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Newick Bonfire Society v Cliffe Bonfire Society Charity Rugby Match

Sunday 24 November Kick off 12pm - to be played in Newick.

If you would like to play rugby for NBS please contact Martin Benson 07904 283187.

Twenty-six years ago one of Cliffe Bonfire Society's members, Mark "Moose" Jarvis was badly burnt and was treated at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead for his horrific injuries. Since then a charity rugby match has been played, initially between Cliffe Bonfire Society and The Elephant and Castle, Lewes, where Moose was a part-time barman. After a few years the "Ellie" declined to play so NBS took up the challenge and since then the annual match has been played alternating between Newick and Lewes. Thanks to the generosity of the fantastic people who take part, and turn up to watch, an amazing £25,000 has been raised by raffles and auctions after the games, and including donations taken from the NBS street collection each year. For some of the participants this annual match is the only time they play rugby!

We hope all non-playing members will be there to cheer them on! The pavilion bar will be open and a charity raffle and auction will follow the match in aid of the Burns Unit at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.

Street Collection 2019

This years Bonfire Night undoubtedly attracted lower crowds than previous years due to the horrendous weather conditions during the early part of the night, however this years street collection has still raised a fantastic...
⭐️⭐️⭐️ £3,317.34 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
We would like to say a huge THANKYOU to our wonderful team of collectors, dressed in all manor of fantastic costumes led by captains Hilary Clothier and Jen Montgomery and obviously an even bigger THANKYOU to the public for your incredibly generous donations!
Remember....every single penny of this will be donated to local charities and good causes of which will be announced soon.
Thankyou for helping Newick Bonfire Society help others 👍🏻.

Newick Kicks Cancer Into Touch

Newick Bonfire Society are delighted to donate £500 to this worthy cause. In July 2018, Newick RFC Chairman, ex first team captain and all round good egg Wayne Thomas, was diagnosed with esophageal & liver Cancer. The cancer is inoperable, but after smashing a course of chemotherapy it has shrunk. To celebrate the end of this treatment and to raise money to support cancer research, Wayne and the team at Newick RFC are pulling together to KICK CANCER INTO TOUCH.

Day Membership? Vice President? Full membership?

We often get asked about the different types of membership of the society. Day membership includes entry to our Fancy Dress Competition and entitles you to walk in the Processions on Newick Bonfire Night, provided you are wearing a costume made from non-flammable materials. This also includes all necessary insurance so is great value for your evening’s entertainment. To become a Day Member you need to purchase a Supporters Badge available from local shops and pubs on or before Newick Bonfire Night. The cost of these badges has remained the same for many years but has just increased to £2.50.

We keep the cost of Day Membership low because we like to see as many people as possible in our Fancy Dress Competition and Processions but would like to remind you that for a minimum donation of £12.50 per person (£25 per family) per year you can become a Vice President with all the benefits of Day Membership plus occasional newsletters and a complimentary Programme featuring your name as a printed acknowledgement. VPs are highly valued financial supporters and are not expected to help in any other way.

Of course if you would like to help with preparations and fund raising and/or visit other societies’ bonfire nights we would love to welcome you as a Full Member. There are many different jobs so come along and join the team. We especially want to attract some more younger members as some of us are not finding the physical tasks as easy as we did! Adults pay £13 per year and under 18 years £6 (must be accompanied by an adult member at all times).

Lately our fund raising events have been less well supported so we are relying even more on membership revenue. The Village Green gives our night a unique atmosphere but is a public space and we are unable to charge admission fees so we would like to encourage all residents of Newick and everyone that visits and enjoys the amazing spectacle that is Newick Bonfire Night to pay for their evening by becoming Vice Presidents or Full Members. For details see the Join Us page!

NBS Win Best Dressed Society!

We are proud to announce that NBS have won 2nd prize for Best Dressed Society at Rotherfield and Mark Cross Bonfire Night.

NBS v Cliffe Charity Rugby Match - Sunday 25 November 2018

Great win for Newick! Photos of this match can be seen on our Flickr page. Follow the link on the Gallery page.

Do you enjoy Newick Bonfire Night?

All the money collected on Newick Bonfire Night goes to good causes, not the Society. The Society fund raises to provide your evening's entertainment. This is becoming increasingly difficult. If you would like to contribute to the cost of the event, fireworks, insurance etc. please consider becoming a Vice President for a minimum subscription of £12.50 (single) or £25 (family). You will also receive a FREE Programme with a printed acknowledgement, a badge and our newsletter. Vice presidents contribute financially but are not expected to help in any other way. Please contact Glenda Saunders 01825 723233. Alternatively click the button at the top of this page to make a donation to Newick Bonfire Society. Thank you.

Join Newick Bonfire Society

By joining Newick Bonfire Society and becoming an active member you can help to create the amazing spectacle that is Newick Bonfire Night. New members are always made to feel welcome and helping to organise our Bonfire Night isn't just hard work, it's fun and exciting.

Prior to the night you could be involved in setting up The Green, making and dipping the 4000 torches required for our amazing torchlit processions, collection of bonfire materials and helping to build one of the only traditionally built bonfires in Sussex.

Then on the night running torches, stewarding, crowd marshalling and being part of this amazing tradition.

However being part of one of the best Bonfire Societies in Sussex isn't all hard work. Other weekends during the Bonfire season we dress up and become part of the torchlit processions ourselves, visiting other societies' celebrations throughout Sussex including Lewes on the 5th.

Extra help is always needed with fundraising events such as coffee mornings, jumble sales and discos etc.

So whether you're young or old - everyone can become involved. Click HERE for more information on joining the society and our GALLERY where you can see past events and activities.