Lanterns and coloured paper bonfire delight residents

Lanterns and a coloured paper bonfire delighted young residents at a home for young adults with profound disabilities on bonfire night.

Residents dressed up too for the celebration at the Bevern View which is run by The Bevern Trust at Barcombe.

Each of the ten residents was head of their own bonfire society to reflect their interests and personalities. 

They and their members dressed accordingly – for example, JP led the Barcombe Bonfire Society in red and black stripes, Chloe led the Neville Juvenile Bonfire Society in green and white and Mark led The Black Dog Society in black and blue stripes. 

Chloe leads the Neville Juvenile Bonfire Society in green and white.

Ciaron was resident house DJ, using an interactive screen, which was funded by recent gifts, and there was singing, dancing, and music-making around a coloured paper bonfire.

The coloured paper lanterns were installed by The Lantern House as part of an Arts Council In Our Garden project in care homes in Sussex.  

Saleem with his bonfire society members carrying banners.

Alice Fry, Operations Manager said afterwards: “We had the most wonderful time with residents and staff celebrating bonfire night. 

“We have always been involved with the Barcombe Bonfire Society so this year we were keen to host our own event. The residents were thrilled to wrap up in the evening to see the glowing lanterns in the garden and share sparklers with staff.”

Lanterns light up the gardens at Bevern View on bonfire night.

Sarah Parsons, partner, The Lantern House said: “We had the idea for the project back in June when we saw the situation that had occurred during lockdown for care homes. We knew the likelihood of a similar scenario coming back in the autumn for them and we wanted to do what we could to bring some fun and light to people who couldn’t go out to find it. We are so pleased and grateful to the Arts Council for supporting this project.”

The Bevern Trust charity ensures people with profound disabilities can live active and fulfilling lives, in an environment where they can feel safe, are loved and offered compassionate care.  Residential care is provided at Bevern View, Barcombe, East Sussex. For further information please see

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