Downend Soup set to mark first anniversary

Published on: 29 Jan 2018

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A NOVEL initiative which aims to make Downend a better place is celebrating its first anniversary next month.

Downend SOUP, which launched in March 2017, is a community micro-funding event based on a movement that started in Detroit nearly five years ago and has since spread to towns and cities around the world.

The idea is simple - supporters come along to a SOUP evening, donate a little cash on the door, enjoy a light supper and hear three ideas from people and groups who want to make life in Downend even better.  

The audience pick their favourite and the winner walks away with immediate investment towards their project.

It will celebrate its first birthday when it returns to Downend on March 6 when another project will get a helping hand.

At its sell-out autumn event, Staple Hill Community Hub were the winners and the audience can look forward to hearing how investment has helped the Hub's important work in employment, loneliness and isolation.

Organiser Ian Browne said: "We are thrilled to be celebrating our first birthday with Downend SOUP 3. We're just finalising the groups that will be pitching but I can already say our audience will be faced with some tough choices."

Tickets for Downend SOUP 3, which takes place at the Parish Hall, North Street, can be reserved via the website www.downendsoup.com with a suggested donation of £5 for adults, free for children, and includes a light supper, entertainment and the crucial vote.

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