Disappointment for Heathfield Bonfire Society

30th July

bonfire society members

The Heathfield and District Bonfire Society has worked extremely hard since it was formed in 2018, and lots of fundraising culminated in their first event last year when they brought the bonfire tradition to Heathfield. 2020 should have been the second event, however as Steve Thomas, Chairman explained: “It is with sadness that the members of Heathfield and district Bonfire Society (HDBS) have announced that the Heathfield Bonfire celebrations this year have been cancelled due to the uncertainty around the Covid situation. We do not want to put our community at risk.

“Cancelling our 2020 event is all the more gut renching as this was to be our second big event after the reformation of the society in 2018 and the first event in 62 years.”

It takes a huge effort,  preparation and planning to put on a  bonfire event. “I was completely gutted when I heard the news. I have been collecting sticks to go towards the 2000 torches we have to make for the night. This has kept me going and given me a focus throughout lockdown, ” commented Colin Keeley Captain of Barrels.

Despite the disappointment the members have been hard at work re-designing certain aspects of the night which include a different route. All those involved in HDBS remain determined to make next year’s event even better.

For most charities and organisations alike, this year has had a devastating impact on their ability to fundraise. It is still possible to support the HDBS it is one of the Heathfield Co-Op chosen causes so people can select the society as their choice for a donation.

“You can also use easy fundraising for online shopping and of course become a member,” added Jo Hensman, Captain of fundraising.

The HDBS is keen to welcome new members, people can do as much or as little as they want. Look out for fundraising events or make a simple donation. The society is looking forward to preparing for and welcoming the people of Heathfield to the celebrations next year in 2021.