Barcombe Bonfire cancelled – society explains why

Barcombe Bonfire Society has announced it will not be staging its bonfire event this November amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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In a statement, a spokesman for the bonfire society said: “It is with a heavy heart that the committee has tonight voted to postpone our bonfire celebrations until November 2021.

“Under current legislation, mass gatherings of over 30 people are banned and the mitigation measures required are simply not feasible for a volunteer-run outdoor event such as ours.”

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The spokesman said the health and safety of members and the community was ‘paramount’ and it could not, in good conscience, encourage crowds into the small village in the winter months during a pandemic.

Picture: Barcombe Bonfire SocietyPicture: Barcombe Bonfire Society
Picture: Barcombe Bonfire Society

“Due to this, we have also not been able to fundraise this year,” the spokesman added.

They proposed an alternative community event: “Whilst our hands are tied on our traditional celebration, we will continue to monitor government guidance closely and hope to propose an alternative community event if suitable.

“We understand this is disappointing for many, particularly after cancellation in 2016.

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“However we will overcome this dreadful disease as a community and will be back stronger, brighter and louder than ever in 2021. We wunt be druv!”

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