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Uckfield Bonfire 2011

After a great fireworks display last night at Holy Cross School, bonfire 2011 properly gets underway this evening in Uckfield, for the first of (what is now, following the cancellation/imploding of Burgess Hill) eleven Saturday nights of burning fun and intense banging, between now and the middle of November, including the “big daddy”, Lewes, on 5th November,which falls on a Saturday this year.

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THE FESTIVITIES:

It all gets underway at Grange Road in Uckfield from 7:30pm this evening with the procession heading off down to the station, up to New Road, Harcourt Road, Vernon Road, Selby Road, Framfield Road and then back up to the top of the High Street to Southview Drive and then, after a short pause, back down to the bus station.

Roads in the town centre will be restricted during the procession, so make sure you are parked in plenty of time and don’t become trapped if you wish to leave early!

The Weather:

Should be dry, probably quite warm, with just the outside chance of a thunder storm!

Crowborough Carnival & Bonfire 2010

Saturday 11th September sees this year’s second Sussex Bonfire procession of the year, with a trip to one of the highest places in Sussex, Crowborough.

The main event of the evening gets underway at 7pm, when wreaths are laid at the war memorial, which I believe is at All Saints Church, next to the green.

The procession gets underway at 7:30, from Chapel Green, just after the crowning of the carnival queen at 7:15.

After leaving the green at 7:15, two hours of processing through the streets of the town get underway, with a long ramble right round the town, which last year was in the area south of Crowborough Hill and took in a refreshment stop at the Bricklayers Arms in Whitehill Road, but the details of which can be found in the programme, which is available in the town. The route of the procession will take the procession of torches and floats through the streets and back to the Chapel Green area for about 9:30pm.

Last year there were no fireworks and I believe this year will be the same, although this is unconfirmed at the time of writing, but there was a fairground and small bonfire on the green, again check for details if this is of importance!

Roads will be closed from around 6pm and parking is available around the area, on street and in car parks, but please be sensible about where you park and be considerate to residents.

Trains arrive at xx:46 from Uckfield TO London Bridge and xx:03 FROM London Bridge/Oxted to Uckfield. The last train TO Uckfield is 23:03 and the last train TO London is 23:47. It should be noted the train station is a fair walk from Crowborough town centre.

Nevill, Eastbourne and Firle Bonfires 2009

This week we take a quick look at Nevill, Eastbourne and Firle Bonfires which are all taking place on 24 October 2009!

Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society was formed, almost by accident, in 1967, when two local men had their own bonfires destroyed before the 5th November, and decided to have a community bonfire, with forty of their friends and 50 torches, along with fireworks and a small set piece, on the local allotments.

Within two years the society were using 1500 torches in four processions and within five years they had over 500 members.  Today the society marches with a large number of visiting societies, making an impressive snake around the Nevill estate, headed up with their own colourful costumes and green and white striped guernseys.  Topical cartoon or toy related tabs are usually the order of the day with Nevill, last year a giant Lego Batman was hauled through the streets to meet a firey, explosive end, in recognition of the 50th birthday of Lego and the Batman film, the Dark Knight, which had been released earlier in the year.

Events kick off at six when the first procession forms up in Highdown Road for a march to the green, where poppies will be lit and the Martyrs’ Memorial will also be set off.  The Last Post will be played and there will be a minutes silence, before the procession returns to Highdown Road.

At half seven the main procession will form up and leave at around quarter to eight.  Taking around seventy five minutes, it will wind its way around most of Nevill before heading down to The Green and up the Nevill Road to the firesite at Landport Bottom, which, confusingly, is neither where the Landport Estate is or the bottom of anywhere!  It’s more commonly known as “The Race Hill” and it’s where Borough Bonfire have their fireworks on the fifth!

After the fireworks have completed the final procession will form up in Highdown Road, do a loop of Firle Crescent and Mount Harry Road before returning the the headquarters for Bonfire Prayers!

Don’t forget to support Nevill by buying a programme, which are available from the shops on the estate and by paying the small £3 charge for adults to enter the firesite.  Don’t forget that accompanied kids are free!  There will be a collection for charities along the route, please don’t forget to give generously!

If you want to support and up and coming bonfire society, then maybe Eastbourne will be the night for you.  Reformed after a long absence in 2001, Eastbourne is a small yet friendly society, who can be seen with their distinctive banner and unevenly spaced Guernsey stripes at all of the main events in Sussex.

Advertising themselves as a family friendly event, the discharging of rook scarers, flares and other scary things in the procession is strictly prohibited and the procession will actually take place along the promenade in the town, rather than along the road.

