Reading SOUP holds events every other month. Entry is £5, which gets you a bowl of soup, art, a live music performance and a donation to the winning community project. All the entry money goes to the winning project, so we cover the cost of food and drink ourselves. We may ask for a small donation for drinks and other refreshments.
Our 2017 events
Wed 20 September, 6.30pm
@ St Laurence’s Church, Friar Street, Reading
If you would like to pitch for funding at our September event, please apply here.
Children are welcome and the venue is fully accessible. If you have any questions about access or attending, please contact us.
Please note, there is no car park at the church. nearest parking is at Reading Station, or The Oracle, Riverside.
International Women’s Day Soup, Wednesday 15 March.
£210 was raised for Berkshire Women’s Aid. ABC to READ and TransforME also pitched. We also had music from Cat Brooks and art works from Yunyun Li. Soups included Moroccan Chickpea and Potato and Parsnip.
Spring Soup, Wednesday 17 May.
We raised £185 for Daisy’s Dream. Other pitchers included The Mapis Project and Reading Pride. Music came from Ray Willis, and art from Sarah Pritchard. Soups were Sweetcorn Chowder and Khudi (Spicy yoghurt soup).
July SOUP, Wednesday 19 July.
At our second anniversary event Reading Community Learning Centre won the audience vote and took home £185 in funding. They will use it to provide creche services for the women who attend their learning services. We also had pitches from Age UK Reading and Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.
Music came from Matt Stockl and we had lots of art from The Engine Room. For our birthday, we also had gluten free cake from local bakery Shed Cafe and Counsellor Sarah Hacker returned to present the funds to the winner, as well as give us an update on cultural projects in Reading.