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Mayfield Bonfire and Carnival 2011

Times, travel, parking and procession (parade!) information for Mayfield Bonfire 2011

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With the two bonfire procession down, on Saturday, 17th September 2011 the focus turns to the small village of Mayfield, between Heathfield and Tunbridge Wells.

Events in the village start early in the day, with a street market from 12:30-3:30pm in the village centre and at 3:15 the children of the society and village take part in their own procession from the Royal Oak to the War Memorial at St Dunstan’s Church in the village.

If you’re looking for something to do earlier in the day, then take a trip to the Congregational Church in the village, in Station Road near the junction with Rotherfield Road, where you will find a memorial in the courtyard to the six martyrs of Mayfield (and one of Rotherfield) who were burned near this location in the persecutions of Bloody Mary. But more of that when we visit Lewes on the 5th!

The main events of the evening kick off at 6:45, with the laying of a wreath at the War Memorial, followed by the crowning of the Bonfire Princess, who, I am reliably informed, will not be burnt on the fire (there isn’t one!)….

At 7:30 the first procession heads from West Street to the Rose and Crown, where “refreshments” will surely be served. At 8:20 we move off to Stone Cross, via South Street before forming up again at 9:15 to head from Stone Cross to Nat West. After this short procession the final “grand” procession heads from the Natwest to the Memorial Hall, before fireworks at 10:15pm in Court Meadow!

Parking in small villages can be a nightmare, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time, or you will be in for a bit of a hike. Make sure you park with consideration, the lanes can become very congested and emergency vehicles still need access, as do locals.

Remember – Mayfield is a small and remote village with no station and can become very congested. The discharging of fireworks is not welcome in this procession and the local police will be backed up with reinforcements from around the County, so don’t try it!

Support the society and community by only buying merchandise and food from authorised retailers. The society have confirmed they have organised their own bar and food stall and are asking everyone to support it – last year it was very conspicuous in the middle of the village street – good value beer at £2.50/£3 a pint!  Programmes are on sale in the village with the full information!

 12:30-3:30pm  Street Market in the High Street
 3:15pm  Children’s Fancy Dress Procession (from the Royal Oak to the Memorial Hall)
 7:00pm  Ceremonial Laying of the Wreath (procession around 6:45pm)
 7:30pm  First Procession – West Street to Rose and Crown
 8:20pm  Second Procession – Rose and Crown to Stone Cross
 9:15pm  Third Procession – Stone Cross to Natwest Bank
 9:30pm  Grand Procession – Natwest bank to Memorial Hall
 10:15  Grand Aerial Fireworks Display

By car follow the A267 from Tunbridge Wells towards Heathfield or the A267 from Heathfield to Tunbridge Wells.

From the coast the best route is to Lewes and then take the A26 towards Uckfield, fork right to Ringmer on the B2192, follow the B2192 over the A22 at Halland and then after about four miles take the left hand fork just before Cross-in-Hand for Tunbridge Wells (A267) along the “Mayfield Flat” then follow the A267!

The official website can be found here!

Mayfield Bonfire and Carnival 2010

(Provisional) Times, travel, parking and procession (parade!) information for Mayfield Bonfire 2010 (based on last year)

With the first bonfire procession down, in a couple of weeks on Saturday, 18th September 2010 the focus turns to the small village of Mayfield, between Heathfield and Tunbridge Wells.

Events in the village start early in the day, with a street market from 12:30-3:30pm in the village centre and at 3:15 the children of the society and village take part in their own procession from the Royal Oak to the War Memorial at St Dunstan’s Church in the village.

If you’re looking for something to do earlier in the day, then take a trip to the Congregational Church in the village, in Station Road near the junction with Rotherfield Road, where you will find a memorial in the courtyard to the six martyrs of Mayfield (and one of Rotherfield) who were burned near this location in the persecutions of Bloody Mary. But more of that when we visit Lewes on the 5th!

The main events of the evening kick off at 6:45, with the laying of a wreath at the War Memorial, followed by the crowning of the Bonfire Princess, who, I am reliably informed, will not be burnt on the fire (there isn’t one!)….

At 7:30 the first procession heads from West Street to the Rose and Crown, where “refreshments” will surely be served. At 8:20 we move off to Stone Cross, via South Street before forming up again at 9:15 to head from Stone Cross to Nat West. After this short procession the final “grand” procession heads from Nat West to the Memorial Hall, before fireworks at 10:15pm in Court Meadow!

