We’ve had 10 magical years of the May Fayre in Lewes but we have decided not to go ahead with it this year: we’re taking a mini break.
For the past decade the May Fayre has been organised by a group of volunteers from Southover Bonfire Society led by the inimitable Mark Ridgwell. As many of you know, Mark did a huge amount with the event – using his energy, inspiration and creativity to bring in some great attractions and to turn it from a brilliant idea into splendid reality. Following his death in December we’ve decided to take a break from the Fayre in 2019 and look at how it can be organised in the future.
Thank you to all our supporters and we will be in touch later in the year to start talking about May Fayre 2020.
All members should by now have received notification of the AGM. The notice can also be downloaded here (PDF). We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 28 April 2019, at The Rook Inn, The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Rd, Lewes. The bar will be open from 6:00 pm with the meeting starting at 7:00 pm.
If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please contact the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org and full details will be sent to you. The deadline for applications is Friday 12 April 2019.
After the AGM there will be a ‘meet the committee’ session so please come and say hello.
Note: for any member who cannot make the meeting but would like to vote in the committee election a proxy voting form will be available on this site nearer the time.
Book your tickets now for the SBS Annual Dinner and Celebration. Come for the food, a drink or a bit of both – tickets must be bought in advance if you want to enjoy the meal. Music, fun and good company guaranteed, dancing optional.
We are pleased to announce that SBS will be making a triumphant return to our HQ for this year’s annual dinner. The Kings Head will be hosting SBS on March 23 for an evening of food, drink and music. You can opt to come for the full package or perhaps just join us for a drink and some fun, but please note that if you’d like to eat then you must book tickets in advance.
Tickets are available now via the Events page, or for full information including menus and times please go to our Universe ticketing page.
A timely reminder to all smugglers of the correct uniform for marching on the 5th. Be sure to dress correctly as this makes our exceptional ranks of three all the more splendid, and because you may be asked to leave the procession if incorrectly attired.
Tickets for the Southover Bonfire Society firesite 2018 are currently on sale at the Tourist Information Centre, St Pancras Stores, the Kings Head and The Swan. They will also be available on the 5th at the Kings Head. Tickets are £5 each and the public entrance to The Convent Field is via Priory Street (processing members entrance is via Cockshut Road). Gates open at 9:30pm.
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 5 at our firesite on the Convent Field, Lewes. Continue reading “Join the Firesite Force”
…or perhaps just one, all contributions welcome! SBS uses loads of kit in its various activities throughout the year so we’ve set up an Amazon wish list to make it easy for members to make a financial contribution to the Society. All donations would be very gratefully received, please visit our wish list page to find out more.
A word from our Commander-in-Chief regarding marine flares:
Rumours have been circulating of late about the use of marine flares in processions and other bonfire events, so to provide clarity here is a summary of the current situation regarding these items.
The police have instructed all bonfire societies that this year they will be adopting a zero-tolerance policy on use of marine flares at all bonfire events, including the 5th Continue reading “Flares Have Gone Out of Fashion”
It’s that time of year again – bonfire season is upon us. We’ve got 5,000 torches to make and we’re hosting sessions on Sundays – 9:30am til 11.30am in The Swan’s garden.
Continue reading “Torchmaking”