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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
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.