Lindfield Bonfire Night

Lindfield Bonfire Night 2019

This year Lindfield Bonfire Society is holding its celebration on Tuesday 5th November and marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of our Society.

The evening of our free to attend celebration starts with a fancy dress competition at the King Edward Hall. This is followed by a torch light procession around Lindfield, which heads onto the Common for the reading of the Bonfire Prayer and the lighting of the bonfire. We then finish the evening with our grand firework display.

Money raised from our street collection on the night is in aid of local children's charities: Chestnut Tree House, Court Meadow Riding for the Disabled, Cleft Lip & Palate Association (C.L.A.P.A.), Kangaroos and Orchard House.

We really look forward to seeing you on our night, but first there are six important things we need to tell you to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at our celebration:

1) Fireworks - Do not bring your own sparklers, fireworks or bangers to our event. Fireworks are dangerous and it is against the law to use them in public (including those sparklers!). LBS operate a strict no fireworks policy outside of our display area and the discharging of rookies, bangers or any other type of fireworks is not permitted before, during or after the procession or in the public viewing areas at any time.

2) The Procession - For the safety of all, only members of Lindfield Bonfire Society, invited visiting Bonfire societies and invited organisations can walk in our procession.

3) Dropped torches are dangerous & have been discarded for a reason - Do not pick them up.

4) Do not bring pets to our night please - There will be naked flames & load bangs throughout the night.

5) No drones are allowed at our event for public safety reasons - Anyone found operating a drone will be reported to the police.

6) Please be considerate to local residents & their properties before, during and after our event.


Programme of Events - Tues 5th Nov 2019*

6.30pm - Fancy Dress Competition – at the King Edward Hall (free to enter)

7.30pm - Torchlight Procession – through the village

8.15pm - Lighting of the Bonfire – preceded by the Traditional Bonfire Prayer

8.30pm - Grand Firework Display – on Lindfield Common

9.00pm - End of show

*All timings are approximate and subject to weather conditions.

We put regularly update our web site and Facebook page with news and details in the run up to our event, so please keep checking in to see what is happening and for any changes affecting our night.

Road closures on the night in Lindfield, Tuesday 5th November 2019

Road closures on the night in Lindfield, Tuesday 5th November 2019

Road Closures

Roads closures to vehicles will be in operation in the village between 6.30pm until 9.30pm.

The High Street and Black Hill will be closed for the entire evening.

Roads affected by closures to vehicles are:
For the duration of the event (18:30 to 21:30):
- The High Street from Black Hill up to junction with Hickmans Lane.
- Lewes Road to the High Street from the junction of Eastern Road
– Traffic will then be diverted along Hickmans Lane while the High Street is closed
(approx. times 18:30 – 19:30 and 20:00 – 21:30).
- Hickmans Lane will close for the procession and re-open once this has moved onto
Lindfield Common (approx times 19:30 – 20:00).

While Hickmans Lane is closed there will be no entry onto it from Denman’s Lane, Brookway, Finches Park Road, The Welkin, Compton Road, Shenstone and Sunte Avenue.

– Traffic will be diverted via Eastern Road, Luxford Road, Newton Road and Dukes Road due to the closure of Lewes Road.

There will be no entry onto Lewes Road from Chaloner Road.

There will be no access to the High Street from Backwards Lane.

We recommend that:

  • If traveling south towards Lindfield from Ardingly to go via College Road (Ardingly) to avoid Lindfield.

  • If traveling north from Haywards Heath towards Ardingly please use Summerhill Lane to avoid Lindfield.

Car Parking

If you live locally please walk to our event as parking is very restricted within Lindfield Village. Vehicle access to our event will be affected by road closures during the night.

If coming by car we recommend you park in Haywards Heath, or on the outskirts of the village, and walk to our event.

When deciding where to park:
- Avoid the procession route
- Consider access for local residents and the emergency services

After the event:
- Remember that it will take time to leave the village as the crowds disperse.
- Please drive carefully as the crowd will be using both the pavements and road.

