Lindfield Bonfire Society

Bonfire Society Badge Night on 10th Sept 2019


Members of Lindfield Bonfire Society will gather at the Stand Up Inn on Tuesday 10th September for the annual Badge Night celebration.

The event, which starts at 7.30pm, launches the new 2019 badges and marks the start of Lindfield Bonfire Society’s 125th anniversary season. “Once again our friends from Skull Drummery will be joining us to give a thunderous performance of their drumming in the High Street,” said Bonfire Society member Dave Hawk. “We’ll also be confirming details of our activities, which include visiting other Sussex Bonfires and, of course, our own night on 5th November.”

He added that new members are always welcome. “Badge Night provides a great opportunity to join the Society and get involved,” said Dave.

Lindfield Bonfire Night - 5th Nov 2018


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.


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:

What was Lindfield Bonfire Night like in 2017?

Guy Fawkes wheeling round Lindfield by Lindfield Bonfire Society

Guy Fawkes wheeling round Lindfield by Lindfield Bonfire Society

As ever Lindfield Bonfire Society has done the village proud by producing a fantastic Procession and Firework Display in Lindfield on Saturday 4th November 2017. 

The Firework display was met with cheers and clapping by the large crowds gathered on Lindfield Common in each break between fireworks. 

Lindfield Bonfire Night preparations

In this (unfortunately noisy) video, Mark Tampion-Lacey from Lindfield Bonfire Society explains just how they will go about setting up and firing the fireworks later on this evening. A fasincating insight into the process. 

If you enjoyed the firework display please setup a Standing Order to LBS


Lindfield Bonfire Night 2013

Lindfield Bonfire Society will be holding its annual Bonfire Night celebrations for the people of Lindfield on Tuesday 5th November this year.

Fancy Dress Competition - King Edward Hall

Torchlit Procession leaves KEH, proceeds down Black Hill, right into Hickman’s Lane, past the Witch Public House, continuing along Pickers Green where we pause for re-torching.We then turn right into the High Street between Doodie Stark and Barnlands, continue down the High Street and on to the Common opposite Pondcroft. The procession will cross the Common to the fire site, where we will have the traditional bonfire prayer.

Grand Firework Display

Roads will be closed between 6.30pm and 9pm.

LBS would like to remind all attending that letting off fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, in a public place is not allowed.

We would welcome more members to the Society as every subscription goes towards the cost of the fireworks, hire of the Common, road closure fees and all the other expenses involved in organising such a large event. Proceeds from the night of the 5th are donated to local children’s charities, so it is important that we fundraise throughout the year.

Details of Standing Orders for an annual contribution to Lindfield Bonfire Society can be found on the group’s website:

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: You can also keep up to date by joining Lindfield Bonfire Society on Facebook. 

Lindfield in shock after annual fireworks cancelled

By David Tingley

It was with a very heavy heart that the committee of Lindfield Bonfire Society (LBS) made the decision to cancel last month’s 5th November celebrations on the common. One member described the meeting as “most bizarre and surreal; we were all standing up to our ankles in water on the Common!” 

“The decision had to be made on the Sunday,” said Phil Lucas, Bonfire Captain of the Society. “We were expecting the weather on Monday (5th) to be wet and windy again, like the previous day. However, as it turned out there wasn’t any more rain, so people can’t understand why we made the decision.”

As a volunteer-run group LBS can’t afford to reschedule the annual event because it takes too many man-hours to stage. Many volunteers take the week prior to Bonfire Night of their own annual leave from their day jobs. LBS have managed to negotiate with the fireworks supplier for them to store the fireworks already purchased for this year’s display until next year. “At least they will be safe and the money won’t have been wasted.” Phil continued. “We had some outgoings on the night, as some expenses weren’t able to be cancelled at such short notice, but it’s the charities we collect for on the night that will really notice unfortunately.” LBS fundraise for their costs throughout the year and the cash collection buckets go to local good causes. Indeed early indications show that this year’s collection raised less than 20% of the amount raised in 2011.

By the time the spectacular bonfire procession reached the High Street in the evening, it was clear that someone had heard the cry of villagers old and young. The good-spirited crowds that were gathered up and down the road were treated to a firework display from the gardens of a private house – much to their delight and cheers! Ben Russell, who lives on the High Street, was planning on doing a small display for family/friends anyway. “When I heard the news I decided to buy some more and make them bigger!” Ben said. “The fireworks were all electronic ignition. I suppose you could call me a bit of a hobbyist,” he said when I caught up with him the following day. Ben was very pleased to hear that so many were grateful for the last-minute display. He has lived in Lindfield for five years and is not currently a member of LBS but thinks he’d like to join! 

Lindfield Bonfire Society promises an amazing fireworks display for 2013.