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Welcome our monthly meetings are held on mondays at 8pm at the Hailsham Memorial Institute in Western Road. If you want to help or join the society, please come along. Click membership for more details.

This years Bonfire Celebrations will be held on 22nd October 2017 at Hailsham Town Centre 7.30pm - Midnight

If you're interested in helping or joining the society please come along. Just let them know you're there for the Bonfire Meeting and they will let you in.

Fancy dress prizes
Grand torch light procession
Marching bands
Spectacular firework display
Surprise set piece as finale
Visting societies

In 2016 we collected money for:

Sussex Search and Rescue 4x4 Response
Chesnut House Quinnell House
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2016 Bonfire dates

September 3rd
Uckfield
September 10th
Crowborough
September 17th
Mayfield
September 24th
Burgess Hill
October 1st
Rotherfield
October 15th
Fletching (fireworks & bonfire only this year)
October 22nd
Hailsham
October 29th
Littlehampton & Newick
November 5th
Battle
November 5th
Lewes
November 12th
South Heighton
November 12th
Rye
November 19th
Robertsbridge
November 26th
Hawkhurst
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Fund raising event dates

BINGO NIGHTS Many thanks to Rose, Lynn and Ian who keep our bingo nights running on a monthly basis. These are an important fundraiser for the society and raises over £1000 each year. The bingo team are always grateful for any additional help so please contact any of them if you are able to lend a hand.

Bingo dates for 2017 are usually the third Friday of the month. see local press for details.

All held in the Charles Hunt Centre in Hailsham from 7pm

 

Committee Meeting dates for 2017

The new Committee will be holding committee meetings on the following dates:

Jan 2nd
Feb 6th
March 6th
April 3rd
May 8th
June 5th
July 3rd
August 7th
September 4th
October 2nd
November 6th
December 4th

All Committee meetings are held in the

Money in the collection pot!

Annually we need at least £9000 to stage our annual event and support all society events so please assist whenever and wherever you can to help raise the additional amount we need this year.

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Hailsham Bonfire Society history

After a 16 year gap Hailsham Bonfire Society was reformed, and on the 400th anniversary of the gunpowder plot, 1605 - 2005, Hailsham Bonfire Society triumphantly rose from the ashes.

We reformed in the new year 2005 and with a lot of hard work we managed to have a small torchlit procession and firework display on November the 5th 2005.

We have successfully continued with our celebrations each year since, and the event has been well supported by both the general public and visiting societies.

The procession and firework display for 2016, held on Saturday 22nd October, were a great success and greatly enjoyed by both the general public and the visiting societies.

A sum of in excess of £10,000 has been raised from the street collections for our selected charities over the past 10 years.

We would like to thank all those that supported the event and kindly made donations as well as the visiting societies for joining us.

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Membership details

HAILSHAM BONFIRE SOCIETY NEEDS YOU...YES YOU!!!

WANT TO JOIN?

UNSURE?

WHY NOT COME ALONG AND MEET US AT ANY OF OUR MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETINGS OR ONE OF OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS? E-MAIL YOUR DETAILS TO hailshambonfire@aol.com FOR AN APPLICATION FORM.
YOU'LL BE SURE OF A FRIENDLY WELCOME!

2017 MEMBERSHIP FEES

Adult Membership £10
Childs Membership £5
Family Membership £20 (Up to 2 adults and unlimited children)

Committee meetings held on the first Monday of each month at the
Hailsham Memorial Institute from 8pm

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Q&A's

Q. WHAT IS A BONFIRE SOCIETY?

A. A Bonfire Society celebrates the downfall of Guy Fawkes and his plot to blow up Parliament and King James 1st on November the 5th 1605.

This celebration has been held all across the country for centuries, although it has died out a lot over the years it still remains a well loved one here. In Sussex, there are over 35 bonfire societies in the county and more than half of them hold their own celebration during the bonfire season ( from September to the end of November).

Up until the 1960s it was illegal not to celebrate Bonfire night!

Q. WHY DO YOU HAVE A BONFIRE AND FIRE WORKS?

A. The fire is for burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes. The bonfire came about during the plot to blow up Parliament, if Guy Fawkes had succeeded, his conspirators were to light bonfires all over the country to symbolize the death of the King.

Fireworks are used to symbolize the blowing up of Parliament as they contain gunpowder.

Q. IF I JOIN THE BONFIRE SOCIETY WHAT WILL I HAVE TO DO?

A. When you join you will be given a membership card, badge and details of the costumes. We hope that you will be able to help at different events e.g. fund raising, torch making, placing posters etc. You may be able to get us sacking or sticks for torch making. or you may be able to make cakes or donate raffle prizes or money to buy them.

We do need more manpower to take on the various jobs required to hold the celebrations each year, otherwise we may be at risk of not being able to continue.

It's good fun all through the year, so why not come along to our monthly meetings held at the Hailsham Memorial Institute (HMI) on the first Monday of every month at 8:00 PM. Just let the staff know that you have come to the bonfire meeting.

Hope to see you there! For more information ring either our membership secretary Lynn on 01323 441514 or Rose, our secretary, on 01323 849562.

