I’ve spoken with Elvis and he’ll be there early with music and a microphone (karaoke anyone?) to get us warmed up. I recommend arriving promptly for 2pm, because this one’s going to be a HUGE party!

I’m extremely grateful to Ekco Social & Sports Club for hosting and being so helpful! 

You don’t need to bring your ticket as I’ll print out a list from Eventbrite. But if your name’s not down, you might not get fed!

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southend-soup-at-ekco-the-one-with-elvis-tickets-22076138324

Remember it’s a fiver, or what you can afford to pay. Kids are free. You might want to bring some extra cash as there will be other things to tempt you!

We have facepainting, all manner of entertainment, and a great marketplace of gifts, crafts, books and stuff for you to peruse. Not forgetting of course Sara and her Amazing Chocolates.

I’m going to have a Soup Stall of some of the clothes left over from January’s swishing – anything we make from that will help fund this and future events.


A soup bowl, cup for hot drinks (cold drinks sold at the bar) and a spoon. I will bring some, but it’s helpful if you have your own!

Any old flea treatments or worming tablets, toys or other small things for the dogs and cats of Maoland Shelter Romania. My friend travels out there (her Mum runs it) on Wednesday.

Any old stamps – which will be donated to Remus Horse Sanctuary.

Tampons or sanitary towels for homeless women. Supporting Sisters collect these. Our friends at Essex Feminist Collective can pass them on.

Flyers about any events you want to advertise. I’ll have a What’s On board for you to pin them on.

We should be ok for soup as Fiona and Pete are once again cooking for us. I’ll bringing bread, vegan spread, coffee and tea.

Rough outline for the afternoon:

2.00 – Event begins; time to mingle, get your face painted and shop in the marketplace

2.30 – Presentations from Rianna, Grace, Chris and Nicola.

3.00 – Elvis!!!

3.30 – Soup and voting followed by more time to mingle

4.30 – Winner announced! Followed by your help to clear up. (When everyone chips in it takes no time at all.)

5.00 – Home time full of soup, good cheer and humming Elvis tunes.

I’ll be getting there around 1pm to set up. If a few people want to come early to help, that will be smashing. If you’re hosting a stall – suggest you arrive around 1.30.

Don’t forget to spread the love on the day by tweeting your stories and photos with #SouthendSoup.

Any questions, email our new email address:


I’ll introduce you to Jo – otherwise known as the Geek Fairy – who’s been working on a new website for us. (She’s also given us a logo for our Coming Soon Southend Soup t-shirts.)


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