Fireworks

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.

Could you help with Lindfield Bonfire Night?

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.