We can see light, well FIREWORKS and FIRE towards the end of a log pandemic tunnel and we want you to totally enjoy this event!
BUT...We have been unable to fundraise, due to Covid, so please give us donations here or on our crowdfunder https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/hastings-bonfire-celebration-16th-october-2021?fbclid=IwAR07WlAsfWQb2lroPh3TGpO9MSQgpPyopSAlZ-aU2uxCHt-wxoz2Y43FgZ We have to raise the ££££ so you can enjoy. (This event is put on by the volunteers of HBBS it is not paid for by any local organisation, although many support us in a variety of ways.)
Heather Leech, Chairperson said, "Usually we work hard to fundraise the money to put on the event. Unfortunately our fundraising activities were affected by Covid, so we need to take a different approach. If you are able to support our crowdfunder by donating and/or sharing, you can help us bring back the event and with an extra big bang…! 🎇 Thank you, your support is appreciated! Thank you."
Pets - we know many pet owners are anxious at this time, but good training can support your furry friend. At HBBS many of us are pet owner so we know the importance of preparing yours.
We love the advice we were sent: "An army dog trainer told us to bang two empty tin cans quite close to our pets sporadically through the day, as apparently when fireworks goes off it sounds similar and they are no longer scared, as they think it is normal."
There is some great advice here : https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-of-your-pet/looking-after-your-pet/all-pets/pets-and-fireworks
We are a group of volunteers who make Hastings Bonfire the largest single Bonfire celebration in Sussex! This fantastic event is put on through the dedication and sheer hard work of the members and volunteers. It is financed by:
Fundraising of HBBS Members, Renegade Pyrotechnics, Our Sponsors, additional services provided by Hastings Borough Council e.g. road sweeping, public toilets and the use of Pelham Place Carpark.
We always welcome new members and volunteers. See Support or Membership for more information.
What a spectacular event we had this year. It's almost impossible to highlight specific points that went so well but I shall try. During the day the canons firing a 25 gun salute with our ladies dressed so fine desperately trying to keep up with men marching in uniform. All this set the day off to great effect. 45 Guys made by local children whichw ere then placed on the bonfire on the beach. Nearly £6000 collected for charity- an outstanding sum. The procession with well made torches so the route lit the whole way, underpinned by careful planning at the start re the lighting and cheeky enemy heads too. The cracker-points provided sound and thrill which more than covered the no drop down rule. The Cyril and Lilan Bishop observance established so quickly and will be a new Hastings feature. Then on a beautiflly made beach site- not a glamorous job arranging barriers but one of the most essential done by that unseen team of grafters. Then an appropriate Bonfire effigy with Guy fawkes bursting out a cake to end with a wonderful fireworks display- obviously the best this Sussex Bonfire Season. Marshals working all night in the route and the fire-site. Clear up instantly the next morning by that team of committed people- always more needed to ease the burden. Thank you to everyone who was involved. It was a tremendous night- we are really proud of what we can achieve together. - Heather HBBS Chairman
Hastings Borough Bonfire Society makes an effigy of something that is in the news, usually locally. Our effigy is either a celebration or something for current debate. We do not have an opinion when we burn the effigy and blow it up with fireworks. The idea is to make people think about and discuss that topic.
See our effigies from 1995 to 2019. Which are celebrations? Which are to promote debate?
Hastings Bonfire Tradition. from Reel Connection Films on Vimeo.
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Beacon of Remembrance 1918-2018 from Reel Connection Films on Vimeo.
Many of the restrictions have now been lifted, and been replaced with guidance, putting the emphasis on making your own judgements.
Please follow Government and Medical guidance relating to your own medical condition, when deciding whether to attend the event. Particularly if you suffer from a respiratory condition. We maintain a safe distance between the bonfire and the public area, however smoke from the bonfire and procession torches may affect your condition.
It is recommended that you have received both vaccinations and take advantage of the booster if eligible.
It is recommended that you and your family (including children) take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) twice per week have had a negative COVID test prior to attendance.
Please do not attend if you or any of your family are experiencing COVID symptoms, however mild or if you have been asked to self-isolate. You are also advised to arrange a PCR test.
Respect everyone’s personal space, where social distancing is not possible, please stand side by side rather than facing each other. Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air
Facemasks are recommended
It is recommended that you regularly wash your hands and carry hand sanitisers.
Sneezing is not necessarily on its own related to COVID, but remember to Catch it – Bin it – Kill i
Please be aware that during the event, it is likely to include loud bangs from the firework display. You may wish to wear ear plugs or defenders during this part of the event.
The torch lit procession is formed of rows of 3 each carrying a lit torch, please be aware and do not try to join the procession. Our members are briefed on the safe carrying of torches and will be aware of the close proximity at certain points. Play your part by keeping a safe distance from the procession as it goes by.
Stay safe and help to keep everyone else safe and above all enjoy the day.