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Bonfire Is Coming

On 4 Jul 2009 at 11:59pm Efflic wrote:
Great news for all Bonfire Boys and true Lewesians.
There are just 4 months to go untill the greatest night of the year.
The night when the the mighty Cliffe take to the streets with all their splender and noise.
Counting the days down. Bring it on!!!!
On 5 Jul 2009 at 1:44am Eraqus wrote:
Do not the mighty Cliffe also share the streets with a number of other societies who display equal splendour and noise? - indeed MORE splendour in some cases - gold complements black so much more regally than white...
Great news for ALL inhabitants of Lewes surely(I would hope)? including honorary Lewesians who might not have been actually born within the smell of Ham lane
On 5 Jul 2009 at 10:32am Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
4 months today - yay!
ALL bonfire societies (with the possible exception of WBS!!!!) are all splendid.
Eraqus - thanks for making me laugh - Ham Lane DOES honk at times!
On 5 Jul 2009 at 11:08am Jonnyboy wrote:
I'm not sure I'd want to be "born within the smell of Ham Lane"!! Council tip and sewage works none too fragrant! Though the expression might make a good euphemism in Viz. One who is good with colours
On 5 Jul 2009 at 1:13pm Mark wrote:
There is more to life than Bonfire Night.
This is very true for true Lewesians the majority of whom dread the event.
On 5 Jul 2009 at 1:53pm Aye-Be-See wrote:
Efflic - Correct me if im wrong, but your screen name, is it meant to spell Cliffe backwards? if so. . . You spelt it wrong it should be Effilc.

sorry to be picky x
On 5 Jul 2009 at 2:25pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I wonder if it's true that the majority dread bonfire? Although it traumatises my dogs, and I could do with fireworks ONLY going off on the 4th, 5th & 6th for that reason, rather than into the wee hours after every outmeeting, I love it.
It would be a good subject for a poll nearer the season, I think.
On 5 Jul 2009 at 2:50pm river boy wrote:
i would like to kown efflic are you a one nighter or do you fun rasies

On 5 Jul 2009 at 3:49pm Richard Whiteley wrote:
Maybe Efflic is just an anagram of cliffe.....talking of which, Eraqus is an anagram of Square !!!! We have posts from the fantastic spongebob, now square.....when will pants turn up ??? I am off to solve some more mysteries.
On 5 Jul 2009 at 7:20pm efflic wrote:
Well done Richard spot on with the anagram thing. Effilc didn't sound as good as Efflic.
River Boy, when it comes to fund raising and graft I do alot more than most but not as much as many.
Mark, i struggle to comprehend this born & bread in Lewes and not liking Bonfire thing. I can just about understand someone moving into the area and not enjoying the evening but to grow up with it and disslike it I don't get.
Eraques, I've never understood your Bumble Bee attire, to my knowledge your gold and black guensey has no pedigree.Best of luck any way.
On 6 Jul 2009 at 11:15am Ed Can Do wrote:
Whilst you can't fault CSBS on the night for their enthusiasm, I have noticed over the years that the best place to spot a yellow and black jumper at most out-meeting is in the pub, rather than the procession. They're more of a pub crawl society than a bonfire society.

I also find it hard to believe that someone who grew up in Lewes could dislike Bonfire Night. It's been the highlight of my year since I can remember.

Maybe Mark was forced to join Waterloo as a kid, I can see how that might put someone off...
On 6 Jul 2009 at 11:20am bonfirek wrote:
Maybe he's a wuss?
On 6 Jul 2009 at 11:29am Ed Can Do wrote:
Maybe his parents only let him out on the night if he wore mittens and ear muffs and the resultant ridicule from his peers left a permanent stain on his memories of the night?

I'm actually gutted this year as I'll be missing all the out-meetings before Lewes. Well, not that gutted as I'm going on a long holiday but still, it's a shame to miss them. I'll just have to make up for it at Lewes and the two or three afterwards!
On 6 Jul 2009 at 6:02pm Ivan wrote:
I'm Lewes born and bred and I can't stand Bonfire Night, sorry...
On 6 Jul 2009 at 7:38pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
What is it that you hate about it, Ivan?
On 7 Jul 2009 at 12:24pm bonfirek wrote:
Ivan probably gets scareded by the nasty big bangs don't you Ivan? Ah bless.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 6:40pm Mark wrote:
Well said Ivan.
Why do posters have to cast doubt on my upbringing jst because I don't like bonfire night? I used to enjoy it when I was young and later carried out first aid duties on the night.
Now people act so irresponsible in the streets and I think the tradition in the event has been lost.
I am certainly not a wuss,have never been near Waterloo and have no stains on my my memories.
5 months to go yet so too early to be posting on the subject now.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 6:54pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Fair enough Mark.

I think that if people who dislike Bonfire got involved in a society they might actually enjoy it a lot more. As a spectator, you spend the night hemmed in like cattle, unable to see anything, standing for long periods in the cold and rain often just waiting around, unable to get into a pub and not being allowed to set off any fireworks.

Being in a society on the other hand, you get plenty of personal space on teh night, a torch to keep you warm, you see all the other societies coming past, you get to the firesite later than everyone else and get to stand further forward and leave sooner so much less standing around, most pubs will give you preferential service on the night and if you're so inclined, you can set off rookies. You also get to go to all the outmeetings and being involved in the preparation makes the night itself that much more satisfying.

I think you'd find that the society members are very responsible these days as nobody wants to injure a member of the public and cause problems for the society. I think in the middle of the procession is often the safest place to be and it's certainly the warmest! You should give it a go one year and if you don't enjoy it, nobody says you have to do it again the next year.
On 7 Jul 2009 at 7:29pm Lewesian wrote:
I was also born here and can't stand bonfire, the two do not go hand in hand. Where you born here Ed?
On 7 Jul 2009 at 9:24pm Chuck wrote:
Personally I think there are two types of people who are in Bonfire. Those who are late comers to it, maybe because they are new to the town, and others who have it in their blood. So you can be from Lewes and not enjoy it, it doesn't mean you are not a true Lewesian.
On 8 Jul 2009 at 10:06am Ed Can Do wrote:
Yep, lived here all my life except for a few years away at uni. I've only been a member of a bonfire society for about 5 years though, since getting together with my girlfriend who's been a member pretty much all her life and since joining, I wish I had years ago. I've always loved Bonfire Night, even travelling back from Manchester each year just for it but being in a society makes it even better. I really would (And do regularly) recommend it to anyone. Especially now that South Street are struggling slightly for members and with Islington, sorry, Southover having something of a resurgence, there's never really been a better time to join up either. Several of our members are also members of Lewes societies too. You can put in as much effort as you want to the whole thing and it's only a few quid a year. You should certainly try it at least once I reckon.
On 10 Jul 2009 at 10:23am portaloo wrote:
join a society, efilec and spongebob erasuq, have both got closed doors most of the time, so join if you can,

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