Lindfield Bonfire Night - plans and times

This year Lindfield Bonfire Society (LBS) will be holding the Bonfire Night celebration on Lindfield common on Wednesday 5th November.

The enormously popular annual event will start with a fancy dress competition at the King Edward Hall, followed by a torchlight procession around Lindfield. On the Common the reading of the Bonfire Prayer and lighting of the bonfire will take place, followed by the grand firework display which will finish around 9pm.

On the night the village will be greatly affected by the extra traffic that 6,000 people bring, in addition to the fact that the High Street and Black Hill will be closed completely between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. LBS ask that attendees avoid driving into Lindfield unless you need to. Parking is extremely limited and there are other temporary road closures during the procession. If you need disabled parking and viewing of the common, please contact Wendy Box (01444 482809) before the night.

The fancy dress competition will be held in the King Edward Hall starting at 6.30pm, which is free to enter and open to both the public and Bonfire Society members. The classes are: Children up to 6 years, Children 7-11 years, Children 12-15 years, Adults, Groups.

The procession will form up outside the King Edward Hall from 7pm for a move off at 7.30pm. It will then go via Black Hill, Hickmans Lane, the High Street and on to the Common. Only members of the Bonfire Society will be given lit torches.

The lighting of the bonfire and the traditional bonfire prayer will be at 8.15pm, with the fireworks display starting after 8.30pm.

LBS will regularly update their web site (www.lindfieldbonfiresociety.co.uk) and Facebook page (Lindfield Bonfire Society), so check there for the latest news.

Here’s a few simple rules from LBS to help all have a great night:

1) Do not to bring sparklers, fireworks or bangers into the village or on to the Common as it is dangerous and against the law (yes, even the sparklers!).

2) LBS operate a strict no fireworks policy outside of our display. The discharging of rockets, bangers or other fireworks is not permitted before the procession, during it or in the public viewing area.

3) Please do not bring pets.

4) Please be considerate to local residents before, during and after our event.

For more information on how the night happens every year, see our feature on page 24.

In order to regularly contribute just £10 per year to LBS please complete the Standing Order form on page 26.