It’s no great secret in bonfire circles that Eastbourne have had a hard time with the council, who have made it difficult  even for torches to be part of the procession in the past, I believe citing reasons such as “fire risk to buildings” as an excuse not to have a torchlit procession.

The procession will leave about 7:30 from Silverdale Cross and end with an explosive firework display and beacon on the beach around 8:30, behind the bandstand, so a nice early one and good for the kids, with the added advantage that the area is well lit and policed, making it one of the safest events on the calendar.

One final note, it is illegal to drink on the streets in Eastbourne, and accordingly drinking is prohibited both in the procession and in the crowd.

Our final bonfire preview this week is for Firle, who have a long history and are the only big society that don’t invite other societies to attend their procession.  Not because they are an unfriendly lot, but because there are so many members and such a small village, that there just would be room for everyone!  Famous for its fire banners coming down the hill, Firle is a great destination, but being small, it’s often overcrowded, so  hopefully the clash with Fletching this year will help relieve some of this.  Winner of the “Where In Sussex Best Bonfire Brew” in 2005, I will be sad to not be attending this year.  There is usually a charge for parking at Firle Place and the fireworks are always spectacular.  Those heading to Firle hoping for something controversial will be sadly disappointed, as Firle bonfire is, as it always has been, a celebration for the villagers of Firle.

Rotherfield and Mark Cross Bonfire 2009

This Saturday, 3rd October 2009, sees the Rotherfield and Mark Cross Bonfire Society hold their annual torchlight procession (sometimes known as a parade – incorrectly!).  The procession is in two parts – following the same route in both directions, except at the end (if I recall correctly from last year!).

Click here for a general map based on my personal knowledge. This is unofficial but shows parking, procession route and fire site.

Official parking is at Milk Lodge Farm and this is where the procession will form up.  The procession will form up at 7:30pm and move off at 7:45pm. As far as I know the procession route will be up to the village square, and down the B2100 to Town Row, where shelter from the rain last year was most welcome.  There will be a twenty minute break at the railway bridge before heading back to the village and the firesite, where there will be a fairground.

Rotherfield is the second “village” bonfire of the season, but is the first to have both a fire and fireworks, with Mayfield two weeks ago only having fireworks.  The village square itself is always attractive on carnival night, with traditional sweet stands, steam engines, musical organs and bands all making appearances in the past.

Rookies are not permitted in the procession, but boom boxes are, so if you are in the crowd, be prepared for some noise.  For members of the procession, a playpen is provided for “antics”…. I’ll say no more than that.

Fireworks are scheduled for around 10pm at the firesite.

All the above info is accurate to my knowledge, but I haven’t got it from any official sources!

The Rotherfield bonfire procession also has floats from local organisations at the tail end, making an attractive finish to the night, with all the kids in fancy dress.

Access to the parking is from Crowborough.  I remember finding a parking are on the approach from the Argos Hill-Mark Cross road a couple of years back, but it was full and I parked on the road, and walked into the village, which is a fair old trot.  I believe the parking area was somewhere around here (click for map).  This is “unofficial from my brain” so it may not be correct.

There is no public transport available and don’t forget all roads around the village will be closed to the public from around 7pm.

Last year was very wet, so hopefully this year will be a bit kinder, as we have had at all events thus far in 2009!

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO LOCAL BUSINESSES AND LICENCED TRADERS IN THE VILLAGE SQUARE AND PUBS AND AVOID THE UNAUTHORISED SCALLYWAGS!

Rotherfield and Mark Cross Bonfire Celebrations are also known as Rotherfield Bonfire, Rotherfield Carnival, Rotherfield Bonfire Parade, Rotherfield Bonfire Procession and (probably) Rotherfield Fireworks Night!  Phew!

Crowborough Carnival and Bonfire Procession 2009

Tonight sees this year’s second Sussex Bonfire procession of the year, with a trip to one of the highest places in Sussex, Crowborough.

The main event of the evening gets underway at 7pm, when wreths are laid at the war memorial, which I believe is at All Saints Church, next to the green.

The procession gets underway at 7:30, from Chapel Green, just after the crowning of the carnival queen at 7:15.

After leaving the green at 7:15, two hours of processing through the streets of the town get underway, the details of which can be found in the programme, which is available in the town for £1. The route of the procession will take the procession of torches and floats through the streets and back to the Chapel Green area for about 9:30pm.

It should be noted there will be no fireworks this year for financial reasons and the procession will NOT end at the leisure centre but WILL finish back at the start.

Roads will be closed from around 6pm and parking is available around the area, on street and in car parks, but please be sensible about where you park and be considerate to residents.

