Bonfire society to host first event as official charity

Photo by Sally Wallis
Photo by Sally Wallis

Cowbeech Bonfire Society is preparing to host its annual fireworks event next week, just a fortnight after becoming a registered charity.

The society achieved official charity status in recognition of the fact it does not just raise money to go up in smoke. By April this year, £8,250 was available to distribute to local people and organisations thanks to a series of events staged by the society.

Now, the group is getting ready to host its biggest and best event of the year - the bonfire and fireworks display at Merrie Harriers.

A spokesperson for the Cowbeech Bonfire Society Charitable Trust said: “This is one of our prime events, as there cannot be a Bonfire Society without a superb bonfire and fireworks display.

“This occasion is intended to be a family friendly, affordable and enjoyable event.

“To help it happen, more than 20 Cowbeech Bonfire Society supporters will give up a whole day to prepare the event, which is usually attended by a large number of people.

“In the evening, a fresh team of volunteers handles the barbecue and oversees the gates. Without all the unpaid help, this splendid show cold never be staged at a price that makes a profit for charity.”

The event takes place on Friday, October 30 and starts at 6:30pm with a fancy dress and pumpkin carving competition in the car park of the Merrie Harriers.

At the same time, the gates of the bonfire field will be opened and the barbecue, hog roast and Merrie Harriers licenced bar will start serving.

Between 6:45pm and 7pm, the bonfire will be lit to give the flames time to die down before the fireworks display, which is choreographed to a special selection of music and gets underway at 8pm.

Entry costs £5 for adults and those of secondary school age and £1 for children of a primary school age when accompanied by a paying adult. Entry is free for children not yet of school age when accompanied by a paying adult.

The society spokesperson added: “Unfortunately, staging costs have again risen but it is hoped that continued good support will ensure a profit for local good causes.”

Call 01323 833749 for more information or visit the society’s Facebook page.

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