Due to the pandemic and in adherence to government guidelines and to protect public health and safety, we have cancelled our celebration on November 5th 2020. This includes badge nights, processions, bonfire, firework displays, torches and tab. We have told our members and reiterate this here for everyone else, if people go out on the night individually or in groups, as a family or in SBS colours, they will be doing so under their own steam. They are not part of Southover Bonfire Society and should not claim to be so. This is to protect us against any insurance claims made in relation to COVID 19 or injuries resulting from this activity. We have told members that if a claim is made against them, we will not be able to defend them because our insurance will not cover them as we have officially cancelled the event. We are looking forward to coming back bigger than ever in 2021! ADVANCE!
As we have shared with you over the months of this pandemic, we have been in ongoing discussions through BONCO and with our SBS committee members and the police to work out possible scenarios for the 5th, while protecting the health and safety of our members, their families, the public and the emergency services.
We have been trying to look at every option in an ever-changing environment. Sadly, we have reached the tough decision that we are not going to be able to host our annual celebrations on November 5th this year.
We are all very disappointed, as we know you will be, but with the advice from Government and health professionals unlikely to change this year, plus the threat of a second wave, we cannot compromise on health and safety.
All we can do is plan to be back next year – better than ever. Please lookout for ways you can get involved as we set our sights on a return to bonfire, SBS-style, in 2021.
Thank you Lewes and our Bonfire community for a brilliant Fifth! Please come and support us at our fund-raising events during the year which all go to pay for our procession, bonfire and fireworks. Advance!!!! Photo of our Boris Johnson tableau, courtesy of Richard Madden.
Our second Badge Night is taking place at our HQ, The King’s Head, on Sunday October 27 from 6pm-8pm. There’ll be costumes for sale, plenty of wonderful SBS merchandise and the chance to grab your badge and membership card for you and your family so you can make sure you can process on the 5th.
Our firesite tickets for our bonfire and firework display at the historic Convent Field, are out now. Priced at £5 each, you can snap yours up from outlets across Lewes, including the Tourist Information Centre, The King’s Head, The Swan and St Pancras Stores.
Our bumper Southover Bonfire Society Programme is on sale throughout Lewes with our door-to-door distributors taking over the town. In addition, it’s in stock and for sale at the Tourist Information Office, The Swan, The King’s Head, Harvey’s Brewery Shop and St Pancras Stores. Don’t miss your copy and pick up a top Bonfire recipe from Bake Off star and SBS-er Ian Cumming; find out why the martyrs crosses are so important; what the A-Z of Bonfire reveals and discover what our Quartermaster has been up to following his shock announcement about his previous 007 incarnation.
It’s our Family Badge Night at The King’s Head from 6pm-8pm on Sunday October 20. There’ll be costumes for sale, plenty of wonderful SBS merchandise and the chance to grab your badge and membership card for you and your family so you can make sure you can process on the 5th. In order to that, please renew in advance of Badge Night by following this link to the membership login: https://membermojo.co.uk/southoverbs/yourmembership
The last two badge nights are Sunday October 27 and Monday November 4.
If you or your family would like to get more involved in the Society as a volunteer or even join one of our many brilliant Bonfire teams who help build our Tab, run our firesite, and organise great events such as the annual Lewes May Fayre – to name just a few – please pop along to the King’s Head on Sunday September 8 from 3pm-5.30pm for our Volunteers Event. You’ll be able to meet the teams and get plenty of advice on how to make the most of your SBS membership. There are a few great surprises in store plus limited editions of our brand spanking new pewter badge will also be on sale.Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!