Get set for the Souperbowl

January 25 2019

COMMUNITY crowdfunding project Downend Soup is gearing up for its fifth and most ambitious project yet – the Souperbowl.

The event is part of Downend Soup, which sees people gather together to hear three groups or individuals pitch their ideas to make the area a better place.  Donations on the door create a prize fund which is used by the winner to bring their idea to life.

Downend Soup made history last year by hosting the world’s first Junior Soup, created for primary school children. Since then the teams from Christ Church Juniors, Staple Hill Primary and Bromley Heath Juniors have been busy bringing their ideas to life – with friendship clubs to bring young and older residents together; a park-run takeover and treasure trail laid out in Page Park to provide care for the homeless; and a scheme to reduce plastic consumption, which you can read more about on this page.

Children’s worker at Christ Church Helen Buick said: "Our junior social entrepreneurs have surprised us with their ambition and determination to make a difference. It shows you’re never too young to change the world around you."

March 5 will see two Soup events – the conclusion and prize-giving of Junior Soup and another three local causes pitching for support, with soup and bread provided by local businesses and music from Downend Folk Club regulars Road Not Taken.

Organiser Ian Browne said: "To see the energy and conviction of our youngsters has touched the souls of all who came to Soup4. Souperbowl is our most ambitious project yet, putting Downend and its community spirit on the map for all to see."

Downend Souperbowl takes place at Christ Church on March 5 at 6.30pm. Seats can be reserved via