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BrightonSoup ONLINE – Friday 15 October 2021

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On Friday, for our latest BrightonSoup event we went online for the third time.

Since BrightonSoup first started in 2015 we have raised over £24,000 for local community projects, all thanks to you, the audience. So despite some uncertainty when first planning this, our 23rd BrightonSoup, we decided to go ahead with another Zoom event to ensure we could carry on raising money.

The decision paid off with everyone who replied to a quick quiz on Friday night answering that BrightonSoup is “the best feel-good event around – supporting community projects to do their thing in the community”

We had a wonderful mix of projects and a fabulous audience of regulars and newbies. 60% had been to a BrightonSoup before (a quarter were super loyal Soupers who have been to more than 6 before!). But just as brilliantly that meant 40% were brand new!

We know Zoom doesn’t fully recreate the warm and fuzzy interaction of a real-life event, but we do hope to be back in real life with real soup in 2022.

In the meantime read on for how our latest evening went…

The Main Event

We kicked off with a mini quiz whilst everyone was logging in.

Can you guess what soup everyone would be if they were a soup – or what the first recorded soup is, or how much Andy Warhol was paid for his Campbell’s Soup prints? Answers at the bottom.

Then we where all were present and correct we heard from Sue Hunter at The HIV Hour who won the funding at our last event in June. Then onto the pitches for the night:

  • Christian Holder and Jenny Moore from The Hove Public Living Room
  • Katy Wells of Small Acts of Friendship
  • Vannessa Crawford of The Crown Project
  • Rachel Clatworthy of CravenVale Honey Collective

All the projects did a wonderful 4 minute presentation and the audience all joined in quizzing the projects on their pitches before hitting the online voting.

A TikTok soup video followed and then some live music from The Mollies

Most importantly we raised £408.60 from ticket sales and prize fund donations and 100% of Zoom Soupers gave the evening A* or B+.

Rachel from The CravenVale Honey Collective delivered the winning pitch and received £408.60. The funds will enable the project to buy beekeeping suits for local children, engage more local people and develop their hives in north Kemptown further. They will also buy some honey extracting equipment. See below for more details of the project, and details of all the projects who took part in the event.

So a massive thank you to everyone who bought tickets, pitched and helped in numerous ways.

Scroll down for details of all the pitches, and watch the videos if you missed them. You can also donate to BrightonSoup or any of the projects using the Donate button below.

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To keep in touch and hear about the next events you can join our mailing list.


Previous Winner

To set the scene and show how previous winners of BrightonSoup funding have used the money and support from Soupers, we heard from Sue Hunter from The HIV Hour who won in June.


The Projects & Pitchers

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

As always, these projects are still looking for support. Not just money, but time, equipment and hands on help. If you can assist in any way, then please get in touch with them directly (details below), donate via Paypal or use our contact form to offer equipment, volunteer or any other support you can.

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AND THE WINNER IS… CRAVENVALE HONEY COLLECTIVE

Pitch 4 – CravenVale Honey Collective 

The CravenVale Honey Collective (CVHC) was founded in 2019 as a direct response to
climate change and the dramatic decline in bees. Presently we have one hive and nine
voluntary community beekeepers within the, densely populated mix of private and council houses, residential area of CravenVale (North Kemptown).

The initiative was to train volunteers, from the local area, into bee keepers. While alongside facilitate an educational community study group, during the winter months, for self directed learning. To plant and maintain bee friendly plants and herbs all around the estate, alongside facilitating educational children’s workshops on the habitats of bees and pollinators.

The project has been running for 2 years now but due to COVID we were only able to
receive our bees in April, so have enjoyed one summer of extreme beekeeping.

Watch the pitch

Contact: Rachel Clatworthy

Email: rachelclatworthy@gmail.com

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THE RUNNERS UP….

Pitch 1 – Hove Public Living Room

Stay Up late and Hove Methodists Community hub are setting up a Public Living Room.  

A Public Living Room is a non-agenda space where the community can come together to celebrate diversity, meet others and make friendships with purpose.  

We have a small core group of People with a Learning Disability and/or Autism who are running the Living Room and working with local people to develop the project. 

