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.
We held our AGM on Monday 2nd Feb and it was lovely to see a few new faces! Very exciting. We look forward to working with those of you who have joined the committee. To those that didn’t, if you are a member of the Society we welcome you to come along to our committee meetings by prior arrangement with the secretary, although you won’t be able to vote.
Usually our committee meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month (except December) in the Royal Oak at 8pm.
We elected a new committee – and have our first committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday 11th February where we will be working on our fund raising plan for the year. We look forward to seeing you at those events.
this is official notification that we will be holding our AGM on:
Monday 3rd February, 20:00, Royal Oak Top Room
This is your chance to give feedback and get involved in your bonfire society. We can’t run Bonfire without the support of our members. Any offer of help is gratefully received.
Positions up for election:
The following positions are up for election. Please submit nominations and seconds to the secretary in advance, if possible. Please get in touch if you require a “job description” explaining more about the role:
- General committee members
- Bonfire Co-ordinator
- Health & Safety Officer
- Captain of Procession
- Captain of Bonfire
- Captain of Fireworks
- Captain of Torches
- Captain of Barrels
- Captain of Bands
- Captain of Collections
- Captain of Outmeetings
- Sussex Bonfire Council Rep
- Membership Secretary
- Fundraising Secretary
- Catering Co-ordinator
- Limited Company Directors/Secretary (confirmation)
Any proposals for life membership will be considered for members who have given a significant contribution to the society. Please submit to the secretary in advance.
The date for Barcombe Bonfire 2020 will be set, the constitution ratified, treasurer bank access approved and membership fees set. This is also a chance for members and the community to raise other business. If you have any specific other business/feedback please let the secretary know in advance.
We look forward to seeing you there
We had a fantastic night – thank you so much to everyone for your hard work and contribution throughout the year and in the run up to our night. What an amazing time we all had. Roll on November 2020! 🙂
The fire is built, the torches are ready, all the organising is done. Time to put on the costumes and make up and come out for bonfire. Have fun everyone!
Costume Competition – Tonight at the Oak at 6pm – see you there (in costume!)
Marshalls Meeting – tonight at the Oak – from about 7pm
The card reader at the Royal Oak is not working – so please bring cash over the weekend
Preparation is going well. The torches and fiery pieces are all dipped and ready for tomorrow. The bonfire is looking pretty impressive too! It’s all looking good. Thank you to everyone who has come out and helped today. We are meeting tomorrow again – watch this space, the Facebook page and WhatsApp for where we need help.
The Barcombe Rookies are making some “fake” torches using torch sticks, hessian and LED lights. We will be selling them at badge night (15th November at the Oak) for a fiver each. These are safer for younger children and for those nervous of real flaming torches.
Despite press announcing a huge police presence, Bonfire Night in Lewes went off really well. The traditional torches, procession, bangs and fireworks making for a fun, exciting evening. Barcombe had the most amazing time and would like to thank Borough Bonfire Society very much for being such amazing hosts.