As we speak, there is plenty of plotting, planning and preparation behind the scenes for Southover Bonfire Society and its members in readiness for November 5 2021.
When people ask us if Bonfire is going ahead, all we can say is that we are planning as if it is but, like Bonfire Societies and other organisations everywhere, we are keeping a very close eye on any covid updates or changes made by the Government. This is an ever-changing situation and protecting people’s health and wellbeing is paramount.
We would like to thank everyone who has continued to support the Society through this very difficult period, and we are working hard to do all we can to commemorate ‘The 5th’ – whatever constraints we may yet face.
You can pick up your Southover Bonfire Society membership card and badge (without which you aren’t able to process) at our Badge Nights which take place at The King’s Head, our HQ in Lewes. We usually have three or four of these and details are being finalised for 2021.
Meet the folks playing some of our key Society roles and find out more about them, what they do and why they love it. Just visit the Who We Are page – hopefully you’ll be inspired to get involved and join them!
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 on November 5 2019, 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.