Watch the pitch

Contacts: Christian Holder, Jenny Moore

Email: jenny@stayuplate.org 

Website: stayuplate.org

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Pitch 2 – Small Acts of Friendship

Small Acts of Friendship is a project launched by Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals in 2017 in partnership with the Elderly Care team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. It is a programme of activities, ranging from hairdressing to music and poetry groups provided by both professionals and volunteers. These activities help patients keep a sense of dignity as well as physical and mental well-being in hospital, which means they are likely to recover more quickly and transition back to independence at home more easily.

Every Christmas we arrange for gifts to be taken to elderly patients who will be spending Christmas in hospital and we would like to extend this to the Respiratory Wards where there are also many younger patients.

Watch the pitch

Contact: Katy Wells

Email: katywells@brightonhospitalfriends.org.uk 

Website: brightonhospitalfriends.org.uk 

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Pitch 3 – The Crown Project 

The BMEYPP aims to empower young people of colour from Black and Asian Minoritised communities aged 11 to 25. We provide safe spaces where young people can access information, support and advice through informal educational activities with youth workers and other positive role models.  

The Crown Project provides a space where young womxn share experiences of Black Hair Discrimination wherever it occurs. Youth workers use developmental group work arts activities and invite guest speakers which enable young people to discuss how to cope with and challenge these incidents. 

Working with local hair dressers, young people also learn about how to care for their beautiful black hair, and make their own  natural hair care products.  

Watch the pitch

Contact: Vannessa Crawford

Email: info@bmeypp.org.uk

Phone: 07918 621423  

Website: facebook.com/bmeypp 

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Contributors

Music – Simon Leonard

A brilliant set from Simon Leonard and Corrine of The Mollies kept us all entertained after the pitches. There was much movement evident on all the zoom screens as everyone enjoyed the music whilst ruminating on their votes.


Soup

We normally have a choice of soups to choose on the night, but as we can’t dispense soup over the internet we sent out a delicious Soup recipe from Sam Redfern illustrated by Darren Menezes.

You can watch the video again or just download the recipe below.


Raffle Donations

We normally have a raffle on the evening, which helps raise money for the running of BrightonSoup, but that just isn’t possible online (yet!).

So if you would like to support us direct to help ensure we can have real-life Soups in the future you can donate to us here

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The money raised would helps us cover the cost of hosting our events so that all the ticket income and donations can go to the winner.


Volunteers

A big thanks to: 

  • Denise Morton, Olivia Canham and Jennifer Tulloch for joining the project selection committee.
  • Sam Redfern for creating the soup and getting us to go all TikTok!
  • Darren Menezes for illustrating the soup recipe.
  • Sue Hunter at The HIV Hour for sharing the impact of winning Soup funding.
  • Simon Leonard and Corinne for the brilliant music.
  • Everyone else who helped, with technical set up, advice and moral support!

Forgive us if we missed anyone out. Just let us know so we can update the page.

Team Soup

Quiz Answers

What was the most popular soup that people would be if they were a soup?

37 % Leek and Potato
33% Mexican Bean
25% Chicken Noodle

What is believed to be the first kind of soup dating back to 6,000 BC?

Hippo

How much was Andy Warhol paid for his 32 Campbell’s Soup screen prints?

$1,000

BrightonSoup ONLINE – Thursday 17th June 2021

For our latest BrightonSoup event we went online for the second time.

The success and feedback from our first online Soup in March meant we decided to go online again, rather than wait longer for a real life Soup. Even though many are now hitting ‘peak Zoom’ a Zoom Soup is way better than most video meetings :), and we had a lovely turnout for a June evening.

We raised £445.75 from ticket sales and prize fund donations and 100% of Zoom Soupers gave the evening 4 or 5 stars. We had some people brand new to BrightonSoup as well as some who have been at every Soup since our very first one. So a really wonderful mix of people all contributing and quizzing the projects on their pitches before hitting the online voting.

Sue Hunter from The HIV Hour delivered the winning pitch and received £445.75 which will enable Sue and the team of volunteers to rent studio space so they can continue with their weekly broadcast on Radio Reverb.

