Cuckfield Bonfire & Fireworks has developed into one of the village’s major annual fundraising events. An enthusiastic committee plan the event – a huge task given today’s complex health and safety, insurance and public order needs – with the aim to run a safe, spectacular and fun evening and raise money for good causes. Written into the constitution of the Cuckfield Bonfire Society is that all funds raised, after costs, go to young people in education locally.
Over the years, many thousands of pounds have been raised for Holy Trinity Primary School, Cuckfield; Woodlands Meed Special School; Kangaroos in Haywards Heath; Cuckfield Playgroup; and the Cuckfield Museum. The event has grown to the point where we can be hosting upwards of 6,000 people who require access to the site, viewing areas and a wide range of refreshment choices – all safely and efficiently delivered. We couldn’t do this without some 45 additional volunteers who help with car parking, site security and marshalling the firework and bonfire areas.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday 5th November with gates opening 5.30pm, bonfire lit 6.45pm and fireworks to music at 7.30pm. The event is being held in the beautiful grounds of Cuckfield Park, courtesy of the Mayou family. Visitors can expect the usual HUGE bonfire decorated with many Guys made by the children of Holy Trinity Primary.
Bright FM’s roadshow gets things swinging until the bonfire is lit – by tradition by the newly elected Mayor of Cuckfield – followed by a professionally run firework display, choreographed to music. There will be a host of food and drink stands raising money for the stallholders’ own good causes and, as you would expect at a family event, strictly no alcohol. A fantastic evening in prospect for all the family and, with such a rich history and worthy causes to benefit, this is surely a village tradition worth supporting.