Pentactle Drummers’ Wassail


An Outmeeting with a difference! We will be supporting our fantastic Pentacle Drummers, who support us each year.

For those who don’t know, a Wassail is an awakening, and blessing of the apple trees, so they produce the apples to make good cider later in the year. This event has been well supported by our friends from both Eastbourne and Seaford Bonfire Societies, and there is a short torchlit procession. An excellent reason to support the Pentacles and have a bit of party, in a slow time of the year after the holidays when we’re all feeling Bonfire Season is an age away. So, Pentacle Drummers, mulled cider, procession, fire, noise and music – what’s not to like?!

Smugglers / Pagan costume only. Any ‘Green Man’ additions to your smugglers gear would be appreciated (but maybe not essential), this is a very family friendly event.

Saturday 14 January 2017

Meet at Swan at 16:15 (4:15pm)
Leave Swan at 16:45 (4:45pm)
Event starts at 18:00 (6pm) The Royal Oak & Castle, Pevensey Castle.

Please book your place on the bus/minibus below, there has been a lot of interest in this so get in quick! We will need to provide some torches so any volunteers welcome! (Bonny’s Wood, probably the weekend before). Depending on the level of interest, we maybe required to limit the number of people in the procession; those not able to process will be required to drink and/or cider and be merry!

NOTE – there are elements of Bonfire but it is not a Bonfire event. No Rookies etc, but flares are allowed in the procession if properly disposed of.


We all know the fabulous drummers who support us each Fifth and start our evening outside HQ. Each January they hold their own event just outside Eastbourne and I (an SBS monk – not Emmeline) would like to suggest we attend to support them. I and others have been before, it is a fantastic evening with both Eastbourne and Seaford Bonfire Societies attending.

Mid-January is a slow time of the year with Christmas and New Year over not to mention Bonfire season! The Pentacles would be delighted to have a SBS contingent so, to gauge interest, who would be interested in this winter warmer “outmeeting” with drumming, music and mulled cider?

Please email

Photos from the Fifth and beyond

From the ever-lovely James McCauley:


The first batch of fantastic photos from Lewes on the 5th and Badge Night are available now to view and order:
Huge thanks to our incredibly talented (and fearless) photographers: Ian Cumming, Nigel Powell, Carlotta Junger Luke, Emma Howard, James Thatcher, Hugh Wilton and Fergus Kennedy.
Go and see if you can find yourself!

Call for Volunteers

Call for volunteers at the SBS Firesite running up to and after the 5th November (Stanley Turner Rugby Ground)

> Monday 31st October 2016
Volunteers for taking delivery, unloading and erecting the fence around the pyro site.

> Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Volunteers needed to take delivery of fire site items and help remove gaps in fence to hockey pitch, set up site office etc.
Continue reading “Call for Volunteers”

Time to get costumed up



Last year we held our very first costume competition – a great success it was agreed!
Now it’s time for our 2nd SBS costume comp on Sunday 16th October, 6-8.30pm, Caffe Lazzati at Southdown Sports Club, Cockshut Road, Lewes.
This is a family friendly social event and a great opportunity to show off your latest costume, meet other members and take part in a very informal, friendly and fun competition.
There will be lots of stalls for buying new costumes and accessories, plus you can sell your own or donate if you want to bring them along.
Get your photograph taken, learn some face painting techniques, buy some SBS merchandise, 2016 programme and even get your membership renewed!
Helpers for this event are needed and so please contact Richard on 07840 166 947.
Plus, there’s a bar and Pizza served, lovingly made by our wonderful hosts, the Lazzatis!
SBS Costume Competition Categories
First and Second Pioneers in the following age groupings:
Infants 7 and under
Juniors 8-12s
Smugglers (all ages)
All entrants receive specially made costume competition badge, plus winners in junior and teens sections can become flag holders for the Children’s Procession/Marking the Boundaries. Sweets for everyone!
Children’s sections will be first and finished by 7.30pm, so parents can get younger children home for school the next day.
– Picture from last year’s BONCO.
Richard Hawley