So a massive thank you to everyone who bought tickets, pitched and helped in numerous ways, we will be holding another Soup soon!

Meanwhile, read on for details of all the pitches, and watch the videos if you missed them. You can also donate to BrightonSoup or any of the projects using the Donate button below.

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To keep in touch and hear about the next events you can join our mailing list.


Previous Winner

To set the scene and show how previous winners of BrightonSoup funding have used the money and support from Soupers, we heard from Jacob Berkson of Thousand 4 £1000 who won in March for his project Broadband for Asylum Seekers.


The Projects & Pitchers

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

Read on for info and contact details of all the projects. You can also rewatch all the pitches. As always, these projects are still looking for support. Not just money, but time, equipment and hands on help. If you can assist in any way, then please get in touch with them directly (details below), donate via Paypal or use our contact form.

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AND THE WINNER IS… The HIV Hour

THE UK’s ONLY RADIO SHOW ABOUT HIV SINCE 2016 

A unique Community Radio Show run by volunteers who are HIV themselves. 

The show is for people living with or affected by HIV. Sue, Josh, Tony and Stephen deliver a vital service to the local community and further afield. 

Being a great resource for information and the promotion of local HIV organisations  and charities also tackling stigma and giving essential support for people living with HIV. We encourage listeners to talk about their own experiences to help with isolation and prejudice.  Keeping listeners updated on the latest HIV treatment advancements. 

Watch the pitch

Contacts: Sue Hunter, Josh Sharples

Email: The HIV Hour 

Website: radioreverb.com/shows/hiv-hour

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Trauma Sensitive Yoga Class for Women

A weekly trauma informed yoga class for all who identify as women. A safe  space and supportive yoga class run on a donations basis at Brighton Natural Health Centre.   

Sarah is a 500 + hour certified yoga teacher and senior teacher with the Vajrasati yoga school in Brighton.  She has completed a Trauma Sensitive teaching course and is qualified to teach in high security environments after completing training with the Prison Phoenix Trust. She has taught people from all different backgrounds and abilities. Before teaching full time Sarah was a support worker for many years, helping people with complex support needs. 

Watch the pitch

Contact: Sarah Pailthorpe

Email: sarah@yogadojo.co.uk 

Website: yogadojo.co.uk 

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Being of Sound Health 

Being of Sound Health is a holistic intervention for schools that uses the therapeutic sound of singing bowls, gong, percussion, and voice, alongside breath and body movements.  It is particularly useful for children with Special Educational Needs as it is sensory based.   

Using sound therapeutically is very calming to the automatic nervous system, lowering cortisol levels and slowing the heart rate. The harmonics of the Himalayan bowls, the steady rhythm of a drum, and singing gentle, repetitive songs, has the ability to lower brain wave activity and synchronise the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The resulting harmonizing of the body’s energy system allows for increased focus, creativity, and emotional connection and regulation, reduced anxiety, and a softening of tension in the body – following the same response meditators experience. Sound Meditation is particularly beneficial for people with SEN as they receive the benefits of meditating without the need for following instructions. 

Watch the pitch

Contact: Joanna McEwen

Email: joanna@beingofsoundhealth.co.uk 

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Flock Theatre Makers – There’s a Tiger In The Garden: Theatre For Children and Families 

This Summer, Flock Theatre presents THERE’S A TIGER IN THE GARDEN, a theatrical adaptation of Lizzy Stewart’s prizewinning Children’s Book for young audiences on the Sussex coast. Created by four Brighton theatre-makers, the work is targeted at families and children age 3-8 who, for the past year, have had no access to the creative events typical of the early years landscape. The performance aims to benefit families by providing playful and safe ways to engage in high quality artistic activity and bond beyond the stress of the pandemic. We are actively targeting families who may experience marginalisation providing free tickets to shows in their community. Using puppetry, imaginative design and music – audiences will be invited to join Nora to discover dragonflies as big as her head, plants that can eat you (and your toy giraffe) whole, a polar bear that likes fishing and maybe, just possibly, a tiger in the garden.  