Parking in small villages can be a nightmare, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time, or you will be in for a bit of a hike. Make sure you park with consideration.

Remember – Mayfield is a small and remote village with no station and can become very congested. The discharging of fireworks is not welcome in this procession and the local police will be backed up with reinforcements from around the County, so don’t try it!

Support the society and community by only buying merchandise and food from authorised retailers.  This year the society are organising their own bar and food stall and are asking everyone to support it.  Programmes are on sale in the village with the full information!

GETTING THERE:

By car follow the A267 from Tunbridge Wells towards Heathfield or the A267 from Heathfield to Tunbridge Wells.

From the coast the best route is to Lewes and then take the A26 towards Uckfield, fork right to Ringmer on the B2192, follow the B2192 over the A22 at Halland and then after about four miles take the left hand fork just before Cross-in-Hand for Tunbridge Wells (A267) along the “Mayfield Flat” then follow the A267!

The (out of date) website can be found here!

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!

Burgess Hill Torchilit Procession and Bonfire 2009

INFORMATION ON PROCESSION ROUTE, FIREWORKS, PARKING, TRAVEL

After the hot and humid gathering in Mayfield yesterday, next Saturday, 26th September 2009 sees the Sussex Bonfire circus move to the West Sussex (former East Sussex!) town of Burgess Hill.

Back in Victorian times, Burgess Hill was known for it’s “theme park” at Victoria Gardens.  These days it’s better known as “that place between Brighton and Crawley, just off the A23.  Although often made to look second best to neighbouring Haywards Heath, it has twice the number of train stations, a railway junction AND a level crossing!  It also has the newish A2300, which, as well as having a smart number, it makes the town very easy to access, just 3 mins for Hickstead and the A23.

So, what about the bonfire?  In 1894 the first recorded bonfire celebrations were held in the town and in 1969 the society we know today was formed.  This year there are some changes to the procession route of the second procession, and also there will be a ceremony at the war memorial too, before the main events kick off.  Around 5,000 people attended the event last year, and many of the roads around the town are closed on a “rolling” basis, so try and be sensible with your parking, obey local instructions and be courteous to the residents of the town.

At 1840 there will be a service of remembrance at the war memorial for the members of the society, before the main procession gets underway from 1930.

FIRST PROCESSION (1930 start):

  • Cyprus Road Car Park (behind the precinct)
  • Crescent Road
  • Mill Road
  • Cyprus Road
  • Church Road
  • Station Road
  • Silverdale Road

SECOND PROCESSION (2030 start):

  • Silverdale Road
  • Station Road
  • Church Road NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
  • Crescent Way NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
  • Church Road
  • Lower Church Road
  • Royal George Road
  • Fairfield Road
  • Western Road
  • Fairfield Recreation Ground

Fireworks and the Bonfire will be around 21:45-22:00.

Burgess Hill station is served by frequent services from London, Brighton, Worthing and Hove and Wivelsfield station (which is like “Burgess Hill North station) is served by trains from Lewes and Eastbourne.

For more information, please see the programme of events, which is available for sale at shops in the town, or the Burgess Hill Bonfire Society website.

Note:  Some people call the procession a “bonfire parade”!  This is incorrect lingo! 😛

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 🙁

Barcombe Bonfire 2008 – Pictures!

Wow! What an absolutely fantastic night we all had at Barcombe! It really was amazing!

Thanks to Roy Clever, Les Coppard and their team for another slick effort. Great fireworks, great attendance and great weather… perfect!

Here are some pictures from the night, for the full selection visit my Flickr Collection to see the lot!

I’ll see you all at the Carol Service on the 7th!

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Hastings Bonfire 2008

On Saturday 18th October the Hastings Borough Bonfire Society will hold their annual torchlit procession and bonfire, followed by a spectacular firework display around the Old Town, Town Centre and Seafront of Hastings in East Sussex.

READ ON FOR PROCESSION TIMES, PROCESSION (PARADE!) ROUTES, PARKING INFORMATION, BONFIRE LIGHTING TIME, BONFIRE LOCATION, SAFETY INFORMATION AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT TRAIN INFORMATION!

