In April 2016, Wells Independents launched SOUP!, an event designed to support local charities and projects and at the same time have a bit of fun.   The quarterly programme of fund-raising lunches has so far benefitted 71 good causes in Wells and the surrounding area.   While eating delicious soup is part of the deal, there is much more to savour.  


How SOUP! works

£5 gets you delicious soup, fresh bread - and a vote.

At each SOUP! lunch there are four presentations on local Wells projects.   These range from charities, culture, regeneration, community, social justice, social enterprise, education, to technology and more.

After the presentations, the audience is encouraged to discuss and debate before voting.   They then vote on which project they think will benefit Wells and the surrounding area the most.

Whichever presenter gets the most votes wins half of the money collected at the door, to support their project going forward.   This can be as much as £350, including match-funding by sponsorship from a local business.   The runners-up share the other half.   So, all four go away with new funds but, most importantly, have been given a platform to spread their word!

The winning good cause is invited back to a future SOUP! to share what has been achieved due to the funding and the impact SOUP! has had.

Soup surpasses £5,500 in charitable donation

SOUP! support

The next Wells SOUP! will be on Saturday July 9 2022 at 12.50pm at the Elim Connect Centre in Wells.

Please email if you have any queries about SOUP!


SOUP! is a powerful tool to start conversations, enjoy yourself, make new contacts and improve where you live.

Wells SOUP! is supported by Waitrose, Morrison’s, Burns the Bread, Santé Wine Imports, Wells Blue School – all of whom provide the food and beverage – and Mickey in the Market the flowers for the tables.   We are also extremely grateful to the companies who have ‘match funded’ (sponsored) SOUP! – the full list is in the downloadable PDF file below.   


This PDF also has details of how to apply to present at SOUP!