MOSSLEY will be seeing a lot more of its Town Team stewards in the future – quite literally!
Led by spokesman Symon Randal, the group of volunteers scooped a record-breaking award from the fourth Mossley SOUP event.
Held at Emmaus Mossley’s Longlands Mill headquarters, community organisations make a pitch for cash, raised from guests’ £5 entry to the crowdfunding dinner.
Local supporters and businesses rallied together to make the fourth Mossley SOUP community crowdfunding dinner the most successful one yet.
Despite strong opposition from three other worthy groups, the Town Team stewards won £824.
The money will be put towards high visibility waterproof clothing and footwear for the volunteers who support events across the town.
Symon said: “Participating in Mossley SOUP was a brilliant experience.
“It’s a simple concept that just works.
“My nerves kicked in when I was pitching but I just thought I am here now, let’s rock and roll.
“We were over the moon when it was announced that we had won.
“It was weird but awesome that it was just us in the spotlight instead of on the outside peering in.
“It has brought morale to an all-time high and we will all be kitted out in our protective gear very soon.”
In total, 117 guests donated £5 each for soup, music, presentations from the four projects and a vote for their favourite one.
H Mulleney and Son Ltd donated £50 to the winners’ pot and additional funds were raised through a raffle.
Each of the presenters had four minutes to share their idea, followed by four questions from the audience.
The other three projects were:
• Friends of Egmont Street (FoES) Wildlife & Fruit Gardens: Their volunteers are tackling a heavily overgrown area bordering the Egmont Street playing field.
The group is looking to develop the wildlife and fruit gardens with new fencing as well as plants, flowers and soft fruits.
• Liberty Farm CIC: A not-for-profit organisation that provides outdoor-based therapeutic interventions.
They are in the process of opening a new site on Mossley Road, opposite Ashton Golf Club and need support.
• Plastic Free Mossley: they are looking to kick-start a community movement to move towards a plastic free Mossley as other towns have successfully done.
This will be achieved through simple guides and volunteers who will help businesses, schools, community groups and households adopt plastic free alternatives.
Mayor of Mossley, Cllr Chris Lyness, said: “What a fantastic event we had for the fourth Mossley SOUP.
“It never ceases to amaze me of the passion and commitment of those who pitch at these events.
“All four presenters showed true conviction for their projects and the variety was impressive.
“Thank you to everyone involved in such a successful evening and I can’t wait until the next SOUP on June 7.”
Mossley SOUP diners enjoyed live music from Jon Mambo and members of Night Host, a guest talk from Nina Vanessa Smith from Save Our Community Spaces who were winners of the second Mossley SOUP, and a fundraising raffle.
Raffle prizes were donated by: Dinnerstone, Uppermill, The White Hart at Lydgate, Muse Bar & Restaurant, The Britannia Inn, Mossley, The Waggon Inn and Saddleworth Wine Vault.
Soup choices at the event included aromatic cream of vegetable, butternut squash, chilli & ginger, carrot & coriander and Jerusalem artichoke & oyster mushroom.
The soups were prepared by local volunteers: Siobhan, Gassy and Rory with ingredients donated by vegetable suppliers Diane and Neil, and Co-op Mossley.
The fifth Mossley SOUP event will be on Thursday, June 7 at Emmaus Mossley from 6.30pm.
Project ideas are welcomed from individuals, artists, community groups, charities and new business start-ups.
For more information, to submit a proposal and for more details, go online: http://bit.ly/MossleySOUP