If you enjoyed our event and want to join to come along to one of our meetings at 8pm on the Second Tuesday of every month at The White Rock Hotel, or apply on line here Membership
Pets - we know many pet owners are anxious about fireworks, 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 2021. Which are celebrations? Which are to promote debate?
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Beacon of Remembrance 1918-2018 from Reel Connection Films on Vimeo.