Mayfield Bonfire Society – your help required

The Mayfield Bonfire Boyes and Belles society has been running for over 100 years though the actual history of the Sussex bonfire societies dates back to the previous century. The Bonfire Societies were set up in response to Henry VIII’s daughter Mary when on her coronation in 1553 she tried to overturn her father’s religious Reformation. This resulted in hundreds of Protestants being burnt at the stake including 4 Protestant men in Mayfield.

The society provides not just the organisation, security and safety of the yearly carnival in Mayfield but upholds a tradition that brings in many local people each year to watch this unique event as well as hundreds of people from outside. Our society like many societies is run by volunteers and is desperately in need of more help in order to keep this long tradition of Carnival alive for future (and current) generations.

I know there are many people in the village who have mentioned to me that they are keen to help so please get in contact today! You do not have to give up entire evenings, or even be available on Carnival day to help as we are looking for volunteers to help out throughout the year in a number of roles as the society also runs fundraising quizzes, music events and bingo nights. Every Christmas, a free Christmas lunch is run by the society for all Mayfield citizens over 65.

If you feel you could help in any way with any of the roles below, please telephone Jo Lee on 01435 – 872717 or email Simon at:

Help required for the below roles and more…

During the Year:
Fundraising – Help in any way that you feel could benefit the society.
Help with catering – Bingo/Quiz/music evenings and the Christmas event for the over 60s.
Help run the bar – social events and arrange restocking etc.
Working Party Help – source torch sticks; help in making; transporting equipment; helping put together gazebos; preparing for events; setting up fencing; etc.
Drivers required – For our charity quiz and bingo nights a number of the senior citizens attending require a lift to and back from the event.
Field Space Required – Do you have some spare land where the society could store some of its equipment?

Carnival Night: Sept 16th 2017
Helping set up: This includes putting up parking cones, signage, fencing and barriers, helping unload torches, torch marshals, putting up spectator barriers, charity collectors, helping set up run bar/serve teas …. The list goes on, there is something for everyone.
If you are happy to take on a slightly bigger role then someone is needed to be in overall charge of:
Torches & Banners – arranging distribution/collection/dipping etc.
Road Signs & Barriers – arrange placement/collection etc.
Barrels – Arranging to be filled with water, liaise with Fire Brigade.
Street Charity Collection – Organise boxes/ collectors/ record amounts.
Concessions – Booking food vendors and organising.
Cleaning up – The following morning also very important.
The above is only a selection of the jobs required especially on Carnival night.
WALKERS – if you are interested in walking with the society, why not give it a go on Sept 16th just let us know and give it a try. Transport provided when we visit other society events and a good time is guaranteed!
So please email me or phone Jo if you think you can help in any way and by doing this you will help the society continue and thrive in the future and the village keep one of its most famous traditions.

Aug 30th 8pm at Rose and Crown will be an informal supporter meet up where you can come along a chat over a beer/glass of wine (Will be wearing the stripy Carnival Jumper…)