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Mayfield Bonfire Society

ABOUT MAYFIELD BONFIRE SOCIETY

The Mayfield Bonfire Society has held a carnival procession in Mayfield almost every year for nearly a century, except during times of war and typhoid infection. Unfortunately, once again, during our current war against the Covid-19 virus, we will not be holding a Carnival procession in 2020.

Mayfield has had bonfire groups for many years and the current Society was believed to be formed in the 1930s. Members of the Society, known as the Bonfire Boyes and Belles, work throughout the year to raise money and host the carnival, which is held on the third Saturday of the month of September, being closest to the date of the 1556 burnings of Mayfield’s protestant martyrs. 

At over a mile long, with 5,000 burning torches, the Mayfield carnival procession is believed to be the longest in Sussex, other than the Lewes Grand United Procession on 5th November. Thousands of people flock to the village each year to take part in the carnival and watch this spectacular event. 

COME AND BE A PART OF US!

We are a friendly, vibrant society made up of volunteers, friends and members. Whether you can spare an hour or two to volunteer throughout the year, or perhaps donate a few pounds as a friend, or you want to join the Boyes and Belles and become a member, do come and be part of your Bonfire Society. 

MEET OUR TEAM

JOHN LEWIS
President
KEVIN LEEVES
Chairman
SIMON HEATON
Vice-Chairman
DIANA FORREST
Company Secretary
SALLY WILLIAMS
Membership Secretary
IAN BRUCE
Commander-in-Chief
PETE ALLEN
Committee Member
KENNY STREETER
Committee Member
RAY EDMONDS
Committee Member
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ROB FOSTER
Director and Treasurer
Rob, who has lived in Mayfield for about 40 years, is MBS Treasurer and a Director. After retiring early from employment as a chartered engineer in the paper industry I went rock climbing a lot and worked as village handyman. Also I helped run various village societies eg History Soc. and now enjoy cycling, long walks and collies. After watching Carnival for many years, in 2017 I joined MBS and have walked at several events, and been a barrier marshal here, then joined the committee last year. “I love the Sussex Bonfire tradition, with its off the wall atmosphere of noise, torches, mayhem and beer! Taking part is special, visiting other villages. I encourage everyone to get involved with Carnival, the biggest annual event that Mayfield has to offer. This year has been difficult, but MBS will survive!”
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CATHERINE HAWLEY
Director
Catherine moved to Mayfield in 2015 and was so taken by her first experience of carnival that she was walking and carrying a torch in the procession the following year and soon joined the committee to help out. “It was a great way to make new friends in the village and be part of this wonderful tradition; dressing up and going to other village processions is good fun and the highlight for me is the senior citizens Christmas lunch.”