Weekend roundup – 25/11/2012

A big thank you to all our stallholders and visitors at today’s LBS Craft Fayre at the King Edward Hall. A highly enjoyable day was had by all and we look forward to doing it all again next year!

The next outing for the Society will be late night shopping in Lindfield Highstreet on Tuesday 4th December. We will be there, with a special guest, and look forward to seeing you!


Last week and this weekend!

And so the Bonfire season reaches its end! Thanks to Robertsbridge for a great night out last Saturday. Those of us who made it over had a wonderful (if slightly blurry) night of fun with some suitable tales to tell of bonfire escapades!.

There are no more bonfire walks this year, but for those wishing to get one more bonfire night and firework display under their belt then you need to get to the Hawkhurst Gang Bonfire Society event this Saturday, the 24th November. The gates open at 6pm with fireworks around 7.30pm. Hawkhurst have said that any bonfire members turning up in their Society’s costume will gain free entry! This is a newly formed society who very much wants to continue the tradition of the original Bonfire society, and for it to be part of and to support the local community. Please get out there and help make this a great night for them!

For those after for Christmas Gifts then this Saturday also sees the Lindfield Bonfire Society Festive Craft Fayre at the King Edward Hall between 10:00am to 3:00 pm. Packed with over 40 stalls offering gifts for young and old at prices for all pockets from seasonal decorations to jewellery, home & Garden gifts, cupcakes, books, scarves, handbags, wood turned items, bunting & more. The LBS tombola will be in action. There will also be coffee, tea, mince pies and hot bacon rolls available.

Bring your whole family for a fun packed day of seasonal cheer and help support your local Bonfire Society.

Admission 25p. Children & LBS Members free.
We look forward to seeing you there!


Robertsbridge Outmeeting 2012

The next bonfire up that we have been invited to attend is Robertsbridge Bonfire Society’sevent this coming Saturday, 17th November. The roads close at 6pm and the procession is just after 7pm. Fireworks are normally around 8.30pm.

Be aware it can get a bit noisy and lively down on the fire site. However the view from the road and top of the recreation ground is much quieter and family friendly.

Barcombe Bonfire Society are also hosting their event this weekend. Societies can only attend by invite only but if you have not been invited you can still go and watch their event as a member of the public.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable weekend whatever event you attend.


Weekend roundup – 10/11/2012

Well, what a week and weekend it has been!

Firstly, many thanks to Chailey Bonfire Society for hosting a very enjoyable Bonfire Night on the 10th, resplendent with vintage tractors, traction engines, floats, a giant fly (I’m sure the flashbacks on that one will stop at some point) and a fitting tribute to the British Paralympics team! It was great walking in the procession and a wonderful evening was had by all of LBS present.

We also give thanks to East Hoathly Bonfire Society for their Bonfire Night, which those from LBS who attended thoroughly enjoyed (we do get around you know!).

Finally, I have to say thank you to Lindfield itself for their support of our Bonfire Night. It was heartbreaking not to be able to hold the bonfire and fireworks on the Common but for the Society the safety of all those attending will always take priority. An article in this -weeks Mid-Sussex Times explains just how devastating an impact this will have both to the Society and the Children’s Charities we support.

Although a painful decision for the Society to make it was fantastic that so many of you still came to the King Edward Hall for the fancy dress competition and also supported the procession around the Village (with the impromptu of private firework displays). This was a truly unique event in Lindfield Village Bonfire Night history and one we will all long remember.

The last words on our Bonfire Night I have to leave to a heart warming message of support we received after our event, which I include here in full:

Congratulations to everyone! Of course we were all devastated, particularly for you after all your immense work, that you had to cancel the bonfire and the fireworks but the parade was the best ever – and then we DID have the fireworks after all. It was amazing and as if by magic. And if the clerk of the weather had been diabolical all year, he finally pulled out all stops with that brilliant cold starlit night. And in adversity Lindfield showed typical British grit! Thank you to everyone.



Thank You!


The cancellation of the Bonfire and Fireworks was a great disappointment to us all, and I am sure will be the subject of animated discussion for many years!

We have been very encouraged by the support of the Village during this tricky situation. Lindfield Bonfire Society wish to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s event take place.

Special thanks goes to all those who rallied round us to help make the best of a difficult situation, let

people know about the revised event schedule and who attended on the night to show their support.

We also take our hats off to all those in the Village who staged their private firework displays before and during the grand torchlight procession. We don’t know who you all are, but it made this years procession a truly special event which will be remembered for years to come.

Lindfield Bonfire Society salute you all. Thank you!

Paulus Smith
Lindfield Bonfire Society