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A Festive BrightonSoup @ Community Base

The nights draw in early in Winter, and we wondered if the damp streets and bitterly cold evenings would put a dampener on our BrightonSoup event at Community Base on the 2nd December.

What were we thinking?! Of course not!! Like happy elves, the BrightonSoup Team were full of cheer and despite the bum-clenching cold we had a packed house. True to form, over 50% of those attending were new-comers, brought by our ever expanding network or increasingly, those that had heard of us through word of mouth.

I can only liken the night to being a little bit Christmas day; bursting with excitement at the start, gorging on soup and good vibes from all the projects, a lot of Christmas cheers (I cleared up the bottles) and then a group clear up before a sit down with a cup of tea. Thank you to all who helped, we couldn’t do it without you.

The challenge, as always, was listening to each of the projects and deciding who to vote for. This time, we had some incredibly creative and engaging pitches from our projects.

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Opening for us on the night – and the ultimate winner of the door money and donations of £398 – was the wonderful quiz master Rohan and his colleague Chloe from SPEAKOUT who engaged the audience with their pop quiz and wanted support to create a film with a local film maker to educate people about the issues people with learning disabilities face.

Following Rohan, came Emily from Little Green Pig rhyming to us about THIS IS MY CITY, a ten week project for forty 8-11 year olds from schools in areas of high deprivation, to produce a travel guide about Brighton & Hove for young people.

oxThe Ox Therapy Centre for Children is the brainchild of Denise from Holistic Happiness. Denise wanted support to continue her work with children who have experienced trauma, providing a venue for mindfulness and relaxation courses, providing the right intervention at the right time.

Our final pitch came from the wonderful Gail at Elder Abuse Recovery, a charity that offers support for elderly people who have experienced abuse. EARS wanted support to train more volunteer befrienders.

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We were delighted to have the magical Birte Paulsen perform with support from Paul Diello for us on the evening, bringing a little bit of ethereal Nordic melancholy to the evening. You can find out more about Birte on our archive page at the end.

We have to thank Ollie and the team at Community Base for being so supportive and welcoming, allowing us to use the brilliant facilities and even helping with the washing up at the end of the night!

soup-urnHowever, BrightonSoup night is nothing without the soups! And what soups we had! They were so popular, people were coming back for seconds. We had our regular supporters Tom Chadd from the Soup Dept and Sam Redfern who both couldn’t be there but still delivered mouthwatering soups. Matteo and Lizzie yet again blew our minds and we had a newcomer  Joanne from ProgressLab who has been coming to BrightonSoup for a while who made us all very happy with her tasty soup. You can find the details of their delicious soups here.  A huge thank to everyone for bringing bread and food to share, there was so much to go round and the pot luck element of the night just adds to the evening.

We also had a visit from Caroline Lucas MP who we are very grateful to for sparing the time to come and visit us at our BrightonSoup event to experience the love. And the SOUP! caroline

So it just leaves us to let you know that the next event will be St. Georges Hall in Hangleton on Friday 24th February and remember that we are always over subscribed and the tickets sell out fast so get in there quick.

Big Love Souper Stars;

  • 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.
  • You can check out the event photos on our facebook album so get tagging.

See you all soon

Team Soup

Soup Love & Other Titbits

Love Soup – First Soup Dates

Some of you will be happily or unhappily coupled to the person of your dreams. Some of you will not have dated since it involved putting on your Spanx or lucky pants, slapping on some musk and heading out into the night to persuade that special someone that your sense of humour and dance moves are ‘unique’ and ‘loveable’.

If you’re one of these lucky people, modern day dating could seem bewildering to you. Modern love can be a whirlwind of truth-bending-profile-writing and phone swiping induced repetitive strain injury. However, whether love blossomed back when Sister Sledge was banging out disco or Bruno Mars is funking it up, that first date can be pivotal. So as a bunch of old romantics, imagine how delighted Team Soup were that the last event provided the venue for a first date!

Fans of BrightonSoup know our events offer the chance to be involved in a grass-roots movement that through shared experience, brings people closer together in a world that can often isolate. So next time you swipe right, think Share, Listen, Vote and come to BrightonSoup @ Emmaus on Friday 1st July. Love might be a bowl of soup away.

Other Titbits

Tomorrow on Under The Influence you can expect the usual delightful music selected by the inimitable Mike Willis. His BrightonSoup guest this week is Nick Cross from St John’s School & College who pitched at our last event. Nick was hoping to raise funds for their Reveals Festival and though they didn’t win the vote, they did get a lot of offers of support on the night. He’ll be joining Mike after 2pm to talk about it. So tune into 1BrightonFM @ 1pm tomorrow afternoon to hear how he gets on.

Lastly, if you’re interested in pitching at our next event then you have a couple of weeks left to apply – just complete the online form. It’s only a few simple questions about your exciting project/idea and before you know it you could be one of four people pitching to our lovely audience. And wondering which ones on a first date :). So apply now!

Hope you’re having a lovely day!

Team Soup