The SBS 2019 Bonfire Programme is on sale

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.

The action-packed SBS Bonfire Programme.

Family Badge Night on October 20

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:

The last two badge nights are Sunday October 27 and Monday November 4.



Volunteers Event

If you or your family would like to get more involved in the Society as a volunteer or even join one of our many brilliant Bonfire teams who help build our Tab, run our firesite, and organise great events such as the annual Lewes May Fayre – to name just a few – please pop along to the King’s Head on Sunday September 8 from 3pm-5.30pm for our Volunteers Event. You’ll be able to meet the teams and get plenty of advice on how to make the most of your SBS membership. There are a few great surprises in store plus limited editions of our brand spanking new pewter badge will also be on sale.Email for more info!


Torchmaking 2019

Our official torch making sessions kick off this coming Sunday September 1 from 9.30am-12noon at The Swan. All members are invited to come along and make their share of torches ready for the 5th. Experienced torch makers will be on hand to show all the family how the best bonfire torches in Lewes are made. The refurbished yard at The Swan means we have an ‘all weather’ venue, so even if it’s raining there is cover and rumours abound that there’ll be plenty of cake and the chance to get to know other SBS-ers as you twist, staple and wire.

Update – October 16 2019: we’ve done it. Torchmaking for 2019 is finished at The Swan. Our grand total? 5,500 torches for our members to carry on the 5th. Well done everyone!


Volunteer Night – a message from the Chair

Welcome to the start of the 2019 Bonfire season! We hope that you are getting the most out of your membership with SBS and will renew again this year for more fiery frolics! Although membership renewals commence in September, work goes on behind the scenes all year to raise money and prepare. This is my first year as Chair of SBS and I am asking for your help.

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Charity ride for Chris

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!


May Fayre 2019: taking a little time out

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.