Support for community in the Downend Soup mix

Published on: 21 Dec 2016

WHAT happens when you bring together a group of people, some great ideas and bowls of soup?   The answer could be coming to Downend soon in the form of Downend SOUP.

Based on an idea that started in Detroit a few years ago, there are now SOUP events in more than 50 towns and cities across the UK and now it’s Downend’s turn.

Organiser Ian Browne said: “SOUP is about community crowd funding.  People gather together one evening to hear three ideas for making our community better and stronger.   After we’ve heard the five-minute pitches, we enjoy some soup, a little entertainment from local musicians and we make our all-important vote.  The cause with the most votes gets seed-corn funding in the form of all the donations made by people attending the event, which they can use to kick-start their project”.

Ian, who  has spent the past year supporting SOUP in Swindon, added: “SOUP isn’t just for registered charities.  In Swindon we’ve funded curtains for a youth theatre, a training place in radio journalism for a disadvantaged youngster and even pots and pans to support a cookery course. ”

Led by people from Christ Church, the Downend SOUP launch has been supported by local businesses.  The first Downend SOUP is set for 23rd February, 7.30pm to 9pm at North Street Hall, Downend.   More information can be found through Downend SOUP Facebook group.

Tickets for the event (suggested donation of £5) can be obtained by emailing 

There are two places left to pitch at the first Downend SOUP.  Email

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