Watch the pitch

Contact: Freya Wynn-Jones

Email: flocktheatremakers@gmail.com

Website: freyawynnjones.co.uk/flocktheatremakers

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Contributors

Music – Phil Wake

A brilliant set from Phil Wake kept us all entertained after the pitches and gave the added benefit of a proper professional drum roll for announcing the winner. Thanks Phil for playing to a laptop full of faces rather than a room full of people.


Soup & Bread

We normally have a choice of soups to choose on the night, but as we can’t dispense soup over the internet we sent out a delicious Soup recipe from Tom Chadd and a flat bread recipe from Simon Cobb, both illustrated by Darren Menezes.

You can watch the video again or just download the recipes below.


Raffle Donations

We normally have a raffle on the evening, which helps raise money for the running of BrightonSoup, but that just isn’t possible online (yet!).

So if you would like to support us direct to help ensure we can have real-life Soups in the future you can donate to us here

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The money raised would helps us cover the cost of hosting our events so that all the ticket income and donations can go to the winner.


Volunteers

A big thanks to: 

  • Lynne Lester-George, Ellie Birch, Tom Chadd and Simon Cobb for being the project selection committee.
  • Tom Chadd for creating the soup and self filming in the confines of his Soup Department van!
  • Simon Cobb of The Stoneham Bakehouse for his easy flat bread recipe.
  • Darren Menezes for illustrating the soup and bread recipes.
  • Jacob Berkson at Thousand 4 £1000 for sharing the impact of winning Soup funding.
  • Phil Wake for the brilliant music, and live drum roll.
  • Everyone else who helped, with technical set up, advice and moral support!

Forgive us if we missed anyone out. Just let us know so we can update the page.

Team Soup

BrightonSoup ONLINE – Friday 05th March 2021

For our 21st BrightonSoup event we went online for the very first time.

Our last in-person Soup was in December 2019, and the pandemic meant we could not hold a Soup for the whole of 2020. However, we had heard that some fellow Soups (there are many across the UK and internationally) had held online versions of a Soup evening, so we thought we would give it a go…

Team Soup embarked on getting to know how Zoom worked for large groups and seeing how we could recreate as much of one of our evenings as possible. We couldn’t do it all – but on Friday 05th March a quite nervous Team Soup went live with over 100 people joining us to hear four fantastic pitches, see some soup being made and listen to live music.

Zoom can never recreate the same feeling of being together, but we raised a record amount (over £550) and 95% of everyone who attended said the evening was fabulous or good! So a massive thank you everyone who bought tickets, pitched and helped in numerous ways, we will be holding another virtual Soup soon!

Meanwhile, read on for details of the pitches, and watch the videos if you missed them. You can also donate to BrightonSoup or any of the projects using the Donate button below.

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To keep in touch and hear about the next events you can join our mailing list.


Previous Winners

To set the scene and show how previous winners of BrightonSoup funding have used the money and support from Soupers, we heard from Chris de Banks of We are Not Saints.

Established in 2018, We Are Not Saints is a platform for musicians in recovery from addiction, to re-discover their creativity and find their way to be active in music, without having to face the dangers presented to them in conventional music scenes.

Chris shared his story and what has happened since he won the Soup funding in 2019.


The Projects & Pitchers

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

Jacob Berkson delivered a passionate pitch and won £551.88 in donations for the Broadband for Asylum Seekers project to provide much needed broadband in houses in Brighton used to accommodate asylum seekers.

Read on for info and contact details of all the projects. As always, these projects are still looking for support. Not just money, but time, equipment and hands on help. If you can assist in any way, then please get in touch with them directly (details below), donate via Paypal or use our contact form.

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THE WINNER – Broadband for Asylum Seekers 

We are a small local charity, seeking funds to provide broadband for the rented houses used by the Home Office to accommodate asylum seekers in Brighton & Hove. Until recently, there were no asylum seekers placed here, but at the end of 2019, four rented houses were set up, shared by 29 people. We hear that there will soon be seven more houses, bringing the number of people placed here to around 70. Without internet access, it is very difficult for people to contact their lawyers, friends, family, or anyone they need to talk to. As one of the residents put it, “all my life is online and I can’t afford credit. The little money [£37.50/week] only buys food”. 

