My name is Lyn Baker and I have been a member of the Littlehampton Bonfire Society for several years now.
As a child, I always loved watching the annual bonfire procession with my family, the bonfire and the fireworks. I loved the costumes and the sheer enjoyment everyone had in watching such a spectacle.
I initially joined the Bonfire Society as I felt it would be something lovely to do with my sister, Sue and I thought how wonderful it would be to dress up in a Native American costume and actually be a part of the procession, not just watch.
I became more involved with the Society and have, for several years now, helped with the torch making and with many aspects needed for bonfire week to set up and clear away afterwards. I have gone with the society to many Out Meetings to other towns when able to do so and represent the Society with others. I also help on some Market Stalls throughout the year fundraising.
I have lived in Littlehampton since the age of 3 and my children grew up here. I now have a grandchild who also lives in Littlehampton with my daughter and partner. My granddaughter, Jessica Wells was our Bonfire Princess this year, and she loved it. I was always involved on committees to do with my children as they grew up, at play group and schools until they started senior school.
I love walking, line dancing and other activities.
I have worked with the public most of my working life, starting at Woolworths on the sweet counter and tills when a teenager. I left college and worked for Dando’s Drilling in the office as a bought ledger/wages clerk for 2 years before leaving to work in the Building Society industry, both before having my 2 children, and for many years after. I left Abbey National and worked for the local authority, Arun District Council in housing for 17 years before leaving employment in October 2020.
Last year I joined the Committee and immediately got working with the Vendors who I believe I worked well with; this role includes working with Events at Arun District Council to organise the Street Trading Licences required. I then took on the Minutes of the Committee meetings, taking notes at the meetings, typing up the Minutes and distributing them to the LBS members. I also got involved with the Marshalls, contacting individuals and groups of volunteers to help the society bonfire night, and working with both Barry and Tyndall to draw up the list of volunteers before passing the details over to Barry and Glenn to contact and finalise everything ready for our big bonfire event.
I am now putting my name forward for the role of Secretary for Littlehampton Bonfire Society as my colleague; Joan Newman is stepping down this year. I believe that I have a lot to offer the Society, and hope that, with help, I will not let the Society down.
I have always been a hard working, enthusiastic member of a team and can work independently with confidence. I am good with people.