About us

Burgess Hill Bonfire Society is made up of people of all ages and background who all work together to help put on this amazing night for our community, but for us it’s not just one night a year. We work all year round making touches, fire banners and doing the all-important fundraising to raise the money to able to put the event on.But our bonfire night isn’t all just about the fireworks and sequins we also raise vital funds on our night for local charities that do great work within our local community.Burgess Hill Council do give as much help as possible which we are very grateful for but they can only give so much. I am sure you have all seen us out in our costumes running stalls in town and at local events trying to entice you in with raffles, tombola’s and coffee mornings so please don’t just pass us by if every person in Burgess Hill just donated just £1 it would enough to run our night.We are always looking for new blood to join our family so if you are interested please contact us at burgesshillbonfire@gmail.com or alternatively through the page. It is hard work but we do have a lot of fun doing it! So if you’re looking for chance to help your community or make some new friends and if you like fire & fireworks this is the place for you.We can only give you a bonfire night filled with amazing costumes, fireworks and the all important bonfire with your support. Don’t let this great Burgess Hill tradition perish.

The Beginning

Burgess Hill Bonfire Society started as a group of people in 1894. This disbanded and was reformed in 1969.

Why do we do it?

The reason we do this is to celebrate The Gunpowder Plot. It was a failed attempt to blow up England’s King James I (1566-1625) and the Parliament on November 5, 1605. The plot was organized by Robert Catesby (c. 1572-1605) in an effort to end the persecution of Roman Catholics by the English government. We also remember the Lewes Martyrs were a group of 17 Protestants who were burned at the stake in Lewes, East Sussex, England between 1555 and 1557. These executions were part of the Marian persecutions of Protestants during the reign of Mary I. This is all culminated to the glorious and biggest celebration in the country in Lewes, Sussex on November 5th. Ultimately, we celebrate in Burgess Hill, because we raise monies for local charities and organisations in and around Burgess Hill.