Watch the pitch

Contact: Jacob Berkson

Email: admin@thousand4thousand.org.uk

Website: thousand4thousand.org.uk 

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Hear the humour, passions and creativity of learning disabled people. 

In 2021 the show will feature sci-fi radio dramas by learning disabled writers, trips to imaginary sound forest Foley Woods, and surreal, funny and hard-hitting work from our poets.  At a challenging time for society, Carousel Radio will introduce and reconnect audiences, artists and communities through the sharing of diverse voices and stories. 

Carousel Radio challenges prejudices which lead to bullying, discrimination and inequality. To support Carousel Radio is to stand up for a fairer world, where society treats disabled people as equals.  

Watch the pitch

Contact: Dave Lavis

Email: dave.lavis@carousel.org.uk 

Website: carousel.org.uk 

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Survivors’ Network Homeopathy Project 

This project delivers homeopathic treatment to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault. The project has been running at Survivors’ Network, the rape crisis centre for Sussex, since 2018. There are 3 x three hour clinics with nine to 10 consultations a month. All appointments have continued throughout the lockdowns and currently take place online. It is a donation only project therefore it is accessible to people who many not usually be able to afford treatment or who need long term treatment. Homeopathy is used to support survivors through various mental, emotional and physical health issues that are caused or triggered by their abuse.  The types of ailments that people want help with range from insomnia & panic attacks to fibromyalgia & ME. 

Watch the pitch

Contact: Tara Lavelle

Email: homeopathyinthesussexcommunity@hotmail.com 

Website: homeopathysussex.org.uk 

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Making in the City

Making in The City is a 12-week art project partnering with Antifreeze, a Brighton based homeless charity. The project will explore new ways to make art more accessible and to support homeless people through creativity. The project will focus on making art in small groups, in environments chosen with the participants. This will allow an opportunity to give the participants a voice to collaborate, design and create a bespoke project, a chance to discover and experiment with creative ideas, whilst being supported in a safer space.  

Watch the pitch

Contact: Lucy Mytton 

Email: lmytton@hotmail.com 

Website: lucymytton.wordpress.com

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Contributors

Music – HUNI

The wonderful HUNI, who all live together, were able to perform live from their front room, even with a slightly shaky broadband, and keep us all wonderfully entertained whilst the voting took place.

You can hear more of HUNI here and here


Soup

We normally have a choice of soups to choose on the night, but as we can’t dispense soup over the internet we sent out a delicious Soup recipe from Joe Gray, and illustrated by Darren Menezes.

It was great to see many people tucking in, as is tradition, whilst the voting was taking place.

You can watch the video again or just download the recipe below.


Raffle Donations

We normally have a raffle on the evening, which helps raise money for the running of BrightonSoup, but that just wasn’t technically possible on this occasion.

So if you would like to support us direct to help ensure we can have real-life Soups in the future you can donate to us here

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The money raised would helps us cover the cost of hosting our events so that all the ticket income and donations can go to the winner.


Volunteers

A big thanks to: 

  • Olivia Canham, Theresa Gomersall, Jes Bailey, Joe Gray, Nicola Keene for being the project selection committee.
  • Joe Gray for creating the soup and managing to video it in lockdown!
  • Darren Menezes for illustrating the soup recipe.
  • Jes Bailey for doing a brilliant live tweet along.
  • Chris de Banks at We Are Not Saints for sharing the impact of winning Soup funding.
  • Charlie and HUNI for the fab music, sound checks and moving equipment closer to the router.
  • Caroline and the team at Bradford Soup and Louisa at Liverpool Soup for advice and inspiration to help us go online.
  • Everyone else who helped, with technical set up, advice and moral support!

Forgive us if we missed anyone out. Just let us know so we can update the page.

Team Soup

Shauna’s Back!

We’re absolutely chuffed to have Shauna Pentony perform for us again at our upcoming WInter Soup.

If you were lucky enough to hear Shauna play back in September 2017, then you know that was a special evening. She held the crowd at St Luke’s with her angelic and captivating voice, playing covers and original tracks. Hugely impressive considering she had lost her voice earlier that day, but came and played anyway.

