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Hastings Borough Bonfire Society holds and attends many events throughout the year. Some are fund raisers, some are just good fun.

If you would like to take part in Hastings or other Sussex Bonfire Processions please become a member.

Membership also includes our walking group Rowan who take part in Jack in the Green and Hastings Carnival.

  and if you enjoy Jack In The Green it would be appreciated if you would complete this survey for the organisers https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NVZHRQH

 

 


 

Here are some events we have hosted or attended:

The captain and vice-captain of the Guy have given him a make-over after his soaking of last October and he was out at the carnival enjoying the summer, alongside members of HBBS walking group 'Rowan' in costume.

 

 

HBBS marshalls supported Hastings Carnival and HBBS members supported the Beach Concert

     

 

Torch making goes on throughout the year to prepare for one night of burning!



THE CYRIL & LILIAN BISHOP – THE GHOST OF DUNKIRK

Many of HBBS members were part of the team pulling a lifeboat up All Saints Street on Saturday 17 June. This old lady now has her final resting place at the bottom of Harold Road looking absolutely wonderful. The pull was a bit hairy at times – particularly the downhill bit at the top of All Saints Street - but there was no lifeboat disaster and all in all it was a magical experience.



 

HBBS WONDERS OF THE DEEP KRAKEN HUNT a themed treasure hunt around the Old Town of Hastings.



 

HBBS Walking Group 'Rowan' at Jack in the Green

 

Enjoying our annual dinner



Marshalling for the Hastings Half Marathon

 

Spronkers (conkers with sprouts - using up those leftovers

 

 

 

Ladies Wot Walk Fund Raising 2016

 

 

Our walking group 'Rowan' took part in the May Day Jack In The Green Procession 2016

 

 

An afternoon of Traditional Games Friday 25th March 2016

Including the Annual Marbles Competition 

 

HBBS Annual Guy competition. Congratulations to the winners whose guys took pride of place on our bonfire.

HBBS Members turned up in costume to support the Old Town Carnival 'Old Town Crier' Competition; yet again our chairman's voice was the loudest!

 

Championship Golf With a Difference - raising funds for HBBS by daring the guys to dress as gals and slightly easier, the girls as guys.

 

HBBS Marshalls did a great job supporting the Hastings Traditional Jack In the Green

 

Good Friday Marble Competition. Congratulations to the winning team: The Clangers

 

Wassail 2015 - a fun evening

 

Spronkers Fundraising with Sprouts December 2014

 

 

Carol Service December 2014

 

 

Catterning and Clemening Fund Raising November 2014

 

 

Some of our members visiting Carshalton Straw Jack September 2014

 

Wedding HBBS Style August 2014

 

Award winning tropical garden open day fund raiser July 2014

 

Lest We Forget

The image of the above words spelt out on the beach on Saturday 7 June to commemorate 70 years since D Day and the beginning of the end of the Second World War. Organisation was supported by HBBS Team of Marshalls.

  

 

 

Ladies WOT Walk(men dress as gals and ladies as men)  Fund raiser May 2014 

 

 

HBBS Marsahlls support Jack in the Green Festival May 2014 Hastings Jack In The Green Website

 

 

Good Friday Marbles Competition Fundraiser

 

 

HBBS awarded the Bowskill Trophy for the best event in Hastings Week 2013

 

Wassail - just for fun - January 2014

 

 

Spronkers 26th Dec 2013

               

 

       

December 19th: HBBS Carol Service 2013

Followed by singing carols in several pubs.

 

November: Catterning and Clemening 2013

Not an official event, but an evening of fun with friends.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Clement's_Day 

Catterning. To go catterning is to go round begging for apples and beer for a festival on St. Catherine's Day, and singing,—

"Cattern' and Clemen' be here, here, here, Give us your apples and give us your beer, One for Peter, Two for Paul, Three for him who made us all; Clemen' was a good man, Cattern' was his mother; Give us your best, And not your worst, And God will give your soul good rest."

Clemmening. Going round from house to house asking for apples and beer for St. Clement's Day. Source: http://www.sussexhistory.co.uk/sussex-dialect/sussex-dialect%20-%200125.htm

 

September to November 2013

Holding our Bonfire and attending the Bonfires of other Societies.

May: Ladies Wot Walk Fundraising 2013

HBBS held it's annual Ladies Wot Walk fund raising event on Sunday 19th May Men wore the frocks and Ladies wore anything in a gentlemanly fashion. So - the biggest, funniest and most outrageous fundraising event of the year. Every year HBBS members and many of the Section 5 drummers dress up in their best frocks and are sponsored to walk from the BoPeep (St Leonards On-dea) to the Stag (Old Town Hastings) pubs. At the Stag there was entertainment 'Opera style' from the fabulous Toby and Jennifer! 

March: Annual Good Friday marbles contest today on Winkle Island 2013

 

March: Annual Dinner 2013

Good food, fun and awards with 50+ members at the Italian Way.

 

March: Fund Raising Ceilidh with the Sugarloaf Band - Great Fun was had by all 2013

Wassail January 2013

http://www.ryeandbattleobserver.co.uk/news/local-news/howling-at-the-apple-trees-to-uphold-sussex-tradition-1-4659908

Wassail (Old English wæs hæl, literally 'be you healthy') refers both to the salute 'Waes Hail' and to the drink of wassail, a hot mulled cider traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, an ancient southern English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wassail

Spronkers December 2012

Carol service December2012

A lovely traditional carol service, followed by singing and collecting around the pubs of the old Town such classics as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with the word 'dinosaur' in it.

 

Catterning and Clemening November 2012

An outing by HBBS friends.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Clement's_Day 

Catterning. To go catterning is to go round begging for apples and beer for a festival on St. Catherine's Day, and singing,—

"Cattern' and Clemen' be here, here, here, Give us your apples and give us your beer, One for Peter, Two for Paul, Three for him who made us all; Clemen' was a good man, Cattern' was his mother; Give us your best, And not your worst, And God will give your soul good rest."

Clemmening. Going round from house to house asking for apples and beer for St. Clement's Day. Source: http://www.sussexhistory.co.uk/sussex-dialect/sussex-dialect%20-%200125.htm

 

 

HBBS Time Machine wins a 1st place in Old Town Carnival Procession class! August 2012

As members will probably remember, last year our submission ‘The Red Barrows’ won 2nd place in the pedestrian class of the Carnival Procession entries. This year we went one better in being awarded the top placing in our class for our weird and wonderful ‘Time Machine’!

The Team: John Wright, Mike Howard,  Pam Reese, Jeanette Routledge, Nick Davies, Sue Palmer & Twig. 

With thanks to: Henry Gastall at the Britannia Enterprise Centre, and John, Eileen, Karen Hierons, Richard (Bob) Norman, , Henry and several small business owners at Britannia including Stephen Weir (& son’s) and Jamie

   

 Supporting Pirates' Day     14, 241 Pirates World Record  July 2012

http://hastingspirateday.org.uk/

HBBS provided marshals and barriers for this world record breaking success!

      

Were these the youngest and oldest pirates?