We were invited by Cliffe Bonfire Society to be part of their celebration at Lewes this year. It was the first time a Northiam group (rather than individuals) had visited and 18 of us left Northiam in a minibus at 3pm. We did not get back until 1am!
We had a great time, it’s an amazing experience, three separate processions, and we were very lucky with the weather, too. We were between Battel Bonfire Boyes and the very lively Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society, lots of explosions from them. Earthquake Drummers were a little ahead of us and kept us all on the move.
The bonfire looked about five times as big as ours and the fireworks were wonderful. Many thanks to Cliffe for asking us!
Northiam Bonfire Celebration 2018
We had fantastic weather for our sixth Bonfire Celebration this year, particularly welcome after Storm Brian did his best to put us off last year. We were helped again by friends from Rye, Ewhurst and Staplecross and Robertsbridge Bonfire Societies, who provided marshals to help us out with the road closures as part of a reciprocal arrangement; we were delighted again to have a VIP visitor in the form of Scorcher the Dragon from Rye, together with their Green Dragon fire-carts. We were joined by societies from Ewhurst & Staplecross, Cliffe Lewes, Hastings, Hawkhurst, Robertsbridge, Rye (together with Ryebellion drummers), Borough Lewes, Battel, Robin Hood at Icklesham and South Street, Lewes.
Our Guy competition in the lead-up to the bonfire was very successful with guys popping up all over the village; everyone was amazed by the appearance over several days of the Gardening Guys tending to the triangle at the bottom of Dixter Road. Well done everyone who has taken so much trouble to create the various guys all over the village. Moloney & Partners gave prizes for the winning three guys, most of them were then transported to the bonfire site to be added to the fire. There was a great atmosphere on the bonfire field with two bars, refreshments and kids’ entertainment, and live music from Elastic. We had more visitors and raised more money than ever before, this year we are supporting Northiam 75 Football Club and St Mary’s Church Northiam. We’ve received lots of positive feedback on the way the event was organised and the fireworks, which were spectacular! Many thanks to Wizard Fireworks for these and well done to everyone who made it happen.
Please visit the gallery page for pictures from all our events and out meetings.
Race Night - March 2018
Kindly hosted by The Rose & Crown in Beckley. Punters were treated to 9 screened races on which they could not only bag a nag and name it but also bet on the thoroughbreds aswell! Local businesses very kindly supported the event and helped us to be able offer great prizes for all winning horse owners including a jackpot of £150 for the winning owner of the last race. The horses of the last race were auctioned off on the night and we'd like to thank all those that made a bid, some of whom were successful. Our next Race Night will be in the Spring of 2019 - details to be announced on here towards the end of the year.
Spring Craft Fayre - March 2018
Despite the snowy and icy conditions, the Show still went ahead. The event which was fully booked weeks before the day, had 30 stallholders displaying their handiwork. We even had a 'Have-a-Go' pottery stall and a stall with Owls on show at which you could buy Birds of Prey gifts so a very varied range of tables which caught the idea of the many visitors that attended. Our Craft Fayres are now an established event on our fundraising calendar which appeal to both stallholders and the visiting public alike, many of whom have become regulars. Look out for our next one - see details below. A big Thank you to all our stallholders who supported this event.
BONFIRE BEATS BRIAN
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.