As we’re sure you’re already aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has meant that it’s now vital to limit social contact and avoid gathering. The Government’s current advice is that social distancing will be the new normal for some time to come, perhaps for the remainder of the year.

For these reasons, the Directors have made the very difficult decision to cancel Rye Bonfire Pageant 2020.

Another big problem for most of the Societies in the SENLAC group has been their inability to fund raise during lock down which has been a particular problem for us especially without our Auction of Promises which normally generates over half the funding that we need for our event.  

This is in line with many other local and national public events which have also cancelled.

We also need to be mindful of the pressure of holding such a large public event on the local emergency services and businesses in Rye which may not be able to cope with such large numbers whilst remaining safe for staff and guests. 

While we know this is disappointing, we hope you can understand the steps we’re taking to help keep our members, visiting societies and public safe. 

 We would like to thank the many local businesses, organisations and individuals without whose help we could not exist and hope for their continued support on what we hope will be a brighter future and look forward to our 2021 Bonfire on 13 November 2021 (tbc) which we hope will be an extra special one!

Chairman’s Message

The whole of Rye Bonfire are no strangers to hard work and fund raise tirelessly each year to stage Rye Bonfire.

We have the hard working society members to thank for their fund raising efforts with auctions, boot fairs, quiz nights, etc. to make this spectacular event;  not forgetting the assistance of members of  neighbouring societies, particularly Robertsbridge and Hastings.

We hope that you will enjoy your visit to this year’s event; the Rye Bonfire Society has raised and distributed many thousands of pounds of charity funding for good causes in and around Rye. We need to raise £10,000 a year to stage this spectacular event.

Members will be aware that this the 25th Anniversary of the ‘new’ Bonfire Society; we are planning to compile a book of pictures, memories, anecdotes, stories and history on Rye Bonfire over the years (not just the last 25 Years). If you have anything you think might be of interest please email to [email protected] and I will pass on, or copy can be left with Ian at Adams.  We can scan pictures and newspaper cutting etc and will ensure safe return. Although we can’t promise to publish everything, we will give full credits where due.  This is an exciting project, a really good opportunity to make a lasting record of Rye Bonfire for future generations!

You are welcome to join us as new members to raise funds, dress up and collect or become a marshal – WE NEED YOU!  Especially the youth of Rye.

Donations to: The Treasurer, Rye Bonfire Society, c/o Adams of Rye Ltd, 8 High Street, Rye, East Sussex

Rye and District Bonfire Society is a company limited by guarantee. Company No: 4669575

Updated: 28.05.20