Southover Bonfire Society’s 2017 Celebration and Dinner

March 25th, drinks 7.30pm, dinner 8pm

Music from our very own DJ, Captain Jim, till close at 11.30pm. Price, including 3 course dinner – £25.00 per person

Wines from £13 per bottle and beers from a huge range of Sussex and other small breweries will be available to purchase on the night.

For this year’s celebration and dinner we invite you into the heart of the Sussex countryside (Roebuck Inn, Laughton), to relax with friends and members, new and old in this historic coaching inn.

If you’d like transport please let us know below and, depending on numbers we will try to arrange for transport from and back to Lewes Station and advise cost to be shared.

Please reserve your place(s) soonest and by March 6th latest (places must be limited to 50).

For dinner choices and booking forms contact Johnny Marshall,

Payment, cash or cheque only please, payable to Southover Bonfire Society, c/o 71 Southover High St, Lewes also by March 6th latest please

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!

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

Torchmaking and renewals



Yup, more torchmaking jollies to be had on 15 and 16 October.
Come along to join in, meet fellow members and help us to prepare for an excellent Fifth.
Saturday’s torching will be between 8.30 and 11.30am at the Swan.
Also, there is the excellent Hastings out meeting later in the day, please message Simon Ingram ( if you fancy food either at the Jolly Fisherman in Hastings, or past 11pm at the Kings Head, Lewes.
Sunday’s torching is 9.30 to 11.30am and the lovely membership team will be there to take renewals. Again that is all taking place at The Swan.