Hastings Borough Bonfire Society

Welcome to Hastings Borough Bonfire Society

Hastings Bonfire is on 13th October 2018

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,     Renegadge Pyrotechnics,     Our Sponsors,  a grant from the Foreshore Trust,    additional services provided by Hastings Borough Council e.g. road sweeping, public toilets and the use of Pelham Place Carpark.

Our Event is on 13th October 2018 at 7.15 PM. See Event for detailed information. Our event is FREE to attend and money collected on the night is for local charities. Nearby fireworks displays range from £4 at a school to £23 at a castle in Kent for one adult, so we would be very grateful if you would make a DONATION towards our fundraising by buying a programme, badge, t-shirt or making a donation at our firesite or by using Paypal Donate button.

We always welcome new members and volunteers. See Support or Membership for more information. 

Bonfire in Sussex is unparalled! There are many different Bonfire Societies each holding their own event and attending each others. Celebrations last from the start of September to almost the end of November! See Sussex Bonfire Dates. Bonfire celebrates and remembers the overthrow of 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up The Houses of Parliament. Its origins begun in the The Observance of 5th November Act or "Thanksgiving Act" - Act of the Parliament of England passed in 1606. The law was repealed on 25 March 1859 by Anniversary Days Observance Act as religious tolerance became more widespread. Today, there is no religious context to our event. We remember the historical events, and give thanks for freedom, democracy and tolerance. Our burning crosses remind us of all martyrs who have died for the rights of religious freedom, and the poppies commemorate those who have died for our democracy and freedom. See History of Bonfire or Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night for Children for more information.

Chairman's Thoughts

Aug 2018

Our exciting event is not just a procession; it presents one of many enormous Sussex Bonfires that take place at this time throughout the county and even into Kent. Though Bonfire Celebrations are hugely supported by the people of Sussex, they are little known outside the county and so are constantly under threat from wider legislation and commercialism. Make no mistake Sussex Bonfire Celebrations are important for remembering an infamous occasion in history when the democracy of the country was under attack. They are as relevant today as they were in the past as a statement against oppression and for democracy. From the infamous Gunpowder Plot came the national celebration we know as Bonfire Night held, appropriately on 5th November. Today the Bonfire boyes and grrls must march first to show that the will of the people is strong and that democracy is a sign of people power. The Bonfire and fireworks are a sign of celebration and the effigy- well, we wait to see on the day what the effigy might be. Sometimes an effigy is blown up in mockery and sometimes in thanks and as a mark of respect. Work out which you think it is for 2018. Hastings Bonfire takes place because of the few loyal and hardworking volunteer members that work tirelessly through the year; they have made it happen. This is a community event run by people from within the community who have been participating in smaller fund-raising activities in order to present a rousing and successful Hastings Bonfire for everyone to enjoy for free. Please support in whatever way you can- buy a programme, a badge, dontate on our website or at the firesite. Please put money in the charity buckets, keep safely back from the fire -both the lit torches in the procession and the bonfire itself and especially keep clear of the firework area. Look out for each of the visiting Bonfire Societies clearly identified by the banner they carry in front, their “stripes” and their chosen costumes. Hastings Borough Bonfire Society leads the whole procession, wearing the red, gold and blue of the Cinque Port colours. Look for the giant Guy Fawkes pulled along the route, the mayor and visiting dignitaries, the town criers and the drummers. This is great evening which showcases Hastings and its people. Enjoy and an exciting evening and maybe you might even join us. New members are always welcome.