting, and Caz O’Kane, Matt Brabner, Claire Finn and Emma Davidson for the tough job of deciding on the pitching projects for this event.
  • Lizzie Batten & Sam Redfern for once again providing lovely soup and spending the evening serving people.
  • Alex Keene for taking some brilliant photos. And Jes Bailey & Jess for doing our social media photos and videos for the evening.
  • Shelley, Emma & Lynne for helping set up and staying late to clear up. And Lynne for a fanbtastic job on the raffle.
  • And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night! Special mention to Ollie for halping wash up :).

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

We are grateful to the funding we have received from Brighton & Hove City Council and the Sussex Community Foundation.

 

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!


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

Return of the Dragon Slayer!

Hey Soupers!

We’re very happy to announce our next community funding event!

Catchy title, but there won’t actually be any dragon’s slain on the night – it’s not that kind of event. These dragon’s will be warm and friendly, rather than fiery and deadly. It’s just a cute (we think) reference to our next event venue.

We’re heading back to St George’s Community Hall in Hangleton, where we had a great time one very cold February. This time we expect it to be gloriously bright and sunny – yeah, okay, more like ‘hope’.

Tickets are now available, but more importantly, we’re open for submissions! So if you have something you’ve been thinking of starting, or need a little financial help to keep something going – then do apply. Even if you don’t win you get a chance to promote your project and meet friendly dragons wanting to help and support you. And eat some delicious soup too :).

So, who wants to start something?

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

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

 

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.

 

We took it to The Bridge

Wow, I think we had another great Soup. The run up is always nerve-wracking; will all the guests turn up, how much will we raise, will any of the projects drop out, will the entertainer make it, will we run out of soup? We always worry, but it always seems to turn out well. It must be down to the ingredients.  Firstly the passionate people who pitch great projects, to the wonderfully enthusiastic people volunteering, and then topped with the awesome warm and generous people who attend our events.

Like Matt Brabner, who persuaded his boss and colleagues at Natural Balances to dedicate their Bright10 run to  previous pitchers, Rhythmix. How great is that, and completely in the spirit of BrightonSoup. It’s always such a great crowd at our events, all wanting to be part of something bigger and to support each other. It was great to see that two thirds of you were attending your first Soup!

As usual it was really hard to decide on who to vote for. We had great impassioned pitches from Debbie for Cook and Creche, helping people eat healthy on a budget – with child care 2016-09-23-213025-088-sla-copyincluded; Xavier with republic, helping the hardest to reach young people learn a skill, gain confidence and get work – all through coffee; Duncan from Brighton Bike Hub about his DIY community workshop cycle repair project, where volunteers and users help each other. In the end it was Elaine from The Hummingbird Project – who plans to encourage local folk to foster unaccompanied children from the Calais refugee camps – who got the vote and takes £462 in door money and donations.

You can find out more about each of the projects ad how to contact them here.

Julian from Free Uni Brighton, winner of our last event at Emmaus, came back to tell us how they’ve gotten on since then and how the money you gave them has helped them to continue giving free education for all regardless of your ability to pay. If you want to do some learning of your own, Forensic Crime or Latin maybe, then get in touch.

2016-09-23-210302-1279-wca-copyAs always we like you to be entertained with some musical genius, and we had the talented Harry Osborne performing some of his songs. Some deep, jazzy and some funky, I think we speak for everyone when we say it was superb. Thanks Harry!

We also met the guys from Middlesbrough Soup hope4boro! It’s always great to meet fellow Soupers and share our learning and experiences – we picked up some great suggestions. Obviously we we’re super busy on the night but it was good to have you there so thanks for coming, 2016-09-23-185125-026-sla-copyWe hope to be up your way soon. We visited Ely Soup a while back and we’re definitely keen to get out more and attend other soups. Soup Love!

And speaking of soup love, a big thanks to our awesome soup makers; we had another 5 tasty soups to try out. Tom from The Soup Dept couldn’t be there again, but gave us soup anyway. Lizzie and Sam came back again and we had a BrightonSoup newcomer Connie, who works at The Bridge Kitchen. All were souper amazing, so check out what deliciousness they made us here.

2016-09-23-204522-0424-cda-copySo many people helped contribute to this event, whether it was people bringing along food to share or local businesses donating raffle prizes, so lets have a little appreciation and check out our contributors section for details.

