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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

BrightonSoup @ Hangleton – 18th Sept 2015

Our second BrightonSoup event and this time no noisy dance class above – and we had a much better PA system. Sadly one of our projects had to drop out late so there were 3 projects pitched on the night. Tamsin from Wide Berth won the vote and £300.70 in ticket money and donations for her craft taster classes for socially isolated mothers.

There were plenty of connections made and skills pledged to the projects so we hope they all get the support they need. We also had last soup’s winner, Ann from the Purple People Plot come back with an update on their project and how the money has helped. We’ll keep you updated on all these projects and let you know when they’re having events of their own.

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


The Venue

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

Thanks to Ann Tizzard & Patricia Weller for being so helpful throughout.


The Projects

Thank you to all the projects for being part of our BrightonSoup event, it was the reason people attended (and maybe the soup).

These were 3 projects that pitched. Although only one was the winner, they all need your support. If you can help in any way please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

1 – Portslade Bonfire Society

Portslade Bonfire Society is a local group of residents keen to celebrate bonfire night with an annual torch lit procession through the Old Village and surrounding area finishing at emmaus Brighton – a national charity providing a supportive environment for homeless people. Emmaus hold an annual fireworks display and we plan to light their bonfire with the torches from our procession – and then enjoy the fireworks. This can be a great way of taking part in a local community event that is open to all. It’s a big responsibility and an empowering experience for youngsters to carry a lit torch through their home community. One we believe would be positive and memorable giving locals a sense of ownership in their own communities.

We have been invited to join Sussex Bonfire Council, organisers of the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations as well as supporting thirty other Bonfire Societies in Sussex. Any future fund-raising by Portslade Bonfire Society will be donated to the emmaus Brighton. To meet Brighton & Hove Council requirements we need funding for public liability insurance, and this is where any funding from BrightonSoup will be spent.

DSCF8639Presenter: Alex Hardman

Contact:
Alex Hardman
0781 773 1590
alex.hardman@plumpton.ac.uk

Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697649887132684/

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2 – Wide Berth (Winner)

Wide Berth is a project that enables mums to have time to be free and honest about motherhood and mental health whilst
engaging in an activity, such as making mosaics. Set up by Tamsin Williams, we aim to counteract social isolation for mums and develop a community of support for families in Hove.

Wide Berth is run by a committee with different interests and skills, and an empathy for mums suffering from Post natal depression.

We currently need to raise funds to keep the project running. Funding from BrightonSoup will cover the cost of hiring a hall for a ‘taster day’ to promote Wide Berth with various mini workshops offering different art and craft activities run by mums themselves. It will pay for promotion of the day with posters and leaflets, and serve the purpose of raising awareness of
Wide Berth. Check our website for photos from previous workshops here.

DSCF8675Presenter: Tamsin Williams

Contact:
Tamsin Williams ~ Wide Berth Project Co-ordinator
wideberth.honeycroft@gmail.com

Links:
Website: https://wideberth.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WideBerth

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3 – Wild Things & High Jinks

“My daughter is disabled and suffers with anxiety, ADD, and is partially deaf. I wanted an activity where she could achieve something on her own and climbing has been one of those achievements. The staff at Adventure Unlimited were absolutely fantastic with her – kind, patient and extremely understanding. Their dedication paid off and eventually she climbed the wall and reached the top – the look on her face was priceless!  It’s so important for her to achieve things in life as so many things are difficult for her, but one little step like reaching the top of that wall in life for her is like climbing a mountain.” This is what one mum told us about her child’s experience at our climbing club.

For 38 years, Adventure Unlimited have helped transform the lives of children and young people this way. Providing subsidised places and additional support for those that need it to take part and we have worked with literally thousands of young people. Now, is a tough time for small charities and we need your help to carry on providing our services and bring back our term-time climbing and archery clubs and outdoor adventure holiday clubs in the Autumn. Without your help, there’s a real risk that the memories created this year could be the last.

DSCF8708Presenters: Susannah Broadbridge & Chris Trickey

Links:
Website : www.aultd.org
Facebook:  facebook.com/AdventureUnlimited
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/aultdbrighton

  • Sadly Adventure Unlimited closed down in September 2016.

Everyone that helped

Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 5 delicious soups, free of charge, to all of our guests (4 vegan and all gluten free). Tom couldn’t join us this time, but he still provided a couple of soups. Ash again provided a spicy soup. We also had a couple of newcomers, Lizzie and Paul, supplying soups – and they spent the evening in the kitchen helping our Peter feed the masses and washing up.

Thank you Mandy and Jill for coming in to help with the washing up.

the-soup-deptTom Chadd @ The Soup Dept 
Carrot & Coriander Soup
Curried Chick Pea & Bean Soup

cactusAsh (Chef) & Shona Sharma @ The Cactus Cafe 202 Portland Road
Pun Yam Soup

 

Lizzie Batten
Clam Chowder

Paul Tansley
Leek & Potato Soup

A special mention to Hilary & Richard for once again providing allotment veg that went into the soups. Also a huge thanks to all the people that brought food, there was so much.

Music

DSCF8857The musical entertainment this time was provided by guitar duo, Dare To Be Charlie. Newcomers to Brighton, Daren and Charlie impressed with their eclectic mix of original songs, super harmonies and good humour. They got a great response from our soupers.

Not only did they entertain, but they let us use their PA for the pitches. Thanks!

The Sponsors

The local businesses that supported us with decorations, donations and raffle prizes. With their help we covered the costs of hosting the event so that all the ticket money went to the winning project.

All @ Get Stuffed Cafe
All @ Hartley’s Wines (Hangleton Way)
All @ The Grenadier Pub
David @ Westow Play & Football
Gail @ Fairydust Flowers
Julien & Martina
@ Intenso Cafe
Karen @ Suntrap Salon
Michelle
@ Coral Greyhound Stadium
Nima @ Best Wishes
Owen @ Tesco Express
Paul @ Hair Retreat
Peter @ Co-operative Food
Prakash @ Warr News

The Volunteers

The Community Organisers, Dot and Sam, for giving our presenters “pitch” training. They really enjoyed it and felt far more confident of their presentations. They all did well on the night.

Steph for yet again taking photos.

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, Hilary, Carys and anyone one else who we accidentally neglect to mention.

Back: Lynne, Charlie, Angel. Michael, Will, Karin, Nikki & Mandy. Front: Lizzie & Peter.

Thank you all for getting involved!

See the photos.

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Angel, Charlie, Karin, Lynne, Michael, Nikki, Peter, Scott & Will.