2 November 2019
TIMETABLE OF EVENTS
2pm Children's fancy dress competition - Brockham Village Hall
4.30pm Car parks open
5pm Catering stalls open
5.30pm All road closures in place and many remain closed until 11pm
The area around the green becomes a traffic exclusion zone
6.15pm Procession leaves the green and heads north then south
7.45pm Lighting of the bonfire
8.15pm Fireworks display
8.45pm Roast pig auction
9.15pm Raffle draw
11pm approx Brockham Lane and the village green re-open to traffic
Don’t forget to check our website at www.brockhambonfire.com for all the latest updates and information about the event.
The Bonfire Night celebrations will follow the traditional pattern, beginning with the torchlight procession. This will start on the village green at 6.30pm; prior to this the guy and its escorts will head north up Brockham Lane to The Avenue. Here it will about turn, leaving at 6.15pm and head back over the village green, pass into Wheelers Lane, Wellhouse Lane and Middle Street before returning to the Green to light the Bonfire at 7.45pm. If the bonfire burns as we hope, we will start the firework display at approximately 8.15pm.
The car parks will all open by 4.30pm. It is our intention to encourage everyone into official car parks; this prevents cars parking on roads around the village (and pays for the fireworks, our Insurance, toilet hire and may other expenses) and should enable emergency service vehicles to access all parts of the village, should they be required. As usual, please ask your houseguests to park off the road (or in official car parks) and to arrive before 5pm. The village green and Borough Bridge (Kiln Lane junction) will close at 5.30pm. In the interest of safety BROCKHAM LANE AT THE JUNCTION WITH THE A25 WILL CLOSE AT 5.30 AND MAY REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL at least 11pm. Access to Old School Lane, Wheelers Lane, Middle Street and Strood Green from Gadbrook crossroads and all the roads leading from them will be restricted after 5.30. No access to the Village Green by car will be possible after this time.
Access to Kiln Lane will only be from the Old Reigate Road, not Brockham Lane. Kiln Lane will be one way with traffic flowing west to east from 5.30 until 10.30pm. Naturally the stewards will be as helpful as is practicable, but dozens of car drivers ALL have friends whose house they are trying to get to.
If you are new to Brockham and want to know anything about Bonfire Night, please consult the website or come along to the village green at weekends and we will explain anything and answer your questions. If you feel able to assist in a big or small way – especially shaking collecting buckets after the firework display or stewarding is a fun and rewarding way of spending a few hours - please give Doreen Bates a ring on 843041. We need more young people to help, the oldies are getting older!
You can still sponsor a firework, as an individual or family, but please hurry - a great opportunity for a minimum donation of £25. Please call Doreen Bates today on 843041. The names and messages will appear on the Bonfire website and they will be announced on Bonfire Night between 7.30 and 8.30pm.
Last year over £25,000 was again given to local societies, charities and worthy causes. We have a job for you! Why not offer your assistance to ensure that Brockham benefits from Bonfire Night? Don’t forget to check our website at www.brockhambonfire.com for all the latest updates and information about the event. Your guests can now donate online if you miss the collection buckets! Until after Bonfire Night, our website will only contain essential information, all the links to pictures will be re-instated afterwards – we don’t want to attract more happy revellers.
The Police will be taking a very robust approach to the consumption of alcohol by anyone under 18 years of age. Please do not provide your teenagers with alcohol, they will be searched, and alcohol confiscated. Intoxicated youngsters will be taken to a place of safety, this could be Reigate Police Station!
Our thanks to landowners and farmers around the village who have promised us their fields again for car parks – as usual we hope for dry weather.
We do hope you all enjoy the celebrations.
Brockham Bonfire Boys and Girls