Gin Night update

Due to a sudden and unforeseen change in circumstances, the Gin Tasting Evening this coming Saturday has had to be cancelled.
All monies will be refunded to the ticket purchasing card. This may take a couple of days to show up on your statements. Please let me know if there is any discrepancy.
It is hoped that this event can be re-scheduled in the near future, and if so will be advertised on the Southover Bonfire Society website and Facebook page as usual.
Thank you for your interest and support,
With apologies on behalf of Mark Ridgwell.

May Fayre Date change

Due to competition from the FA cup final and a royal wedding we have decided to change the date of the 2018 May Fayre, which will now be happening on Sunday the 20th. True, we set our date before Harry and Meghan set theirs, but they’ll probably be tired and want a lie in on the Saturday and we’d hate for them to miss the Fayre, so we’ve gracefully agreed to adjust our plans. Please update your diaries & we’ll see you in May.

bonfire 2017 – relive the experience

Well that was good wasn’t it? A really special bonfire for many – excellent planning and preparation, a Society of committed and experienced members and a touch of good fortune with the weather made 2017 a year to remember. And to make sure it stays fresh in your memory the SBS photographers have produced yet another spectacular crop of photographs from the evening.

Southover Bonfire Society, Lewes, 4th November 2017. Please use the 'Add To Cart' button for all digital and print orders. The 'Download' button is disabled on these galleries. Proceeds go to Southover Bonfire Society (photographers can opt to receive a 50% share if they wish). Prints and digital downloads are available for SBS member's personal use. All images remain © copyright of the individual photographer. Any problems or questions, please contact

Buying photos is a great way to put a bit of money back into the Society, and to give you some fantastic souvenirs or gifts for friends and loved ones. Check the Photos page now to see this years’ selection. With thanks as always to all the photographers on the night, Ian Cumming, Emma Howard, Fergus Kennedy, Nigel Powell, Willie Robb and Hugh Wilton, and to James McCauley for hosting the galleries.

Firesite team recruiting!

We are looking for more SBS-ers to join the Southover Bonfire Society Firesite Force!


We need volunteers at the SBS Firesite running up to and after November 4 at our new firesite on the Convent Field, Lewes. We will meet at the Mountfield Road car park at 9am most days. Gloves and training will be provided. We will be doing a quick induction for everybody to the site and taking emergency contact details etc. There will be members of the Firesite Team on hand to help out on each day to answer and assist you. They will be wearing red rugby shirts with SBS Firesite Team written on them.
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Grab your 2017 SBS bumper Bonfire Programme on sale now!

programme   ian cumming

Celebrity Bake Off contestant and SBS member Ian Cumming shares an exclusive bonfire night recipe; there’s the secrets of our Monks’ Bell Cart revealed; you can find out all the stories behind the stories of what makes Southover Bonfire Society such a great community group and find out about the night’s processions in our bumper 2017 programme on sale now. At a bargain £2 a copy, you get 64-pages of fiery fun and frolics. What’s not to love? Pick up a copy from The Swan, The King’s Head, Lewes Tourist Information Office among other Lewes outlets. Alternatively, look out for the distinctive red and black striped guernseys worn by our door-to-door SBS programme power sellers coming to your neighbourhood in the run up to the big night on November 4.

Badge nights reminder

badge night

These nights are for SBS members who have renewed online and paid.  If you have a junior who is a member you must have an adult renew and pay who has read and signed the disclaimer and who is responsible for them on bonfire night. All members should have had an invitation to renew online. If you haven’t had anything, please check your spam or contact with a current email address as soon as you can. Remember, you need your badge and your membership card (and you need them on you!) in order to process on November 4. Advance! (Stop press: the family badge night on October 22 is now from 3pm-5.30pm as Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society has re arranged its fireworks for that evening.)