Lindfield Bonfire Celebrations – Thursday 5th November 2020
COVID 19, Social Distancing & Our Event
At the current time it is not possible to confirm what the Covid-19 & social distancing rules in place will be come November. Therefore we cannot say currently with certainty how this will affect parts of our public event, or even if it wil be possible to hold it at all.
The safety of the public, local community and our members is paramount to Lindfield Bonfire Society. Our event plans for Lindfield’s annual Bonfire Night celebration are under continual review, and we remain in regular contact with the key services involved in our night regarding our plans.
With this in mind, the information below comes from our normal Bonfire Night Celebration. Parts of this will change as a result of Social Distancing requirements, and we aim to update this page with changes as & when they are confirmed.
About Lindfield’s Traditional Bonfire Night Celebration…
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 there are six important things we need to tell you to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at our celebration:
1) Fireworks – Do not bring your own sparklers, fireworks or bangers to our event. Fireworks are dangerous and it is against the law to use them in public (including those sparklers!). LBS operate a strict no fireworks policy outside of our display area and the discharging of rookies, bangers or any other type of fireworks is not permitted before, during or after the procession or in the public viewing areas at any time.
2) The Procession – For the safety of all, only members of Lindfield Bonfire Society, invited visiting Bonfire societies and invited organizations can walk in our procession.
3) Dropped torches are dangerous & have been discarded for a reason – Do not pick them up.
4) Do not bring pets to our night please – There will be naked flames & load bangs throughout the night.
5) No drones are allowed at our event for public safety reasons – Anyone found operating a drone will be reported to the police.
6) Please be considerate to local residents & their properties before, during and after our event.
Programme of Events*
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 closures to vehicles will be in operation in the village between 6.30pm until 9.30pm.
The High Street and Black Hill will be closed for the entire evening.
Roads affected by closures to vehicles are:
For the duration of the event (18:30 to 21:30):
– The High Street from Black Hill up to junction with Hickmans Lane.
– Lewes Road to the High Street from the junction of Eastern Road
– Traffic will then be diverted along Hickmans Lane while the High Street is closed (approx. times 18:30 – 19:30 and 20:00 – 21:30).
– Hickmans Lane will close for the procession and re-open once this has moved onto Lindfield Common (approx times 19:30 – 20:00).
While Hickmans Lane is closed there will be no entry onto it from Denman’s Lane, Brookway, Finches Park Road, The Welkin, Compton Road, Shenstone and Sunte Avenue.
– Traffic will be diverted via Eastern Road, Luxford Road, Newton Road and Dukes Road due to the closure of Lewes Road.
There will be no entry onto Lewes Road from Chaloner Road.
There will be no access to the High Street from Backwards Lane.
We recommend that:
- If travelling south towards Lindfield from Ardingly to go via College Road (Ardingly) to avoid Lindfield.
- If travelling north from Haywards Heath towards Ardingly please use Summerhill Lane 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.
Event Medic 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.
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)
The Procession forms up in the High Street between 19:00 and 19:30. Details are:
- Assemble on the High Street (B2028) from the junction with Lewes Road upwards
- Depart south (B2028) towards Blackhill (19.30)
- Proceed down Black Hill to traffic lights
- Turn right into Hickmans Lane
- Proceed the length of Hickmans Lane
- Stop & retorch 45 meters (50 yards) from junction with High Street
- Proceed to junction of Hickmans Lane/High Street.
- Turn right into High Street (B2028)
- Proceed down High Street
- The band will leave the procession at the junction to Lewes Road and continue onward towards the King Edward Hall
- The main procession and our Guy will proceed down Lewes Road and enter Lindfield Common via the main entrance on Lewes Road (20:00).
NOTE: Torches will only be given to members of the Lindfield Bonfire Society and those attending from other Bonfire Societies (who 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 around the fire site at any point during the evening, even after the fireworks have finished. This fencing is there for your safety as there may be unexploded fireworks within our fire site after the display finishes.
We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Lindfield Bonfire Night!
How to find us
Lindfield is located in mid-Sussex on the border of Haywards Heath, 20 miles from Brighton and 15 miles from Gatwick.
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.