A special mention has to go to Sam and her team at The Bridge – who invited us over, let us use their lovely space and and made us feel really, really welcome. And they gave us two delicious soups too. Thanks!

2016-09-23-213327-0510-cda-copyAmong the many first timers at Friday’s Soup was Pete West, Mayor of Brighton & Hove. It was great he took the time to join us and had some very lovely heartfelt words to say at the end of the night. Supporting what we try to achieve at BrightonSoup and to all the projects and people that are involved. He’s already asked to be kept in the loop for our next events, so he can join us again. Is BrightonSoup addictive?

Next up we’re back at Community Base in central Brighton on the 2nd December, so save the date and more details will follow. But to finish up, we’d like to say again a big thank you to everyone involved. Without you all we wouldn’t be able to keep going.

Till next time you souperstars,

  • To see the full details on the event, who the contributors were and how you can get involved with any of the projects check out the event archive page.
  • You can check out the event photos on facebook album, so get tagging 🙂

Team Soup

 

Harry Osborne

Always one of our fave moments at BrightonSoup, is when we announce who will be providing the all important entertainment on the night (whilst we count the votes).

Well this time we’re very pleased to announce Harry Osborne will be playing for us. You can catch Harry playing round Brighton and Hastings with his 3 piece band, but next week at The Bridge he will be treating us to a solo performance. An excellent guitarist and songwriter, performing his own material, we’re hoping you’ll love it as much as we do. Our very own Mike Willis said “keep an eye on Harry, he will go far”. We’re hoping not too far, we like him 🙂

So check out Harry’s facebook page or listen to his latest track here.

It should be a good night, hope you can make it!

Team Soup

 

Soup Pot Share

Whilst every soup event is special, there was definitely something in the air (sorry, Phil) at our last event. And not simply because it was our 1st birthday :).

#2016-07-01-194638-#3190-RBOLLRegular Soup attendees and recent converts know our nights are about bringing people together to listen, eat and vote for one of the groups pitching and effect change in some way for our communities.

But on Friday 1st July, Ali Ghanimi from Free University Brighton – who won the vote on the night – stood up, thanked everybody for their support and announced their intention to share the £876.25 Soup pot with their fellow pitchers from Esteem, Brighton Oasis Project and Women Over 50 Film Festival!

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This truly embodies the spirit of BrightonSoup and the ethos of community partnering. Rock on!

And this happened before they knew Ahmed el Dessouki of Papa John’s Pizza Brighton had just offered £300 to be split amongst the runners up. He only dropped by with his family for some soup and a vote, but maybe that was whatever was in the air again.

So everyone who pitched not only went home with some useful new contacts but also £294 to help with their community projects!

“I’m honestly amazed at what a group of people who come together can achieve. The soup was tremendous, I’m coming back.”

#2016-07-01-194717-#3194-RBOLLMaybe it was the venue. The Revive Cafe is warm friendly space on the Emmaus grounds, and the people who live and work at Emmaus give out a beautiful helpful vibe.

This was the perfect place for soup, to sit and hear pitches delivered with passion and humour, where each had a story to bring to life what the funding would mean to their project.

And the perfect place to enjoy the delicious soups provided once again by our generous chefs – Tom, Lizzie, Sam and Matteo. Along with a few Papa John’s Pizzas and all the food guests brought along to share.#2016-07-01-194805-#3204-RBOLL

“Food (soup & pizzas) very tasty, very sociable atmosphere, everyone very friendly. Learned a lot about what good projects are going on locally.”

All that was missing was some entertainment, and it very nearly was missing. Our scheduled artist failed to appear (thanks) so we had to find an alternative at very short notice. Fortunately Charlie Anjos stepped up to provide some brilliant entertainment, giving us acoustic versions of some of his fave songs. I can’t get Perfect Skin by Peace out of my head now.

Well, he does keep playing it around the house :).

So a magic night and a great way to end our first year. Thank you all for coming along to help us celebrate. A very big thanks to Joel, Andy, Ian and all at Emmaus for providing us with a great venue and putting up with our reorganising their community cafe and kitchen for the evening! We hope it was worth it – we met a lot of lovely people who thought it was.

  • For full details on who pitched, contributed and helped check out the event archive.
  • Or check out the event photos here.

See you at the next one!

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