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Press Release: Bonfire Information

Littlehampton Bonfire Society has issued a reminder that on no account should any rubbish be deposited on the bonfire site, at the East Green car park, before Monday 20th October. The public are also urged to act responsibly regarding the materials they bring to the fire. Commented society secretary Richard Cooper,

‘We have permission to commence building the fire on Monday 20th October. Anyone dumping rubbish on the site prior to this will be acting illegally, and will face prosecution. Only non – toxic, combustible items such as wood and garden waste may be deposited. On no account may polystyrene foam, polyurethane foam, aerosols, batteries, bottles, tins of paint, tyres or containers of any liquids be brought to the site. We must also stress that we cannot accept any beds, settees, armchairs or carpets at all. We hope the public will take note of what they can and can’t bring, as we will turn away any prohibited items, and they will have had a wasted trip.

We are unable to provide any transport – the public must find their own means of getting their rubbish to the bonfire. The bonfire is built by volunteers for the benefit of the town and the local charities that benefit from Bonfire Night. A small minority of people unfortunately abuse this facility each year by trying to dump prohibited and non – combustible items, and we are urging them to act responsibly.’

Material may be brought to the fire between the hours of 9.00a.m. and 5.00p.m. only, each day from Monday 20th October to Thursday 23rd October, although the site may be closed earlier in the week, depending on the size of the fire.

The society is also appealing for more people to come forward to help build the fire. Explained Richard,

‘We would like to hear from any groups or individuals who would be willing to spare some time in the week preceding the event to help build the bonfire. The bonfire has been on the same site on The Green since the celebrations of the Victorian Littlehampton Bonfire Society in the 19th century. It is one of Littlehampton’s traditions that it has a ‘mammoth bonfire’ each year – nowadays thought to be the biggest in Sussex, with some Sussex bonfire and carnival societies not having a fire at all. If we are to maintain this tradition we need people to come forward to help to build it.’

Anyone willing to assist is asked to email the society on , or contact Tyndall Jones at David O. Jones Sports or Richard Cooper on 01903 725149 as soon as possible.

The bonfire will form the centrepiece of the society’s Bonfire Night spectacular on Saturday 25th October. Times for the bonfire, firework display and processions are to be found in the Bonfire Night programmes, now on sale in shops in Littlehampton, Wick, Rustington and East Preston and at the Look and Sea Centre, River Road, Littlehampton. See the society’s website for programme stockists.

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September News

The Sussex Bonfire Season really gets going in September with celebrations at our friends Uckfield, Crowborough, Mayfield and Burgess Hill this Month. We wish them all the best.

Please support the society by by visiting the Stalls at both the Town show on the 13th and the Market on the 19th.

Also Arundel Guides are joint bag packing with us at Morrisons on the 27th and we thank them for their support.

Programmes for Littlehampton Bonfire Night 2014 are now on sale.

Also entries for the Childrens Fancy Dress Competiton are now being accepted.

Please see the ‘Bonfire Night 2014’ link on the Home Page.

Volunteers are urgently required for Bonfire week. Types of jobs include

Bonfire building. We urgently need more volunteers to help build the bonfire. In particular we need people physically capable of lifting wooden pallets.

Marshals Saturday 25th October in the evening.

Grab Lorry We would ideally like the use of a grab lorry and driver on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st October at the bonfire site to help build the fire. If anyone knows of anyone with a suitable lorry who may be willingly to do this free of charge please.

Please contact us if you are able to help in any way by either Emailing us or via the ‘Contact us’ form.

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The Dolphin Quiz Evening

The Dolphin in the High Street, Littlehampton have very kindly offered to run a Quiz evening in aid of society funds on Thursday 28th August. 7:30pm for 8:00pm start.

They promise a fun quiz plus a couple of games of Card Bingo.

Maximum 5 per team with £2 per person entry fee, plus £1 for Card Bingo.

The society will be supplying Raffle prizes, so any donations gratefully received.

Please contact us via Email if you are able to go as the more teams we can enter the more we make for society funds.

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May Fair Press Release

Bargain hunters came out to support Littlehampton Bonfire Society’s May Fair on Saturday at St James’ Church Hall, East Ham Road.

The Fair raised a total of £1,561 towards the costs of the society’s Traditional Bonfire Celebrations in October. A variety of well-stocked stalls included home made cakes, books, good as new and a bumper plant stall supplied with donated plants from local nurseries.

Said society secretary, Richard Cooper, ‘We would like to thank the members of the public who came along to support the Fair and also all the local businesses and individuals who contributed raffle prizes and other goods for sale. We are particularly grateful to the local nurseries who so generously donated plants for sale. Although a little down on last year’s final total, we are very pleased to have raised such a good amount once again.’

The society continues its fund raising drive with its next stall at the Littlehampton Town Market in the High Street precinct taking place on Friday 13th June.