Barcombe Bonfire Society Ltd (BBS) is very much a family-orientated local Society - and in fact our first event on Bonfire Night is a Fancy Dress Competition in the Village Hall! This includes prizes for children up to 16 years, Pairs, Groups, and the Best Family Group in Fancy Dress (actually a Procession Prize). BBS shows its roots very clearly in this respect. The idea is that everybody - and the children in particular - continue to wear their Fancy Dress and walk in the torchlight Procession that follows.
The current BBS Pioneer costume is classically Japanese - kimonos, obis, black wigs, white faces, samurai swords. Second Pioneer has a Dickensian theme.
As with all Bonfire Societies, Remembrance is central to BBS. After the Fancy Dress Competition on bonfire night the next significant event is the playing of the Last Post, followed by the Remembrance Poppy being lit during the minute's silence that follows. The entire Procession is present, but no torches are lit.
Then comes a short children's procession to Mongers Mead and back down the High Street. After this the main procession walks from the Royal Oak right out to Barcombe Mills: then after a short break it heads back to the Oak. After another short break the procession heads out to the Crink for the Grand Display, after which the night is rounded off by the Grand Procession back from the Crink to the Oak.
The committee raise funds pretty much all year round for Bonfire Night, but the main (and regular) means of income is the house-to-house collection of membership fees during June and July. This collection really makes Bonfire Night viable, but the current committee would like to spread the load a bit more if possible. So please do support any and all BBS events!
President: Les Coppard
Chairman: Andy Allsobrook
Vice Chairman: Pippa Evans
Secretary: Charlie Deacon
Treasurer: Mel Lundin
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: A search for 'Barcombe Bonfire Society' in Facebook will find the official Barcombe Bonfire Society page. It's a very active group.