2nd Badge Night and hell of a way to spend the evening

Be afraid, our 2nd Badge Night is on Halloween, this Sunday (October 31), 6pm-8pm, at our HQ The King’s Head, coinciding spooktacularly with some other festival.

So why not do both? So all you Southover Bonfire Society members, go out on your trick or treating, then pop on down for some Bonfire Banter, to pick up your Badge, buy some lovely merchandise from Shireen (new fleeces, masks and lots more) and upgrade your costume. If anyone still wants to clothes swap, donate or sell, please contact Fiona on 07775 654744. It’s cash only for merch and costume.

(PS: calling all SBS captains, lieutenants, marshals, you are meeting at The King’s Head from 4.30pm-5.30pm with our Commander in Chief).

We would also seriously suggest you do a lateral flow test before you turn up and definitely don’t come along if you’ve got Covid or anything cold-like.

Don’t forget you do need to have renewed your membership online in advance of Badge Nights. To renew your membership, follow this link: https://membermojo.co.uk/southoverbs/yourmembership

Please also remember to bring your red plastic SBS Membership Card(s) with you to Badge Nights as we need to update them all with a 2021 sticker.

You need both your 2021 updated Membership Card and 2021 Badge with you in order to process on November 5. Marshals are checking and you will be asked to leave the procession if you don’t have both of these with you.

You will also be denied access to the firesite and fireworks. Any queries, please contact membership@southoverbs.com

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Bishops do brekkie

Pope Clement VI famously said that his papal predecessors “did not know how to be pope,” and hosted lavish meals where only he was allowed to eat with a knife, to safeguard against violence breaking out.

Happily, and much, much, much further down the clerical food chain, our wonderful SBS Archbishop Matt is playing holy host to the Bonfire Societies’ Bishops’ Breakfast next Thursday (November 4), and there will be cutlery available too.

This traditional gathering – usually very merry thanks to plenty of Harveys with their Eggs Benedict (it is Lewes after all) – will take place at our HQ The King’s Head, with pre sipping-of-Port action in the Priory Ruins.

Panic not if you see a lot of peeps in cassocks holding croziers and processing around the Shire pontif-icating that day. Saints preserve us and all that. (Whether they will be able to spread Saints Preserve on their croissants remains to be seen, particularly after a few pints). But miracles can happen, apparently.

Even in Lewes.

Photo courtesy of Ian Cumming.

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Light up the skies

It’s been a long gap since we last had the privilege of watching our talented Pyro Team’s display.

Here’s a flavour of our show in 2019. Footage courtesy of Max Broughton.

Our firesite tickets at £10 each are on sale at the Tourist Information Office, The Swan, The Kings Head and St Pancras Stores.

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Grab your firesite tickets

Our firesite tickets, priced at £10 each, are on sale at outlets across Lewes. Snap yours up from the Tourist Information Centre, The King’s Head, The Swan, and St Pancras Stores so you can see our firework display at the Convent Field on November 5.

You can also pick up our programme at the same venues which includes our procession routes for Bonfire Night.

If you are a paid up member of SBS, you get free access to the firesite on the night as long as you have your up to date Membership Card and 2021 Badge with you.

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Call for martyrs’ cross carriers and marshals

If you’re an SBS member and a buccaneer, can you carry one of the martyrs’ crosses in our procession on the Fifth?

The crosses are very light and we have special holders so anyone can manage one. It’s a very moving part of our procession as the crosses commemorate the martyrs who were burnt at the stake outside the Old Star Inn where the War Memorial stands today.

We are also looking for a few more marshals to keep our pirate ranks safe and sound. If you can help, please email buccaneers@southoverbs.com

This request is for current SBS members only.

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Join the Firesite Force

We are looking for more Southover Bonfire Society members to join the SBS Firesite Force!

Can you help us get our tip top Convent Field firesite ready for the Fifth or help with the tidy up afterwards, or any bits in between? We really do need volunteers to lend a hand and join the Firesite Team between November 2 and November 7.

We will meet at the Mountfield Road car park at 9am on volunteer days. Gloves and training will be provided. You will need to register at the start of each day and we will be doing a quick induction for everybody to the site and taking emergency contact details etc. There will be members of the Firesite Team on hand to help out on each day to answer and assist you.They will be wearing red jumpers or fleeces with SBS Firesite Team written on them.

Please contact Jim Painter, Firesite Captain, at firesite@southoverbs.com with your details and let him know which days you would be able to help out.

Here’s the jobs:

Tuesday November 2
Fence erecting around the pyro site; oversee delivery of the bonfire sand; and set up a site office

Wednesday November 3
Set up fencing, assist with building the bonfire

Thursday November 4
More fence erecting round the field, and more bonfire building!

Friday November 5
People to move fencing; place crosses on the field; build the bonfire; put up site effigies and set up lighting

Saturday November 6
Take down fencing at the fire site and pyro site; collect up litter (especially good for children – lovely exercise!); clear the bonfire patch

Sunday November 7
People to help check the field for litter and make sure hire equipment is in the right place for collection.

Thanks in advance for any assistance that you can offer!

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Get Bonfire-ready for the 5th!

Calling all members of Southover Bonfire Society, we’ve refreshed our points to remember for the lead up to Bonfire Night and the night itself (particularly bearing in mind the big Bonfire gap we’ve had, and as we do have new members who’ve joined us since then).

We will also publish this via our private Facebook group, Advance Notice and our Membership Team will have some to give out at Badge Nights.

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Deadline for lost cards

Calling all members of Southover Bonfire Society, please make sure you check you’ve still got your Membership Cards. If you’ve lost yours or members of your family have, you need to order replacements NOW!

Replacement cards can be ordered before midday Saturday October 23 2021, for £3 each for collection at the remaining Badge Nights. Please email membership@southoverbs.com with “Replacement Card Order” in the subject field; a Mojo payment request will then be sent for completion.

In addition, if you are coming to the final two Badge Nights on Sunday October 31 and Thursday November 4, please remember to bring your red plastic SBS Membership Card(s) with you as we need to update them all with a 2021 sticker.

Don’t forget you do need to have renewed your membership online in advance of Badge Nights.

And finally…you need both your Membership Card and Badge with you in order to process on November 5. Marshals are checking and you will be asked to leave the procession if you don’t have both of these with you. You will also be denied access to the firesite and fireworks.

For more information on all things membership, check out the Membership page on this website.

Photo courtesy of Ian Cumming.

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Read all about it

Our bumper Southover Bonfire Society Programme is out in Lewes and it’s chock full of fabulous photos and some great stories about what people missed most last year and what they are looking forward to this time around; plus detailed instructions on how Bonfire is made; a wonderful article on things that make you go oooh!! (what’s not to love about that eh?); and lots, lots more.

To get your hands on one, it’s currently on sale at the Tourist Information Office, The King’s Head, The Swan, Winterbourne Stores and St Pancras Stores. Price £3 and all funds go to our fireworks.

The bumper 2021 Southover Bonfire Society programme on sale now.
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