Lindfield Bonfire Celebrations – Saturday 4th November 2017
In keeping with our tradition of not celebrating Bonfire Night on a Sunday, this year Lindfield Bonfire Society is holding its celebration on Saturday 4th November.
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, some important information to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable time at our celebration:
1) Do not bring your own sparklers, fireworks or bangers into the village or onto the Common. Fireworks are dangerous and it is against the law to use them in public (yes, that including sparklers!).
2) LBS operate a strict no fireworks policy outside of our display area. The discharging of rookies, bangers or other fireworks is not permitted before the procession, during it or in the public viewing areas at any time.
3) Dropped torches are dangerous & have been discarded for a reason. Do not pick them up.
4) Do not bring pets to our night.
5) For public safety no drones are allowed at our event. Anyone found operating a drone will be reported to the police.
6) Please be considerate to local residents before, during and after our event.
Programme of Events*
2.00pm – Guy Building Competition Judging – Lindfield Common (free to enter)
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.
Roads in the village will be closed from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.
Roads affected by closures are:
– The High Street and Black Hill will be closed for the entire evening.
-Lewes Road from the junction of Eastern Road, The High Street, Black Hill and Hickmans Lane.
– Hickmans Lane will be closed while the procession is on and will re open once the procession has moved onto Lindfield Common.
– Traffic will then be diverted along Hickmans Lane while the High Street is closed.
– While Hickmans Lane is closed there will be no entry onto it from the following roads, Denman’s Lane, Brookway, Finches Park Road, The Welkin, Compton Road, Shenstone and Sunte Avenue.
– Traffic will be also diverted via Eastern Road, Luxford Road, Newton Road and Dukes Road due to the closure of Lewes Road. There will also be no entry onto Lewes Road from Chaloner Road.
It is advised that if travelling south towards Lindfield from Ardingly to go via College Road, Ardingly to avoid Lindfield and if heading North from Haywards Heath to use Summerhill Lane towards Ardingly to avoid Lindfield.
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.
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.
The Red Cross will be in attendance on the night. Their post will be in the Bowls Club car park at the top of the Common. They will also have mobile patrols throughout the evening.
The lost children post is in the King Edward Hall and is manned throughout the evening.
Guy Building Competition (2.00pm to 2.30pm)
All entries to be brought to Lindfield Common on Saturday 4th November. Judging on the Common between 14:00 and 14:30 at the firer’s entrance to the fenced fire site (top of the Common). Prizes will be awarded for the best.
All entries subject to the stated terms and conditions stated on the entry form which can be found in this years programme.
Fancy Dress Competition (6.30pm to 7.00pm)
A fancy dress competition will be held in the King Edward Hall, which is free to enter and open to both the public and Bonfire Society members (both from Lindfield and visiting societies).
The classes are:
· Children up to 6 years
· Children 7-11 years
· Children 12-15 years
There will prizes on the night!
Torchlight Procession (7.30pm approx)
Starting outside the King Edward Hall, via Black Hill, The Witch, Hickmans Lane, where the procession will stop and re-torch before proceeding down the High Street and onto the Common.
NOTE: Torches will only be given to members of the Lindfield Bonfire Society and those attending from other Bonfire Societies in stripes, costumes or fancy dress.
Members of the public are not allowed to walk in the procession or carry torches.
Lighting of the Bonfire (8.15pm approx)
Preceded by the traditional Bonfire Prayer
Grand Firework Display (8.30pm approx)
Do not cross the safety fence at any point during the evening, even after the fireworks have finished. This is there for your safety as there may be unexploded fireworks within the fire site after the display finishes.
We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Lindfield Bonfire Night!
What’s the weather going to do?
No need to check your lucky pine cone. This is the Met Office’s forecast for the 5 days ahead:
How to find us
Lindfield is located in West Sussex on the border of Haywards Heath, 20 miles from Brighton and 15 miles from Gatwick. Below is a Google map showing where we are, please feel free to use this to get directions and also see the picturesque village of Lindfield.
Click on the marker to link to directions, to zoom in use the controls in the top left corner, you can also use the options in the top right corner for a more unique view.
Disclaimer: The Lindfield Bonfire Society regrets that they cannot be held responsible for any damage, injury or loss howsoever caused that may be sustained by any person attending the Bonfire Night celebrations.