Here’s your chance to win a GIANT SWEETS CRACKER in time for Christmas, kindly donated by Bah-Humbug Sweets Limited. Almost 2.5kgs of treats!
RAFFLES TICKETS ARE JUST £1 PER STRIP AND AVAILABLE FROM:
- The LBS Pop-Up Shop (11 High Street, BN17 5EG)
- The New Inn, Littlehampton (5 Norfolk Road, BN17 5PL)
One strip of tickets gives you five chances to win! RRP almost £60.
The draw is taking place on the 19th of December, so don’t delay!
This October the Littlehampton Bonfire Society had to cancel our traditional torchlight parade, bonfire and fireworks event due to adverse weather conditions, and flooding in the area. The fire service naturally had to attend to these emergencies and could not guarantee the society the support we required to run a safe event. This cancellation caused a massive financial loss to the Society that we are genuinely unsure we will be able to survive. The society were running at 100% of cost before cancellation. We make no secret of the fact that our event is expensive. Costs rise annually and were to have been approx £31,000 this year. A full event would therefore cost roughly £33,000 in 2024. In cancelling the event we did not recoup all of the money back. We estimate that even cancelling the event will cost roughly £15,000.
This will significantly reduce our company savings and puts into jeopardy the entire future of the event. LBS’s annual bonfire event, is extremely popular and brings people from far and wide to join the celebration.
It is a local tradition with a 71 year history. It brings income to the town and to local businesses. It is a feather in the cap for Littlehampton, something that not many other towns have. The parade offers a rare opportunity for local groups, clubs and businesses to showcase themselves.
This annual event gives something to the community – a rarity these days. This year LBS had attracted 33 different groups to join the parade from as far afield as London and The Isle of Wight. The Littlehampton Bonfire society is a part of a longstanding tradition in Sussex and a member of the Sussex Association.
The bonfire societies of 9 Sussex towns were to have attended our event 2023. Every year we see such traditions gradually dilute and slowly disappear. Littlehampton lost its summer carnival parade just over 10 years ago – we do not wish to lose this event also!
The society has genuine concern for the future of our event. The committee are looking at a variety of options going forward. We are seeking sponsorship from a variety of sources – this message being one of these. LBS has set the date of 7th February by which we hope to have raised in the region of £10,000. If we fall short of this target then we will not be able to begin to plan for a full parade, bonfire and fireworks event for 2024 and it will likely never return.
If you wish to support the Littlehampton Bonfire Society to be able to go forward then now is the time to get behind us – if you wait, then it may well be too late. The society has to raise a minimum of £10,000 by 7th February or our platinum jubilee event in 2022 is highly likely to have been the last event of its kind in the town.
Thank you for your invaluable support!
We hoped for the best, but unfortunately, the 2023 event has had to be cancelled due to poor weather.
It was deemed to be too unsafe to continue. We’re absolutely devastated, but we need to ensure things are safe, and we were just unable to do this.
The 2023 event may be a no-go, but be assured that Littlehampton Bonfire Society, its committee, and its members will be soon forging ahead with the plans for 2024.
We burn to do good.
Not long to go now! Next week we’ll start building the bonfire. If you’re bringing wood or green garden waste, please be sure to check the details first at https://littlehamptonbonfiresociety.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions/
If you’d like to pick up a programme locally or find further info on the night, please see our interactive map. https://littlehamptonbonfiresociety.co.uk/event-map/
Littlehampton Bonfire Society wishes to thank our 2023 programme sponsors. We really appreciate your support!
We’re seeking collectors for this year’s bonfire procession!
Collectors play a vital role in helping raise the much-needed funds to put on this spectacular event for the community.
You can also get into the spirit by donning some fancy dress! It’s lots of fun.
Raise a lot, and you’re in for the chance to win a trophy.
If your bucket starts to get heavy, they can be swapped partway along the route. For more information, or to apply, please get in touch. We can’t wait to see you there!
Please contact our secretary at email@example.com
That’s the estimated cost of staging this year’s Littlehampton Bonfire celebrations.
Won’t you please help us?
Donating to our JustGiving page, or directly to the bonfire society is an easy way to support us, and helps secure future events.
We have some exciting news to share with you soon. Watch this space, or check our Facebook page for updates!
Littlehampton Bonfire Society are once again seeking entries for the procession on our bonfire night.
We’ve already been fortunate enough to book a number of great bands this year, but we are still seeking walking groups, floats, and steam engines.
We’d love to see you take part in this spectacular event. Please contact our Procession Co-Ordinator, Linda Oliver, for an application form.
We’re seeking sponsors for this year’s event. Do you have a business and would like to gain some exposure? The event is attended by around 25,000 people. Our website receives well over 10,000 unique visitors in October alone.*
We have a number of sponsorship packages available to help promote your business to tens of thousands of people.
If you’d like to support us, please contact us.
*October 2021 – 12,216 unique visitors and 31, 974 page views. October 2022 – 13,113 unique visitors and 42,106 page views.