Check out Shauna’s facebook and Soundcloud pages, or even better, come along on Friday 13th at Community Base to hear her play.

Hope to see you soon.
 
Team Soup

PS: Only a few days left open for submissions if you’re thinking of applying.

Souperstar: Joanne Gray

Joanne has been involved with Brighton Soup since December 2016 (almost two years!) and regularly cooks up a delicious soup for our events. Ahead of our next Soup at  Community Base on the 30th November (tickets here!), we caught up with Joe to find out all about her cooking…

What are your favourite things to cook? 

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I love love love Indian food, so I tend to cook a lot of different Indian curries and street food – my husband recently bought me the most amazing cookbook called Fresh India by Meera Sodha. Its all vegetarian recipes that are super easy to make and all of them so far are delicious.  I basically like cooking food that I really enjoy eating, so that does usually involve recipes with a bit of a kick as I am a bit of a spice and chilli fan!  My most memorable and favourite soup for a Brighton Soup event was Joe’s Split Chickpea, Spinach & Masala Soup – as you’d expect, it was nice and spicy and seemed to go down well amongst those who tried it!

How did you first get interested in cooking? 

I’ve been cooking since I was young. My parents always encouraged my sisters and I to help make dinners, and my passion for food and cooking has continued throughout my life.  I actually remember ‘outsourcing’ my mincemeat pie making skills at Christmas when I was about 10…a friend of my mums didn’t have the time to make them herself so I baked them for her and she paid me nicely (probably only about £2 but it felt a lot back then!)

What has been your most complicated/ interesting cooking to date? 

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In terms of interesting dishes, I’d say making our own halloumi cheese from scratch and then cooking with it has to be up there.  Homemade halloumi is delicious, really light and airy and full of flavour – 100 x better than the shop bought stuff!  We made all sorts of recipes with it, including coating in breadcrumbs and having it with portobello mushrooms and spinach in a toasted brioche bun, with some sriracha mayo for a bit of a kick!  My ethos with cooking is that it doesn’t need to be overly complicated, using good fresh ingredients and trying out new recipes with them is what its all about for me!

How did you first get involved with Brighton Soup?

My sister lives in Folkestone and had been involved with Folkestone Soup, so when I happened to see an advert one day for Brighton Soup I decided to go along and find out what it was all about.  I absolutely loved the event, I think it is wonderful on so many levels, from encouraging the community to get together, to find out about the issues and opportunities in our community to of course helping so good causes with some financial support to help their sustainability.  So I decided to become a regular Soup go-er!  I think it was on my 2nd Soup event that I got chatting to one of the organisers and somehow managed to sign myself up to making soup!!  The rest is history, I now go regularly to Brighton Soup with my husband, daughter and parents – who all love it!  My Dad has now also become a regular bread maker!

Where are you from? Are there any delicacies/ regional dishes we should try?
I am originally from Scotland but grew up in the South of England. My Scottish roots still influence my soup making. My Gran made the best soup ever with barley, lentils and split peas being her favourite basis for her different soups – so I often adapt versions of my Gran’s old recipes.  My Gran also used to make a meal called ‘Beef Olives’ which is thinly cut steak filled with either sausages or haggis and slow cooked in a onion gravy. Its comfort food at it’s absolute best, served with mash and greens! My daughter loves it too, so it’s one that we’ll make on a winter’s Sunday!

Sounds delicious!

Joe runs her own business consultancy called The Progress Lab  which specialises in organisational change, people development, sales and marketing. She is also a Pilates instructor and regularly hosts Women’s Well-Being events in Hove with a Nutritionist friend. She also runs a Lifelines Pilates class for those who are 50+ in Portslade.

If you fancy tasting one of Joe’s delicious soup recipes, don’t forget to book your tickets for the next soup!

Team Soup

 

 

 

Autumn Soup @ All Saints

Hi all,

Well we finally pulled our finger out and sorted out another soup. Yay!