Hastings holds one of the most traditional and what I would call “proper” bonfire nights in Sussex, with a large crowd always turning out.  They have a website, where more information can be found on the evening.

Having been an evening worker in Hastings for several years, this will be the first year that I have been able to visit Hastings Bonfire as a proper spectator, as well as a participant in the procession.

Parking is always a bit of an issue, as the town centre becomes very busy, but if you turn up early and are sensible, it shouldn’t be a problem.  Follow the signs for Priory Street (TN34 1EA) and/or Priory Meadow (Devonshire Road TN34 1NE or South Terrace entrances) multi story car parks, or find on street parking.  Beware the menace of the traffic wardens, although they don’t appear to operate on this evening in the same way as usual, but I wouldn’t take the chance: they do work until midnight!

The procession starts near The Stade at Rock-a-nor, which is where the A259 bends towards Rye, on the seafront, by the fishing huts, in the Old Town area.  The East Hill beacon is lit and then the fire is brought down to the seafront by the Hastings Runners, who light the procession and start it at 1915.  The procession then heads up the A259 towards Rye, before turning left to the top of High Street and then heading down High Street back to the seafront.  Visitors should note that “High Street” is not the town centre shopping area, but is in the Old Town!

The procession should reach the bottom of High Street, by the Dolphin Fish Bar at around 1945.

The procession will then walk along the seafront, past the firesite, which is on the beach, opposite the fountain roundabout by Iceland and turning right into Albert Road.  The procession will march up to the traffic lights at the bottom of South Terrace, before then looping back to the Town Hall.  They should arrive here at 2010.  There will be a set piece firework as the Mayor meets the HBBS chairman, the procession continues to the America  Ground memorial, where the America Ground declaration is read out by the town cryer and another set piece is discharged.  The America Ground history is quite interesting, and it would be well worth reading this website, to familiarise yourself with the whole reasoning behind the declaration.

From the memorial the procession will parade through Robertson Street around 2030 to the seafront and then left to the firesite, where the bonfire will be lit at around 2100.  Fireworks will be around 2130.

Hastings is well served by trains.  More information can be found at the National Rail Enquiries website or by calling 08457 48 49 50.  There may be changes due to bonfire or weekend engineering work, so it’s well worth finding out.

Please remember to follow the common sense rules for bonfire:

  • Don’t pick up discarded torches
  • Don’t discharge rookies or other fireworks in the street: it is illegal and you’ll go to jail!
  • Follow instructions of the marshals – they are there for your safety
  • Don’t climb over barriers or attempt to join the procession
  • Don’t do anything else stupid – remember, this is a family event in a public place and there will be children about!
  • Do enjoy yourself!

CLICK HERE FOR THE PROCESSION ROUTE ON GOOGLE MAPS

CLICK HERE FOR HASTINGS BOROUGH BONFIRE SOCIETY’S OFFICIAL SITE WITH LATEST INFORMATION

Fletching Bonfire 2008

This Saturday (11th October) sees [Fletching-> Fletching,_East_Sussex@ wiki] [Bonfire Society-> Sussex Bonfire Societies@ wiki]‘s processions and firework display, with, of course, the perfunctionary bonfire!

The local pub closes, except to bookings, but the bonfire society runs a marquee type arrangement next door called the Firecracker Inn.

LOCATION:

Marshalled parking is at a farm, entrance @ TQ430233, which is accessed from the A272 at Piltdown.

PROCESSIONS AND TIMES:

The first procession starts at 1900 and runs north from the form up area at TQ430233 to Splayne’s Green before returning to the village for a break.  The second  procession is at 2045 and runs south towards Piltdown to “Denniker Cottage” and then back to the village to the firesite for fireworks at 2145.

For those with TomToms or other satnavs, TN22 3SP is the parking postcode, but make sure you come in from Piltdown (aim for TN22 3XP and turn left (if coming from Haywards Heath) or right (if coming from Uckfield) off the A272.

Pictures from last year:

Fletching Bonfire 2007 Man in tights! Fletching Bonfire 2007 Fletching Bonfire 2007 Fletching Bonfire 2007 Fletching Bonfire 2007 Fletching Bonfire 2007

Last year was excelent! Despite it clashing with the final of the Rugby World Cup!

More available at my Flickr Site

(this information is based on last year’s visit – I haven’t been informed it’s any different, and the village is certainly still in the same place!)