Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations : The Glorious Fifth : Wednesday 5th November 2014 : Huzzah!
The Lewes Bonfire Night, or the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations, is the biggest celebrated Fifth November Event in the world, and is held in the usually peaceful county town of Lewes (pronounced “lu-is or loo-is”), East Sussex, every year on 5th November, and the carnival or festival is known as either the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations, Lewes Bonfire Night or just simply the Fifth of November.
It is the biggest proper bonfire night celebration of its kind in the Uk or even the world. This year it will be on Wednesday, 5th November 2014. For the latest News, Gossip etc on the Lewes Bonfire, Sussex Bonfires and other general items, take a look at my Twitter feed @veefourvendetta
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Lewes Bonfire Night 5th November 2014 Road Closures, Below is a detailed map depicting the roads closed in Lewes on Fifth November during the dates of the 5th and 6th of November, as well as the times and restrictions are in place. Please note that this map has been plotted in accordance with the Street Closure Order issued by Lewes District Council. For further details, please refer to the Council’s Street Closure Order. With kind permission of Russ, Commercial Square Bonfire Society CSBS. Click On Image To Enlarge
In fact it is not one celebration as such, there are in fact six separate Lewes Bonfire Society’s all celebrating the Fifth in various parts of the town, all with their own processions, traditions, costumes, fire sites and fireworks. If you are thinking of driving to this Fifth of November Lewes Bonfire Night Celebration event on Guy Fawkes Night, 5th November, I would forget it unless you get here very early as all the car parks and street parking in the town will fill up early. There will be road closures around all the Sussex routes into Lewes, starting from about 2pm, and the main procession routes will be out of bounds for car parking. Your best bet is to either use the Bus, The Southern Railway Service or GM Taxi In Lewes.
Wrap up warm in old waterproof clothes (Ignore The Weather Forecast !) Tis better to be too dry and too warm than, soggy, wet and feckin cold. Bring plenty of money for the charity collection boxes and be prepared for long waits, heavy crowds, loud noise and lots of smoke. This Lewes Bonfire Night Festival/Carnival in Sussex is not suitable for Yummy Mummy’s or very young children especially those in pushchairs, the frail or if you have breathing problems. Some pubs in the town will be ticket only and all of them will be heaving and there will be limited toilet facilities and food vendors.
For further details of each individual bonfire society, their procession routes, timings, tickets and firesites, purchase a programme and you will be putting money into their coffers, Or see the Lewes Bonfire Council website here or the bonfire society websites here Fire Site tickets are available from Society Headquarters and The Lewes Tourist Information Centre, Be warned as well, that all but one bonfire society fire site are now ticket only events, don’t just turn up hoping to get in, purchase your tickets in advance. No Ticket No Entry.
See also the advice given by the Lewes District Council Website Here. Or by the Lewes Bonfire Council Website Here. Or by the Sussex Police Website Here. Whatever your plans are on or around the 5th November, Just remember Fire and Fireworks burn and hurts like hell if it bites. So have a look at this Bonfire Night Safety Website Here or click on image below for advice on safety.
See You On The Fifth : Stay Safe And Enjoy : Lest We Forget .
In Lewes on the Fifth of November, there will be around 25–30 visiting bonfire societies from all over Sussex, numerous marching bands (Of which I was a drummer in one). The visiting bonfire societys and bands will be spread across the six Lewes Bonfire Societies having their own Bonfire Night Celebration on the 5th November 2014 in Lewes, Sussex celebrating the fall of Guy Fawkes, the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, remembering the Seventeen Martyrs that were burnt near the Lewes War Memorial, remembering the Fallen and more, in a very well choreographed festival manner!
There will be 30 plus processions during the bonfire night celebrations, intermingling with each other through the narrow streets of Lewes with the Bonfire Night Celebrations starting around 5.00 pm and finishing about 1am, each Bonfire Society will have their own routes, except the grand which is around 9pm which is when five of the Lewes Bonfire Societies will join up and march back through Lewes town, which can take an hour or so to pass, and then they will follow their own routes, with their own traditions, costumes, bonfire, fireworks, tableaux, and set pieces to their own fire sites.
I like to think there is just a friendly rivalry between the Lewes Bonfire Societies but it goes a little bit deeper than that, there is at times some mild bigotry between some of its members towards other Lewes Bonfire Societies, a good thing in my mind as it helps to keep the spirit of the Lewes bonfire night alive, generally though they will all help each other out in times of need. and it is a topic that would take up a whole website and would not be 100% accurate as some of the history has been lost in the midst of time.
