After a day when Storm Brian claimed the main gazebo, helpers were regularly soaked with torrential rain, and every vehicle had to be helped onto the field with a tow from a tractor, Northiam Bonfire Society took the courageous decision to hold their 5th Anniversary Bonfire Procession on Saturday evening. After extensive safety checks and much studying of weather forecasts, Event Organiser Pete Sargent gave the go-ahead and the festivities were on.
A reduced but enthusiastic crowd braved the squalls and were rewarded with a fantastic display, good beer and some lively music from the Elastic Band, with a street collection for Northiam Nursery.
The guy competition was won by Owen Walker, and his guy topped the bonfire.
Thanks to everyone for coming out to support us!!
We're up and running
With nearly 300 entries, our first Rother Valley 10k was off to a flying start, with runners tackling a pretty challenging – undulating covers it - course ending in the picturesque grounds of Bodiam Castle. Hastings AC provided the first three across the line, although runners came from near and far to participate.
Participants were able to take advantage of Kent & East Sussex Railway’s special trains as well as Bodiam Boating Station’s ferry boat.
Overall winners: 1st Gary Foster, 2nd George Pool, 3rd Kieron Booke. Ladies: 1st Sarah Roffe, 2nd Stephanie Rueff, 3rd Lorna Watts.
Very many thanks to our sponsors: Bourne Sports, Gardenscape, Bodiam Boating Station, The White Hart Inn, A&S Signs, Northiam Spar and Rother Fitness Yoga. Also to Broxbourne Plant, who came to the rescue with extra scaffolding at the last minute! With very positive feedback from participants, this looks to become a popular annual event.
Procession route for 2017 bonfire
For the 2017 bonfire procession, we will be reverting back to the old route, which will start at the main bonfire field, head down through the high street, loop round the triangle near the library and then head back to the field.
The 2017 procession and fireworks will be on Saturday 21st October - make sure you put the date in your diary.
Northiam Bonfire features on Trip Adviser!
Amazingly our 2016 Bonfire Procession and Fireworks appeared on Trip Adviser under the heading ‘10 best things to do in October’ alongside such events as the Cambridge Art Fair and the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham - so we must be doing something right!
The night went very well with the biggest procession we’ve ever had - 13 societies and four drumming group and we were very pleased to count over £900 in our charity buckets. This will be split between Northiam Helping Hands, in the process of being set up, and Little Gate Farm in Beckley, which works with adults and children with learning disabilities
Our thanks go out to everyone that help make it such a great night
Midsummer fun on the Playing Fields
Our Midsummer Festival was well attended and everyone said what a good relaxed feeling there was. Music from The Fabulous Red Diesel, Drumskullz and open mic performers was very much appreciated, including local talent in the form of Geoff Piper and Ollie Dobinson. Cakes, sausages and burgers sold out and everyone, especially those who stayed on later, did their very best to drink the bar dry.
Almost 60 dogs were entered for the Dog Show and we’d like to thank Rupert Farrant of Broad Oak Boarding Kennels for judging the show.
If you go down to the woods today . . .
On a recent sunny Sunday morning the call went out to members for help with moving all our torch making equipment and materials from their current home. Emptying the shed was the easy part. Getting the loaded trailer out proved to be rather more difficult. The only access was via a very muddy and slippery track through the woods - Nick knows it well!
Lee got about 100 metres along this track before his Discovery gave up. With the trailer starting to slide sideways there was a danger that the whole lot could disappear down the slope and into the stream at the bottom. Time for a rethink.
One of the great things about our Bonfire Society is that given any problem there’s always somebody who knows somebody. So an hour or two later, after a phone call and a text, things were looking up. With Judith at the wheel, a very long rope and a powerful winch our trailer load of equipment was finally extracted from the woods.
We’re now looking for a new site for torch making and first on the list of requirements has to be ‘easy access’.
True Grit triumph at Quiz Night
There were around 100 quizzers at our Quiz Night in May. True Grit won the evening with a score of 88 out of a possible 110, followed by Almost Chapelfield and Damp Squibs. Pete Sargent, our question master had put together eight rounds of fiendishly tricky questions and an interval round of Name the Hollywood Stars that included Buster Keaton and Ethel Merman which had a number of teams struggling.
Our next quiz will be on 3rd December. If you're interested in entering (teams of 8) email Judith [email protected]
The wooden spoons went to Racking our Brains after a tie break with Two Counties
Bonfire Society says 'Thank You'
In January the Bonfire Society held its annual ‘Thank You’ evening at the Rose & Crown.
This is an opportunity the thank all those people who helped make our bonfire night such a success. It was also the evening when we give out the money from the street collection Our local good causes last year were Jasmine Lodge, Northiam Scouts and the Village Hall Trust .
Our previous years collections have gone to:
2014 Mary Shipstone Memorial Fund, School Crossing Patrol, Thursday Seniors Club
2013 Northiam Scouts, Frewen College, Northiam Pre School, Raynet, Rye & District Lions and St Mary's Church Centre
Northiam Bonfire 2015 'Best ever'
Over 2,000 people attended our third Bonfire Procession and Fireworks in October. This was twice as many as our event in 2014. The rain waited until the first firework, but it failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd who had enjoyed the spectacle of 11 Bonfire Societies and four drumming groups parading down Main Street. The procession paused a moment as the poppy was lit at the War Memorial before continuing its noisy way into the village and back for a huge bonfire and spectacular firework display.
The 2016 procession and fireworks will be on Saturday 8th October - make sure you put the date in your diary.
Locals have praised the way the society has brought back a bit of fun and excitement for all ages.