It will be on Friday 28th September at All Saints Parish Hall in Hove. A late September, Autumn soup. Though we’re hoping the glorious warm weather will hang around a little longer so we can have the garden doors open.

As usual, you can get tickets here and submit your own project here.

And if you know of any musician types that would be up for playing on the night, then do let us know :).

See you soon.

Team Soup
Creating. Community. Engagement.

Souperstar: Martin Pritchard of Chu Chu Burmese Kitchen

Just before our last Soup Event (@ St George’s Hangleton) we caught up with one of our talented chefs, Martin Pritchard, who once again provided deliciou soup from from his Chu Chu Burmese Kitchen.

Martin & Tara Pritchard first joined us as volunteers in early 2017. They came to help set up at our May event, and we were all blown away by their boundless energy! Since then, they’ve volunteered at other events, and Martin has become one of our favourite soup chefs. Today, we’ve met him at ‘The Food Rocks’ market in Horsham, where he has a pitch every Thursday and Saturday selling delicious Burmese food.

Martin, how did you and Tara meet?

I was on my travels in Hawaii, queuing at a youth hostel. Tara was in the queue too! We got talking, and then met again on a flight to the Cook Islands. It went from there! We travelled together in New Zealand, and then lived together in Sydney, Australia for 9 months. When we returned to the UK, we moved in together and eventually married in 2009. We lived for a while in Chessington (near the theme park) but both loved the sea and came to Brighton whenever we could. We eventually moved here, but with our jobs don’t get to the beach as often as we’d like!

How did you get interested in cooking?

I grew up in Cheltenham, where I learnt to be a meat-and-veg man with a particular passion for peas soaked in vinegar! Later on, I studied Tourism and Management at Brighton Uni, living mainly on burgers and potatoes in all their guises. Tara, on the other hand, had grown up all over the world, eating spicy food in countries like Malaysia when she was just a kid. I guess I had a sort of ultimatum: “If you want this relationship to move forward, you need to expand your eating habits!”

So what happened?

We had an Italian housemate called Gino when we lived in Sydney, and he showed me some simple Italian dishes that inspired me. I found a love of cooking and have been making up for lost time ever since. Having been employed as a Payroll Manager for 17 years, I realised it was not what I had set out to do and it was driving me crazy. I hated being office bound and needed to do something different so I set up my own food business. Tara’s father is Anglo Burmese, and we decided that as Burmese food isn’t really known in the UK we would like to try and change that. Tara still has a job that takes her all over the world, but we’d both like to be able to dedicate ourselves to this line of work.

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The food is delicious! I just had a Dhal, which is quite like Indian or Nepali but also a bit different! And tea leaf salad?

Burmese Cuisine could be characterised by its use of fish (fish sauce and ngapi, which is shrimp paste) and drip shrimp, but it also takes influences from the countries it borders: Bangladesh, India, China, Thailand and Laos.

Many of the dishes we serve are traditional family recipes, the Oh No Khao Swe  (Chicken, Coconut & Egg Curry) is one of Tara’s Grandad’s recipes and one of the favourite things to eat in her family. “Chu Chu”, the name of the business, comes from the family name for the crispy egg noodles that are liberally sprinkled on the Oh No Khao Swe.

Laphet, or Tea Leaf Salad, is a ubiquitous Burmese dish. It is said that the Burmese are the only nationality to eat tea as well as drink it. The young tea leaves are picked and buried in sacks underground to ferment for anything between 6 months and 2 years. The tea leaves are then served over a salad of shredded veg (cabbage and lettuce), and served with numerous toppings such as crispy onion, crispy garlic, shrimp powder, mixed nuts and beans for the crunch that the Burmese love so much, along with the dressing of fish sauce, garlic oil and lime juice.

How did you get involved with Brighton Soup?

To be honest, Tara signed up for it initially. She was interested in what Brighton Soup do, and wanted to help out and try to make a difference to the community we live in, and I tagged along. I like what it stands for. There is a really nice environment at the events, and its great to be able to contribute to charities by doing what I do!

Martin can be found every Thursday and Saturday at the Food Rocks Market, Carfax, Horsham. If you love food, and particularly spicy food, then try this place out! Its just a bit different!

