Littlehampton Bonfire Night is coming back this year after two years, Welcome residents and surrounding Communities of Littlehampton, my name is Barry Bastable, and I am the current Chairman and Event Commander in Chief for Bonfire Night, which is due to be held on the Saturday 30th October 2021. The Society is pleased to confirm that our event has been given approval to take place by the Safety Advisory Group, and we are prepared for what we hope will be a successful and safe event for all. With spectators’ safety in the forefront of our minds, we have been working well with all our partners and adhering to the purple guide for events, due to constant changes in government legislation and health and safety regulations it is taking a hit on Society funds. The event costs are rising to approximately £30,000 pounds. You as the public can help ensure the future of our society event by donating via our website, www.littlehamptonbonfiresociety.co.uk.
Based on the 2019 estimated population of Littlehampton and the surrounding area of 59,171, if half of the Littlehampton area population donated just £1 via our website this would almost cover the event costs for 2022 and beyond if this happened every year. The future of this amazing event and society that supports local charities is in the public’s hands.
2021 is an exciting time for the Bonfire Society, it has a new Committee that’s been working very hard to bring you a fantastic event. This year will be slightly different as our route has been amended by cutting Granville Road, St, Winifred’s and the Sportsman roundabout. We have done this to improve access for vehicles being able to get around our event and address crowd issues on the roundabout. We have also brought the start time forward for the main procession starting at an earlier time of 19:30 pm. After the success of the new firework companies display in 2019 (after the generous anonymous donation which allowed the Bonfire Society to put this on) Jonathan’s Fireworks will be providing a display for us this year and have promised an exciting and interesting display. Our last biggest success for 2021 under the new Committee is gaining a sponsor Recycle Southern from Bognor providing wood for our fire as well as clearing the site afterwards, saving the Society a lot of money. This does mean the Society will not be accepting any waste from large businesses, however local residents are welcome from Tuesday the 26th October from 9am to Thursday the 28th October, the site will be open daily from 9am and will close at 5pm.
During the day in the town on Bonfire Night the Society will have collectors and has teamed up with LOCA (Littlehampton Organisation of Community Arts) to bring you entertainment.
We are still seeking volunteers for marshalling and require 120 in total, we are ahead of previous years for volunteers however, we still require approximately 40 more to ensure we meet our safety obligations. We are also seeking help with erecting crowd barriers Saturday morning and clearing up on the Sunday morning which includes assisting with bringing the barriers in. We have over 2,000 torches to prepare for bonfire night and we appreciate help with this tremendous task. Lastly, could I make a plea for collectors on our night walking with the procession to help us to continue to maintain our record of collecting more than any Bonfire Society in Sussex.
May I personally take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of our event and look forward to speaking and seeing residents and participants of our event on Saturday 30th October 2021. Littlehampton Bonfire Society is always looking for new members and is a friendly and welcoming society. If interested in joining please contact Charlotte Grimes our Membership Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can join by visiting our website.