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, 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.
Our bumper Southover Bonfire Society Programme is on sale throughout Lewes with our door-to-door distributors taking over the town. In addition, it’s in stock and for sale at the Tourist Information Office, The Swan, The King’s Head, Harvey’s Brewery Shop and St Pancras Stores. Don’t miss your copy and pick up a top Bonfire recipe from Bake Off star and SBS-er Ian Cumming; find out why the martyrs crosses are so important; what the A-Z of Bonfire reveals and discover what our Quartermaster has been up to following his shock announcement about his previous 007 incarnation.
It’s our Family Badge Night at The King’s Head from 6pm-8pm on Sunday October 20. 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. In order to that, please renew in advance of Badge Night by following this link to the membership login: https://membermojo.co.uk/southoverbs/yourmembership
The last two badge nights are Sunday October 27 and Monday November 4.
Southover Open Gardens is back for 2019 with a trail of secret gardens to explore in Lewes on Sunday June 9 from 2pm – 5pm (some gardens open til 6pm). Entry is by ticket only at £5, kids go free. The event is hosted by Southover Bonfire Society and is raising funds to buy some of the fireworks Lewes is famous for.
Many of you will remember our good friend, committee member and director Chris Axton, who sadly passed away in 2017. On Father’s Day 2019 Chris’s wife Karen, along with 2 of his children, will be taking part in the London to Brighton bike ride to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
We can’t always promote charity fundraising on our pages, but we felt that in this case many members would likely want to support this particular cause in memory of a great SBS and bonfire servant such as Chris.
If you’d like to donate then please follow this link to the Just Giving page set up by Karen. Let’s see if we can help shatter the fundraising target!
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 look out for more details about our May Fayre in 2020, which takes place on Saturday May 16.