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.
Our bumper Southover Bonfire Society Programme for 2019 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!