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This Weeks Radio Show – You Pick ‘Em

Happy Thursday all,

So today on 1BrightonFM our very own Mike Willis is letting you choose the songs. Yes, you can pick ’em! Any song suggestions you post up on Mike’s page he’ll play them for you. This could be interesting!

And of course, there’s all that talking he does in that cool, laid back and very mischievous accent of his. Who will he be talking to this week?

 

Tune in to 1BrightonFM from 1pm to 3pm today, and enjoy the show!

Mike Willis, Under The Influence – In partnership with BrightonSoup

 

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

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

Photos, Junk Food & Little Green Pigs

It is World Book Day so it is fitting that today’s guest on Under the Influence with Mike Willis is Julie Watson from Little Green Pig. A charity that believes all young people can be writers. Julie pitched at BrightonSoup back in November and although she didn’t win she had lots of interest so she has some great things to say about the experience. To find out more, and to hear what Little Green Pig have been up to since the event tune in to 1BrightonFM at 1pm today. Hopefully there won’t be any acapella Queen. 🙂 No promises though.

We want to thank Sarah and all at The Real Junk Food Project for the veg donation which ended up in Tom’s Spicy Parsnip & Swede Soup – which was very popular. If you don’t know, TRJFP help eradicate food wastage by feeding it to people on a “pay as you feel” basis. Sam Redfern, one SCAN-20160303of their volunteer chefs who cooked a delicious Tuscan Bean Soup for our event said cooking at TRJFP was like “Ready, Steady, Cook”. What a great way to take what would be wasted and put it to delicious use.

You probably know TRJFP host a popup event at One Church in Gloucester place at 1pm every Friday, but did you know they host several events across Brighton & Hove?

St Lukes Church on Old Shoreham Road – Mon to Wed (open midday)
Hollingdean Community Centre – Thu (open 1 pm)
The Hive in Hove – 1st Wed of the month (open midday)

Plenty of opportunities to try them out across town and you can get the full details on their website. And if you can’t make it yourself then pass the info on.

If you haven’t spotted it yet, our event photos are up on bookface. A very special thanks to Natalie Duke for helping us out for the evening and giving us some great photos.

Happy World Book Day!

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

Not so magnifico…

Did you catch us on 1BrightonFM today? If you did, we’re really sorry! Mike had us all sing along to the accapela part in Bohemian Rhapsody and we’re fairly sure Freddie wouldn’t have been impressed. 😳 A bit unfair as Mike’s the one with the great voice as you’ll hear tomorrow evening if you’re coming. 

Fortunately our star guest on the show was Tamsin Williams from Wide Berth and she wasn’t fazed at all. Tamsin pitched at our second event in Hangleton and won the vote and money for her craft taster event. It’s on the 11th March and you can get more info about it here. Tamsin will be coming along tomorrow night to give us all an update on how it’s been since pitching at BrightonSoup.  

Speaking of tomorrow night, our online ticket sales have now closed but we have 5 tickets left which will be on the door. Doors open at 6pm so if you want one, don’t be late! If you’ve already bought a ticket but can’t make it for any reason,   please do let us know so that we can reallocate your spot. It’s shaping up to be a good evening. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Love & Hugs

Team Soup xx