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Mossley SOUP dinner success for SOCS who emerge as this year’s winners
Thursday 27th July 2017 @ 14:31 by Nigel P.
Community Mossley & Saddleworth News

Mossley charities and community groups sat down to a crowd funded soup meal organised by the local SOUP group and determined who would win money collected by groups attending to fund the event.

The winner this year was Save Our Community Spaces (SOCS), they scooped the most votes at the second Mossley SOUP event, winning a useful £545 for their cause.


The event earlier in the month was held at Emmaus Mossley and was attended by 109 guests who donated £5 each in return for soup, entertainment and a chance to 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.


Nina Vanessa Smith presented the case for Save Our Community Spaces (SOCS) project.


Nina said: “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.”

Mossley SOUP presenters Rachel Bean, Tony Jackson,Rachel Summerscales and Nina-Vanessa-Smith who set their cases for their respective charities to the assembled guests at Emmaus Mossley. PHOTO by kind permission of Allan Bentley,


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.


Mayor of Mossley, Councillor Chris Lyness, said: “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.”


Soup and cakes for the event were prepared by local volunteers and companions of Emmaus Mossley. Ingredients were donated by A Taylor & Son Family Butchers, Co-op Mossley, JW Buckley Ltd bakery and a local vegetable supplier.

Mossley SOUP is organised by local resident volunteers with support from Mossley Town Council, The Mayor of Mossley and Emmaus Mossley. The 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.