Q. WHY DO YOU HAVE COSTUMES?

A. The costume adds to the celebration, making it more enjoyable for the public watching. All the societies have a different costume of their choosing , our choice being the Victorian era as well as our black and grey striped smugglers costume.

( All societies have a different colour smugglers jumper.)

Click HERE to go to Mayfield Bonfire Boyes site to see them.

The smugglers costume is a great costume to start off with, it is cheap to make and will last a long time. Many people go for this option as they don’t like to dress up that much.

You can choose to dress up as a Victorian from any class, from the poor house to royalty. This is a popular choice.

Q. WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM FOR THE BONFIRE CELEBRATIONS?

A. The bonfire society raise the money for the celebrations from the many fund raising events held throughout the year. Raffles, Tombolas, Bingo nights, Sponsored walks, Race nights, Quiz nights and many other events including stalls in the charter market and at boot fairs etc. We fund the whole event by ourselves.

Q. WHY DON’T YOU HAVE YOUR BONFIRE NIGHT ON THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER?

A. As there are so many Bonfire Societies in Sussex, celebrations are spread out over what is known as the Bonfire Season. This is from the first Saturday in September to the end of November. This is done to try to ensure each Bonfire Society can visit other societies celebrations. We hold our celebration on the third Saturday in October.

Q. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO JOIN THE BONFIRE SOCIETY?

A. £10 for Adults ~ £5 Junior ~ £20 Family (1 or 2 Adults unlimited children)

Q. DO HAILSHAM BONFIRE SOCIETY GO TO OTHER BONFIRE SOCIETIES CELEBRATIONS?

A. Yes we do! See the full diary for this years events.

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HAILSHAM BONFIRE SOCIETY Commitee Officers 2016

Honorary President
Geoff Rowe
Honorary Vice President
Nick Collinson
Honorary Chairpman
Rose Piggott
Honorary Secretary
Neil Cleaver
Honorary Treasurer
Sharon Cottingham
Membership Secretary
Darren Gillett
Fundraising Secretary
Lynn Broderick
Safety Officer
Mike Farley
Press and Publicity Officer
Mike Farley
Commander in Chief
Ben Floyd
Captain of Torches
Rob Belsey
Captain of Fireworks
Guy Osborne
Captain of Set Piece & Vice Chair
Guy Osborne
Captain of Fire Site
David Cottingham
Captain of Programmes
Lucy Hamilton
Captain of Website
Jake Butler

Many thanks to all those who served on the committee for 2016 and putting HBS in a strong position to go forward into 2017!

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Galleries

Click on the title to go to the gallery.

If you have taken some photos of the HBS and would like them linked to from our web site. put them in a gallery online and send us the link. You can use Facebook, Flickr, Jalbum or any hosting service including your own server.

We can also include video links from YouTube or any video hosting service.

Les Seaman's Hailsham Bonfire pictures 2011
Roz South's Bonfire Pictures
Hailsham 2008
Rotherfield 2007
East Hoathly 2009
Bonfire, Fireworks & Effigy 2008
Mayfield 2007
Hailsham 2009
Rotherfield 2008
East Hoathly 2006
Mayfield 2009
Society Dinner 2008
Lewes 2006
Uckfield 2009
Hailsham 2007
Fletching 2006

Hailsham bonfire site fireworks video 2016

HAILSHAM BONFIRE SOCIETY Sponsors

Parker Building Supplies

The George Hotel

Sussex Blast Cleaning

B.A. Mitchell & Sons

BONFIRE BURGERS & BALLOONS - OUTSIDE CATERING & AMUSEMENTS

Glow goodies & Refreshments

TEL 07860 715504

SMW - SUSSEX MOBILE WELDING

MIG, ARC & OXY-ACETYLENE WELDING OF MILD & STAINLESS STEEL
TEL 01892 853457
MOBILE 07825 166579
WEBSITE

EMAIL

HAILSHAM TOWN COUNCIL

INGLENOOK
MARKET STREET
HAILSHAM
EAST SUSSEX
BN27 2AE
TEL 01323 841702
FAX 01323 842978
WEBSITE

Chapter 12

The Corn Exchange

Simpsons Chicken and Ribs

Callenders

Links to other bonfire and carnival sites.

Battle Bonfire Boyes
Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society
Cliffe Bonfire Society
Newick Bonfire Society
Commercial Square Bonfire Society
Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society
Crowborough Bonfire and Carnival Society
Robertsbridge Bonfire Society
Firle Bonfire Society
Rye Bonfire Society
Fletching Bonfire Society
South Heighton Bonfire Society
Lewes Bonfire Council
Uckfield Bonfire & Carnival Society
Lewes Borough Bonfire Society
Sussex Bonfire Message Board
Littlehampton Bonfire Society
Roz South's Bonfire Pictures
Mayfield Bonfire Boyes and Belles
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Contact Us

For membership enquiries please contact Darren

email hailshambonfire@aol.com

For press and publicity enquiries please contact Darren

email hailshambonfire@aol.com

For enquiries regarding this website please contact Darren

hailshambonfire@aol.com

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