Evolving mainly from the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and Guy Fawkes (Guido Fawkes) and the Seventeen Martyrs burnt at the stake in Lewes, Sussex, during the period of 1555–1557, hence the seventeen burning crosses, the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations is now one of the most well known and talked about traditions within the UK, and attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year.
The Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations has never been for the General Public’s benefit and never will be, it is solely for the believers in our way of remembrance of history and the members (Bonfire Boy/Boye/Belle) of each and every Lewes Bonfire Society, all the planning, preparations, costumes, etc is provided and paid for by themselves (Bonfire Boys/Boyes/Belles) and fund raising is held throughout the year to help pay for the firework display, torches, insurance, etc.
Input from the Lewes Bonfire Council, Authorities and Emergency services exists simply for the safety of the public due to the sheer numbers that turn up to watch, all the Lewes bonfire societies have a close but at times, a strained and antidisestablishmentarianistic working relationship with the Authorities and Services to ensure that the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations on the Fifth goes off with a bang ! and always will, more than Guy Fawkes achieved!
“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody” . . . Thomas Paine
The Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations on Wednesday 5th November 2014, will not be a personal dig at any groups or individuals as such, despite what you may see at the fire site, paraded around the town or in one of the many media circus versions, it is the act or the event that is important to us and it simply serves as a reminder that we now have a freedom of choice and speech (Sometimes !) at a cost to believers lives, (martyrs, soldiers etc), which was and still is denied to many people across the globe.
Sectarianism does not exist in the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations today, despite what you may read, hear or see from the media clowns or internet trolls. Ha, I hear you say “What About No Popery?” Popery was a catholic regime not a religion. Look it up.
On the Lewes war memorial there are recorded approximately 235 names of the fallen during World War I and approximately 129 names that fell during World War II. Everybody today who lives in Lewes and walks about unhindered owes a debt to all those brave young brothers, sons, husbands and fathers, they will be remembered and honoured by all the Lewes Bonfire Societys at some point during the evening.
And yes, representations of recent figures or events will be blown up in Lewes, this is done to highlight a problem or a grievance that the common man has with the powers to be, sometimes it is actually a person, but that person/s would have had to have done something really distasteful like trying to stop the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations, leaking out the contents of a Tableau or misbehaving in a anti social manner.
No one will get hurt (except for their ego), nor is it the intention of anyone in any Bonfire Society to hurt anybody on Wednesday 5th November 2014, if the freedom of speech is curtailed as in the Prism Program, then we will be on a slippery road back to 1605, and when we get there you can be sure that the 20/36 barrels of gunpowder will be replaced with something more akin to 20/36 nuclear warheads!, Religion, Politics, Money or The Bomb, Has man actually matured enough to be responsible for those yet?
So come along if you wish, but you do not have an invite and therefore you will be gatecrashing our Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations, and please remember “When In Rome . . .” and “Volenti Non Fit Injuria” Also remember not to go home crying to the web or media if you did not like what you have just seen or felt after spending the whole night in Lewes!
Also if you do not like my website or my views, just hit the X button on the top right corner of your screen and then p&^S off . . Simples ! . Do not throw your toys out of the pram after you have spent loads of time looking at all the pages, and finding something you do not like ! Read About Me Here
A Wealth Of Historical Lewes Bonfire Information
Within the pages of this Lewes Bonfire Celebrations website you will find a wealth of information, history and theories. I have tried to be as accurate as my knowledge allows me to be.
There should be something for everybody within this site, whether as a spectator, bonfire boye/belle, history or just simply interested in the Lewes Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes celebrations. I am constantly adding bits and pieces as I find or think of them.
Sometimes it may seem that I am rambling! . . Perhaps I am, I like to think that this site is alive with unpredictable anecdotes, facts and pictures to liven things up. But it is all relevant to the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebration history.
If you do not like what you see or read please close the site as you would close a book or switching a tv off, I do not like scary clowns or reality tv so I avoid them ..."Simples",
For those of you that want to shoot your mouth off or disagree with some of the elements of the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations, please go through the pages within this site, and absorb the facts before passing any judgements.
Any views stated within the pages are mine and mine alone.
Sussex By The Sea
Now is the time for marching
Now let your hearts be gay
Hark to the merry bugles
Sounding along our way
My Heart's In The Bonfire
Warm Welcome to Lewes, Farewell to elsewheres,
The birth-place of Bonfire,The small town that dares;
Wherever I wander, Wherever I rove,
The hills of the Bonfire for ever I love.
Remember, remember the Fifth of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot,
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
A selection of fun facts surrounding the Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations.