May Fayre – we need you!


The May Fayre needs your help – we’re recruiting a small army of volunteers who can build, sell, count, carry, fetch, drive, hammer, gather and paint. From setting up the site in the morning to clearing away at the end of the day, an hour of your time would be very much appreciated if you have any at all to spare. If you’d like to get involved and do your bit, let us know what time you can be available on

Many thanks, hope to see you there!

Don’t miss our 10th Feast of St Pancras May Fayre

A decade of medieval magic will be celebrated at the fantastic Feast of St Pancras May Fayre which returns to Lewes Priory Park on Sunday May 20 2018 (so you can enjoy the Royal wedding the day before and still come to the Fayre). It’s Southover Bonfire Society’s 10th year of fun for all the family and this year we have some fabulous new attractions joining our favourites including none other than Attila The Stockbroker and his barnstormers and a pack of huskies to cuddle up to. There’s music and bonkers games to test your skills including smashing crockery, rolling swedes, splatting rats and tossing chickens to win some great prizes. Or if you fancy swinging high in the sky then our popular Victorian swingboats are back again. Princess Aura will tell your fortune, we’ve got storytellers and craftspeople and you can watch fearsome re-enactors Swords of Albion and Spears of Andred show off their battling expertise in the arena. There’s loads of food and drink – from delicious fish and chips and wood fired pizzas to stalls with hard-to-resist culinary delights. Feel free to dress up for the day in medieval garb and look out for the chance to join our march to the Fayre from Lewes town centre. Entry is just £2.50 and kids under 12 go free. The fun takes place from 10.30am until 4pm. Entry via Cockshut Road, Southover, Lewes, BN7 1HP. Close to Lewes railway station too.

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Our Archbishop gets into swede-throwing mode
Our Archbishop gets into swede-throwing mode


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.

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.)