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Team Soup

 

 

Lauren Alex Hooper – a musical wordsmith

Hello Soupers!

Well, here we are, in the run up to our next event – BrightonSoup @ St George’s – on the 6th July!

We’ve been scurrying around getting everything ready for you, and it’s with no small amount of excitement that we announce our performer for the evening; Lauren Alex Hooper!

Lauren will be gracing us with her musical stylings, a musical wordsmith who uses the power of words as a way through her own journey with mental health. She follows this philosophy by running a blog;

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Lauren has just put out her first single – ‘Invisible’ – a deeply personal song she co-wrote to raise some awareness about how difficult it can be to get support. All the proceeds from this are going to the charity Young Minds.

Visit her website at laurenalexhooper.com

And come and see her perform on the 6th July 2018!
(psssst…you’re not too late to get a ticket!)

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.

 

St George and the Soup Dragons

Firstly, an apology for the delay of our post soup event write up! It’s been a crazy beginning of a year with a lot going on. However, for our first Soup of the year we think it went great! Once again we had a whole load of Soup newbies – Where are you coming from? Come again! Bring a friend! – along with lots of familiar faces. Tickets sold out in record time so it’s a good thing we had a bigger venue! Although we want to continue to grow, we want to make sure we hold on to the cosy, intimate vibe that you’ve all come to know and love.

As we get bigger we want to make sure we stay as IMG_9222.JPGenvironmentally friendly as possible so we keep thinking about steps we can take to become more sustainable. We’ve ditched the paper table cloths in favour of some reusable (and very swish) oil cloth coverings and Team Soup volunteer Arij has made some gorgeous recycled AND reusable flowers for the tables.

A huge thank you goes out to Colm and Anna from St George’s Catholic Church for letting us use the hall and for making extra tables appear seemingly out of nowhere.

If there’s one thing we know how to do here at BrightonSoup it’s tugging on your heart strings and this event was no exception. Everyone we spoke to said it was, once again, a tough vote.

The winner of the giant cheque made out for £467 (don’t worry, she gets real money too) was Ruth from Young Carers. This money will go towards providing respite breaks and aspirational activities making the lives of young people aged 5-24 that little bit more normal. A hugely deserving cause which you can find out more about HERE.

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All of the pitchers did an amazing job and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house once they’d finished with us. Jemma, Sophie, Nazan & Ruth you’re all doing amazing things for our community, keep it up! Don’t forget to check out the links to all of the projects in our previous post (event archive) so please to get in touch and get involved! That’s what it’s all about after all.

It was great to welcome back Simon from Stoneham Bakehouse. It was almost exactly a year ago that his pitch for a bike won and he came back to let us know about his new crowdfunding campaign for the bakery. They’re in the process of opening their very own bakery just by Stoneham Park and I for one will be getting my bread from nowhere else in future!

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It wouldn’t be BrightonSoup without the all important Soup would it? And what a selection we had! Six Sumptuous Super Soups! How many did you try?

We love music here at BrightonSoup HQ and an event wouldn’t be complete without us treating your ears as well as your tastebuds. Unfortunately Charlotte Howard couldn’t make it on the night (although we hope to have her come and play at a future event) but the amazing Rooz from Rooz and The Carnivalé stepped in last minute with an acoustic set for us. His bandmates actually played at Soup in December 2015 but he couldn’t make it to that one so at last he knows what they’ve been raving about for over a year.

Big thanks to everyone who bought a raffle ticket and img_9408congratulations to the 11 lucky winners!! As you know ALL (that’s every single penny) of the ticket money goes to the winning project but we do have running costs that BrightonSoup needs to cover somehow and this is how we do it. So thank you.

We haven’t got a date for the next event yet but keep an eye on the website and social media or sign up to our mailing list and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s decided. Don’t forget we’re always open for project submission so if you’ve got a great idea let us know!

It’s not easy putting on these events but we do love it and we’ll keep on doing it. If you’d like to get involved and volunteer with us (we’re really nice!) please get in touch via the contact form on the website – we’d love to hear from you!

Nikki

Team Soup

  • 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

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