Trains arrive at xx:46 from Uckfield to London Bridge and xx:03 from London Bridge/Hurst Green to Uckfield. The last train TO Uckfield is 22:46 and the last train to London is 23:03. It should be noted the train station is a fair walk from Crowborough town centre.

For more info visit the Crowborough Bonfire and Carnival Society Website – also please note the insurance issuses they have been having and the costs involved 🙁

Bonfire 2009 is Underway

Sussex Bonfire 2009 gets underway this weekend with the first torchlit procession of the year through Uckfield.

Like most of the early events, the Uckfield Bonfire Procession is actually a carnival, featuring floats as well as the societies and their torches.  As everyone prepares their stripes for the new season, everyone will be pleased to know that a dry evening is on the cards, and a repeat of last year’s drenching is highly unlikely!

Information on the processions is as follows (taken from and for full details see www.uckfieldcarnival.co.uk):

Children’s Procession 1.30pm From Victoria Pleasure Ground followed by Children’s Fancy Dress Competition…
Adult Fancy Dress Competition 6.30pm Elizabeth Gardens, Grange Road
Torchlight Procession 7.30pm Starts at Grange Road
Grand Torchlight Procession 9.00pm High Street
Bonfire Prayers 9.10pm High Street at the Church Street junction

Roads will be closed from around 7pm, but be aware that Uckfield only has half a train service, with no line from the south.  Fireworks were held on the Friday night, but the funfair will still be in town!

Next week’s carnival and torchlight will be at Crowborough!

Bonfire Night is Coming!

Well, it’s still over two months away, but today is the first day of the meteorological autumn and that means we can only be a few days away from the Uckfield Carnival!

New badges have been purchased, the stripes have been hung up to air and the trousers are still being considered for replacement!  This Saturday night, the boyes and girls of Sussex Bonfire Societies will march through Uckfield in the first torchlit procession of 2009, and I’ll be there 🙂

Sussex Bonfire 2008 Highlights Slide Show

It’s time for “Bonfire 2008 – The Slideshow”!

Featuring snaps from Crowborough, Fletching, Rotherfield & Mark Cross, Hastings, Nevill, Lewes Borough, South Heighton and Barcombe’s 2008 celebrations, it’s just something I threw together last night, and I hope that you can spot some memories!  Oh yes, and there is at least one duplicated picture – ooopsy!

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Barcombe Bonfire Eve!

So here we are, the night before the last bonfire of the year 🙁

The weather is looking mild and dry, the costumes are slightly singed, the torches are ready and tomorrow night it’s BARCOMBE BONFIRE NIGHT! 🙂

I visited Barcombe today on my bike, saw the bonfire being built, tested the pub, took some pictures and got excited 😀

I went to Barcombe Bonfire for the first time last year, and even considered joining, because it’s the closest society to work and I felt they did a really good job!

So go to the village shop, buy your programme, give generously to the buckets and enjoy the night!

BarcombeThe Royal OakBuilding the BonfireOn the way.....

Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make Sussex Bonfire a success this year!

  • Uckfield – It piddled down and fortunately I couldn’t go!
  • Crowborough – It was frickin’ hot!  25c when I left tee hee
  • Mayfield – didn’t go, can’t remember the weather!
  • Burgess Hill – Couldn’t go…..
  • Rotherfield – Rain and Wind and very soggy lol
  • Fletching – Fog!
  • Hastings – Perfect weather, huge crowds, not enough torches 🙁
  • Nevill – Great show – had to scamper there from work and took pictures!
  • Newick – Excellent night and the rain stayed away (mostly)!  Yay!
  • Lewes – 😀
  • South Heighton – our night!  And the rain stayed away!
  • Barcombe…… the end 🙁

Fletching was good…. now for Hastings

Fletching Bonfire was really good this weekend, despite almost not getting into the car park due to Mr Anal the road block attendant, who seemed to think it was a good idea to close the road about 60 mins before the procession was due…. never mind, I got my way in the end!

I’ll be at Hastings this weekend, wearing the stripes but not in the actual procession, thought I’d have a spectating couple of weeks…

As I write this, the weather forecast is looking good for Hastings Bonfire, which is, of course on October 18th.

All the information for Hastings Borough Bonfire Society’s celebrations are on my previous entry and of course you can visit their website for all the official latest information on bonfire day.

In other news, thanks to Lord Clunk of Piddinghoe for providing the rookies last weekend, they were good fun!  The pictures are a bit thin on the ground due to being in the procession, and also thick fog at the firesite, but I filmed in the playpen and filmed the excellent finale… thanks to FBS for a great show!

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