Lindfield Bonfire Society (LBS) will be holding their annual Bonfire Night celebrations for the people of Lindfield on Tuesday 5th November this year. Last year’s bonfire and fireworks display had to be cancelled due to extremely wet weather in the weeks preceeding the event. That decision was a huge disappointment for the Bonfire Society members and villagers alike. so this year they are hoping to make it bigger and better than ever.
An estimated 12,000 people turn out for the celebrations but LBS are keen to ensure there are enough helpers to make it happen. As a result they are appealing for assistance from the village. Marshalls can do anything from helping with setup during the day, pack down, shaking collection tins and clearing the site the next morning.
There is a Marshalls’ meeting on Thursday 17th October at 7.30pm in The King Edward Hall. The Society would be pleased to meet anyone who wishes to help or join LBS and take part in the procession on the 5th.
LBS hire in 16 security officers and 16 Red Cross medical staff but they need over 40 volunteers to be
part of the team. Do consider going to the meeting if
you are able.
Of course an event of this size and scale costs a lot of money to stage. Over £8,500 in fact. The cost of the fireworks, hire of the Common, road closure fees and all the other expenses involved all add up, so raising funds is critical for Lindfield Bonfire Society. Remember too that the money collected on the night is for local children’s charities and doesn’t go towards the cost of the evening.
Sarah Tampion-Lacey, LBS membership secretary, explained: “The best way to contribute as a resident is to join the Society and complete a Standing Order form to pay your subs annually.” Adult membership is just £10 and family membership is £20 per year.
LBS raise funds throughout the year and this year have been selling special Lindfield mugs and the Lindfield Village Calendar is bigger and better this year, and is available to purchase from Glyn Thomas Butchers, Mark Revill Estate Agents, Sarah Lacey Drycleaning and other shops to be confirmed. At £6 each they make fantastic Christmas presents and are available with envelopes.
More information can be found on membership, setting up standing orders and the calendar at the website: www.lindfieldbonfiresociety.co.uk. You can also keep up to date by joining Lindfield Bonfire Society on Facebook.