Our Secretary, Charlie Deacon, has pulled together a Calendar with the help of BBS members past and present. It has pictures from many years ago right up to 2019. Grab yourself a piece of history. They are for sale in the Village Shop at just £10 each. A perfect Christmas present for anyone that enjoys bonfire.
It is with a heavy heart that the committee has tonight voted to postpone our bonfire celebrations until November 2021.
Under current legislation, mass gatherings of over 30 people are banned and the mitigation measures required are simply not feasible for a volunteer-run outdoor event such as ours.
Ultimately the health and safety of our members and community is paramount and we could not, in good conscience, encourage crowds into our small village in the winter months during a pandemic. Due to this, we have also not been able to fundraise this year.
Whilst our hands are tied on our traditional celebration, we will continue to monitor government guidance closely and hope to propose an alternative community event if suitable.
We understand this is disappointing for many, particularly after cancellation in 2016. However we will overcome this dreadful disease as a community and will be back stronger, brighter and louder than ever in 2021. We wunt be druv!
Clearly there is a lot of uncertainty with whether or not Bonfire will happen this year. Some Societies have already cancelled. We are going to wait to make a decision after the Summer.
We are going virtual! We will be having a Zoom quiz online at 7pm on Friday 22nd May. Please contact Charlie to join us on firstname.lastname@example.org
£2.50 per head to enter and a 2020 membership is available for the winning team!
Sadly our VE Day celebration on the rec has been cancelled. We are hoping to put something else on later in the year.
Whilst our knitters have a bit of spare time, why not put in an order for a jumper . . . please email email@example.com for more details
So we have some ideas that we are working on, more details to follow:
A Treasure Hunt in WAB once we are allowed out again.
A teddy bear hunt on a footpath route around Barcombe. To do during the daily exercise …
A car scavenger hunt when we are allowed out in the car again. Provided it starts of course 🙂
We have also booked the Village Hall for a quiz night on 9th October – please save the date
In light of recent events we wanted to get in touch with you about the ongoing coronavirus situation – I’m sure you’ve received many similar e-mails over the last few weeks! We hope you are all staying safe and healthy.
Help and Support:
If any of our members are requiring help or support at this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our members make the society and it’s important we all stick together as a community at this time. If you are self-isolating we can arrange things over the phone or e-mail.
Race Night – 27th March:
Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event in light of recent government guidance. Please keep your eyes peeled for a date later in the year. All sponsors will be contacted. The Royal Oak does remain open and is offering takeaway. Please do support community businesses who may be struggling with the loss of trade. You can call the pub on 01273 400418.
Easter Egg Hunt – 10th April:
We will take a decision on this via virtual committee meeting on 7th April. As an outdoor event, we may be able to take measures to minimise crowds and contacts. Refreshments will not be served. However, we have a stock of some 100 easter eggs. If members would like to purchase these for their children instead of coming to the egg hunt these can be bought at cost for £1. Any donations on top of this gratefully received. They can be collected from Grantham Bank.
Cinema Club, Le Mans 66 – 2nd May:
Barcombe Cinema Club have taken the decision to cancel all upcoming films. We hope a date will be rescheduled for September.
VE Day Fair – 8th May:
Thank you to all who have offered to run a stall so far, I will be contacting all of you. The Fun Run preceding the fair is now cancelled. We hope this can still go ahead as by this point we will no doubt need an outdoor event to cheer us up! However we will keep following government guidelines and advise nearer the time.
The committee and directors are in regular contact over Whatsapp and are following government guidelines daily. Please check your e-mails and social media for update.
2020 is going to be tough for the Sussex bonfire tradition as a whole, with virtually all societies cancelling fundraisers. Hopefully we are out the other side by midsummer and will be able to raise enough money to host an event.
Having said that public health is of course more important than Bonfire and the most important thing is keeping our community healthy.
We have been working on our fund raising events and dates for this season and they are all in our calendar and our fund raising pages – please do let us know if you are able to help.
Or just come along and support us.