Railway Soup was a quiet affair. The sun took us by surprise, with its shining and all. Pesky ball of gas. Causing people to choose to enjoy a pint, or a stroll, or a pint with a stroll, rather than spend the afternoon indoors with hot soup. For next time, we’re looking at a venue with an outdoors area so people can enjoy a side dish of rays with their soup, should they so wish.

About 25 people came along to enjoy vegan soup and fresh rolls prepared by the Railway Hotel’s superb chefs. Once again we were entertained by Southend Soup ‘house band’ Warty Hubbard & His Magic Cupboard, with guitarist Tim joining regulars Graham and Wayne (he of the truly godawful jokes – no extra charge) for a bit of jamming. The ‘Hubs’ welcome people joining in – so bring your ukuleles, tubas, glockenspiels and best singing voices to our next gathering.

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There were three presentations; Fiona and her scrumptious home-made, organic, skin creams – made in partnership with local bee-keepers, Bernie promoting her Listening to You mental wellbeing service and Lara who was looking for funding for mother’s day gifts for women that use the Southend Storehouse foodbank. As ever, all the ideas were worthy and voting was close. However, the day’s £117 takings (very generous given our smaller numbers) went to delighted Bernie. It will go towards funding therapy.

Photographer Aaron Jennings joined us later in the afternoon, capturing some super black and white shots. Look out for Aaron at a future gathering – we hope he might bring along his pop-up studio. Sara – a previous soup chef – also came along again, with her raw luxury chocs. We celebrate people making a living (or at least a part of their living) through doing what they love, so if you want to showcase your wares at a future event, please let us know!

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I’m making enquiries re a venue and date for our next soup – likely to be May – more info soon!

Thank you to everyone that continues to support us. Power to the people!

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