A £670 boost from the first ever Mossley SOUP crowdfunding dinner will ensure the Mossley Community Centre’s Annual Horticultural Show blooms bigger and better than ever.
More than 130 locals attended the dinner at Longlands Mill, home to Emmaus Mossley, and donated at least £5 each to enjoy soup, local band Night Host and hear four community project ideas.
First, Christine Frost had four minutes to present a bid for Mossley Community Centre’s Horticultural Show, which has been run by dedicated volunteers for the last four year.
The show invites all ages to create their own entries to compete in categories including arts and crafts, home bake, flower arranging, home grown produce, recycling and photography.
The second project idea was from Colin Radcliffe looking for funds for his DE-press-ON App for people suffering from depression, developed from his own personal experiences.
Next, Rebecca Jones from Friends of Mossley Park explained about their ‘Cutting Hedge’ topiary project, which invites locals to adopt a bush and prune it into something representing Mossley.
And finally, Nichola Roberts spoke about Mossley Dog Rescue and their plans to find temporary or permanent homes for pets, as well as promote responsible dog ownership.
Each speaker faced four questions from the floor before the audience voted for their favourite project to take home the money and the winner was announced as Mossley Community Centre.
Delighted Christine said: “The night was a fantastic event, a chance to meet other community groups and a really great opportunity to get our message across.
“We are overwhelmed by the amount raised. The money will ensure the fifth Mossley Horticultural Show is the best one yet and will reach even more people.
“It is absolutely amazing and is going to make sure a difference for our event and projects, so we can get more and more people involved and put our plans into action.
“A huge thank you to the organisers, volunteers and the wonderful companions at Emmaus.”
Mayor of Mossley, Councillor Greg Brett, handed over the ‘swag bag’ of cash to Christine before praising all the projects put forward.
He said: “Every project put forward tonight was wonderful. All four presenters did extremely well in front of a large crowd and their enthusiasm for their projects shone through.
“When Detroit held the first ever SOUP event, they raised around $100 – but look what we have done here! It just goes to show what Mossley can achieve through people power!”
Mossley SOUP was organised by local resident volunteers with support from Mossley Town Council, The Mayor of Mossley and Emmaus Mossley.
Rory Callaghan, Mossley resident and member of the Mossley SOUP organising group, took a day off work as chef at The Old Bell Inn in Delph to help prepare the soups for the event.
He said: “The first Mossley SOUP went very well and exceeded all our expectations. We would like to thank all who attended and made it such a special event.
“I would also like to give special thanks to A Taylor & Son Family Butchers for the donation of meat, JW Buckley Ltd bakery in Uppermill for the donation of bread and two other local suppliers who wished to remain anonymous for their kind donations of stilton and vegetables.”
Mossley SOUP organisers are currently evaluating the first event before deciding on a date for the next dinner. For more information head to http://bit.ly/MossleySOUP