Disabled Visitors

We have limited parking available for disabled visitors at the top Common car park (just off Backwoods Lane). Please contact us in advance so we can discuss further accessibility to the village for our night.

Procession Route

Lindfield Bonfire Procession Route

Lindfield Bonfire Procession Route

Lindfield Bonfire Night - 5th Nov 2018

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Members of Lindfield Bonfire Society will be breaking with tradition at this year’s celebrations on Monday 5th November.

For the first time ever, part of the firework display will be fired electronically.

Traditionally every firework in the spectacular display is set off by hand by highly skilled bonfire society members. This year, however, the society is trialling a new electronic method to increase the skills of the firing team and to prepare for a possible future health and safety rule which would prevent firework displays from being hand fired.

The event will also commemorate several longstanding members who have passed away this year, as well as the centenary of the WWI Armistice.

The programme cover, designed by Leesa Le May, marks 100 years of Votes for Women and the First World War armistice, and children of all ages are invited to colour in the picture and enter a competition. Entries should be dropped off at Masters & Son, Lewes Road, Lindfield before 18th November.

As usual the event will begin with the judging of the fancy dress competition in the King Edward Hall at 6.30pm. There are classes (and prizes) for children up to 15 years, adults and groups.

Bonfire societies from Chailey, Burgess Hill and South Heighton, and the Burgess Hill Youth Marching Band, will be joining the torchlight procession which will leave the King Edward Hall, via Black Hill, past The Witch and stopping at Hickmans Lane to re-torch before proceeding down the High Street and on to the Common.

Timings:

6.30pm – Fancy Dress Competition (KEH)

7.30pm – Torchlight Procession starts

8.15pm – Lighting of the Bonfire

8.30pm – Grand Firework Display

9pm – End of show

*All timings are approximate and subject to weather conditions.

The High Street and Black Hill will be closed for the entire evening, parking in the village will be restricted and visitors are advised to walk to the event.

Parking and a viewing area will be available for disabled visitors. Contact the society for more details. The street collection on the night will support local charities: Chestnut Tree House, Court Meadow RDA, C.L.A.P.A., Kangaroos & Orchard House.

Advice for a happy Bonfire Night:

• Don’t bring sparklers, fireworks or bangers into the village or on to the Common

• Leave your pets at home

• Drones are not allowed at the event

• Be considerate to local residents when arriving, leaving and during the event

For more information visit the bonfire society website: www.lindfieldbonfiresocity.co.uk

Lindfield Bonfire Night: Sat 4th November 2017

Lindfield Bonfire Night 2017

This year’s Lindfield Bonfire will be held on Saturday 4th November – in keeping with the tradition of not celebrating Guy Fawkes night on Sundays.

Organised by Lindfield Bonfire Society, the event starts with a guy building competition in the afternoon. The evening celebrations begin with a fancy dress competition, followed by a torchlight procession around the village and on to the Common, the reading of the Bonfire Prayer and the lighting of the bonfire. The event ends with a firework display.

Money raised from the street collection on the night will go to local children’s charities: Chestnut Tree House, Court Meadow Riding for the Disabled, Cleft Lip & Palate Association, Kangaroos and Orchard House. 

Programme of Events
2pm – Guy Building Competition – Lindfield Common
6.30pm – Fancy Dress Competition – King Edward Hall
7.30pm – Torchlight Procession
8.15pm – Lighting of the Bonfire
8.30pm – Firework Display

The fancy dress competition is free to enter and open to all. The classes are: Children up to six years, 7-11 years, 12-15 years, adults, groups.

The Torchlight Procession leaves the King Edward Hall and heads to Black Hill, The Witch and Hickmans Lane, where the procession will stop and re-torch before proceeding down the High Street and on to the Common.

The High Street and Black Hill will be closed for the entire evening. If you live locally please walk to the event. 

Limited parking for disabled visitors is available at the top of the Common.

A few tips for a safe evening
Do not bring sparklers, fireworks or bangers into the village or on to the Common.
Dropped torches are dangerous. Do not pick them up.
Leave pets at home.
Drones are not allowed.

For more information visit: www.lindfieldbonfiresociety.co.uk