On Thursday 6 July, 109 guests packed into Emmaus Mossley, donating £5 each in return for soup, entertainment and a vote for one of four local projects. Each of the four project presenters had four minutes to share their idea followed by four questions from the audience. Save Our Community Spaces (SOCS) scooped the most votes at the event, winning £545 on the night.

“Winning Mossley SOUP on behalf of SOCS is fantastic. It shows that the community of Mossley are aware and behind saving our community green spaces from being sold by Tameside Council. With the money granted by Mossley SOUP we can move forward to enhance these wonderful green spaces for the residents of Mossley and wildlife alike. Many thanks indeed to all who supported the event.”

Nina Vanessa Smith from Save Our Community Spaces (SOCS)

Fellow presenters included Rachel Bean from Mossley Dog Rescue, Rachel Summerscales with Mossley Litter Bugs, and Tony Jackson presenting his Storm in a Teacup project to support young people with learning disabilities.

In addition to the four project presentations, Mossley SOUP diners enjoyed a guest talk from Chris Cyprus, an artist based at Woodend Mill, live music from Night Host and a devised dance performance from three dancers of Kirsten’s Dance Academy.

“The second Mossley Soup event was a brilliant night, once again showing the strength and commitment of this wonderful town. My congratulations go to Nina and the SOCS project for securing the most votes on the night and well done to all the presenters for their enthusiasm and passion for their projects. I would like to give special thanks to the Mossley SOUP organisers, Emmaus Mossley companions and staff for their generous support and all the people who contributed to making the night a resounding success.”

Mayor of Mossley, Councillor Chris Lyness

Mossley SOUP is organised by local resident volunteers with support from Mossley Town Council, The Mayor of Mossley and Emmaus Mossley. All of the soup and cakes for the second Mossley SOUP dinner were prepared by local volunteers and companions of Emmaus Mossley.

“It was fantastic to see so many people packed into Emmaus Mossley to get involved with Mossley SOUP. These events are a great way for Emmaus community members to support the town of Mossley, local groups and projects. I would like to give special thanks to our companions Callum, Dan, Darren, Dave, Gary, Matt, Mike, Paul, Pete and Tom for volunteering to help with the setup and in the running of the event.”

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley

The Mossley SOUP organising group is currently compiling and evaluating feedback from this event but they hope to host another crowdfunding dinner before the end of the year. For more information visit the Mossley SOUP website.