Bonfire societies in Lewes
Lewes has numerous bonfire societies, all offering something different to its members and visitors on November 5th.
The Lewes bonfire societies are:
The Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society is run for children whilst Waterloo is very family-oriented. Cliffe, Commercial Square and Lewes Borough bonfire societies are very traditional with Cliffe having the biggest reputation for controversial displays and super loud fireworks.
All of them are great to watch during the processions but you should pick your bonfire and firework display carefully if you have children or a 'dodgy ticker'!
Why so many societies?
The reason there are so many societies is to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the tradition of bonfire in Lewes - both visitors and residents.
Nearly 150,000 people came to Lewes in 2003 (150 years of bonfire in Lewes) to take part in the celebrations, so it has become imperative to split the numbers up and spread the event throughout the town. The processions overlap in places throughout the evening but then go their separate ways to their fire sites.
This all helps to keep the event fairly problem free and enjoyable for all.
Firesite: Ham Lane
Colours: Black and white
Motto: Nulli Secundus ('never second')
Emblem: Skull and crossbones
HQ: The Dorset
More info: www.cliffebonfire.com
Society: Commercial Square
Firesite: Landport Recreation Ground
Colours: Black and gold
Motto: For Independence
HQ: Elephant and Castle
More info: www.csbs.co.uk
Society: Lewes Borough
Firesite: Landport Bottom
Colours: Blue and white
Motto: Death or Glory
Emblem: Castle and keys
HQ: The Constitutional Club
More info: www.lewesboroughbonfiresociety.com
Started: 1858 (originally)
Firesite: Cockshut Lane
Colours: Red and black
Emblem: Priory monk
HQ: Kings Head
Society: South Street
Firesite: Railway Land
Colours: Brown and cream
Motto: Faithful unto Death
Emblem: The Martyr's Memorial
HQ: Cliffe British Legion
Started: 1870's (originally)
Firesite: Malling Brooks - next to Tesco
Colours: Red and white
Motto: True to Each Other
Emblem: Bundle of faggots between two torches
HQ: The Lamb
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