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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!

Team Soup

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Thank You , Richard!

Thank you everyone for making BrightonSoup @ Emmaus such a great night, we really enjoyed it. We’re all very knackered now and taking a short break this week, but when we return we’ll post up all the details of the event and how it went. In the meantime we thought you’d like to have a look at the photos.

The photographs are courtesy of the very nice Richard Boll. He came down from London to spend the evening taking photos for us and did a brilliant job. We also forgot to thank him at our closing speech, so Richard, thank you so much for giving us your time and the fantastic job you did of capturing the vibe and fun of our event. You should start a business or something 🙂

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Have a great week and see you when we get back

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

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

BrightonSoup @ Community Base 20th Nov 2015

Our third BrightonSoup event, this time in the heart of Brighton.

Everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen is listed below:


Ruth Mason from RISE UK won the vote and £351.80 in ticket money and donations for her RISE Up Singing choir group. The big surprise of the night was that Ahmed El Dessouki,  owner of Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton matched the funding raised so that Ruth ended up with a whopping £703.60.

He also matched the £146 we raised for BrightonSoup. And if that wasn’t enough he arranged for 5 very large pizzas to be delivered for us all to enjoy with the soup. So a HUGE thanks to Ahmed and all at Papa John’s Pizza in Brighton.


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Community Base
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BN1 3XG

Thanks to Alison and Olivia for inviting us to Community Base, in the heart of Brighton. It was a fantastic venue and I think everyone really enjoyed it.


The Projects

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The 4 Pitchers: Ruth, Julie, Jez & Maggie

These were the 4 projects that pitched on the night.

Although only one was the winner, they all need support so if you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

Thank you to all the projects for being part. It’s the main reason people attend.
And maybe the soup.

 


1 – RISE UP Singing (Winner)

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RISE Provides support to women, families and LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse and violence. RISE Up Singing is a choir of service users, staff and supporters who are singing together for the first time.

RISE Up Singing gives people back their voice, allowing space for physical and emotional healing. Support from Brighton Soup enables free engagement with the choir.

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Contact:
Ruth Mason
07539 118755
Ruth.mason@riseuk.org.uk

Links:
Website      riseuk.org.uk
Facebook   facebook.com/riseuk
Twitter        @RISEUK


2 – Healey Home Farm

Project Logo - Heley Home FarmHealey Home Farm is a community project based at Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park. Our project is creating a one acre farming space for people to come together and learn about producing food. Our main business is organic poultry farming, supplying eggs to small local businesses and community organisations who promote healthy eating and wherever possible use locally grown and organic produce.

We now need to make the farm more accessible for our customers and visitors. We will make a noticeboard by the farm gate providing information about the project, along with information points at each chicken and duck run and vegetable bed. This is because our visitors at the annual open day all enjoyed seeing the different breeds of hen, learning about the different coloured eggs that are laid and how to care for the animals.

This will enable us to have visitors and volunteers more frequently and plan for our first open event.

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Contact:
Janine Healey
07982 198112
HealeyHomeFarm@gmail.com

Links:
Facebook   facebook.com/Healey-Home-Farm


 3 – My Life Journalism

Project Logo - Little Green PigLittle Green Pig is running workshops to get young people to tell their stories through writing. 6 two hour sessions after school: 14 young people with an emphasis on recruitment from children in care will work with a professional journalist to write their own columns for publication weekly in Latest7 magazine. We will be recruiting through referrals from the Virtual Schools (Children in Care) team. Each workshop will be run by 2 workshop leaders, supported by 8-14 volunteers (as appropriate).

All our workshops include a celebratory event to share the project outcome with the community

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Contact:
Julie Watson
07500 96 5757
Julie@littlegreenpig.org.uk

Links:
Website      littlegreenpig.org.uk
Facebook   facebook.com/littlegreenpig
Twitter        @littlegreenpig1


 4 – SoulFood

Project-Logo---Mothers-UncoveredSoulFood is a new venture for Brighton-based Mothers Uncovered (part of Livestock charity). We will create a series workshops that aim to help Brighton based parents engage with food. They will both share their own food memories and experiences and experiment with new foods and cooking. These are not just classes in healthy eating/living because there are an abundance of these.

We want participants to feel empowered by their food choices, to expand their knowledge of the food resources available within the city and to feel confident in sharing their food skills and ideas within their communities. The money would go towards the cost of food for the workshops next year – that way we can offer the sessions at a very low rate of £3 per session (which includes resource materials & a meal). It also means that we can offer the session for free for any disabled participants.

Presenters: Maggie Gordon-Walker & Ingrid Wakeling

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Maggie Gordon-Walker
07930530041
maggie@livestock.org.uk

Links:
Website      mothersuncovered.com
Facebook   MothersUncoveredUK
Twitter        @mothersuncoverd


 Contributors

Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 4 delicious soups, free of charge, to all of our guests (3 vegan and all gluten free). Tom, Ash & Shona couldn’t join us, but they still provided tasty soups for the evening. Lizzie again brought along her Clam Chowder soup and spent the evening working the kitchen with Peter and Judy. We also had previous attendee, Zorah Levy, returning, this time with a spicy Thai soup.

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-The-Soup-DeptTom Chadd @ The Soup Dept 
Pumpkin & Swede Soup

 

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-cactus-cafeAsh (Chef) & Shona Sharma @ The Cactus Cafe
Cuban Bean Soup

 

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Lizzie Batten
Clam Chowder

 

BSoup-Sponsor-Bowl-Soreh-LevySoreh Levy
Thai Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Soup

 

A huge thanks to all the people that brought food.

Special mentions go to Papa John’s for the 5 very large tasty pizzas.
And Dougal & Ceri who brought along a big pot of Curried Carrot Soup to share 🙂

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The musical entertainment this time was provided by  Tom Mills and Jim Cannings from Carnivalé.

They gave us an acoustic set of original material with some lively Beatles tracks thrown in.
Thank you so much guys!

Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes.

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The Volunteers

Community Organisers, Dot, Sam and Valentina for once again giving their time to help our presenters with “pitch” training. We think it paid off.

Olivia for arriving early to help us set-up. Judy for helping us set-up and then spending the whole evening helping Peter out in the kitchen

And finally a grateful thanks to all those lovely people that pitched in at the end to help us clear up: Deborah, Alison & their girls, Harry, Lizzie and anyone one else who we accidentally neglect to mention.

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Will, Lizzie, Peter, Michael, Angel, Karin, Nikki, Judy & Lynne.

Thanks for making it a great night.

See the photos.

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