Torchmaking Camp – CANCELLED

Torchmaking camp

This year’s SBS torchmaking camp takes place at Boathouse Farm in Isfield from 26 – 28 August, it’s a great opportunity to spend some time with Bonfire friends, to meet new ones and to help create the first of the many thousands of torches we will need on the Fifth.
It’s a family-friendly, dog-friendly event and there is usually a spot of Harveys or fizz to be found, so why not throw the tent and sleeping bags in the car and head down and join us?
Here’s what some of last year’s campers had to say about their experience:
“Torchcamp is lots of fun and a great way to meet other members. It’s a perfect event for families.”
“a great way to catch up with people before the season starts”
“There was beer and fire.”
Tickets are £10 per adult and £5 per child, advance notice of attendance is required so please contact and let us know if you’re coming along or if you’d like more information.
And it gets better…the new, and lovely, membership team is set to make an appearance to take members’ renewals!

Torchmaking Sundays (and membership renewals)


From Sunday, 4 September torchmaking season will be back upon us. Each marching member will burn up to ten torches on the Fifth (maybe more this year, as it is a Saturday), so we are going to need thousands of them, and we need your help to get them all made.

Training will be given to newcomers, while old hands can concentrate on perfecting the traditionally high-quality SBS torch. We’ll be at The Swan, our torchmaking venue, each Sunday morning (in September and October) between 9.30am and 11.30am, and it would be great to see you there!

Also there will be our lovely membership team in their distinctive red polo shirts ready to take renewals.

All-in-all this is a great opportunity to contribute to the society and make new Bonfire friends, let’s hope for good weather!

Dripping Pan rotas

Message from John Somerville ….


Here are the rotas as they stand for August.

Next Saturday’s game, 20th August, v. Redhill was supposed to be played at Redhill but has been switched to the Dripping Pan.

The midweek rotas are fairly easy to fill, but we are struggling to get the Saturday rotas filled. I know it’s still the summer holidays, but unfortunately the football season doesn’t recognise this.

Coming up on September 3rd is the Danny House event and we’ve also got the Rooks Inn the same day, so we really do need to get ourselves into gear.

If anyone has any feedback relating to SBS running the Rooks Inn;
training/ lack off how to get more volunteers

Rook Inn

Outmeetings 2016


These are the potential Outmeetings the team have settled upon this season. Subject to confirmation and interest.

Sat 3 September – Danny House

Sat 17 September – Mayfield.

Sat 1 October – Eastbourne.

Sat 15 October – Hastings.

Sat 22 October – Nevill Juvenile.

Sat 22 October – Seaford.

Sat 29 October – Ewhurst & Staplecross.


Sat 12 November – South Heighton.

Sat 12 November – Chailey.

Sat 19 November – Robertsbridge.

Sat 26 November – Hawkhurst Gang.

Sat 3 December – Rottingdean Smugglers.

Contact if you want to know more/express interest.

Photo from Eastbourne 2015, courtesy of James McCauley.

Festival 21 – volunteers needed

There’s an awesome event on 3rd September which is also a great fundraiser for Southover BS.

We need people to run a bar for a massive public event (3,000
people at Danny House,) and also to form a guard of honour in full Southover colours with burning torches. There are copious attractions to be enjoyed throughout the day and into the evening including a Son et Lumière show (for more details go to

At least 20 people are needed all day, and the event raises money for local hospices too.

Email or


Festival 21





Firey Piece Wrapping

Our next upcoming event is another firey piece wrapping session at the Swan, Sunday 10th July 9:30 – 11:30. No experience is necessary so do come along and lend a hand – see your hard work go up in flames on the 5th!

The Membership Team will be on hand again to take renewals and they would love to see you and get you signed up for 2016.

Hope to see you there.

Nevill Extravaganza – SBS Needs You

This Saturday 11th June is the annual Nevill Extravaganza, and SBS still needs volunteers to help run the wet stocks – if you have an hour or so to spare on Saturday afternoon please drop Pat O’Toole a line at

We’re also still on the lookout for Tug-O-War competitors so if you’re feeling strong please contact Richard Moore at Glory awaits! We’re also trying to raise a women’s team so please drop Richard a line if you’d like to take part. There is talk of a badge…

Nevill Extravaganza

Open Gardens 2016

Our fabulous Open Gardens event is coming up this weekend, details on the poster below. What better way could there be to spend your Sunday afternoon than by exploring some of Lewes’ hidden green spaces?

Open Gardens 2016

Diary Dates Update

Further to the post about wood collecting and fiery piece prep we can announce that the Membership Team be will be on hand at the fiery piece prep to handle membership renewals.

So join us at the Swan from 9:30am – 11:30am on Sunday 5th June and Sunday 19th June to help prepare the fiery pieces for the 5th, and bring along your chequebook if you’d like to renew your membership for 2016.

Contact Jon Gower if you’d like to know more about wood collecting or the Membership Team if you’d like more information about renewals.